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Safety Recommendation M-94-027
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Synopsis: ABOUT 1430 ON DECEMBER 5, 1993, THE 32-YEAR-OLD WOODEN-HULLED U.S. SMALL PASSSENGER VESSEL EL TORO II FOUNDERED IN ROUGH SEAS WHILE RETURNING TO ST. JEROME CREEK IN RIDGE, MARYLAND, FROM A FISHING EXCURSION IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. U.S. COAST GUARD AND U.S. NAVY RESCUE PERSONNEL RETRIEVED THE 20 PASSENGERS, 2 CREWMEMBERS, AND THE OWNER OF THE VESSEL FROM THE WATER. AS A RESULT OF THE SINKING, TWO PASSENGERS AND THE DECKHAND DIED FROM THE EFFECTS OF HYPOTHERMIA. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DETERMINED THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE EL TORO II SINKING WAS CATASTROPHIC FLOODING RESULTING FROM SEVERELY CORRODED HULL FASTENERS THAT HAD REMAINED UNDETECED AND UNCORRECTED BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF EFFECTIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR INSPECTING, MAINTAINING, AND/OR SUPPLEMENTING THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF WOODEN-HULLED VESSELS. CONTRIBUTING TO THE LOSS OF LIVES WAS THE LACK OF SURVIVAL CRAFT CAPABLE OF PROVIDING OUT-OF-WATER FLOTATION FOR THE PASSENGERS AND CREW.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PARTYBOAT OWNERS ALLIANCE, INC.; THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHARTERBOAT OPERATORS; THE PASSENGER VESSEL ASSOCIATION; AND THE MARYLAND CHARTERBOAT ASSOCIATION: DEVELOP MAINTENANCE STANDARDS FOR WOODEN VESSELS, PARTICULARLY FOR HULL FASTENERS, AND DISSEMINATE THESE SATNDARDS TO YOUR MEMBERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays and Sounds, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MM007
Accident Reports:
Sinking of U.S. Small Passenger Vessel El Toro II
Report #: MAR-94-03
Accident Date: 12/5/1993
Issue Date: 9/14/1994
Date Closed: 2/6/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Maryland Charter Boat Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Association of Chaterboat Operators (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Party Boat Owners Alliance, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Passenger Vessel Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Association of Chaterboat Operators
Date: 2/6/1996
Response: ON 12/1/95, THE USCG PUBLISHED NAVIGATION & VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR 7-95, GUIDANCE ON INSPECTON, REPAIR & MAINTENANCE OF WOODEN HULLS. SINCE NVIC 7-95 PROVIDES THE RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE & MAINTENANCE STANDARDS FOR WOOD HULL VESSELS, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION GIVEN TO HULL FASTENERS, REQUESTED BY M-94-27, THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: National Association of Chaterboat Operators
To: NTSB
Date: 9/18/1995
Response: BOTH LETTERS 9/18/95 & 12/19/95 THERE WERE NOT RESPONSE RECEIVED.

From: NTSB
To: Passenger Vessel Association
Date: 3/21/1996
Response: ON 11/3/95 , THE BOARD'S MARINE DIVISION STAFF FORWARDED A LETTER REQUESTING INFO ABOUT EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE BEING MADE BY THE PVA TO IMPLEMENT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. TO DATE, THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED NO CORRESPSONDENCE FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION. ON 12/1/95, THE U.S. USCG PUBLISHED NAVIGATION & VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR (NVIC) 7-95, GUIDANCE ON INSPECTION, REPAIR & MAINTENANCE OF WOODEN HULLS. SINCE NVIC 7-95 PROVIDES THE RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE & MAINTENANCE STANDARDS FOR WOOD HULL VESSELS, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION GIVEN TO HULL FASTENERS, REQUESTED BY M-94-27, THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: Passenger Vessel Association
To: NTSB
Date: 9/18/1995
Response: (DATES 9/18/95 & 12/19/95; NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.)

From: NTSB
To: National Party Boat Owners Alliance, Inc.
Date: 2/6/1996
Response: ON 12/1/95,THE USCG PUBLISHED NAVIGATION & VESSEL INSPECTION CIRCULAR 7-95, GUIDANCE ON INSPECTION, REPAIR & MAINTENANCE OF WOODEN HULLS. SINCE NVIC 7-95 PROVIDES THE RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE & MAINTENANCE STANDARDS FOR WOOD HULL VESSELS, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION GIVEN TO HULL FASTENERS, REQUESTED BY M-94-27, THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: National Party Boat Owners Alliance, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/28/1995
Response: ON 12/1/95, THE USCG PUBLISHED NVIC-7-95 GUIDANCE ON INSPECTION, REPAIR & MAINTENANCE OF WOODEN HULLS. THIS NVIC ADDRESSES THE MAINTENANCE STANDARDS REQUIRE ON WOOD HULLS THAT ARE IN INSPECTED SERVICE. THIS NVIC WAS DEVELOPED BY A CONSORTIUM OF WOOD BOAT INDUSTRY EXPERTS, NOT INCLUDING NATIONAL PART BOAT OWNERS ALLIANCE, INC. BECAUSE THE NVIC SATISFIES THE RECOMMENDED ACTION, & NEGATES THE NEED FOR THE NATIONAL PARTY BOAT OWNER ALLIANCE, IN. TO DEVELOP ONE, I RECOMMEND THAT M-94-27 BE CLASSIFEID "CLOSED-NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Maryland Charter Boat Association
Date: 12/14/1995
Response: THE BOARD REGRETS THAT THE MARYLAND CHARTERBOAT ASSOCIATION HAS NOT TAKEN ANY ACTION TO IMPLEMENT M-94-28 & -29 . WE FURTHER REGRET THAT YOU DECLINED OUR REQUEST TO PROVIDE A FORMAL, WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. BECAUSE THE MARYLAND CHARTERBOAT ASSOCIATION REFUSES TO RESPOND TO THE RECOMMENDED ACTION TO MITIGATE A SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED PROBLEM THAT RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF LIFE, M-94-27 THROUGH -29 HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION." SHOULD THE BOARD RECEIVE ANY INFO FROM THE MARYLAND CHARTERBOAT ASSOCIATION CONCERNING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS, WE WILL GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO AMENDING THEIR STATUS.

From: Maryland Charter Boat Association
To: NTSB
Date: 11/8/1995
Response: MR. RUPP CALLED TO DISCUSS THE RECOMMENDATIONS.