SAFER SEAS DIGEST 2021 – Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations via US NTSB


( The US National Transportation Safety Board released the Safer Seas Digest 2021, a compendium of the NTSB’s maritime accident investigations involving loss of life, injuries and significant property damage completed in 2021.

Pausing to reflect on a year’s worth of investigations presents a unique opportunity to consider the meta-issues threatening safety. In 2021, these issues included the following:

• Vessel stability
• Containing engine room fires
• Icing and severe weather
• Risk management and project planning
• Cargo preparation and securement
• Teamwork
• Effective communication
• Standard operating procedures
• Transiting in narrow channels
• Distress communications and preparations for abandonment
• Identifying navigational hazards
• AIS data input for towing operations
• Continuous monitoring of unmanned vessels
• Sufficient handover periods

The NTSB’s Office of Marine Safety investigates major marine causalities upon the navigable waters of the U.S. and accidents involving U.S. flagged vessels worldwide.

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Source: NTSB



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