The International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have made a joint submission to the International Maritime Organization expressing concern about the apparent failure of some flag states to submit maritime casualty reports to the agency, which is required under several international maritime conventions.
In accordance with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, maritime administrations undertake to conduct investigations into any casualty occurring to ships under their flag and to supply IMO with information concerning the findings of such investigations.
“The lack of investigation and accident reports hinders the development of appropriate measures by IMO to address the cause of serious incidents in which seafarers may have lost their lives,” said Stephen Cotton, ITF’s acting general secretary, in a written statement.
“It also frustrates efforts by ship operators to learn from the reports and to amend or develop new procedures, or implement other measures to prevent or mitigate similar future incidents,” added Peter Hinchliffe, ICS’s secretary general.
ICS and ITF hope that governments will consider this issue at the next meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in June.