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Missing Vessel EL FARO

As we pray and continued to hope that survivors of the EL FARO will be found, we continue to ponder the numerous questions as to the underlying facts, circumstances and causes. Such was the case with the sinking of the bulk carrier POET in 1980 and the LASH vessel MS MUNCHEN in 1978. Both vessels were lost with all hands leaving no witnesses to testify as to what had occurred. Hopefully that will not be the case with the EL FARO. Looking ahead as to how those questions may be answered, it is of interest to note that under US law two agencies have authority to investigate major marine casualties, the National Transportation Safety Board and the US Coast Guard. A major marine casualty is defined in 46 C.F.R. § 4.40-5 and in 49 C.F.R. § as follows:

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