Session Preview: The Loss of the Bounty

The Loss of the Bounty

CAPT Timothy Farley, U.S. Coast Guard Investigations and Casualty Analysis
CAPT Rob Jones, National Transportation Safety Board Marine Inspector

The loss of the tall ship HMS Bounty on October 29, 2012, in hurricane conditions created by Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent death of two crew members, prompted an investigation by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Captain Timothy Farley, US Coast Guard Deputy Chief of Investigations and Casualty Analysis, and Captain Rob Jones, National Transportation Safety Board Marine Inspector, will discuss the status of the joint USCG/NTSB marine casualty investigation. In addition to general observations drawn from BOUNTY investigation, Captains Farley and Jones will discuss the processes through which marine casualty investivations are convened, conducted and adjudicated by the two agencies. The results of the investigation had not been published when this program went to press.


NTSB (Office of Marine Safety)

USCG (Office of Investigations & Analysis)

CAPT Timothy Farley

CAPT Timothy J. Farley
CAPT Timothy J. Farley

Mr. Timothy J. Farley is the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigations Division Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis. He is the program manager responsible for administering marine casualty, environmental crimes, marine pollution, and personnel action investigations for the Commandant as well as implementing the drug and alcohol program inspection rules. Mr. Farley holds and maintains an active U.S. Coast Guard License as master, any gross tons, oceans.

He has a B.S. of business management, marine transportation from SUNY Maritime College.

CAPT Rob Jones

Captain Jones is a Senior Marine Accident Investigator with the Office of Marine Safety, at the National Transportation Safety Board’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Captain Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy at Castine, Maine in 1980.  Upon graduation he received a USCG License as Third Mate and shortly thereafter was employed by liner companies including Sea Land, United States Lines and Moore-McCormack Lines.  In 1982 Capt. Jones started his employ with the Transoceanic Cable Ship Company and advanced up through the ranks until sailing as Master in 1990.  Captain Jones was responsible for the installation and repair of undersea fiber optic cable systems around the world.  Many of these operations included the use of unmanned submersibles and other remotely operated vehicles.  Captain Jones retired from the Cable Ships after 13 years as Master to join the Safety Board in March of 2003.  Captain Jones has participated in numerous accident investigations since his arrival at the Board. He has launched as the lead investigator for Deck Operations on the Safari Spirit, S.S. Norway, Empress of the North, Cosco Busan, and most recently the Elka ApollonMSC Nederland collision in the Houston ship channel in October of 2011.  During the Staten Island ferry accident in 2003 involving the Andrew J. Barberi he served as Survival Factors group chairman. Captain Jones has led eight  investigations as Investigator in Charge including, the capsizing of the Taki-Too, and Sydney Mae off the Oregon Coast, the grounding of the Selendang Ayu in the Aleutians, the grounding of the New Delhi Express, the Axel Spirit and Orange Sun collisions all in the port of New York/New Jersey and the Eagle Otome collision in Port Arthur, Texas. Capt. Jones resides in the Annapolis area with his two children Cameron and Madison.

Post updated 1.28.2014


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