MAIIF Charter & Strategic Plan

The Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum

The Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum (MAIIF) is an international non- profit organization dedicated to the advancement of maritime safety and to the prevention of marine pollution through the exchange of ideas, experiences and information acquired in marine accident investigation. Its purpose is to promote and improve marine accident investigation, and to foster international cooperation and communication between marine accident investigators.

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Download the MAIIF Strategic Plan (PDF 148KB)

MAIIF was born in June 1992 at a meeting of representatives from 17 participating administrations all of whom had a desire to further maritime safety through proper investigation and cooperation with one another.

Currently, the membership numbers some 70 individual representatives from over 40 Administrations. The objectives of MAIIF are:

  1. To foster, develop and sustain a cooperative relationship among national marine investigators for the purpose of improving and sharing of knowledge in an international forum.
  2. To improve maritime safety and the prevention of pollution through the dissemination of information gained in the investigative process.
  3. To encourage through cooperation the development, recognition, implementation and improvement of related international instruments, where appropriate.

To this end, members meet annually, both regionally and internationally. It is at these MAIIF meetings that they are able to discuss matters of a mutual interest. Above all, these meetings provide an opportunity for networking and for putting ‘faces to names’, and as a result, the spirit of cooperation between investigators, particularly with regard to the conduct of joint investigations has been greatly improved.

MAIIF members are guided by the principles of IMO Resolution MSC.255(84): The Code of the International Standards and Recommended Practices for a Safety Investigation into a Marine Casualty or Marine Incident (Casualty Investigation Code) and IMO Resolution LEG.3(91): Guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident.

The MAIIF Charter sets out the intent, purpose and rules for the membership of MAIIF and for the conduct of MAIIF meetings.

Membership of MAIIF is open to any individual representative of the marine safety investigation organization of a Maritime Administration, subject to the payment of an annual subscription.

MSC Napoli beached at Branscombe Bay. Structural failure of MSC Napoli in the English Channel on 18 January 2007. Report No 9/2008. Published April 2008.Sinking container ship
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