UK MAIB issued its second Safety Digest of 2022, which contains valuable lessons learned from maritime incidents.
his Safety Digest draws the attention of the marine community to some of the lessons arising from investigations into recent accidents and incidents. It contains information that has been determined up to the time of issue.
The second edition analyzes various incident involving merchant, fishing and recreational vessels, while also providing lessons learned from them.
Commenting on it, Andrew Moll, OBE Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, stated that:
The real trick is to try and prevent accidents before they happen and people are injured, and this needs what in the trade we call precautionary thought
Moreover, Mr. Moll added that “in their early stages, accident investigations can be highly pressured and intense as we try to capture perishable evidence before it is lost. But every investigation needs a plan, and time has to be set aside and the effort made for review as the plan unfolds.”
In the same wavelength, Julian Hughes, CEng CMarEng FIMarEST | V.Ships Leisure Technical Director, believes that the marine industry and technology have moved on so far and continue to do so:
Data and communication allow us to be informed, understand and train by simulation; trending statistics enable us to derive focus areas for safety and many such items across statutory bodies and company fleets and immediately share them worldwide
However, he warns that with all these tools, shipping is safer, “but nowhere near where we should be. Maybe we forget or become complacent about the on board risks that we pass by without a thought while performing our tasks.