The USCG Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) regarding the loss of the cargo ship El Faro with 33 persons on board on 1 October 2015 issued a media release stating that the transcripts for the hearing session, held in February, is available at http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doctype/4007/286370/ The third hearing session, anticipated for this winter, will examine additional elements of the investigation including information retrieved from the ship’s voyage data recorder (VDR).
This final hearing session is anticipated to conclude the fact-finding phase of the investigation. Once the Coast Guard’s fact finding is completed, the MBI will shift to the analysis phase and work independently from the National Transportation Safety Board’s concurrent investigation. When the MBI completes its report of investigation they will submit it to the commandant of the Coast Guard. After the commandant reviews the report and makes his final determinations on any safety recommendations, it will be made public.