Accident Investigation

Accident Investigation

The entry into force on 17 June 2011 of Directive 2009/18/EC establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector implies new obligations for Member States, namely: to ensure proper safety-focused investigation systems, to investigate very serious marine casualties and decide on the investigation of others, as well as to send commonly structured investigation reports and to populate the European Marine Casualty Information Database (EMCIP).

The Rules of Procedure of the permanent cooperation framework prescribed by Article 10 of Directive 2009/18/EC were adopted on 5 July 2011 through a Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 651/2011.

The common methodology for investigating marine casualties and incidents prescribed by Article 5.4 of Directive 2009/18/EC was adopted on 9 December 2011 through Commission Regulation (EU) No 1286/2011.

Further assistance will be provided to the Commission and to Member States in respect of facilitating the implementation of the common methodology and support of the Permanent Cooperation Framework.

Accident Investigation in a nutshell


newsbulletSupporting the Commission in the implementation of Directive 2009/18/EC.

newsbulletRunning and enhancing the Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP).

newsbulletManaging access to the EMCIP database.

newsbulletChecking EMCIP data quality through acceptance procedure.

newsbulletAnalysis of marine casualty data.

newsbulletSupporting the setting up and functioning of a permanent cooperation framework as foreseen by Directive 2009/18/EC.

newsbulletSupporting Member States through development and promotion of training activities.

newsbulletSetting-up, maintaining and managing a pool of investigators.


newsbulletActivities are aimed at further developing the accident investigation capabilities of Member States and the ability to collect and compare investigation data at EU level.