Accession Number:

ADA037390

Title:

SS TRANSHURON; Stranding at Kiltan Island on 26 September 1974 without Loss of LIfe.

Descriptive Note:

Marine casualty rept.

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-09-16

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

On 24 September 1974, the SS TRANSHURON O.N. 506349, a converted T-2 tankship, was underway in the Arabian Sea when an iron nipple on the air conditioning systems condenser failed and caused water to be sprayed up and into the switchboard for main propulsion control. The main propulsion bus shorted and an electrical fire began. The control circuits were not secured the CO2 system failed to operate. Electrical power to the board finally had to be terminated by shutting down the drive turbine on the ships service generator. Before the fire was extinguished, it destroyed the propulsion switchboard, and as a result, the vessel was adrift without propulsion. The ship drifted into Kiltan Island on 26 September its bottom opened and its cargo of Navy distillate fuel leaked out. The ship was abandoned without injury and left for salvors. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the loss of power by the SS TRANSHURON which resulted in the grounding of the vessel on Kiltan Island reef.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE