IMO course on Marine Casualty Investigation
Monday, 09 November 2009

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) co-sponsored a regional training course on Marine Casualty Investigation, through its technical cooperation fund, with the intention of preparing Pacific Island countries (PICs) to implement the Code for Investigation of Marine Casualties and Incidents, which comes into force on 1 January 2010. The course was held in Suva, Fiji from 10 - 21 August 2009.

The training aimed to promote safety culture in the maritime industry in order to ensure that accidents and incidents are properly investigated, reported and recorded. The findings should then form the basis of information sharing and subsequently lead to desired systems improvement.

The manager of SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme, Captain John Hogan, impressed on the participants, the need to have suitably trained people to conduct accident investigations who could contribute towards preventative measures with their sound judgment on cases at hand. He also stressed the importance of shipping in the region, which played a vital link to the well being of the Pacific people and therefore safety in shipping needed to be given high priority.

Mr Carlos Ormaechea, representing IMO, expressed his appreciation to SPC for facilitating and supporting the regional training which was aimed at the national maritime administrations in the region to assist them undertake proper maritime accident investigations. He said the Code is designed to facilitate the objective of maritime safety investigations for the benefit of flag states, coastal states, IMO and the shipping industry in general. Mr Carlos further emphasised that IMO hoped to see the participants undertake casualty investigations on behalf of their government at the completion of the training.

The course was run for two weeks by Mr Kit Filor of Australia and Mr Marcel Ayeko from Canada. The two gentlemen have extensive experience in conducting casualty investigations on behalf of their governments as well as international engagements.

The training saw participants being actively involved in class presentations, group discussions and analyses of marine casualty case studies. The training also utilised models for conducting accident investigations, which provide a means of systematically analysing the cause of accidents with an understanding of the proper process and techniques of investigation. Further to their training, each participant was given the 2008 edition of IMO Casualty Investigation Code and Pacific Island Maritime Laws (PIMLaws) for their national Administration to adopt prior to the enforcement of the Casualty Investigation Code in January 2010.


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