CI Courses On Offer From NTSB

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Jan 282011

The US National Transportation Safety Board is offering two courses for investigators and industry professionals in the next two months.

The first course, Cognitive Interviewing for Accident Investigators, will be offered February 23-24, 2011, at the NTSB Training Center, and provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to conduct interviews of participants in, and witnesses to, transportation incidents or accidents. Emphasis will be on the cognitive interviewing technique to maximize the amount and quality of information obtained during investigative interviews. This course will also focus on refining CI techniques and will provide the participant with numerous opportunities to gain confidence using the CI method through interactive discussion, demonstrations and exercises. Continue reading »

Learn Incident Investigation With MSF

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Nov 252010

Marine Safety Forum is to run a series of incident investigation courses early in 2011 at the Atholl Hotel, 54 Kings Gate, Aberdeen, AB1. The cost of the two-day courses is £395 plus VAT per delegate

Course Dates:

23rd & 24th February11th & 12th May24th & 25th August
23rd & 24th November

The Marine Safety Forum incident investigation training process is split into two parts. Delegates must complete Part One of the training before progressing to Part Two. Part One – Intended for: nominated vessel crew members. Training is designed to ensure that delegates, who at some point may be required to act as team members in incident investigations, are adequately prepared and are familiar with the concepts of causational/ root cause analysis investigation techniques. Part Two – Intended for: vessel captains, chief engineers and office management. Training content includes additional information and training for those delegates who may be required to lead independent investigations into major accidents or high potential incidents.

To book a place on this course, use the ‘Apply’ arrow (Training Courses) which will direct you to the Safety Hub’s website, ring them on +44 (0)1674 673963 or send an e-mail to

Half Century Barge Buckled – No Procedures

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Aug 152010

imageSurveys of a 55 year-old dumb barge did not identify the lack of stability data and bending moment information, nor required an inspection in drydock says an MAIB preliminary report on the sinking of the Henty Supplier follwoing catastrophic hull failure at 1313 BST on 19 July 2010. 

Says the MAIB: “Buckling of the hull leading to a transverse split along a cross-deck weld adjacent to hatch coamings in way of number 4 cargo tank.

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MAIB Chief Admits – “I was naïve”

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Jul 292010

Rear Admiral Stephen Meyer, who retires as Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents for the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch in August, gives a hint of the enormous pressures facing today’s maritime investigators and the emerging threats to the branch’s independence that will be faced by his successor, Stephen Clinch.

In a farewell message, after eight years at the helm, in the MAIB’s 2009 annual report he writes: “When I joined, I was naïve enough to think that everyone would be on the side of independent investigation, the sole purpose of which was future safety. In fact, few are on our side, as everyone involved in an accident has some form of vested interest, and others often have a particular axe to grind. I have also had to fight to maintain the independence and integrity of the MAIB, and our right to operate free from the growing culture of blame and litigation.

“That we have continued to operate so successfully in the face of such challenges has reinforced our credibility and is, I believe, an important outcome for safety at sea. I have an amazing team in the MAIB who, despite the gruelling nature of constantly working with death and tragedy, have remained positive and enthused.”

Some 1663 marine accidents and incidents were reported to the MAIB in 2009 and covered by its small team of 39 people.and a tiny budget of £4m. Many non-commercial casualties are still going unreported. Says Meyer: ” It is quite evident from the accidents we investigate that safety standards, supervision, training, inspection and enforcement are routinely well below that expected ashore. Although improvements are taking place, these are normally driven by accident investigations conducted by the MAIB and similar organisations in other countries”.

MAIB’s commitment to maritime safety is, unfortunately not shared by all administrations. Cyprus and Belgium have not responded to safety recommendations and a European windlass manufacturer had declined to improve the safety of equipment (Not identified in the MAIB annual report, TTS Kocks Gmbh, ed)

A Series For Every Investigator – Eyewitness

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Apr 172010

image Every marine accident investigator deals with issues of memory and all have to be familiar with interview techniques, so the BBC’s new series Eyewitness is a must-see, or must listen. Two areas of particular interest are false memories and cognitive interviewing techniques, both useful knowledge for investigators.

Made by the BBC in collaboration with Greater Manchester Police and the Open University, the programmes explore the fallibility of human memory in witness testimony, by creating eyewitnesses and looking at real life cases crucial to the eyewitness story, as well as looking behind the scenes of the series and finding out more about the experts and their work.

Although the series is focussed on police work much of it is very relevant to maritime accident investigation, as the Skania/Gitta, Cosco Busan and other incidents demonstrate.

Here’s Becky Milne on Cognitive interview Techniques:


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Jobs – Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, MAIB

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Apr 152010


Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents

Southampton, with some UK and overseas travel

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s purpose is to improve safety at sea. It has established itself as the world leader in its field and deploys investigation teams nationally and internationally from its headquarters in central Southampton.

Following the promotion of the current Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents to succeed the Chief Inspector when he retires at the end of August 2010, we are now seeking to recruit his replacement. You will be responsible for managing the main operational functions of the Branch at all stages of its investigations, as well as dealing with a wide range of stakeholders, nationally and internationally.

You will report to and work closely with the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents in dealing with strategic challenges and in shaping the direction of accident investigation policy. You 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. You will also have exemplary report writing skills.

For further information and how to apply, please contact: Please do not send CVs without contacting us first.

The closing date is 23 April 2010.

Apr 152010


Vacancy No. 10-1566-HQ-DC-M
Department US Coast Guard

Locations: WASHINGTON, DCJob


Department: Department Of Homeland Security

Agency: United States Coast Guard

Salary Range: 105,211.00 – 136,771.00 USD /year

Job Announcement Number: 10-1566-HQ-DC-M

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S/V Concordia and the Nautical Goat

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Mar 052010

Concordia - a poster child for BMSR still

It was not so much Transport Canada’s decision to investigate the capsize and sinking of the Barbados-flagged  sailing vessel Concordia that raised questioning eyebrows as the apparent implication that TSB did not trust the Barbadian maritime authority to do the job properly. The issues surrounding the investigation of what happened to the 58 metre tallship Concordia and the subsequent search and rescue operations, SAR, may go somewhat deeper.

Concordia, built in Poland and completed in 1992, apparently capsized swiftly and without warning on 17 February off the coast of Brazil. Its 64 passengers and crew were rescued 40 hours later by a merchant ship and subsequently transferred to Brazilian Navy rescue helicopters.

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Feb 222010


Fast Ann a 1980-built decommissioned and unmanned 1,740 tonne cargo vessel waiting to be dismantled, parted her moorings on an ebb tide in dense fog in the River Humber on 19 January 2010. Her radar echo was acquired and tracked by Humber Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), who made several unsuccessful attempts to establish communications with the unknown contact. A pilot vessel and two tugs were then tasked to investigate. One of the tugs managed to identify the vessel and made fast a tow line to her stern. Dense fog and a strong ebb tide of about 4 knots hindered the efforts of the tug, which could not prevent Fast Ann from making contact with the Immingham Oil Terminal structure.

There was damage to vessel’s bow structure and starboard side railings and IOT suffered damage to the structure supporting the pipelines. Continue reading »