El Faro's lifeboat winches serviced two days before ship sank


(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — New clutches were installed on El Faro’s lifeboat winches on the day the ship left Jacksonville on what would become its last voyage, and the vessel’s surveyor says it was never told, WOKV News reported. Tim Neeson, port engineer for ship operator TOTE Services, told the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation on Friday that failing to notify either the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) or the Coast Guard about the replacement was “an oversight." Neeson said the parts swap was voluntary and that they were “working beautifully” afterward. El Faro sank on Oct. 1 with 33 crewmembers aboard.

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By Professional Mariner Staff