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Voyage Data Recorder from El Faro Recovered from 15,000′

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) press release announced today that the voyage data recorder (VDR) from El Faro, the US flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015 with the loss of all 33 aboard, was successfully recovered … Continue reading

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El Faro Tragedy — Investigation Continues on Shore and at Sea

There are still almost as many questions as answers as to why the US flag ro/ro El Faro sank in Hurricane Joaquin last October with the loss of the 33 aboard. Today, the United States Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation … Continue reading

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El Faro Search Ends — Black Box Not Found

We know that the ro/ro El Faro sank with all hands after it lost power in the path of Hurricane Joaquin in early October. The captain reported a hull breach. All 33 crew were lost.  We may never know too … Continue reading

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NTSB: “Captain’s Reckless Decision to Sail” Led to Bounty Sinking

The NTSB Report conclusion came as no real surprise. Captain Robin Walbridge; who was lost along with a crew member, Claudene Christian, in the sinking of the replica of the HMS Bounty; should never have taken the ship to sea with … Continue reading

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Carnival Triumph Update: Coast Guard Says Fuel Line Leak Started Disabling Fire

In an announcement that raises as many questions as it answers, U.S. Coast Guard marine casualty investigation team leader, Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield, said in a conference call with reporters that the fuel oil return line in the No. 6 … Continue reading

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Update: Plea Bargain in Delaware Duck Boat/Barge Collision

Last July, a barge pushed by the tug Caribbean Sea struck a disabled tourist “duck boat” at anchor in the Delaware River.   Two tourists drowned in the collision.  A report by the National Transportation Safety Board said the tug’s mate Matthew Devlin was on his … Continue reading

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Update: Deadly Distraction Led to Duck Boat Deaths

Not quite a year ago, a tourist amphibious “duck boat” was run down on the Delaware River  by barge on the hip of  the tug boat, Caribbean Sea.  Two passengers died in the collision.   The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued … Continue reading

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Tug Caribbean Sea Never Responded to Duck Boat in Fatal Collision

On July 7th, we posted about a collision between a barge towed by the tug Caribbean Sea and a disabled “Duck boat” DUKW 34 at anchor in the Delaware River off Philadelphia.  Two of the 35 passengers on the duck … Continue reading

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