We are pleased to announce that Bob Couttie, administrator of Maritime Accident Casebook since 2006, has been appointed as one of twelve ambassadors for the joint confidential reporting programme of the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) and the Nautical Institute’s Mariners’ Alerting and Reporting Scheme (MARS). The programme enables seafarers to report hazardous conditions, situations and accidents without fear of their identity being known.
Says Couttie: “Reading serious accident reports it is clear that in most cases there are unrecognised, unnoticed situations that either lead to an accident or show underlying problems that lead to accidents. Many seafarers are aware of these problems but have either reported them and been ignored, fear losing their jobs or just don’t know where to go to report it. This programme not only gives them someone to go to but will also protect their identities so they can report with confidence.
“We fully support the initiative and are exploring ways in which we can bring our own resources to bear on it. By reporting the incidents seafarer may stop an accident happening.”
While ambassadors themselves do not file reports they can advice on how to report. A list of ambassador can be downloaded here.
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