Third lawsuit filed against El Faro owners

Tote Maritime has been hit by a third lawsuit in the wake of the October 1 sinking of the El Faro. Addreisha Jones, the wife of 38-year-old missing crewmember Jacki Jones Junior, claims the owner failed to maintain the boxship and negligently sent it out to sea as Hurricane Joaquin approached.

The claim says that the ship had faulty electrical systems, corroded steel and defective satellite equipment, and so the ship was in violation of both the Death on the High Seas Act and the Jones Act. The suit also claims that the ship was regularly overloaded.

Two other suits have been filed including one seeking $100m in damages. A total of 33 men are thought to have lost their lives when the ship went down off the Bahamas. The US Navy is still trying to locate the ship.

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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