Transcript of El Faro bridge audio due out soon

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced that it will soon release a transcript of the audio data recovered from the voyage data recorder (VDR) of the ill-fated ro/ro containership El Faro.

Tote Services 790′ El Faro sank Oct. 1, 2015, off the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin, killing all 33 crewmembers.┬áThree search efforts over 10 months after the sinking finally yielded the VDR, and the NTSB said this week that it would release a transcript of the audio recordings on Dec. 13.

In addition to the transcript, the NTSB said it would open the investigation docket containing information about weather, engineering, survival factors, and data recovered from the VDR.

The agency will conduct a media briefing about the contents of the docket on Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. featuring NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart, NTSB Office of Marine Safety Director Brian Curtis, and NTSB Office of Research and Engineering Director James Ritter. The public docket contains only factual information collected by investigators, and no analysis, the NTSB said.

The investigation into the loss of the El Faro continues. In September, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it would convene a third round of marine board of investigation hearings to examine information recovered from the VDR. That hearing is tentatively scheduled for this winter.

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    Anyone with common sense knows that this was a major cover up. Yes Tote is fully responsible for what happened but the coast guard and ABS screwed up also. They will say something along the lines of it was just an accident and blame it on the hurricane or Captain. I was there and saw first hand what went on and it’s a shame the those people will never get the Justice they deserve

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    Capt. Russ Desmond on

    Companies are all the same. Press on and take the risks for the profit margin.
    In the end analysis though….
    a thousand at ta boys doesn’t equal one “oh shit!”
    and we as the licensed mariners take all the blame.

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