El Faro reefer washes up on Bahamas beach

The mangled remains of a reefer container that washed up on a beach in the Bahamas has been confirmed as being part of the cargo onboard the ill-fated El Faro, the ship owned by Tote Maritime that is thought to have sunk as Hurricane Joaquin smashed through the Atlantic on the night of October 1.

First Coast News took the serial number of the reefer and ran it through the customer tracking system on Tote Maritime’s website – confirming that it was on the El Faro.

Beachgoers also found syringes and other toiletries, as well as tennis shoes and shaving cream washing up on a beach in the Bahamas.

The US Navy has dispatched a ship to track down the vessel and its voyage data recorder. The navy has narrowed down the search area to a 100 sq mile zone. The 40-year-old ship sank with the likely loss of 33 lives.

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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