Local cargo ship union members and officials are mourning the loss of crew members who were aboard a ship that recently sank in dire weather conditions.

According to local news affiliate WBAL TV, the El Faro cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin has multiple ties to Maryland, including crew members with family in the state and a prior docking stint at a local terminal.

The El Faro cargo ship is presumed to have sunk near the Bahamas after the ship’s owner attempted to bypass a heavy storm. A mechanical error left it stranded in the eye of the hurricane, and the ship was destroyed.

The U.S. Coast Guard is still rummaging through debris near where the ship sank, preserving hope that there are survivors among the 33 crew members. One body has been recovered from the wreckage.

A local man from Parkville says his brother was among the crew members on the sunken El Faro. He says his family is “shaken up” by what is unfolding.

The 45-year-old ship was also lay-birthed at Rukert Terminals near the Port of Baltimore about five years ago and remained there for two years while maintenance was performed.

U.S. goods and services exports supported about 9.7 million jobs in 2011, and much of that is done through cargo ships just like the El Faro. Local union officials who operate similar ships on a daily basis are still trying to make sense of the tragedy.

“For the U.S.-flagged maritime community, it’s a big blow and it strikes us all very hard. Every time you step aboard a ship, you go out knowing that it could be your last trip,” said Klaus Luhta, chief of staff for the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots.

Until recently, Luhta said he had representatives operating the same exact route, adding that he could very easily have lost some of his own friends and coworkers in the tragedy.

Fox News Latino reports that the cargo ship was carrying cars and other products. Of the 33 crew members, 28 were were U.S. residents, while the other five were from Poland.