NTSB Releases “Safer Seas Digest 2015”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its annual report summarizing marine accidents and the lessons to be learned from them. “Safer Seas Digest 2015,” available both in print and on NTSB’s website, examines 29 major marine casualty investigations the agency closed during 2015.

The 72-page report discusses the need for better voyage planning, effective communications, and recognizing the dangers of crew fatigue.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart’s report starts with the loss of the cargo ship El Faro, which sank near the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crew members died in the sinking on Oct. 1, 2015, an event that “turned our thoughts once again to how unforgiving the sea can be and the respect it demands. Our investigation of the El Faro sinking is still ongoing, but its toll underscores the indisputable importance of safety at sea,” Hart wrote.

Hart added: “Safer Seas Digest 2015″ represents our continuing commitment to sharing the lessons that we learn through our investigations. Many marine accidents can be prevented when crews know and respond to safety issues early and when crews work together effectively in the event of a crisis.”