Presentation on theme: "Transport Accident Investigation Commission The Rena Epic Tim Burfoot Chief Investigator."— Presentation transcript:
Transport Accident Investigation Commission The Rena Epic Tim Burfoot Chief Investigator
I M O SOLAS Duty to investigate Casualty Code International standards for investigation UNCLOS Article 2 States can investigate Accidents in own territory UNCLOS 94(7) State must investigate Accidents on High Seas
Participation State of Registry State of Operator Coastal State Other coastal states affected Nationals have lost their lives Other States that can help
An important consideration under Chapter 10, Co-operation....having particular regards to: (e) Any differing national laws and procedures, including those concerning confidentiality
Principal Purpose To determine the circumstances and causes of accidents and incidents with a view to avoiding similar occurrences in the future, rather than to ascribe blame.
Section 8(e) of TAIC Act “To co-operate and co-ordinate with other accident investigation organizations overseas, including taking evidence on their behalf”
Container Ship Rena in New Zealand Grounded on Astrolabe October 2010 Ship broke up and was a total loss Casualty occurred in New Zealand territorial waters Pollution from bunkers and cargo Liberian registered Greek ownership Operator: an international conglomerate
Approach No different from usual Find out what happened (gather the facts) Publish Interim report (dispel rumours/tell what happened) Identify any early/urgent safety recommendations (none this time) Identify lines of inquiry (terms of reference) Find out why it happened
Lines of inquiry Anything that arises out of early analysis within terms of reference Some lead nowhere Some lead to other lines of inquiry Some are put to the Commission by others Are there any lessons to be learned for New Zealand? Are there any lessons to be learned for the wider maritime community?