Third and final El Faro hearing set for February

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(WASHINGTON) — The third and final Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearing has been scheduled to commence on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla.

This hearing will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew witnesses, TOTE company officials, Coast Guard officials and contents of El Faro's voyage data recorder, including the transcript of bridge audio recordings which was released Dec. 13 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB, which is conducting its own concurrent investigation, will fully participate in the Marine Board of Investigation hearings.

 The hearing will be held at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32204.

There are several ways interested parties may stay up to date with the MBI proceedings. The Coast Guard will be tweeting live hearing updates from @uscoastguard with the following hashtags: #CGMBI #Elfaro. An email has been set up for interested parties to ask questions or make comments. This email will be checked regularly. The email is

The Coast Guard is also hosting a live stream of the proceedings. The Web address for the live stream and an archive of past El Faro proceedings is

By Professional Mariner Staff