Wreckage of El Faro believed to be have been located on sea bed

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).

The wreckage was first detected what are believed to be images of the vessel using Orion, a side-scanning sonar system, on 31 October.

The El Faro is believed to have sunk, with 33 crew onboard, during Hurricane Joacquim. Rescuers have only recovered one body to date.

“The target identified by Orion is consistent with a 790-foot cargo ship, which from sonar images appears to be in an upright position and in one piece,” NTSB said.

A deep ocean remotely operated vehicle, CURV 21 will now be used to survey and confirm the identity of the wreckage.

“If the vessel is confirmed to be El Faro, CURVE-21, outfitted with a video camera will start the documentation of the vessel and the debris field and attempt to locate and recover the voyage data recorder,” NTSB said.

“Those operations are expected to take up to 15 days to complete in ideal conditions but could take longer depending on weather and conditions encountered during the documentation process.”

Posted 01 November 2015

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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