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A new chief inspector of Marine Accidents has been appointed by the Department for Transport. Captain Andrew Moll will head of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). He has been the interim Chief Inspector since his predecessor, Steve Clinch, retired in June of this year, and he takes up the post with immediate effect.

Andrew joined the MAIB in 2005 as a Principal Inspector, and assumed the post of Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents in 2010. Prior to this, he spent 27 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Captain. He left the Royal Navy in 2005 specifically to join the MAIB.

Andrew Moll said: “I will build on the MAIB’s reputation for excellence in accident investigation, by ensuring that all investigations continue to meet the standards of rigour, objectivity and integrity for which the Branch is widely acclaimed. By working closely with the industry and other stakeholders, while maintaining the essential independence of the Branch, I will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of marine safety.”

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters.

The sole objective of an MAIB investigation is to determine the circumstances and causes of an accident, and to make recommendations for the purpose of improving the safety of life at sea and the avoidance of accidents in the future. The MAIB does not apportion blame or attribute liability.

Located in Southampton, the MAIB is an executive branch of the Department for Transport (DfT), but the Chief Inspector is fully independent in the conduct of investigation