In closing, I would like to thank the staff for its hard work. I also want to thank my
colleagues for their preparation going into the board meeting, and for the good
debate and discussion. My special thanks to Adam Tucker, the investigator-in-charge.
The recommendations that we issued today, if
acted upon, will improve marine safety. They address at multiple levels one specific
concern, the functionality of quick closing valves. Our recommendations to Baja
Ferries to assess their fixed firefighting systems and review their lifesaving
appliance training are likewise remedial.
Broader recommendations aim to provide for improved
safety management within the company and tighter safety oversight at many
If acted on, these broader recommendations
would bolster proactive pursuit of safety, rather than provide piecemeal
corrective actions afterward.
I urge the recipients to act on these
recommendations, so that this fortunately non-fatal fire is not remembered as the
dress rehearsal for a future tragedy.
We stand adjourned.