Fact Sheets

El Faro Specs:

  • Capacity: 600 FEU
  • Length: 790 ft.
  • Max Speed: 22 knots
  • Launched at Sun Shipbuilding in January 1975
  • Updated: 1992/2006
  • U.S. flagged, American crew

Cargo Information:

  • Cargo onboard: 391 containers, 294 trailers and cars.

Safety Information:

  • El Faro’s last full American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) annual hull and machinery inspections were completed February 13, 2015.
  • El Faro’s last US Coast Guard annual inspection was completed on March 5 & 6, 2015.
  • The TOTE Services group conducts a formal annual onboard safety audit. The El Faro’s last audit was completed on March 3, 2015.
  • TOTE Services port engineers conduct weekly shipboard meeting with the captain and chief engineer to review maintenance and required support. In addition, shoreside contractors provide regularly scheduled vessel support when in Jacksonville.

Lifesaving Equipment:

  • El Faro had two lifeboats, one on each side of the ship. The lifeboats could be launched without ships’ power from their gravity davits. Each lifeboat could hold 43 persons and had survival rations onboard.
    • The lifeboats on the El Faro were open type. One propelled by manual power, the other by a small diesel engine.
    • The lifeboats were constructed of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (fiberglass).
    • Voids in the hull were filled with buoyant foam to provide positive stability and self-righting. Buoyancy material must be accepted by the Coast Guard.
  • El Faro also had five life rafts onboard. There were (2) 25-person life rafts on each side of the ship plus an additional 6-person life raft on the bow. Total life raft capacity was 106 persons. Life rafts are normally manually launched over the side. They are designed to float free and self-deploy.



El Faro photo

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El Faro

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Updated Monday, October 12, 2015 5:45pm