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.


8/4/2017: Witness schedule for F/V Destination marine board of investigation set

This post provides information on the witness testimony schedule and options for remote public viewing of the fishing vessel Destination marine board of investigation (MBI). The hearing session will focus on weather and human factors as well as the mechanical state and stability of the vessel before and during its final voyage.


7/21/2017: NOAA locates f/v Destination wreckage, Coast Guard hearing set for August

Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped locate the missing fishing vessel Destination at the request of the Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. The Destination and its six crew members were lost Feb. 11, 2017, while fishing for Opilio crab (snow crab) northwest of St. George, Alaska.


2/28/2017: F/V Destination marine board of investigation convenes

The U.S. Coast Guard has convened a Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of F/V Destination and its six crewmembers. A Marine Board of Investigation is the highest level of investigation in the Coast Guard.


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.