Course gives REG members boost to their expertise in casualty investigation - Thursday, 20 September 2018
Red Ensign Group members have been attending an intensive
course aimed at working with them to ensure their safety
investigations of marine casualties and incidents are carried out
in line with international requirements.
While the REG delegates are already experienced in such
investigations, the course run by the UK-based Marine Accident
Investigation Branch combines the requirements of the International
Maritime Organization's Casualty Investigation Code with its own
experience and best practice.
David Wheal, principal inspector of marine accidents at the
MAIB is one of the team that created the course. He said:
'This is not designed to replace the formal training we would
expect investigators to have. This course serves as a platform for
future refresher and enhanced training.'
Captain Chris Locke, Marine Officer from the Falkland Islands
who is one of those taking part said: 'It's been an intensive
but very interesting two weeks. There's been lots to learn and
And Raman Bala, director of shipping, from the British Virgin
Islands, said: 'The expertise and experience from the MAIB
put into this course has proved invaluable.'
Richard Pellew, from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency,
who is co-chair of the REG Technical Forum said: 'The
requirements on flag States from IMO's III Code and Casualty
Investigation Code are very clear. The REG has an ongoing
commitment to developing, upholding and maintaining the highest
standards. Tapping into the world leading and unrivalled expertise
offered from the MAIB will help us to do just that as we continue
our work around enhancing compliance.'