Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has suspended publication of its regular Safety Digests following what it describes as a “sensationalist account” in Lloyd’s List based on a recent “carefully worded article” which the branch says “it has significantly harmed the MAIB’s ability to improve safety at sea”.
In publication three times a year since at least 1990 the safety digests presented safety issued based on MAIB reports covering the fishing industry, commercial shipping and leisure. That have been marked by insightful and often forceful introductions by the MAIB’s Chief Inspector.
The MAIB website says:
MAIB statement on Lloyd’s List article 28 June 2010
The MAIB regrets the decision by Lloyd’s List to publish a sensationalist account of a carefully worded article in the MAIB’s Safety Digest 1/2010. In doing so, against repeated requests from the MAIB, it has significantly harmed the MAIB’s ability to improve safety at sea.
The initial effect of the Lloyd’s List (incorrect) attempt to identify the ships and companies involved, is that the Chief Inspector will, in future, be unable to voice his generic concerns. It has also been necessary to postpone, indefinitely, production of future Safety Digests.