El Faro. TOTE Maritime archive photo

Public hearings are set for 16-26 February in Jacksonville, Florida. U. S. Coast Guard seeks to determine what factors led to the the loss of El Faro and her 33 crew.

 

Maritime Executive: USCG has set the date for public hearings into the loss of the ro/ro El Faro. From February 16 to 26 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida, the Coast Guard panel will consider evidence regarding pre-accident events, her regulatory compliance record, crewmember qualifications, past operations and the USCG SAR response.

The Board will seek to determine the following, as closely as is possible: the factors that contributed to the accident; whether there is evidence that any act of misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence or willful violation of the law on the part of any licensed or certificated person contributed to the casualty; and whether there is evidence that any Coast Guard personnel or any representative or employee of any other government agency or any other person caused or contributed to the casualty. Read more from Maritime Executive here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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