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Final El Faro investigative hearing focuses on ship safety

Testimony in the Coast Guard’s third and final investigative hearing into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro will focus on the ship’s stability and the audio contained on the vessel’s voyage data recorder.

Capt. Raymond Thompson, a former chief mate on the El Faro, testified Monday that he was not sure if life […]

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Houston ship channel reopens after fiery incident; crew safe

A one-mile stretch of the Houston ship channel has re-opened after it was closed for 14 hours because of a fire and fuel spill.

The Houston Ship Channel has re-opened to all vessel traffic after an early-morning tanker fire and fuel spill caused it to shut down for 14 hours.

The Coast Guard […]

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NTSB: 26 hours of information recovered from El Faro’s VDR

From gCaptain:

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that will be convening a voyage data recorder group to help develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio, following the recovery and audition of the ship’s VDR.

The voyage data recorder from El Faro, a US […]

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Search team finds El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder

From gCaptain:

El Faro NTSB photo

The National Transportation Safety Board says a search team has located the El Faro’s missing voyage data recorder in 15,000 feet of water about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas.

The find is likely going to be a major breakthrough in the investigation into the loss […]

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El Faro search ends without data recorder from cargo ship

The NTSB said Monday it is ending its search and documentation of El Faro, the cargo ship that sunk October 1 near the Bahamas, likely claiming the lives of all 33 on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not locate the ship’s data recorder, a critical part of the investigation into why she ship […]

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El Faro reported ‘hull breach’ before sinking in hurricane

The captain of the U.S. cargo ship El Faro reported “a hull breach” and said a hatch had blown open before the vessel sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

In a recorded satellite phone call Captain Michael Davidson told the ship’s owner he […]

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Houston Ship Channel fully reopens after collision

The Carla Maersk sustained significant damage and had been carrying approximately 216,000 barrels of MTBE.

The Houston Ship Channel fully reopened Thursday morning after a collision between two vessels caused flammable gasoline additive to spill and forced a section of the major waterway to close for three days.

A 4- to 8-mile section of […]

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Calif bill highlights handsome pay of ship pilots

A San Francisco bay bar pilot boards a ship.

A California lawmaker’s bill to increase the pay of pilots who navigate massive cargo ships through San Francisco Bay’s intricate shipping channels drew attention Tuesday to the handsome incomes earned by these little-known mariners.

A state Senate committee heard debate about a proposal sponsored by […]

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