Through a new bill, Denmark’s Minister of Economic and Business Affairs Brian Mikkelsen will establish a new independent unit for investigating maritime accidents.
The just presented bill proposes the establishment of an independent maritime accident investigation board. The new investigation board is to replace the Division for Investigation of Maritime Accidents that investigates maritime accidents today and which falls under the Danish Maritime Authority.
The bill is presented on the basis of an EU Directive. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure that maritime accidents are investigated thoroughly at the EU level and that the investigations are carried out by investigation units that are independent of the national maritime administrations. The investigations are to enhance safety at sea and contribute to avoiding similar accidents in the future.
The bill – L xx – is available in Danish from the webpage of the Danish Parliament (the Folketinget): www.ft.dk.