El Faro

  Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard reaction to the latest report released by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the El Faro’s sinking with local maritime attorney Rod Sullivan (01:12). We got an on-the-scene preview of Monday’s Great American Eclipse with WJCT’s video producer Carlos Bouvier, who is in South Carolina for the big show (20:45). Jeff Spear, president of Studio Spear in Jacksonville Beach, told us about his company’s marketing products around the world (30:32), and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news, including the Jaguars’ growing quarterback controversy (45:04). 


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Following the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship in October 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued 10 new safety recommendations meant to better inform sailors of impending weather conditions.

The guidelines are being released after two hearings in Jacksonville into the ship’s sinking, which killed all 33 crew members aboard. El Faro set sail from Jacksonville toward Puerto Rico and sank near the Bahamas after losing power and drifting into the path of Hurricane Joaquin.

 Monday on First Coast Connect we discussed the recently completed federal hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro with Glenn Jackson and Jill Jackson-d’Entremont, whose brother Jack Johnson was one of the 33 crew members who was killed in the disaster . The family’s attorney Bob Spohrer,  maritime legal expert Rod Sullivan and Florida Times-Union reporter Sebastian Kitchen also discussed the hearings. Dr. Ruby Satpathy from Baptist Heart Specialists told us about a unique heart procedure to replace an aortic valve without opening the chest and without general anesthesia and Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news.        


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A year after convening its first hearing into the sinking of cargo freighter El Faro, the U.S. Coast Guard wrapped up its third and final fact-finding session Friday in Jacksonville.

It could be another year or more before investigators issue recommendations.

Engineer: El Faro Met All Federal Guidelines Before Setting Sail

Feb 10, 2017
TOTE Maritime

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

On this episode of Redux, Jacksonvillians weigh in on the contentious debate over expanding the city’s human rights ordinance to include protecting the rights of LGBT folks. 

Then, little more than a year ago, Hurricane Joaquin slammed into the SS El Faro, sinking the cargo ship and killing all 33 people aboard.

While 28 families have since settled, we have an update on the five remaining families and their attempt to bring a civil lawsuit against the ship’s owner.

We also bring you the latest on a workforce diversity bill, which was prompted by a WJCT investigation, and the IceMen cometh to Jacksonville.


NPR

Executives who ran the company that owned and operated the cargo ship El Faro will testify about the ship’s operation as the company seeks to limit its liability in federal court.

That’s after a judge’s ruling Wednesday.  

El Faro hull underwater
The National Transportation Safety Board

Federal investigators want to know whether sailors aboard the cargo ship El Faro were well-rested enough to deal with the hurricane that sank the freighter in 2015.

That line of questioning opened the Coast Guard’s third and final hearing into what led to the deaths of all 33 crew members aboard. The hearing continues in Jacksonville. 

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly media roundtable included Sebastian Kitchen from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

Congaree and Penn farm owner Scott Meyer told us about Sunday’s Christmas at Congaree event on the farm and Jacksonville singer-songwriter Stacey Bennett from the band Folk Is People talked about their new album and some upcoming concerts. 


         

National Transportation Safety Board

The transcript from the voyage data recorder of the ill-fated El Faro cargo freighter shows the captain refused to change course before the ship crossed paths with a hurricane and sank last year.

The ship’s second and third mates urged Captain Michael Davidson to change course further south three times on the night before and morning of El Faro’s sinking in October of 2015.


Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Saturday marks the anniversary of last year's sinking of El Faro. 

The cargo ship lost power and drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, sinking off the coast of the Bahamas October 1, 2015, taking the lives of all 33 crewmembers on board. 

Merchant Marine Chief Steward Lauren (who didn’t 

want to give her last name) says for her, the sinking of El Faro was a reality check.

National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday it is developing a transcript from a voyage data recorder recovered from the El Faro’s bridge audio.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Accident investigators are one step closer to finding of what happened in the hours prior to cargo freighter El Faro sinking off the coast of the Bahamas last fall.

The ship’s voyage data recorder was raised earlier this week from 15 thousand feet of water and arrived at Mayport Naval Station Friday morning aboard the Navy Ship Apache.

National Transportation Safety Board

The voyage data recorder from Jacksonville-based cargo ship El Faro has been recovered, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday.

Peter Knudson / NTSB

Federal investigators are diving 15,300 feet below the Caribbean to try again to retrieve the voyage-data recorder from the sunken El Faro cargo ship.

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