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El Faro Loss Linked to Perceived Deficiencies in the ACP

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The tragic loss of the U.S. cargo vessel El Faro along with its 33 member crew on October 1, 2015 led to the convening of a Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation tasked with determining as much as possible the cause(s) of the casualty.  Their charge was to determine any evidence of material failure, evidence of misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence, or willful violation of law; and whether there was any evidence that government personnel may have contributed to the casualty. On October 1, 2017, the second anniversary of the casualty, the Marine Board released its report which is not final until approved by the Commandant. As is often the case in such incidents, many factors were found to have contributed to the fatal voyage of El Faro.  However,  deficiencies in the USCG Alternative Compliance Program were found to have played a major role  In his article for the Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, Dennis L. Bryant takes an in-depth look at the history of the ACP as well as the many perceived shortfalls in the ACP as identified by the Marine Board.  Read the entire article at https://www.marinelink.com/news/deficiencies-perceived432447

Dennis L. Bryant, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

December 2017 

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