SINGAPORE: A new transport safety bureau has been formed to investigate air and marine accidents and incidents, the Ministry of Transport announced on Friday (Aug 5).
The Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), which started operations on Monday, was formed after the Air Accident Investigation Bureau was restructured, said the ministry in its press release.
Investigations conducted by the TSIB will be independent of and separate from any judicial or regulatory proceedings, with the purpose of making recommendations to enhance the safety of air and sea transport, it added.
“The sole objective of TSIB’s investigations is the prevention of further accidents and incidents. They are not for the purpose of apportioning blame or liability,” MOT said.
Countries such as Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and United States have similar set-ups, the ministry added.
The TSIB will take over from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) the role of conducting independent safety investigations into marine accidents and incidents, and make recommendations to enhance the safety of sea transport.
MPA will continue to investigate marine accidents and incidents for compliance with its regulations for ships operating within Singapore waters and ships under the Singapore flag.