Maritime Casualty Investigation

Short Description/Aims

This annual Professional Development Course aims to enhance knowledge about the framework of maritime casualty investigation and to add specific expertise on issues such as legal considerations, maritime casualty investigation process, data analysis and the Human Element. The course is also intended to provide for the exchange of experience and thoughts between colleagues. It has been designed for maritime casualty investigators who are new to the field.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the background to marine casualties and incidents
  • Understand international obligations to carry out casualty investigations
  • Differentiate between different types of investigations
  • Understand how to conduct marine accident investigations
  • Appreciate the human element in maritime casualties
  • Identify  how to determine findings and recommendations
  • Understand implementation issues

Course Outline

  • Background to marine casualties and incidents
  • International obligations to carry out casualty investigations
  • Types of investigations
  • Marine accident investigation process
  • Human element in maritime casualties
  • Findings, safety improvements,  and recommendations

Teaching & Learning Methods

  • lecture modules
  • group sessions
  • discussions

Who should attend

All maritime professionals new to accident investigation.

Course length

5 days

EC Credit

2.5 EC

Mode of Delivery

Open Enrollment


Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs

Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs graduated from the University of Rostock, Germany with a M.Sc. equivalent degree in Transport Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) in 1995. In 2003 he completed his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Safety Science at the University of Wuppertal, Germany with a thesis about causes of maritime casualties and underlying factors.

Marjorie Murtagh Cooke

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.