Nicholas Hance - Principal Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Nick started his career in the MOD as a naval architect in various posts relating to warship safety; specifically stability, hydrodynamics and human factors.

In 2002 he joined the Marine Accident Investigation Branch as an inspector and has been a lead inspector for over 50 accidents, of varying types in different sectors of the marine industry.

Accidents investigated include fishing vessel capsizes, a ro-ro ferry engine room fire, a tanker cargo release, windfarm vessel collisions and commercial yacht accidents.

During his 17 years in the Branch Nick was also seconded to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for 2 years, assisting EU Members States with their transposition of the EU Accident Investigation Directive.

In December 2018 he was appointed as a Principal Inspector at MAIB.


How ALL Marine Sectors can learn from Accidents & Incidents

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.