NTSB Releases Safer Seas 2013

Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations

By MarEx 2014-09-11 18:14:00

The National Transportation Safety Board released “Safer Seas 2013: Lessons Learned From Marine Accident Investigations,” a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2013, organized by vessel type with links to the more detailed accident reports. 

The 39-page report contains a summary and the probable cause of 21 marine accidents. It brings the lessons learned from these accidents to the maritime community in an easy-to-use summary document.

Vessels types covered include cargo ships, liftboats, passenger vessels, oil tankers and towboats.

Tracy Murrell, Director in the Office of Marine Safety, NTSB said: "As many of these accident reports demonstrate, constant vigilance is critical to improving safety. Of all the systems on board a vessel, a human being is the most complex, and perhaps the most difficult one to integrate into a system of safer transportation. So long as human beings serve in marine transportation, however, the human element is also the only one that can never truly be replaced."

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