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Shipping: MSC “Napoli”

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the terms of reference of the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch into the “Napoli” cargo ship incident will include consideration of the merits of the decision to tow to Portland rather than to use closer ports of refuge such as Falmouth, Plymouth or Torbay. [HL1694]

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is carrying out a full investigation into the causes of the serious structural failure and flooding of the container vessel MSC “Napoli”. The scope of the investigation will not be extended to investigate the decision on a place of refuge and the ensuing salvage operation.

I refer the noble Baroness to the oral Statement made to the House by my honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport on Thursday 1 February 2007 [Official Report, Commons, cols. 376-78].

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch will hold hearings in public into the “Napoli” cargo ship incident. [HL1695]

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is carrying out a full investigation into the causes of the structural damage and flooding of the container vessel MSC “Napoli”.

The MAIB was established in 1989 following the “Herald of Free Enterprise” disaster as an independent professional accident investigation body. Its investigations involve gathering witness evidence from all those involved in an accident, and undertaking painstaking analysis leading to the publication of timely, comprehensive reports containing important recommendations for improving safety at sea.