Maritime Law

Has the Sinking of El Faro Changed Maritime Law?

On October 1, 2015, the cargo vessel El Faro disappeared on its way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to the Coast Guard, the vessel sailed too close to Hurricane Joaquin and sank, taking the lives of all 33 people on board. Now, Congress is trying to prevent similar tragedies from happening. Will this new … Continue reading Has the Sinking of El Faro Changed Maritime Law?

El Faro Update: Family Attorneys Try to Block Limited Liability Motion

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Last October, 33 people lost their loves when the cargo ship, El Faro, sank off the coast of the Bahamas during a hurricane. Bangor Daily News called the tragedy the worst cargo shipping disaster since the 1980s. The vessel, owned by TOTE Maritime, had a history of substandard maintenance. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, … Continue reading El Faro Update: Family Attorneys Try to Block Limited Liability Motion

El Faro Families Seek Closure Through Photos

According to First Coast News, family members of El Faro victims have been allowed to view photos and video taken during the search for the missing vessel. Additionally, it was announced last week that CBS News would air a report on 60 Minutes, going behind the scenes of the El Faro search, showing video from … Continue reading El Faro Families Seek Closure Through Photos

When is the New Deadline for Filing El Faro Lawsuits?

According to the Florida Times-Union, a court ordered lawsuit deadline for family members of the El Faro disaster has been extended to February 19, 2016. Originally, the court ordered a deadline of December 21. However, it found that this date did not give parties enough time to prepare claims. The new deadline was requested by … Continue reading When is the New Deadline for Filing El Faro Lawsuits?

El Faro Families Fight Petition for Limitation of Liability

According to First Coast News, the legal battle between the operators of the El Faro, which sank during Hurricane Joaquin this fall, and family members of its victims is heating up. A court imposed deadline was set in Florida for today for family members to file lawsuits. Sadly, all 33 crewmembers who were aboard the … Continue reading El Faro Families Fight Petition for Limitation of Liability

Should the El Faro Search Continue?

According to the Florida Times-Union, since the search for remains of the El Faro container ship was suspended in November, a crewmember’s wife has asked publicly for another one to begin. The newspaper reports that the Jacksonville woman, whose husband is presumed to have died along with the 33 crewmembers, is preoccupied with resuming a … Continue reading Should the El Faro Search Continue?

El Faro’s Sister Ship Involved in Maritime Incident

According to the Bangor Daily News, the sister ship of the El Faro, which sank near the Bahamas in October during Hurricane Joaquin, drifted for several hours recently after losing power during a voyage. The news outlet reported that the North Star, also owned by TOTE Maritime, lost power on November 24, as it sailed from … Continue reading El Faro’s Sister Ship Involved in Maritime Incident

Were the Families of the 33 El Faro Crewmen Offered a Settlement?

Continuing our coverage of the El Faro disaster, TOTE Maritime has made a settlement offer to the families of the 33 El Faro crewmen lost at sea. According to First Coast News, the settlement would provide each of the families with lost wages plus $500,000 each in compensation. While TOTE Maritime is touting this as … Continue reading Were the Families of the 33 El Faro Crewmen Offered a Settlement?

Has the Search for El Faro Data Recorder Been Called Off?

According to National Public Radio, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called off its search for the missing data recorder from the wreckage of the El Faro. The agency said that it used remote operated vehicles with the assistance of the Navy to attempt to find the recorder through the remaining wreckage that has … Continue reading Has the Search for El Faro Data Recorder Been Called Off?

Has a Court Imposed an El Faro Lawsuit Deadline?

According to WTLV-TV, a judge in Jacksonville has ordered family members of victims of the El Faro disaster to file lawsuits by December 21 in order to pursue claims. U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger signed the court order recently preventing family members from filing lawsuits outside of the venue and outside of the deadline against … Continue reading Has a Court Imposed an El Faro Lawsuit Deadline?

What is Involved in the El Faro Recovery Process?

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been blogging heavily about the El Faro wreck, as it is the worst cargo shipping disaster involving an American-flagged vessel in more than three decades. With this in mind, the Seattle Times recently had a report about the details involved with the El Faro recovery effort that … Continue reading What is Involved in the El Faro Recovery Process?

Search for El Faro Data Recorder, Bridge Continues

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Navy continued its search last week for pieces of the El Faro cargo ship that went missing during Hurricane Joaquin. Investigators were able to find wreckage of the ship, as a salvage team managed to spot parts of the vessel on the ocean floor at a depth of … Continue reading Search for El Faro Data Recorder, Bridge Continues

THE FINDING OF THE EL FARO BY THE UNITED STATES NAVY & THE FILING OF THE PETITION OF LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

This past Friday, as the owners of the El Faro, Sea Star Lines, d/b/a, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and Tote Services, Inc., were filing a lawsuit in the Federal Court in Jacksonville, Florida, to limit and possibly, eliminate, their liability in the sinking of the EL FARO and the death of 33 crew members, the … Continue reading THE FINDING OF THE EL FARO BY THE UNITED STATES NAVY & THE FILING OF THE PETITION OF LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Navy Tug Apache Continues El Faro Search

According to the Navy Times, the search for the missing cargo ship El Faro continued last week as the Navy sent its fleet ocean tug Apache to help investigators. The Apache left Norfolk, Virginia with undersea search systems onboard designed to find the El Faro, which is believed to have sunk. The vessel went missing … Continue reading Navy Tug Apache Continues El Faro Search

Did the El Faro Captain Report a Hull Breach?

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According to CNN, the captain of the El Faro cargo ship that is presumed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin reported a hull breach, blown scuttle and the presence of water onboard the vessel before it went missing. The National Transportation and Safety Board, which is investigating the ship’s disappearance, has confirmed the communication of … Continue reading Did the El Faro Captain Report a Hull Breach?

Did Fuel Sediment Clog the El Faro’s Engine?

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On Monday, we discussed the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship off the coast of the Bahamas, with 33 crewmembers on board and who are believed to have died. As we noted, lawsuits are being filed in connection to the alleged sinking, with family members claiming negligence on the part of operator TOTE Maritime. … Continue reading Did Fuel Sediment Clog the El Faro’s Engine?

El Faro Lawsuits Filed: Here’s What You Should Know

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In an update to a series of blog posts, it was reported last week that lawsuits were beginning to be filed against the operators of the El Faro vessel that is believed to have sank off the coast of the Bahamas on October 1. According to the Florida Times-Union, a lawsuit has been filed on … Continue reading El Faro Lawsuits Filed: Here’s What You Should Know

Sinking of Cargo Ship El Faro: What Happens Next?

The maritime community has suffered a tremendous loss with the sinking of the El Faro. The families of the crew members are grieving and trying to grasp their devastating loss. Thirty-three crew members of all ages were lost in a horrific tragedy and everyone wants to know why did this happen. Questions range from: Should … Continue reading Sinking of Cargo Ship El Faro: What Happens Next?

Why Did Cargo Ship El Faro Sink?

Update to Cargo Ship El Faro Sinking The search for the missing crew members on board the cargo ship El Faro has been suspended as of Wednesday, October 7. However, the National Transportation Safety Board and Coast Guard are still searching for the sunken cargo ship and its voyage data recorder, which could bring to … Continue reading Why Did Cargo Ship El Faro Sink?

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