The introductory message from Tracy Morrell NTSB Director, Office of Marine Safety says that the goal of the report was ”to determine the cause of each accident, and recommend ways to make marine transportation safer.”
Morrell continues on to say that ”as many of these accident reports demonstrate, constant vigilance is critical to improving safety. Of all the systems on board a vessel, a human being is the most complex, and perhaps the most difficult one to integrate into a system of safer transportation.”
NTSB hopes that ”by reading and using these reports in the field, operators will improve their awareness and learn from others’ misfortunes.”
The 39-page report contains a summary and the probable cause of 21 marine accidents. It brings the lessons learned from these accidents to the maritime community in an easy-to-use summary document.