[QUOTE=PMC;171317]What was the nature of the loss of power? [/QUOTE]
we don’t know because the owners won’t tell us and what us to believe that they do not know which is pure BS
Did they think they could regain power?
yes, or a distress call would have been made
Was there equipment that was not working?
we do not know because again the owners will not tell us that
Was anybody in the decision making processes sick or unavailable?
I doubt that would have even played a role even if the case…lots of experience and ability aboard the EL FARO
Did the cargo remain secured?
I believe the ship was knocked down and at a tremendous angle of heels the cargo began a cascading to the low side of the ship
Was there an identifiable point up to which the crew could have abandoned ship by helicopter?
certainly not after sunset on the 30th
And if so what was the decision process?
the master did not feel fear at sunset on the 30th or would have stopped to await Joachim to pass
Did they know where they were in the hurricane?
Was there was a point where the ship was still viewed as being stable and it was deemed too dangerous to attempt to disembark?
I do not believe there was any point to go to abandonship stations before whatever catastrophe befell the ship
What were the communications with the company?
the BIGGEST single question I have raised
What was the communication with the Coast Guard?
no communication from the master directly with the USCG
Was there a pan pan? Was there a mayday?
no and no
What GMDSS equipment was activated?
the EPIRB was briefly but those are not part of the GMDSS station
Was the AIS status ever changed?
I doubt that
Did they ever formally attempt to abandon ship?
I do not believe they survived long enough to try
Was the lifeboat released from the falls or ripped off of the falls?
I believe it is the latter
Where were the immersion suits?
that so many were found floating with zippers closed tell me they were in boxes on deck and floated out after the ship submerged
How many were there?
enough for all aboard
How many people put them on?
only one or more bodies would have been found
Were they ordered to put them on?
I do not believe they reached that point or more bodies would have been found
When were the last cell phone calls and what did the crew say?
we only know about the final email send by the second mate to her mother
Why was an EPIRB not manually activated?
I believe automatically activated as the ship was submerging but it was taken down with the hull
What methods of communication were available and when were they lost?
satcomm and GMDSS…all lost then the ship rolled onto her side and submerged
Did the GMDSS equipment work?
yes up until the time the ship submerged
What were the specifics of the SEMM as to the various phases of this emergency?
I am not familiar with SEMM…is this management of a major emergency? Merchant vessels do not plan for this like a drillship would
Was bridge management a reality or an abstract concept?
only the VDR voice recordings can tell us
What were the alternate plans and their critical points?
too many to list but we will never know the one’s the master was considering to use since those plans vanished forever with his death
Was there a point that they ran out of options and had not realized the gravity of the situation?
every mariner with a brain that works can pick out each point in the known chain of events and vessel’s track however I believe the master was blind to the gravity of the situation as evidenced that he did not stop the ship before clearing Rum Cay
Were there communication options available that were deemed too expensive to implement?
only VDR data which might be transmitted in real time to be recorded ashore
Was the captain able to adequately assess the risks, and if not, why?
the evidence say he was not able to but there is no clue why he couldn’t see the danger or if he did, why he proceeded? All we can do it speculate without getting cooperation from the owners
Was there anything else they should have or could have done before they were past the point of no return.
I do not believe there was anything to do except get propulsion back and to heave to but time ran out for them all
And if so how did it not happen.
the propulsion casualty could not be overcome in the time they had
What else could have been attempted or done differently.
a different route or to stop the ship before it reached the point of criticality
At some point or points substantial critical mistakes were made. What, when and how were those errors made?
this will be theorized and discuss in the industry for years to come
Obviously, critical and avoidable mistakes were made. Hopefully all of these processes will be identified and evaluated before conclusions are drawn - even though some already have. At that point regulations, preventative measures and training can be evaluated. One thing is likely - this discovery and evaluation process will take much longer than it should.
no question about each and every conclusion you make