Casualty Investigation

Article 94 of the United Nation's Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS) places responsibility on the flag state to carry out inquiry into marine casualty. Also under SOLAS regulation I/21, Load Lines Convention article 23 and MARPOL articles 8 and 12, each Administration undertakes to conduct an investigation into any casualty occurring to ships under its flag.

The Indian Maritime Administration conducts Investigations and Inquires into marine casualties in accordance with Part XII of the Indian Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (as amended).

Amongst other objectives, one of the primary aims of a marine casualty investigation is to gather information that could be used to prevent future accidents. An investigation may also assist in determining what changes in the present regulations might be desirable.

The Directorate promulgates the ‘lessons learnt’ from such investigations through its website, in order to increase awareness of the stakeholders about marine casualties and to enhance prevention.

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