Tradewinds has published an article about the sinking of the El Faro and what to expect in the early stages of what is expected to be a lengthy legal process ahead.
In this article, Brian was interviewed about why it is imperative that the cause of the vessel's sinking be thoroughly investigated rather than speculated about. He says:
“'We want to know what the conversations were — if any — between the captain of the bridge and the company about that decision and whether this has anything to do with the sinking... These ships can withstand hurricanes. This indicates to me that it was something more than bad weather, that there were some issues with this ship.'
"He also raised questions about the work a riding crew is said to have been carrying out on the vessel during the journey."
The sinking of the El Faro is a tragedy, and as the Navy conducts its salvage operation to recover the ship, the crew of 33 people are still missing. Questions have been raised about the age of the ship, why the lifeboats weren't state of the art, if the Coast Guard's rules governing EPIRBs are sufficient in the face of hurricanes, and why the ship was allowed to sail into a hurricane.
Time and time again, our firm has held the maritime industry accountable for safety lapses that result in endangering the men and women who serve in our Merchant Marines.
In helping the crew of the Maersk Alabama change maritime security policies in the Indian Ocean and tell the true story of their ship's hijacking by Somali pirates and in helping the families and victims of the sinking of the Trinity II in Tropical Storm Nate improve safety and emergency procedures for Trinity, our firm has worked to protect the rights of mariners and change the industry for the better.
We want TOTE Maritime to be held accountable for the disappearance of the thirty-three men and women on board the El Faro and to ensure this tragedy never happens again.