Amidst ongoing investigation into the sinking of the
El Faro in 2015 claiming lives of all the 33 crew members during Hurricane
Joaquin, the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board has
issued 10 safety recommendations as the hurricane season begins.
“As we enter the 2017 hurricane season
we are reminded of the power and devastation associated with these storms,”
said NTSB Acting Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “Storm avoidance is a life-saving
skill at sea. And having frequent, up-to-date and reliable weather information
is key to effective storm avoidance – and to saving lives.”
The recommendations aim at enhancing the availability
of weather information to the mariners.
The NTSB typically releases safety
recommendations at the conclusion of an investigation but can issue them at any
point in the investigative process. But after noting how Hurricane Joaquin and
several other major storms had significantly deviated from their forecasts,
NTSB investigators have determined that a new emphasis on improving tropical
cyclone forecasting was warranted.
“We are getting these recommendations
out as the hurricane season begins so that the work on these safety
improvements can start immediately,” said Sumwalt.
The El Faro
investigation is expected to be completed later this year when
investigators will present their findings to NTSB Members who will determine
the accident’s probable cause and contributing factors in a public meeting in
The topic of weather forecasting and
routing are obviously critical components of the ongoing investigations by both
the NTSB and the U.S. Coast Guard into the sinking.