Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/16/2017: Coast Guard to hold formal investigation hearing for Caribbean Fantasy

The 7th Coast Guard District in Miami announced it will conduct a public formal investigation hearing for the 561-foot Panamanian-flagged passenger/cargo ship Caribbean Fantasy marine casualty, which occurred on Aug. 17, 2016, and the rescue of its 511 passengers and crew members.

The hearing will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., March 20-25 and March 27-28.

The hearing will focus on the cause of the marine casualty, the adequacy of fire fighting protection systems, regulatory compliance including any physical or design concerns, adequacy of the vessel’s safety management system and evacuation procedures, and the Coast Guard’s mass rescue operation and procedures.

The National Transportation Safety Board will fully participate in the hearing to avoid duplicating the development of facts. The NTSB is an independent federal agency, which is responsible for civil transportation accident investigation, and is tasked with determining the cause or probable cause of this accident. A separate report of the NTSB’s findings will be issued independently of the Coast Guard.

For more information about the hearing, the full schedule, and options for participating remotely, please read the full announcement.


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