The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with
the U.S. Navy to locate the El Faro, document the wreckage and debris field and
recover the voyage data recorder (VDR). Below is an update of recent
The Curve 21 remote operated vehicle (ROV) was used to
confirm that the vessel found was the El Faro.
The ROV documented both the port and starboard sides of the
The vessel is oriented in an upright position with the stern
buried in approximately 30 feet of sediment.
The navigation bridge and the deck below have separated from
the vessel and have not been located.
The voyage data recorder has not been located.
The team has reviewed sonar scans of the nearby debris field
and has not identified any targets that have a high probability of being the
missing navigation bridge structure.
Future plans are to redeploy the Orion side scan sonar
system to generate a map of the debris field to locate the navigation bridge