Accession Number : AD0768393

Title :   Stranding of the SS STEEL VENDOR on Loaita Bank in the South China Sea on 7 October 1971 without Loss of Life.

Descriptive Note : Marine accident rept.

Corporate Author : COAST GUARD WASHINGTON D C

Report Date : 20 AUG 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : On October 5, 1971, the fully loaded cargo ship SS STEEL VENDOR lost all propulsive power in the South China Sea, while en route from Manila, R.P.I., to Saigon, R.V.N. The ship drifted in heavy winds and seas and stranded on the Loaita Bank reef on October 7. Although the ship was a total loss, the entire crew was rescued. The report contains the action taken by the National Transportation Safety Board in determining the probable cause of the casualty and in making recommendations and the Marine Board of Investigation report and the action taken by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the loss of the SS STEEL VENDOR was the crew's inability to prevent the ship from being driven into a region of dangerous reefs. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*MERCHANT VESSELS, ACCIDENTS), (*COAST GUARD, *REPORTS), MARINE ENGINES, BOILERS, BOILER TUBES, FAILURE(MECHANICS), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), NAVIGATION, SOUTH CHINA SEA, MARINE SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE