Skip to main content

No sign of missing TOTE ship as Coast Guard suspends search overnight

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Oct 02, 2015 1:42PM EDT

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing TOTE Maritime roll-on, roll-off/container ship with 33 crew members that was caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas, and will resume the operation at first light on Saturday morning.

As night fell there was still no sign of the El Faro that was caught in the storm while en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from the Florida port of Jacksonville, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said its watchstanders at Portsmouth, Virginia, received an Inmarsat satellite notification at approximately 7:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, advising that the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list.

 The crew reported the ship had previously taken on water, but that all flooding had been contained, the Coast Guard said.


The El Faro

The Coast Guard’s 7th District command center in Miami launched an HC-130 aircrew out of Clearwater, Florida, to search for the ship. 

Two Air Force C-180 Hurricane Hunter air crews also failed to locate the vessel.

At midday Friday, the Coast Guard was still trying to reestablish communication with the El Faro crew. 

“Our objective now is to get our assets as close to them as possible to reestablish communications,” a Coast Guard spokesman said. 

He added that the search was complicated by severe weather conditions and that the ship was believed to be near the hurricane's eye.

Separately from the El Faro, the Coast Guard rescued all 12 crew members from a 212-foot-long cargo ship that was abandoned Thursday 51 miles northwest of Haiti. The crew members were rescued by helicopter from a lifeboat in 10-foot swells and 35-knot winds, the Coast Guard said.

TOTE Maritime CEO Tim Nolan confirmed the loss of communication with the El Faro.

“There are a number of possible reasons for the loss of communications among them the increasing severity of Hurricane Joaquin,” he said in a statement.

 “TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the 33 individuals on board. We are working to ensure clear and frequent communications with their families and loved ones as we learn more.”

The El Faro, formerly named the Northern Lights, is a U.S.-flag ship that operates in the domestic Jones Act trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.

 The 735-foot ship was launched in 1975 at Sun Shipbuilding in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Contact Joseph Bonney at and follow him on Twitter: @JosephBonney.

Popular posts from this blog


While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…