MAC Blows The Whistle In Shipgaz

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Sep 052010


If you subscribe to Scandinavian shipping magazine Shipgaz you’ll already know that MAC administrator’s first column is in the new issue. If you’re not a subscriber to Shipgaz, then the news is that Bob Couttie’s first column appears in the new issue.

In his first column Couttie looks at whistleblowers, those seafarers who set up to the plate to expose Marpol violations, and how to discourage false whistleblowers.

Says editor Anna Lundberg: “We proudly present our new columnist Bob Couttie, accomplished reporter for several maritime publications and administrator of the portal Maritime Accident Casebook. In his first column for Shipgaz he puts the whistleblower into perspective. Professor Kjell Larsson presents another way of looking at recent years’ Helcom statistics of sharply reduced illegal discharges in the Baltic. According to him, it’s not that simple.

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Piracy Resources

 Bob Couttie, ICC, IMB, International Maritime Bureau  Comments Off on Piracy Resources
Jul 172007

An up-to-date map of piracy incidents from th International Maritime Bureau is HERE

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Weekl;y Piracy Report is HERE 

Piracy Help lines:

Reporting of incidents

Ships are advised to maintain anti-piracy watches and report all piratical attacks and suspicious movements of craft to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia .

Tel + 60 3 2078 5763
Fax + 60 3 2078 5769
Telex MA34199 IMBPCI
24 Hours Anti Piracy HELPLINE Tel: ++ 60 3 2031 0014

Jul 132007

Where is the most dangerous place on your ship? The cargo holds? The chain locker? The galley? The rolling deck in a storm? No. The most dangerous place on your ship is the one place you really, really want to be when things go really, really wrong.

The Case Of The Deadly Saviour

Click here to listen to the podcast

Click here to subscribe to MAC podcasts

Reporting Confidentially

 Bob Couttie, casualties, maritime accidents, Nautical Institute  Comments Off on Reporting Confidentially
Jul 102007

Not all accidents and close-call incidents get reported even though there are safety lessons worth distributing among other seafarers. Sometimes issue go unreported because people feel they might put their jobs at risk if their identities are revealed. There are two resources worth going to if you want to report a matter of concern (Click on the highlighted words to open the relevant websites):

The Nautical Institute’s MARS ( Maritime Accident Reporting System)

And CHIRP, the Confidential Human factors Incident Reporting Programme

Some national maritime safety authorities, such as the Australian Transport Safety Safety Bureau have similar systems.

You can also email , we’ll keep your details confidential and pass your concerns on to the the appropriate organisation.

MCA Podcast

 Bob Couttie, casualties, maritime accidents, podcast  Comments Off on MCA Podcast
Jul 062007

If you like the Maritime Accident Case book podcast you might also be interested in the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s regular monthly podcast. Click here to check it out. If you know of other maritime-related podcasts with a safety angle either drop me a post or email me at

How To Investigate A Maritime Incident

 Bob Couttie, casualties, MAIIF, maritime accidents  Comments Off on How To Investigate A Maritime Incident
Jun 302007

If you want to know how how maritime accidents are investigated, what they look for etc. then I’d recommend the Maritime Accident Investigator’s International Forum manuals, click here to go to the MAIIF page. The site itself doesn’t seem to be updated very often, not much by way of updates since 2005 but an interesting resource.

Jun 282007

Ships are dangerous places for the badly trained, the unwary, the careless. In this case two seafarers were killed by almost nothing.

The Case of the Silent Assassin

Listen to the podcast and read the illustrated transcript here