US Coast Guard declares Titan loss a “serious marine casualty” Ship’s crew

The US Coast Guard has declared the loss titanium The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday the submersible was a serious marine casualty and a formal investigation into the incident will be launched.

The NTSB will join the investigation.

News of the investigation follows Friday’s announcement by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) that it, as the investigative body of the flag state of the expedition support ship, has also launched an investigation.

The 21 foot titanium Privately operated by US-based company OceanGate Expeditions, the submersible was launched under the Canadian flag polar prince on his fatal dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic last Sunday. About an hour and 45 minutes into the dive, crews aboard the support vessel lost contact with the submarine, sparking a multinational search and rescue operation led by the US Coast Guard.

A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) spotted a debris field Thursday about 1,600 feet forward of the ship’s bow titanic, which has been confirmed as a submarine. Authorities said the debris was the result of a catastrophic loss of pressure that killed all five people on board.

The US Coast Guard generally has extensive powers to investigate certain marine casualties titanium Because the incident involved a non-US flag vessel and occurred outside US navigable waters, his role in the investigation of the incident was uncertain.

However like this blog entry The law firm Holland & Knight points out that the Coast Guard “determines on a case-by-case basis what investigative measures are appropriate for a particular case, based on the likely value to marine security, the available resources and the risks in a particular port.” ”

Major marine casualties

In the United States, marine casualties are categorized according to their severity, from reportable marine casualty to serious marine casualty to serious marine casualty – the highest level. The regulations define a serious marine casualty as a marine casualty involving a ship and resulting in the loss of six or more lives. the loss of a mechanically propelled vessel of 100 gross tons or more; Property damage was originally estimated at $500,000 or more; and/or a serious threat to life, property, or the environment from hazardous materials, as determined by the Coast Guard Commander and verified by the NTSB Chairman.

In general, the investigation will aim to determine as accurately as possible:

  • The cause of the accident.
  • Whether an act of misconduct, incompetence, negligence, clumsiness or willful violation of law so that appropriate remedial action can be taken.
  • Whether there is evidence that an act was committed that would subject the offender to a civil penalty under United States law so that appropriate action to collect the penalty can be taken.
  • If there is evidence that a crime has been committed under United States law, the matter may be referred to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
  • Whether new laws or regulations are required or existing laws or regulations must be amended or repealed to prevent the accident from happening again.

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