Stanley Yacht Services: Coast Guard Panel Investigates El Faro Tragedy Company Claims Captain Had Sole Responsibility

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Coast Guard Panel Investigates El Faro Tragedy
Company Claims Captain Had Sole Responsibility

On Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation began a 10-day inquiry into the sinking of El Faro off The Bahamas last fall.  The Coast Guard has already determined the crew was adequately trained and the ship had proper safety equipment. The panel's focus now is on whether there is "evidence of misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence or willful violation of the law by licensed or certified individuals."
U.S. Coast Guard hearing probes El Faro sinking in hurricane 
Families of the 33 lost crew members have sued the cargo ship's operator, TOTE Services*, claiming the vessel was not seaworthy. Meanwhile, the Board of Investigation has called into question the scant communication between TOTE and the ship's master, Captain Michael Davidson, during the treacherous voyage into a hurricane. In April, the National Transportation Safety Board will resume efforts to retrieve El Faro's data recorder and maybe we will all get some answers.

We'll be standing by for further updates.

UPDATE:

* TOTE Services' CEO testified on Wednesday that TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico is, in fact, the owner of El Faro.

Read more:
Tote CEO tells safety board captains have ultimate say - News4Jax.com
El Faro captain sought route change a day before ship sank - CBS News
Ship operator grilled at El Faro disaster hearings - CNN.com

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