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33rd APEC Transportation Working Group

Tokyo, Japan
October 10-14 2010

Title: Marine Accident


Investigation Project
Presenters Name: Charlie Gibbons
Economy: Australia

33rd APEC Transportation Working Group,


Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Background
Code of the International Standards and

Recommended Practice for a Safety Investigation


into a Marine Casualty or Marine Incident
Known as the Casualty Investigation Code
The Casualty Investigation Code is mandatory
Taking effect from 01 January 2010

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33rd APEC Transportation Working Group,


Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

APEC Transport Ministers


APEC Transportation Ministers met in March 2007
in Adelaide Australia
requested the Transport Working Group to
establish a register of transport safety training
capabilities in member economies to assist with
capacity building

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Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

MEG consideration
At the APEC TPT-WG 29 meeting in July 2007,
MEG explored ways of fulfilling the request by
Transport Ministers
MEG agreed to determine the capacity of
member economies to meet this requirement
through the distribution of a questionnaire
Project to be lead by Australia on behalf of MEG

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Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

The questionnaire
A questionnaire was forwarded to all APEC
member economies
The questionnaire provided background on the
IMO discussions and introduction of the mandatory
requirement to investigate marine accidents
The aim was to ascertain the level of knowledge of
the IMO requirements, the technical knowledge
and resource availability to meet the requirements
and the ability of economies to provide assistance
to any economies that may face challenges

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Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Responses
Responses were received from:
Australia
Peoples Republic of China
Japan
New Zealand
The Philippines
Chinese Taipei
Vietnam

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Canada
Hong Kong, China
Republic of Korea
Peru
Singapore
Thailand

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Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Some Conclusions on Capacity and Capability


Almost all economies are members of the IMO
Almost all economies are signatories to the
SOLAS Convention
All economies have their own flag register
All economies have an agency that investigate
marine casualties and incidents
Investigation reports are available to the public in a
majority of economies

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Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Conclusions - continued
A majority of economies provide reports of
investigations to the IMO
8 economies always attend IMO meetings, 4
sometimes and 1 never
About the same proportions attend MSC meetings
Just over half the economies are members of the
MAIIF and attend meetings
3 economies described their knowledge of the IMO
proposal as limited all others believed their
knowledge to be comprehensive

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Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Conclusions - continued
5 economies consider their capability (level of
technical knowledge) to be moderate to meet the
IMO requirements all others consider their
capability to be high
2 economies considers their capacity (level of
resources) to be limited all others consider their
capacity to be adequate to meet the IMO
requirements

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33rd APEC Transportation Working Group,


Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Conclusions - continued
3 economies have concerns they will not be able to
meet the IMO requirements all others consider
they can meet the requirements
8 economies consider they have the capacity,
capability and ability to assist other economies if
needed

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33rd APEC Transportation Working Group,


Tokyo, Japan, October 10-14 2010

Capacity and capability assistance


The following economies have indicated their ability
and willingness to assist building capacity and
capability:
Australia

Canada

Peoples Republic of China

Hong Kong, China

Japan

Republic of Korea

The Philippines

Thailand

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