How ALL Marine Sectors can learn from Accidents & Incidents - including Points Of Failure

The MAIB investigates marine accidents involving UK vessels worldwide and all vessels in UK territorial waters. The MAIB's job is to help prevent further avoidable accidents from occurring, not to establish blame or liability. The role of the MAIB is to contribute to safety at sea by determining the causes and circumstances of marine accidents and working with others to reduce the likelihood of such accidents recurring in the future. Accident investigations are conducted solely in the interest of future safety. The MAIB does not apportion blame and it does not enforce laws or carry out prosecutions.

MAIB Responsibilities include, carrying out investigations to determine the causes of accidents at sea, publishing reports that include recommendations on improving safety at sea and the actions MAIB have taken, increasing awareness of how marine accidents happen, improving national and international co-operation in marine accident investigations.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch, located in offices in Southampton UK, is a branch of the Department for Transport. The MAIB has four teams of experienced accident investigators, each comprising a principal inspector and three inspectors drawn from the nautical, engineering, naval architecture or fishing disciplines. The MAIB receives between 1500 and 1800 reports of accidents of all types and severity each year. On average this leads to 30 separate investigations being launched. The presentation highlights specific lessons learned from recent incidents that are relevant to all maritime sectors.


Captain Andrew Moll - Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1978. He served in HMS COVENTRY during the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

His career was largely sea-going, spent in destroyers and aircraft carriers.

His commands included: the fast patrol boat SNV AL FULK, while on loan to the Omani Navy during the later stages of the Iran-Iraq war; the Type 42 destroyer, HMS YORK, in the Gulf on counter-narcotics operations; the Type 22 frigate, HMS CHATHAM, leading NATO’s squadron in the Mediterranean and patrolling the Baltic.

After 27 years of naval service Andrew joined the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in 2005 as Principal Inspector in charge of an MAIB investigation team.

He assumed the role of MAIB Deputy Chief Inspector in 2010. In 2018 he was appointed Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents.