Learning from US marine accidents

9 April 2015

US National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, has released its annual Safer Seas: Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations report. Safer Seas is a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2014, organized by vessel type with links to the more detailed accident reports. It's a useful addition to a marine safety library because, though only one offshore-related vessel was directly involved, the types of events and underlying causes are common to most vessel operations.

The 43-page report contains a summary and the probable causes for 23 major marine accidents and features lessons learned from each of the accidents in an easy-to-use summary format. Issues include understanding vessel control systems, passenger safety during critical manoeuvers (not so relevant offshore), maintenance, and crew training.

[Thanks to Marine Accident Casebook for publicising this].