Proceedings Of The Marine

SUM 2014

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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62 Proceedings Summer 2014 • lack of familiarity with the engine room spaces and equipment, • isolation of the affected space and maintenance of smoke boundaries. Moreover, company records indicated that the vessel com- plied with Safety of Life At Sea requirements for monthly fre drills; however, the level of documentation for fre drills differed with each drill, and many drills had very little doc- umentation beyond the logbook entry. With that said, marine investigators did fnd evidence in the logbook that revealed the fre teams conducted several fre drills that lasted less than 30 minutes, and that these drills happened on the aft mooring deck or in the mar- shalling area — not in the actual spaces. It also appeared to Lessons Learned.. While the fre was eventually self-extinguished, the failure of the installed CO 2 system and the poor execution of the frefghting plan contributed to the ineffectiveness of the crew's frefghting effort. Firefghting Strategy, Actions, and Training Evaluation of the frefghting effort against the procedures in the Safety Management Systems and Firefghting Stan- dard Operating Procedure revealed the following areas of concern: • choice of fre extinguishing equipment (portable dry chemical fre extinguishers instead of fre hoses), • decision made to ventilate the aft engine room before the fre was fully extinguished, Coast Guard boat crews monitor the cruise ship as it enters San Diego Bay. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offcer Cory J. Mendenhall. Coast Guard and Navy personnel unload pallets of food and supplies aboard the cruise ship. U.S. Coast Guard photo. A Coast Guard landing safety offcer directs a Navy helicopter during a sup- ply delivery to the cruise ship. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Summer2014_22.indd 62 5/13/14 9:46 AM

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