Research and analysis

Safety lessons: adhering to safety management systems on ships

A safety message for the shipping industry to highlight the value of using a robust safety management system (SMS) to ensure safety for all.


MAIB safety flyer issued September 2006

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This summary concerns the grounding of the combi freighter Kathrin on Godwin Sands in the Dover Straits and encourages the use of safety management systems with sufficient measures to verify that written procedures are complied with.

The information has been prepared for the:

  • shipping industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 1 September 2006