NTSB: El Faro Was Seaworthy; Captain Intended To Sail Out Of Hurricane’s Path

The ill-fated cargo ship El Faro met all rules and regulations set by the American Bureau of Shipping and passed its annual U.S. Coast Guard inspection in March.

That’s what the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday after investigating the ship’s sinking in Hurricane Joaquin.

The NTSB said the ship’s captain, Michael Davidson, emailed shipping company TOTE Services with intentions to sail 65-miles outside the storm’s projected path. But the storm hit the ship directly after taking a turn south.

The ill-fated cargo ship El Faro met all rules and regulations set by the American Bureau of Shipping and passed its annual U.S. Coast Guard inspection in March.

That’s what the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday after investigating the ship’s sinking in Hurricane Joaquin.

The NTSB said the ship’s captain, Michael Davidson, emailed shipping company TOTE Services with intentions to sail 65-miles outside the storm’s projected path. But the storm hit the ship directly after taking a turn south.