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Maritime Accident Casebook presents: The Case Of The Bendy Boxer

Maritime Accident Casebook, MAC, is a unique, free, informal educational resource for seafarers and maritime trainers which seeks to empower seafarers through knowledge to keep themselves alive and their ships safe. MAC reveals the circumstance around a real event through an audio podcast and online materials available free of charge.

With 141 million teu transported every year, the container industry is critical to world trade, but has the need for speed outstripped safe shipbuilding and industry practices? What are the threats to seafarers?

Just a week after the UK's Maritime Accident Investigation Branch issued report on the structural failure of the MSC Napoli in January 2007, the internet's leading resource on maritime accidents, Maritime Accident Casebook (www.maritimeaccident.org), MAC, has launched a two-part episode on the incident to increase awareness of the issues.

Says Bob Couttie, administrator of Maritime Accident Casebook: "The container industry is like the oil industry of several decades ago when safety took a backseat to generating profit quickly. It's a young industry driven by speed and increasing capacity to widen margins. It's probably true to say that safety margins will always be narrower in that kind of industry than in others, something that really hasn't been factored in before.

"While offshore oil and gas doesn't have a spotless record, it has certainly learned to be pro-active through organisations like the Marine Safety Forum and others, which I'd suggest would be good models for the container industry to look at."

The Case Of The Bendy Boxer tells the story of the MSC Napoli, what happened and why.

Like all MAC podcasts, The Case Of The Bendy Boxer reveals the circumstance around a real event through an audio podcast and online materials available for free at the Maritime Accident Casebook website, www.maritimeaccident.org.

As with the preceding episodes, each podcast is backed by an illustrated online transcript that seafarers can read, discuss and share with their crewmates and other seafarers. Those with training and safety responsibilities can use the broadcasts and the transcripts freely.

Maritime Accident Casebook, MAC, is a unique, free, informal educational resource for seafarers and maritime trainers which seeks to empower seafarers through knowledge to keep themselves alive and their ships safe. Using audio podcasts that can be played on any computer, MP3 Player or MP3-capable cellphone and online downloadable hard-copy transcripts, MAC encourages seafarers to discuss lessons learned from real-life events and apply them to their own vessels and working practices to create a safety-conscious community.

For further information about Bob Couttie's Maritime Accident Casebook, see the website at http://maritimeaccident.org or e-mail him at: mac@maritimeaccident.org


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