El Faro boiler component 'deteriorated severely' but deemed not urgent

El Faro 2 Bridge

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — TOTE Service's ship management director told a Coast Guard investigative panel on Friday that specific boiler parts on El Faro had "deteriorated severely," but there was no need for urgent repairs, WOKV News reported. Jim Fisker-Andersen read from a September ship survey that cited "cracking and loss of material, plus heavy buildup of fuel" in all three burner throats in the starboard boiler. Fisker-Andersen testified that after consulting various boiler experts, they determined the repairs could be done during a dry dock and weren’t “show stoppers." El Faro lost propulsion and sank on Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin.

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By Professional Mariner Staff