El Faro owners hit with another lawsuit

The shipowner of the El Faro has been hit by another lawsuit. The wife of a missing crewmember – third-mate, Jeremie Riehm – filed a suit against TOTE yesterday, following on from last week’s $100m suit from another family of a missing seafarer.

The 40-year-old El Faro is believed to have sunk at the start of the month when it lost propulsion as Hurricane Joaquin bore down on the ship which was heading from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.

The second suit claims that the El Faro was not seaworthy, describing it as an “antiquated” ship. No dollar figure has been revealed with this second claim. More suits from other families of the 33 missing crew are expected soon.

Meanwhile, efforts by a US Navy ship to search for the El Faro, which is thought to have sunk off the Bahamas, have been hit by weather delays. The ship has been dispatched to search for El Faro’s voyage data recorder. The navy has narrowed it search for the sunken vessel to a 100 sq mile area.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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