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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-89-057
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Synopsis: ABOUT 2325 ON MARCH 15, 1988, A FIRE OCCURRED IN THE ENGINE ROOM OF THE BAHAMIAN FLAG PASSENGER VESSEL SCANDINAVIAN STAR. AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE, THE SHIP WAS ABOUT 50 NMI NORTHEAST OF CANCUN, MEXICO, EN ROUTE FROM COZUMEL, MEXICO, EN ROUTE FROM COZUMEL, MEXICO, TO ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, WITH 439 PASSENGERS AND 268 CREWMEMBERS ON BOARD. THE MASTER BROADCAST A DISTRESS MESSAGE AND ORDERED THE EVACUATION OF PASSENGERS TO THE FOUR MUSTER STATIONS ON THE SHIP. THE LOSS OF MAIN GENERATOR AND EMERGENCY GENERATOR ELECTRICAL POWER AND THE MALFUNCTION OF THE SHIP'S FIXED CO2 FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEM HINDERED EFFORTS TO FIGHT THE FIRE. THE INABILITY OF CREWMEMBERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH PASSENGERS CREATED CONFUSION DURING THE FIREFIGHTING AND EVACUATION ACTIVITIES. TWO CREWMEMBERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES DURING THE EMERGENCY. TWO PASSENGERS WERE MEDI VACED FROM THE VESSEL AND FLOWN TO A HOSPITAL IN ST. PETERS BURG, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY WERE TREATED AND LATER RELEASED. DAMAGE AND REPAIR COSTS WERE ESTIMATED AT $3.5 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT SEAESCAPE: SURVEY YOUR FLEET OF PASSENGER CRUISE VESSELS TO DETERMINE THAT THE POWER SOURCE FOR THE EMERGENCY GENERATOR IS INDEPENDENT OF THE MAIN MACHINERY SPACES, AS REQUIRED BY INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION REGULATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Gulf of Mexico, GM, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MM038
Accident Reports: Fire on Board the Bahamian Passenger Ship The Scandinavian Star
Report #: MAR-89-04
Accident Date: 3/15/1988
Issue Date: 8/8/1989
Date Closed: 1/6/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Seascape Ltd. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Seascape Ltd.
Date: 1/6/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT MR. LAMELAS' TESTIMONY (PAGES 20 AND 21) ADDRESSED AN ACTION TAKEN BY SEAESCAPE TO COMPLY WITH RECOMMENDATION M-89-57, AND THAT EMERGENCY GENERATORS' BATTERIES HAVE SINCE BEEN MOVED AWAY FROM THE ENGINEROOM. BASED ON THIS ACTION, WE HAVE CLASSIFIED RECOMMENDATION M-89-57 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Seascape Ltd.
To: NTSB
Date: 10/3/1992
Response: SEASCAPE WROTE: IN RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER OF 6/10/92, WE ENCLOSE THE APPROPRIATE SECTIONS OF THE HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MERCHANT MARINE WHICH WAS HELD ON 6/6/90 AND CONSTITUTES OUR RESPONSE TO YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS OF 8/8/89. A SEASECAPE EMPLOYEE, A MR. LAMELAS TESTIFIED THAT SEAESCAPE RECOGNIZED THAT THE BATTERIES TO THE EMERGENCY GENERATOR WERE STOWED IMPROPERLY AND MOVED THEM AWAY FROM THE ENGINE ROOM.

From: NTSB
To: Seascape Ltd.
Date: 6/10/1992
Response: