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Marjorie Murtagh Cooke

Marine Accident Investigation (MAI)
United States
Bachelor of Engineering, State University of New York’s Maritime College


U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. Coast Guard, IMO, United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command


Marjorie Murtagh Cooke has over 35 years of experience in the maritime industry.   She has extensive experience both investigating maritime accidents and incidents and teaching marine accident investigation (MAI) to domestic and international students. 

Ms. Cooke served for more than ten years as the Director of the Office of Marine Safety for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).   She was responsible for all aspects of investigations from evidence collection through report completion and for documenting and analyzing every aspect of shipboard operations including navigation, engineering, human performance and the factors relevant to passenger and crew survival.  She has taught MAI to investigators, inspectors, surveyors and consultants at the NTSB headquarters in Washington, DC and at their training Academy in Ashburn, Virginia, as well as at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. 

She is a graduate of the State University of New York’s Maritime College, which is located at Fort Schuyler, New York.  Upon completion of her university studies and attainment of her U.S. Coast Guard license she sailed as a merchant mariner aboard commercial vessels.  

Ms. Cooke has extensive experience working for private industry, the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Her areas of expertise include the regulations and requirements for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of domestic and international flag vessels.  She served as a United States representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and was elected as a Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fire Protection during her tenure.  She currently serves as a marine forensic expert with Robson Forensic, LLC and continues to investigate casualties and teach marine accident investigation techniques.  Her complete CV is available here