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The use of data in a marine accident investigation

Following the crash of the giant cruise ship ‘MSC Opera’ at the dock on the Giudecca Canal in Venice earlier this week, Mike Travis, Principal Inspector of the UK MAIB explained how technology can help accident investigators determine what happened.

Investigation on YM Efficiency loss of containers continues

The Australian transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) announced that the investigation into the loss of containers overboard from YM Efficiency, off Newcastle, on 1st June 2018, is continuing. The investigation is currently in the examination and analysis phase.

USCG to consider evidence related to Mary B II casualty

The US Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning on 13 May 2019 at the Newport, Oregon City Hall to consider evidence related to the Mary B II marine casualty investigation. The capsizing of fishing vessel Mary B II led to the deaths of three fishermen on 8 January.

AMCF 2019: Is the industry coping with marine casualties?

The third edition of the Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) hosted by marine and engineering consultancy LOC, opened today, gathering almost 400 delegates from more than 20 countries, under the theme “Marine casualties in the 21st century – is the industry coping?”

Ferry suffers fire off Queensland, passengers evacuated

The Australian passenger vessel ‘Fitzroy Flyer’ suffered an engine room fire and all of its four crew and 37 passengers were evacuated, east-north-east of Cairns, Queensland on 29 March 2019. Fitzroy Flyer was on a return trip to Cairns from Fitzroy Island.

Crew member killed by wire rope in Port of Gisborne

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has opened an inquiry into the cargo lashing fatality of a crew member on a ship berthed at Port of Gisborne, in the early morning hours of Wednesday. A wire rope broke and recoiled, striking a crew member, at about 0145. 

MPA Singapore: Manoeuvre error caused the collision off Tuas

MPA Singapore announced it has completed investigation on the collision between the Greece-registered bulk carrier ‘Pireas’ and the Malaysian Government vessel ‘Polaris’ in Singapore Territorial Waters off Tuas, in February. 

A “HOT” approach to incident investigation

Fenna van de Merwe, Principal Consultant, DNV GL, describes how an efficient incident investigation can provide significant benefits. Ms. van de Merwe notes that DNV GL has used human, organizational and technical dimensions in order to help Carnival establish a proper investigation process with outcomes that have greater impact.

Viking Sky: Inspection finds no damage to hull

Underwater examination of the cruise ship Viking Sky, which suffered a black out and went adrift along with almost 1,400 people onboard in the Norwegian sea over the weekend, revealed that there was no damage to the hull of the ship.

UK MAIB: Guidance on marine incident reporting

The UK MAIB issued amended guidance on marine incident reporting. MAIB investigates marine casualties involving UK vessels worldwide and vessels of any flag in UK territorial waters, to help prevent further avoidable accidents from recurring. 


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