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Marine Casualties and Incidents Investigation

9-Jul-2018 - 10-Jul-2018


This workshop is specifically designed to delegates a sound knowledge and in-depth understanding of maritime incident and accident investigations. The workshop will first introduce the delegates various causes in an investigation, initial actions to be taken in an investigation, ways to manage witnesses when an incident or accident takes place.

Delegates will then be taught the right measure of physical evidence collection. The workshop will also teach the delegates on the contributions of human factors in the event of an incident and accident. Likewise, this workshop will equip delegates with the recommended interview techniques and help delegates to understand how cognitive interview can assist in eliciting information from the interviewees.

What you will learn from this workshop:

  • Understand the International Structure underlying Accident and Incident Investigation.
  • Describe how a casualty is defined.
  • Identify what defines the scope of a casualty investigation.
  • Differentiate the different aspects of human factors that are considered during an investigation.
  • Determine the initial actions to be taken for an investigation.
  • Master how to collect and preserve witness evidence and physical evidence.
  • Identify different analysis techniques available and the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
  • Learn how to prepare the report and the importance of neutrality.
Who will attend

This workshop is suitable delegates who are involved or would like to know more about marine incident/accident investigations:

  • Head of marine operation
  • Marine officer
  • Marine pilot
  • Marine supervisor
  • Maritime legal advisor
  • Safety officer
  • Ship manager
  • Ship owners
  • Superintendent



At the age of 12, Course Trainer started sailing with his father in Coypu dinghies and progressed to Mirror, Enterprise, Wayfarer and 420’s. He sailed worldwide for 23 years (1975 to 1988) on a range of commercial ships and spent his leave sailing around the UK and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time Ian studied for his commercial and yachting qualifications and he passed his Ocean Yachtmasters in 1982 followed by his Class 1 (Unlimited) Masters Certificate in 1984.

In 1988, Course Trainer was recruited by Shell International Marine who sponsored him to return to the University of Southampton on an Honours degree course in Naval Architecture (Ship Science). Following this he went on to take a Master’s Degree in Business Management.

In 1992, Course Trainer started his marine surveying and consultancy business whereby they offer technical consultancy and services to owners, operators, managers, bank and insurance companies in both leisure and commercial marine sectors.

In 1995, he worked with a London based Underwriter and developed Risk Management Programme specifically for large yachts. The programme has carried out risk management review of over 300 with Course Trainer personally carried out over 100 of these.

Course Trainer has been closely involved with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors. He was elected as the President in 1999. Since then, he has been heavily involved with all of the Institute’s education and training activities up until 2008 where he was the Institutes Education and Training Director. He was also the Course Director for the Diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying.

In 2005, Course Trainer developed the Diploma Course in Superyacht Operations in association with the Professional Yachtsman’s Association and went on to develop a range of other training and distance learning courses with the Maritime Training Academy.

Course Trainer has been involved with numerous accident and incident investigations including grounding damage, fire damage, collision damage (ships and fixed and floating objects), personal accident and injury, professional negligence and gross negligence manslaughter. Course Trainer is probably one of the most qualified marine surveyors in the business and has worked in 78 different countries during his career.

Case Studies


USS John S McCain – delegates will be given a brief summary of the incident and from this will be asked to identify what actions to take and in what order, whom to interview and in what order and what documentation to seek.


Collision of two anchored ships near Changi Naval Base

  • Delegates will be given a brief summary of the incident and working in small teams will be asked to prepare a Causal Factors Flow Diagram or a Barrier Analysis


Collision of the port of Pasir Gudang Port leading to significant oil pollution.



Interested to be part of this training?

Please contact us at hello@q8asia.com.sg to discuss your requirements.


Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

392, Havelock Road,

Singapore 169663

T: (65) 6733 0880 

W: https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/grand-copthorne-waterfront/

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