Investigations & Casualty Analysis

5/13/2016: Second round of public hearings for El Faro Marine Board of Investigation

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the United States-flagged steam ship El Faro, and its 33 crewmembers May 16 to May 27, 2016.

The second hearing will focus on shipboard operations, cargo loading, lashing and stowage operations for the accident voyage while also examining the vessel’s forecasted stability and weather conditions forecasted and encountered. In addition, the regulatory oversight for the El Faro will be examined to determine any potential implications of that oversight on the accident voyage.

What: Marine Board of Investigation
When: Daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 27
Where: Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

The hearings will be available via livestream for interested parties to view.

You can also follow the hearings via Twitter using #CGMBI and #ElFaro. An e-mail has been set up for interested parties to ask questions or make comments.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.