SS SANSINENA (LIBERIAN); EXPLOSION AND FIRE IN LOS ANGELES HARBOR, CALIFORNIA ON 17 DECEMBER 1976 WITH LOSS OF LIFE. MARINE CASUALTY REPORT

On 17 December 1976 the Liberian tanker SANSINENA, moored at berth 46, Union Oil Terminal, Los Angeles Harbor, California, exploded and burned while taking on ballast and bunkers. The casualty resulted in six members of the SANSINENA's crew known dead, and 22 injured. Two crewmembers and one terminal security guard are missing and presumed dead. Also approximately 36 personal injuries were suffered by the general public. This report contains the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation report and the Action taken by the Commandant to determine the probable cause of the casualty and the recommendations to prevent recurrence. The Commandant concurred with the Marine Board that the probable cause of the casualty was the ignition of a hydrocarbon vapor cloud over the afterdeck of the SANSINENA. The source of ignition cannot be positively identified; however, it was most probably located in the vicinity of the midship deckhouse. (Author)

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    United States Coast Guard

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  • Publication Date: 1977-11-25

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  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-16732/71895
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM