Just like in Airplanes, a ship is also provided with a black box known as Voyage data recorder. The VDR helps for reconstruction of the voyage details and vital information during an accident investigation.
MOL announced a joint success with Japan Radio and JSAT MOBILE Communications in building a network that shares data recorded in VDR by using Fleet Xpress provided by Inmarsat, a high-capacity, high-speed satellite telecommunication service.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced the convening of a voyage data recorder group, to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio.
The NTSB’s third mission to the wreckage of the El Faro is scheduled to launch Friday from Virginia Beach, Virginia, whose primary objective is to retrieve the sunken cargo ship’s voyage data recorder.
A U.S. salvage team ended its search off the Bahamas for the missing voyage data recorder of the cargo ship El Faro which sank with its mostly American crew in a hurricane last month, officials said on Monday.