Captain George Livingston: Four Years Since El Faro

As I write on the 4th anniversary of the El Faro sinking (Oct. 1, 2015), I am reminded that those who lost their lives weren’t strangers, many shared the very same backgrounds, the same hometowns, schools, etc. as the rest of us and so we remember. Professional mariners understand the dangers professional mariners face, but it is none less jolting to hear of these things. In … [Read more...]

Hull Cracks & Oil Spills From El Faro’s 46 Year Old Sister Ship

Thursday morning, shortly after mooring in Oakland, the hull of the 1,727 TEU Matson containership S/S Matsonia cracked spilling heavy fuel oil into San Francisco Bay. The vessel was built in 1973 by Sun Shipbuilding, one year before the doomed El Faro at the same shipyard using the same basic hull design.  On Thursday the Matsonia's crew, noticed a sheen … [Read more...]

House Approves Bill Addressing Maritime Safety Issues in Wake of El Faro Tragedy

The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved legislation to address maritime transportation safety issues raised by the El Faro sinking, promote the Coast Guard’s awareness of technologies that could help improve Service mission performance, and reduce marine debris. As approved in the House by voice vote, the Save Our Seas Act (S. 756) combines several pieces of … [Read more...]

NTSB Breaks Down El Faro Findings in Must-Read Illustrated Digest

The National Transportation Safety Board has released 16-page illustrated digest summarizing in detail the critical events and decisions that led to the October 1, 2015 sinking of the American cargo ship El Faro with the loss of all 33 crew members. The digest also synopsizes the more than 60 recommendations issued throughout the NTSB’s investigation of the sinking. In … [Read more...]