Investigations and Litigation Follow S.S. El Faro Tragedy

4 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2015 Last revised: 22 Dec 2015

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Craig H. Allen

University of Washington - School of Law; UW Arctic Law and Policy Institute

Date Written: November 6, 2015

Abstract

On October 1, 2015, the U.S. flag cargo ship El Faro sank with all hands in the Atlantic Ocean east of The Bahamas, during Hurricane Joaquin. The casualty is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board. In response to claims by families of some of the 33 crew member, the vessel owner invoked the U.S. Shipowner Limitation of Liability Act. Events leading up to the tragedy will be given strict scrutiny in the coming months.

Keywords: El Faro, Limitation of Liability, Vessel, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, NTSB, Hurricane Joaquin

JEL Classification: K10, K41, L92

Suggested Citation

Allen, Craig H., Investigations and Litigation Follow S.S. El Faro Tragedy (November 6, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2687294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2687294

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