New investigation bureau to look into aviation and marine accidents

Aeroplanes on the Seletar Airport runway in Singapore.
Aeroplanes on the Seletar Airport runway in Singapore.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A new national investigation bureau to look into aviation and marine accidents and make recommendations to improve transport safety has been formed.

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Friday (Aug 5) that the Air Accident Investigation Bureau, which was formed in 2002, has been restructured into a new Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) for this purpose.

The bureau, which took effect on Aug 1, will conduct investigations independently of and separately from any judicial or regulatory proceedings, the MOT said in a press release.

"The sole objective of TSIB's investigations is the prevention of further accidents and incidents; they are not for the purposes of apportioning blame or liability," the ministry added.

Countries such as Australia, Japan, the UK and the US have similar set-ups. For example, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is an independent investigation body which looks into aviation, marine, and rail accidents.

The TSIB will take over the task of conducting independent safety investigations into marine accidents from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The MPA will continue to investigate incidents for compliance with its regulations for ships operating within Singapore waters and ships under the Singapore flag.


Correction note: This story has been edited for clarity.