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The marine insurance business is highly traditional and suffering, occasionally, from pains that come with age, as it grapples with the use of data in the maritime sphere.

At a cocktail party full of designers of coastal abodes and art types, I met a decorator from Jacksonville, Florida, when I explained that I was in the maritime business, she immediately asked me, “What do you think about that ship - the one that sank in a hurricane? It had sailed from Jacksonville, you know.” The vessel, of course, was the El Faro, the 1975- built steam-powered ro-ro/ container carrier which met its tragic end in October 2015, resulting in the deaths of all 33 men and women aboard. 

The US’ National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) says another mission will be needed to recover the voyage data recorder (VDR) from the sunken wreck of the El Faro.

The voyage data recorder (VDR) from the sunken wreck of the El Faro has been located.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released an accident docket on sunken ro-ro vessel El Faro, operated by TOTE Services.

The wreck of the El Faro has been positively identified on the seabed off the Bahamas.

The US Navy has located what it believes to be the wreck of the El Faro 15,000 feet down on the seabed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).