Webinar Considers the Utilisation of Data when Assessing Marine Casualties
Remote investigations using different forms of data were discussed at a recent seminar hosted by Maritime London. Naval Architect, AIS and VDR Analyst Duncan Campbell recaps the highlights.
Marine investigations are increasingly reliant on the availability of independent, cogent, contemporaneous data to unravel events leading up to incidents. Clear and impartial data based analysis contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the causes of marine casualties.
A greater focus on data from multiple sources is helping to take us in a positive direction. Combined with expert witnesses and other evidence, it provides a much clearer picture of collisions and other incidents which can lead to lengthy and expensive court cases.
The use of data when assessing marine casualties was considered by an expert panel convened by Maritime London for its latest webinar.
The participants included Tom Howse, VP, Gard and Ron Clark, Admiralty Manager, from Reed Smith LLP in Hong Kong along with myself and Solis Marine partner Richard Meikle. The moderator was Maritime London CEO Jos Standerwick.
The session reinforced the position that the use of data as an investigative tool is now an established part of most maritime incidents. Data is complementary to the evidence gathered by surveyors and lawyers when attending a casualty, rather than a replacement, and should be seen as a tool to help provide a clearer picture rather than one that replaces all other evidence.
Solis Marine’s proprietary Rapid Replay platform has been deployed in hundreds of investigations and was used during the webinar to demonstrate various ways that data can be used in the analysis of incidents.
Actual cases cited by members of the panel included the collision between the bulk carrier ‘MOUNT APO’ and the gas tanker ‘HANJIN RAS LAFFAN’ (2015 Singapore Strait), the sinking of the ‘LLAMA IV’ passenger ferry and the ‘THORCO CLOUD’ which sank in the Singapore Strait in 2015. Twelve hours of the data collected during the ‘THORCO CLOUD’ survey was shown during Richard Meikle’s presentation as an example of the large amounts of data that are available in busy shipping lanes.
Further details of Solis Marine’s involvement in the survey and wreck removal of ‘THORCO CLOUD’ can be found here.
At Solis Marine we are constantly refining our ability to interpret, condense and visualise the ever growing mountain of digital data that is available following incidents.
What is important is that this process is carried out as transparently as possible so that every step, from the original, raw data to the final presentation of data can be tracked and traced.
If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can watch it in full here