Cyprus has issued a memorandum to the maritime industry covering its newly established Marine Accident and Incident Investigation Committee. It was formally set up in December 2013.
It is an independent committee responsible for the investigation of all types of marine accidents and it is assisted by the Marine Accidents and Incidents Investigation Service.
The objective of the MAIC in investigating an accident is the prevention of future accidents by establishing its causes and circumstances. Its purpose is not to apportion blame or liability, nevertheless, it will not refrain from fully reporting on the causal factors of an accident, because blame or liability may be inferred from them.
The MAIC is not enforcement or prosecuting body.
The legislative framework under which the MAIC operates is provided in the aforesaid Law N. 94(I)/2012, which transposed the EU Directive 2009/18/EC into Cyprus’s legislation.