Sinking of the Freight Vessel El Faro

Investigation Details

What Happened

?On October 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin, the US-flagged cargo ship SS El Faro sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 40 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Island, Bahamas. All 33 people on board perished. El Faro was owned by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and operated by TOTE Services, Inc. Damages from the sinking were estimated at $36 million. Before the loss of El Faro, the last comparable US maritime disaster was the sinking of the US bulk carrier Marine Electric off the coast of Virginia in February 1983, in which all but three of the 34 persons aboard lost their lives.