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El Faro sinking: Poor seamanship in the spotlight

The sinking of the container ship 'El Faro' in October 2015, claimed the title of one of the biggest marine tragedies in the recent US history. The ship had sailed directly into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, with NTSB and USCG noting that the key cause of the accident was the Captain's failure to handle the ship against the storm and make appropriate use of weather data. As a result, all those on board perished in the sinking.

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El Faro: Assessing Captain’s failures

The sinking of the container ship 'El Faro' in October 2015, claiming the title of one of the biggest marine tragedies in the recent history of US, was largely attributed to the Captain's wrong assessment of the conditions. Anastasios Chrysikopoulos, Chief Officer at Maran Dry Management Inc. analyzed the Captain's actions which identified human error as the key lesson to be learned from the El Faro loss. 

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US passes bill to improve maritime safety

The US Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed a bill to enhance maritime safety in response to the tragic loss of the El Faro in 2015. The Maritime Safety Act of 2018, implements the Commandant of the Coast Guard’s final action memo regarding the sinking of the El Faro. The bill includes provisions that require Voyage Data Recorders float free after an accident, among others.

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