The EU-funded SAFEMED IV project held a core skill course for Accident Investigation at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) premises in Lisbon, Portugal, on 1-5 April 2019. Sixteen participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia attended the course.
The course introduced all relevant stages in the process of conducting a marine casualty safety investigation. The training covered the relevant principles and tools to support the assessment of an accident site as well as the collection of physical evidence, the conduct of witness interviewing, analysis of human factors and underlying conditions, safety recommendations and follow up and dealing with investigation reports. The participants were also introduced to the way they should handle the media during the investigation.
The objective of the training session was to equip the investigators with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively investigate marine accidents in accordance with European Directive 2009/18/EC which establishes the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector and the International Maritime Organisation’s Casualty Investigation Code.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is implementing SAFEMED IV project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards in the Mediterranean sea, with a view to implement the maritime aspects of the UfM Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020.