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NTSB Finds El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

first_imgzoom The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro was located early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 36 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).The investigative team, comprised of specialists from the NTSB, the U.S. Coast Guard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the owner and operator of El Faro, Tote Services, located the El Faro’s mast where the VDR was mounted using remotely operated undersea search equipment at about 1 a.m. EDT.After examining numerous images provided by undersea search equipment, the team positively identified the VDR.“It would not have been possible without the information gained during the first survey of the wreckage,” NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, said.The next step in the ongoing investigation is to determine how the VDR can be retrieved.The research vessel Atlantis will stay at the accident site through April 30, while the team continues the photo- and video-documentation of the sunken ship and debris field before returning to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on May 5.In a separate announcement, the USCG said that it will conduct a second round of public hearings for the Marine Board of Investigation into El Faro’s sinking.“The second hearing will focus on shipboard operations, cargo loading, lashing and stowage operations for the accident voyage while also examining the vessel’s analysis of stability and weather conditions forcasted and encountered,” the USCG said.In addition, the regulatory oversight for the El Faro will be examined to determine and potential implications of that oversight on the accident voyage.The third hearing will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew witnesses, TOTE company officials and contents of the El Faro’s VDR if it can be recovered and analyzed.The U.S.-flagged cargo ship sank on October 1, 2015, during Hurricane Joaquin while sailing from Florida to Puerto Rico, taking all 33 crewmembers with it.last_img read more

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April auto sales fall compared with year ago after record first quarter

April auto sales fall compared with year ago after record first quarter RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – After a record-breaking first quarter, monthly new auto sales in Canada fell compared with a year ago for the first time this year in April.DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall sales fell 1.6 per cent, as 197,203 vehicles rolled off lots last month compared with a year ago when April sales totalled a record 200,384.The consulting firms says passenger car sales retreated 8.7 per cent last month while light truck sales increased 2.5 per cent.But for the first four months of the year, total sales — at 618,721 units — still remained 2.5 per cent above the 603,364 sold by the end of April 2016.Thirteen out of the 26 brands reported lower year-over-year sales in April, including Toyota, which sold 9.9 per cent fewer vehicles last month, followed by FCA which slipped 9.1 per cent and Nissan which fell 8.1 per cent.Among the brands gaining ground, growth was led by Jaguar, Maserati and General Motors, which increased 16.4 per cent.General Motors also topped the sales charts for April with 30,948 vehicles sold, followed by Ford and FCA with 30,385 and 27,373 units, respectively. by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 2:24 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more