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Casualty Management Guidelines


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Casualty Management Guidelines

Casualties are not straightforward and mariners who find themselves involved in them rarely have previous experience. The Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union have produced these comprehensive practical guidelines to help seafarers during a casualty when demands can be confusing, contradictory, unclear or a combination of all three. Masters and crew members are told what to expect from people or organisations that might be involved as the casualty unfolds.

Chapters are presented in a largely chronological order of how Masters should expect to deal with diff erent people, from owners to government officials, insurance representatives and salvage experts. It will give all involved an idea of the job each may be undertaking, together with priorities and responsibilities.

It should become recommended reading for all those who may fi nd themselves in a position of responsibility during a maritime casualty – preferably well in advance of the event.
Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General, IMO


Chapter 1: General introduction by John Noble FNI
Chapter 2 The Shipmaster in a casualty by Captain Paul Voisin FN
Chapter 3: The Shipowner or manager by Captain Peter Cooney
Chapter 4: The Harbour Master by Captain Mark Andrews
Chapter 5: The salvage industry – a generic approach by Michael Lacey FNI and John Noble FNI and the ISU
Chapter 6: The Salvage Master by Kees van Essen and Eric Johnson
Chapter 7: Command and Control
  National Marine Emergency Response Arrangements and MERCOM by Toby Stone AMSA MERCOM
  National Marine Emergency Response Arrangements and MERCOM by Toby Stone AMSA MERCOM
  Dealing with Maritime Emergencies in the UK – the SOSREP system by Hugh Shaw, UK SOSREP
  Casualty Management Guidelines under the USCG Requirements by Captain James W. Calhoun, USCG (retired), Manager, Regulatory Affairs, T&T Biss
  The MAIB Marine Casualty Investigation by Stephen Clinch
  An in-depth look at the UK SOSREP System The Australian system The USCG approach The Marine Accident Investigation Branch approach to ascertaining the facts
Chapter 8 Insurance issues by Steve Roberts, Paul Bo Lange and the Joint Hull Committee
Chapter 9: The lawyers’ perspective by Charles Lowe and Richard Gunn
Chapter 10: The special casualty representative or casualty consultant’s point of view by David Pockett and Nick Haslam
Chapter 11: The role of the classification societies by Rossen Panev, Jan Solum and Mark Irvine
Chapter 12: The Media by James Herbert
Chapter 13: The role of ITOPF in casualty response by Karen Purnell