The UK-based Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) has joined forces with Human Rights at Sea to share resources, investigate incidents of egregious human rights abuse at sea, and pursue justice for victims.
uman Rights at Sea will act as one of the key stakeholders to which CHIRP Maritime reports can be reviewed and accordingly acted upon. The NGO will also act as a conduit into the UN system through its UN ECOSOC accreditation, as required.
Many safety incident reports that we receive arise from breaches of regulatory and legal obligations which are in place to protect the safety of seafarers and the environment. This Memorandum of Understanding allows CHIRP and Human Rights at Sea to work collaboratively in identifying and addressing these issues
For his part, Human Rights at Sea CEO, David Hammond, added that “this new partnership … can confidentially access data of incidents to be investigated to support pathways to justice for victims of human rights abuse at sea. It will further inform both our organizations as to lessons identified to help mitigate the factors triggering these unnecessary incidents.”
CHIRP Maritime aims to improve safety at sea worldwide through its confidential and independent reporting program. It specifically welcomes safety-related reports from anywhere in the world and from all parts of the maritime industry, including commercial seafarers, fishers, recreational and leisure mariners, and anyone who works in a port or harbor.
It also welcomes reports from members of the public who use ports, harbors, or other means of maritime transport, such as ferry and cruise vessel passengers.