Tanzania To Organize Maritime Safety Workshop

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

Following a series of maritime accidents in the shipping and recreational boating and cruising industry that have taken place in Tanzania or affected the area, including tragedies involving the MV Mbeya, MV Bukoba, MV Nyamageni, MV Spice Islander and most recently MV Skagit, a workshop to focus on maritime safety is in the works. The Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute, Symmetry Logistics Ltd and S S Bakhresa Group are organizing the workshop.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster and although steps have been taken to improve maritime safety in the past century, including the adoption of the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), accidents are still taking place. Whether on the high seas or at port, both crew members and passengers have been the victims of many maritime accidents over the course of the past 100 years. What’s worse is that many of these accidents go unreported. Boating, cargo and cruise line companies have a responsibility for the safety of those onboard their vessels, but when accidents occur, they may be held responsible for any injuries or fatalities that ensue – especially if the incidents resulted from the company’s negligence or equipment failure.

The workshop is geared toward helping prevent these accidents from taking place and will be looking into major areas of maritime safety, including a general overview of maritime safety in East Africa, the role of ship registration on maritime safety and the role of the maritime administration on enhancing maritime safety. The impact of the professionalism and experience of crew members and staff as it applies to ship safety will also be examined in addition to the way accidents are handled, including search and rescue missions, as well as the support given to victims.

Vessels that fly the Tanzania flag are governed by separate legislation: the Merchant Shipping Act 2003, which is applicable in Mainland Tanzania, and Maritime Transport Act 2006, which is applied in Zanzibar. The implication of these regulations will also be discussed during the workshop.

Presenters at the workshop will include a maritime lawyer, ship masters (captains), a marine engineer and a transport safety specialist. Participants from shippers, vessel operators, owners, and ambassadors from major maritime nations and government officials are expected to attend, in addition to maritime accident survivors.

Maritime safety is an issue not only central to Tanzania, but a global matter that should be addressed worldwide. Those involved in maritime accidents, be it an incident involving a fishing boat, cruise ship or personal water craft such as a jet ski, may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses and Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help.

Our maritime lawyers work to protect the rights of victims and help them receive the compensation they deserve for their incidents. With over 165 years of combined experience in the field, our attorneys work hard to help clients obtain justice for their pain and suffering. If you or a loved one were involved in a maritime accident, turn to our firm for assistance in filing a case and protecting your rights.