The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) was established on 5 June, 2002 under Section 7(1) of the Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act, 2000. All Board members are engaged on a part-time basis. ( Read More... )


The function of the MCIB is to carry out investigations into marine casualties that take place in Irish waters or involve Irish registered vessels. The main purpose of the Boards investigations is to establish the cause or causes of a marine casualty with a view to making recommendations to the Minister for Transport for the avoidance of similar marine casualties. It shall not be the purpose of an investigation to attribute blame or fault.


The MCIB is an independent body with its own funding provided for by the Oireachtas under Section 19 of the Act. The MCIB is independent of the Minister for Transport in the performance of its functions and, in general, shall be independent of any other person or body whose interests could conflict with the functions of the Board.

Freedom of Information

Click here to view a guide to the functions, records, rules and practices of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.

Code of Conduct

Click here to view Code of Business Conduct for the board members and staff of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.

Annual Reports

The Annual Reports published by the MCIB are available on the page "About the MCIB".

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Latest Reports

Reports for the following investigations are now available on this site:

A list of investigations currently being carried out by the MCIB is available in the Investigations section.


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