SS TRANSHURON; STRANDING AT KILTAN ISLAND ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1974 WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE. MARINE CASUALTY REPORT

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 system's 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 ship's 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.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20594

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20593
  • Publication Date: 1976-9-16

Media Info

  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154949
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-NTSB-Mar-76-2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1978 12:00AM