Marine Incident Investigation

Learning lessons from accidents and incidents


The course complements the Nautical Institute´s specialist publications:

  • Guidelines for Collecting Maritime Evidence
  • The Mariner´s Role in Collecting Evidence – Handbook


This course aligns with IMO Model Course 3.11 and the course introduces the student to the philosophy, processes and procedures required to support a marine casualty investigation in accordance with IMO Assembly Resolution A.849(20) and the Code for the Investigation of Marine Casualties and Incidents.


  • Understanding the reasons behind carrying out an investigation
  • How to carry out an investigation
  • How to collect physical and human evidence
  • Essential interview techniques
  • Causes of Incidents and Accidents
  • Identify the relationship between cause and effect
  • Human Failure and Human Error
  • Initiation of an Accident/Incident Investigation
  • Health and safety in marine investigations.
  • Marine accident site risk assessment and hazard identification.
  • Evidence preservation and collection issues in common marine accident scenarios.
  • Recognise the role of shipboard personnel in external accident investigations.
  • International aspects of marine accident/incident investigation.
  • Analyses, Root Cause, Tools and Techniques
  • Evaluation


The course may be useful to all personnel responsible for marine accident prevention and investigation that have gained the necessary basic investigation skills such as ship safety officers, company safety officers, designated persons ashore (DPA), captains and senior ship officers, operational ship managers, technical and marine superintendents.


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