A port engineer testified that the captain of the El Faro wrote about Hurricane Joaquin in his daily report a day before the ship sank near the Bahamas last fall.
During the final day of a 10-day hearing before a U.S. Coast Guard panel, The Florida Times-Union reports that Tote Services Port Engineer Tim Neeson testified Friday that captain Michael Davidson was aware of the storm.
El Faro sank in a hurricane Oct. 1 after losing propulsion near the Bahamas. All 33 aboard died.
When asked about previous testimony concerning a wind-speed gauge that may not have been working, Neeson said that officials with Tote Services, the company that owned the El Faro, never interfered with necessary maintenance.
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Coast Guard officials say a second hearing will be scheduled following an April expedition by the National Transportation Safety Board to find the ship's data recorder.