WMU Collaborates with IMO on New Marine Casualty Investigation Course

The first Foundation Course on Marine Casualty Investigation for International Maritime Organization (IMO) member States took place from 9-13 January in Bangkok, Thailand. WMU delivered the IMO-funded pilot programme with the support of the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) of Singapore.  

Dr Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, WMU Vice President (Academic), led the onsite course for officers from Thailand’s Marine Accident Investigation Office (MAIO). Officers from the Marine Department of Thailand also participated as observers. The new course is part of an IMO initiative, in consultation with the Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum (MAIIF), to ensure consistency in the competency and capacity of member States to carry out and report on marine accident investigations. It is designed to provide support to member States as they develop their own expertise at a national level. The course is based on the IMO Model Course 3.11 on safety investigations into marine casualties and marine incidents.   

While in Thailand, Dr Schröder-Hinrichs also had the opportunity to interact with WMU graduates who are now working in the Marine Department and discuss areas of potential collaboration with WMU. 

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