TOTE executive: Captain responsible for putting El Faro in hurricane's path

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(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A TOTE Services executive testified on Tuesday that the captain of El Faro was responsible for the decisions that put the cargo ship in the path of Hurricane Joaquin, Reuters reported. Philip Morrell, vice president for commercial marine operations, told the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation that Capt. Michael Davidson made the final determinations about safety, when to sail and the route to take from Florida to Puerto Rico. The 790-foot El Faro disappeared on Oct. 1 off the Bahamas after Davidson reported the ship had lost propulsion and was taking on water. All 33 crewmembers died.

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By Professional Mariner Staff