The Investigation of Marine Accidents: A U.K. Accident Investigator's View

In this Article, the United Kingdom's Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents describes the work of the British Marine Accident Investigation Branch and explains how it undertakes its work. The Article makes clear that the fundamental purpose of an investigation is to determine the causes of the accident, with the specific aim of improving safety at sea and the avoidance of accidents in the future. The Branch is not an enforcement agency nor does it prosecute anyone or apportion blame.