El Faro’s Black Box Battery Was Not Working?

Image Courtesy: NTSB

In the latest US Coast Guard hearing session on the sunken El Faro vessel it was revealed that there could have been an issue with the vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder, according to First Coast News.

The ping alert on the VDR may not have been functional even at the time of the sinking, the Global Services Manager of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, John Fletcher, said.

He added that the condition of the battery was established during its last inspection, which was carried out in December 2014. Not knowing whether the battery was replaced since the inspection, Fletcher said that, if it was not replaced, it would have expired in May 2015.

The National Transportation Board had already conducted a number of search operations to try to locate the VDR, but all were unsuccessful. NTSB earlier said that they will again try to find the recorder in a search planned for April this year.

Another testimony during the hearing revealed that, after the initial report arrived to the US Coast Guard, the officials were convinced that the vessel was not at risk of sinking and that it was only disabled, the Sun Sentinel said.

Namely, according to the report received from the ship’s owner, TOTE Services, the officials were lead to believe that the El Faro’s crew members are working on fixing the issues that the vessel encountered. Due to inclement weather, the vessel’s hull was breached and it was taking on water. Apart from listing, the vessel also lost propulsion off Bahamas.

During the hearing, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Chancery said that El Faro’s distress was soon clear. Furthermore, he added that there were no software issues hampering the search efforts.

According to a testimony from the vessel’s former chief engineer, although the 40-year-old ship had a number of mechanical issues, it was overall safe for its journey.

The United States-flagged vessel El Faro sank on October 1, 2015 when it sailed into the Hurricane Joaquin, taking 33 crew members with it.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Nov 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3

Maritime Information Warfare 2017

Maritime Information Warfare will focus on the growing need for navies to develop their information exploitation capabilities…

read more >

INTERNATIONAL GREEN SHIPPING AND TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

The Summit will gather key marine experts and companies around the globe which have a big influence in the industry…

read more >

The CWC 18th Annual World LNG Summit & Awards Evening

The CWC World LNG Summit will continue to give you access to premium networking opportunities as it brings together the who’s who…

read more >

Marintec China 2017

The largest maritime event in Asia Pacific, Marintec China connects maritime professionals from the entire shipbuilding supply chain together.

Over the years, Marintec China has grown to reflect the size and importance of the Asian maritime market. 2015 event is another record-breaking edition with the largest exhibition area and the highest number of industry professionals attending ever. The encouraging figures proven that China remains one of the major shipbuilding nations and Marintec China has been the most authoritative platform in Asia.

With the maritime industry facing great opportunities but also many challenges, it is important for the industry to connect and engage more to ultimately win new business in globally-significant markets. A visit to Marintec China is a great way to learn about the latest technology and innovation of the supply industry, a platform for industry professional to meet face to face, make connection and do business.

Marintec China is poised to be the definitive event and is undoubtedly a must-attend for all involved in the maritime industry.

Marintec China will be held from 5 to 8 December 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China and continue its dedication to serve as the “LEADING” platform “CONNECTING” the community and “STRENGTHENING” the maritime industry.

Marintec China offers the perfect opportunity for companies serving the maritime market to showcase their innovations, products and services to a wide audience. A platform for face to face meetings in business, creating new relationships and consolidating existing ones.

More info

read more >