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Ten shipping books we read in 2019

As the 2019 nears its end and the festive season is on, SAFETY4SEA has made a list of the best books its editors read throughout the year, addressed to anyone forming part of the maritime industry or not. So, grab a book and let the Christmas holiday begin!

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.

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. 

USCG: Changes to Alternate Compliance Program

The US Coast Guard released a new Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (02-95, Change 3) on “The Alternate Compliance Program.” This change incorporates various policies and related provisions consistent with the Commandant’s Final Action Memo (FAM) on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro.

USCG: Steps taken three years after El Faro disaster

Three years after the sinking of El Faro, the deadliest shipping disaster in US’ recent history, Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy reiterated the US Coast Guard’s moves to drive change against shipping tragedies. 

USCG: Lessons learned from El Faro tragedy

In the aftermath of El Faro casualty, Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, US Coast Guard, highlights that the adoption of a proactive safety culture, remains the number one priority.

US approves bill to enhance maritime safety

The US House of Representatives approved the legislation to address maritime transportation safety issues raised by the El Faro sinking, promote the US Coast Guard’s awareness of technologies that could help improve Service mission performance, and reduce marine debris.

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.