NTSB meets to determine cause of El Faro tragedy

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is set to meet today to determine the cause of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro near the Bahamas in October 2015.

All 33 crew members were lost when the 790-foot vessel went down in Hurricane Joaquin. It was en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

El Fargo’s wreckage was found on the seafloor on October 31 that year and its voyage data recorder (VDR) was located in April 2016 and retrieved in August that year.

Back in October, the US Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) presented its final report on the disaster, laying the blame on the captain, ship operator Tote and classification society ABS.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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