On December 10, 2020, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a summary report detailing the most important maritime safety lessons learned from marine incidents during the year 2019. The report is known as the Safer Seas Digest.
The Safer Seas Digest 2019 includes lessons learned from 30 different incidents in 2019. These included allisions, breakaways, sinkings, collisions, fires, explosions, flooding, and groundings. It also covers numerous maritime fatalities, such as the loss of 17 passengers and crew aboard the amphibious vessel Stretch Duck 7 and the 10 sailors serving aboard the USS John S McCain when it collided with the tanker Alnic MC.
NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt described the report: “We investigate accidents not to document what happened, but to understand why and how, so that we might prevent similar accidents from happening.”
All 104 pages of the Safer Seas Digest 2019 are available to review for free.
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