Category Archives: Merchant Marine

Coast Guard Civil Penalties Possible for Operator of Sunken SS El Faro

Coast Guard Civil Penalties Possible for Operator of Sunken SS El Faro

An undated video frame grab showing the stern of the of the sunken freighter El Faro on the seafloor, 15,000-feet deep near the Bahamas. The image was taken by Cable Underwater Recovery Vehicle (CURV) aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172). US Navy image.

The operator of the SS El Faro container ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 now faces the prospect of a U.S. Coast Guard-initiated civil penalty investigation, according to a Final Action Memo released by the Coast Guard today.

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Experts: Awareness Key to Fighting Maritime Crime

Experts: Awareness Key to Fighting Maritime Crime

A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment member and a Ghanaian navy sailor inspect a fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing during the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) in 2014. US Navy Photo

A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment member and a Ghanaian navy sailor inspect a fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing during the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) in 2014. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Awareness in the maritime domain and on land is key to enforcing laws regarding fisheries, the environment and crime on the seas and in coastal waters, the chief operating officer of a not-for-profit research organization told attendees at a forum Monday on the changing role of non-state actors in protecting marine resources. Read More