“Must kast” saadi kätte Punase mere ühest sügavamast kohast (920 meetrit). Väliselt ei tundunud vigastusi olevat, see eeldab, et kõik salvestatud materjal saadakse kätte. “Kast” saadetakse Londonisse ning sealt edastatakse see tootjafirmale Broadgate, kellel on olemas varustus, millega informatsioon “kastist” maha tõmmata ning lahti pakkida. Edasi saadetakse see Southhamptonis asuvasse laevaõnnetusi uurivasse asutusse (Marine Accident Investigation Branch).
While the specification of the VDR equipment varies from ship to ship, with different data being monitored, the conventional voyage data recorder might be expected to have recorded course, speed, weather conditions, helm orders, engine movements and revolutions.
Other conventional data would include a radar record, which could show any ships in the vicinity, along with voice recordings from the wheelhouse of the doomed ferry before it sank. The equipment is designed to survive prolonged immersion and pressure.
The analysis of the events, from the beginning of the onboard emergency, believed to have started with a cardeck fire, with the ship on passage in heavy seas and strong winds, will be added to witness statements.
This, along with other information, such as the state of the vessel’s fuel and ballast tanks, will produce a more complete picture of the tragedy.