Four more families settle with Tote over El Faro sinking

Four more families settle with Tote over El Faro sinking

Another four families linked to the perished 33 crew of the El Faro have settled with ship operator Tote Services for $500,000 each.

Tote has now settled with 14 of the 33 families for a total of at least $7m, $500,000 each for pre-death pain and suffering and “an agreed upon amount for pecuniary damages covering the estate’s full economic loss”, a court document shows.

The 33 crew died on October 1 as the 40-year-old El Faro sank off the Bahamas amidst a severe hurricane.

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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