Accession Number:

ADA011033

Title:

Explosion and Fire on Board the Unmanned Tank Barge Ocean 80 at Carteret, New Jersey on 25 October 1972 without Loss of Life

Descriptive Note:

Marine Casualty rept.

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-05-02

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

On October 25, 1972, the tank barge OCEAN 80 was loading gasoline and fuel oil at the General American Transportation Corporation Terminal, Arthur Kill, Carteret, New Jersey. About 0600, a fire and several explosions occurred on the barge. Before the resultant fires were extinguished, the barge was destroyed and the terminal and nearby facilities were damaged substantially. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the casualty was the ignition, by an unidentified source, of gasoline which spilled from overflowing cargo tanks on the OCEAN 80. A major contributing factor was the failure of the barge tankerman and the terminal dockman to adhere to prescribed cargo transfer procedures. The National Transportation Safety Boards recommendations listed in this report are addressed to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE