[QUOTE=cmjeff;171099]What do we know about the continued salvage operations?
The best I can put together is that the USCG and Tote have stepped down completely and the NTSB is taking over salvage operations. Latest report I’ve heard is the closest navy salvage ship with an ROV is a week out.
But I also here that the salvage contractors, Crowley and T&T Salvage, have boats continuing to search and recover surface debris.
There is at least one unidentified body know to be still floating in a gumby suit but I can’t find any attempts to uncover it.
Also, do we know who the NTSB Investigators are?[/QUOTE]
Being on the other side of the world and with the main stream media having forgotten this “incident” I just wonder what is happening around locating the wreck of El Faro, if anything?
I have some specific questions:
Are there still somebody out there looking for items floating on the surface, some of which may have clues as to how events developed?
There should be large amount of debris floating around, incl. the second lifeboat, the life rafts and other items of LSA that would be likely to float up, even if the ship capsized quickly.
Has the body reported to have been spotted been recovered? Since one body in a survival suite was located, others of the crew may have had time to done theirs, in which case their bodies may be out there somewhere, heading for the Sargasso gyre.
The EPIRB was reported to have sent only a short “ping”. It may have been manually activated, but if it was functioning right it should be transmitting for days after activation. It is “unsinkable” and should still be floating around somewhere, possibly with data that may help locating the wreckage.
The VDR consist of two parts, one of which is “free float” and fitted with a locator, which should send it’s position via satellite for days, if not weeks. It contains the most important data from the main VDR capsule, which is presumably gone down with the ship, but designed to send out acoustic “pings” for up to 90 days.
If this had been an Airliner, there would be extensive search going on stll. The search for MH 370 is still ongoing after 1 1/2 year.
PS> Two more question: Since this vessel was on a “domestic” run between two US ports, was she IMO SOLAS compliant?
Since her regular run was within 32N/32S, are Immersion Suites required to be carried, or may be just something left behind from her days on the Alaska run?