Nov 082009

Britain’s Maritime Accident Investigation Branch is looking for a chief Investigator to succeed Rear-Admiral Stephen Meyer, whose second three-year stint at MAIB comes to an end shortly.

Since 2002, when Rear Admiral John Lang retired from MAIB, Stephen Meyer has continued to maintain MAIB and effective organisation although having much responsibility with little authority to enforce its recommendations. Sometimes controversial, as in the case of MSC Napoli and Eurovoyager, Meyer’s subtle sense of British humour is evident in the MAIB safety digests and, to anyone who has spoken with him, a firm, no-nonsense approach that sought to maintain MAIB’s independence, and influence on maritime accident investigation agencies elsewhere in the world.

Meyer joined the branch at 51, after a Royal Navy career covering 34 years. A navigation specialist, he commanded six warships, including the amphibious ship HMS Fearless, and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. As a Rear Admiral, he served first in Bosnia as the Military Adviser to the High Representative, and was subsequently the Commander of UK Maritime Forces, the Royal Navy’s Seagoing Admiral. His final appointment in the military was as Chief of Staff in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.

His successor will report directly to the Secretary of State for Transport, and be personally responsible for the conduct of marine accident investigations.

Says MAIB: “The purpose of the MAIB is to improve safety at sea. The Chief Inspector is required to discharge the UK’s responsibility for the independent safety investigation of marine accidents, and to satisfy all stakeholders that marine accidents are investigated in an exemplary manner.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to head up the world leader in marine accident investigation. The successful candidate will have excellent leadership skills, a professional background at a senior level within the marine industry, as well as a professional qualification in a recognised marine discipline.”

His successor will face a challenging job well-worth the relatively modest 100,000 sterling a year pay check.

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