10/1/2017: Coast Guard releases Report of Investigation into loss of 33 mariners and U.S. cargo ship, El Faro

The MBI concluded that the primary cause of the casualty was the decision to navigate El Faro too close to the path of Hurricane Joaquin. As the MBI expanded the investigation to explore other contributing factors, it uncovered evidence of an ineffective safety management system within the operating company, and failures by both the Coast Guard delegated representative and the Coast Guard itself to provide effective oversight of the vessel’s compliance with safety regulations.


12/13/2016: Release of VDR transcripts, upcoming hearing – A note from the El Faro Marine Board of Investigation (MBI)

Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release a transcript of the S.S. El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR), in addition to several other factual reports, to the docket for its investigation into the October 1, 2015, sinking of the vessel. To date, the Coast Guard has conducted two rounds of public hearings as part of our Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of El Faro, and a third hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2017, in Jacksonville. This final hearing session will examine additional elements of the investigation, including but not limited to questions arising from the contents of the El Faro’s VDR, as well as additional witnesses such as former crewmembers, TOTE company officials, Coast Guard personnel and others.


10/3/2016: Remembering El Faro

It has been one year since the tragic loss of the cargo ship El Faro and her 33 crew members. I encourage everyone in the maritime community to take a few moments to remember them, and reflect on the hazards faced by all seafarers. This is an extremely difficult milestone for the families and loved ones. My thoughts continue to be with them.


9/7/2016: El Faro Marine Board of Investigation – Transcripts available from first public hearing

The Coast Guard posted a notice announcing the availability of transcripts from the first hearing of the El Faro Marine Board of Investigation (MBI), held in February 2016.


6/9/2016: Recap of the El Faro hearing so far

Read a recent update on the El Faro hearings from the Chief of the Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis.


5/13/2016: Second round of public hearings for El Faro Marine Board of Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the United States-flagged steam ship El Faro, and its 33 crewmembers May 16 to May 27, 2016.


2/25/2016: Transportation Research Board releases report on Coast Guard regulations

The Transportation Research Board recently released a report commissioned by the Coast Guard concluding that compliance with Coast Guard regulations is not an impediment to the competitiveness of the U.S. flag registry.


2/16/2016: A look ahead to 2016 by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy

Read what Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, sees as the primary challenges facing the nation’s maritime industry in 2016.


2/11/2016: Livestreaming of EL FARO Marine Board of Investigation hearing

The Coast Guard will live stream the SS EL FARO Marine Board of Investigation hearings on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.


2/9/2016: Hearing set for Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation into EL FARO Sinking

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a public Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the United States-flagged steam ship EL FARO, and its 33 crewmembers. The first hearing will focus on the pre-accident historical events relating to the loss, the regulatory compliance record of the EL FARO, crewmember duties and qualifications, past operations of the vessel and the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue operations.


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