: MARINE ACCIDENT INVESTION BRANCH.
Operates independently of MSA, investigates
1) Accident at sea and onboard ships
2) Dangerous occurrences at sea,
Aim -Determining what caused an accident in order to prevent it from happening again.
– Publishes reports on accidents with recommendations and lessons to be learned.
Duties – defined in the MS regulations 1994.
– Employs a staff of professional and support staff (Inspectors)
Professional inspector are come from 3 Marine disciplines 1. Nautical. 2. Engineer. 3. Naval architecture. Others from recent seagoing or specialist knowledge. Inspectors are available to travel at short notice to wherever a ship has been involved in an accident.
- Administrative Inquiry: for less serious cases where enquires are made by correspondence or telephone, without need for visits
- Inspector’s Investigation: for more serious case where witness are interviewed and ship is visited where that is feasible; and
- Inspector’s Inquiry: called by Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents in the cases of major accident. This is a very comprehensive investigations, usually carried out by a team of MAIB inspector.