Since the Matsonia is older than the El Faro it is unclear why the US Coast Guard has allowed the ship to continue sailing considering, in his report on the El Faro investigation finding, the USCG Commandant Admiral Zukunft stated “these two factors (vessel age and ship type) were the leading risk indicators that resulted in the EL FARO being placed at the threshold for inclusion on the targeted vessel list.”
It is also not clear what caused the crack, if the ship’s structural issues were previously known to inspectors and why her hull conditions were not more closely monitored or scrapped after the El Faro findings. Nor is it clear why Matson has not followed several of the recommendations of the USCG and NTSB investigation reports including upgrading the Matsonia’s open lifeboats.
Perhaps it is because the Commandant’s orders in the wake of the El Faro made those recommendations unclear and ambiguous.
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