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KEYNOTE: How Emerging Technology can Create Problems At Sea as well as Providing Solutions

Evidence from accident investigation indicates that the introduction at sea of emerging technologies can create unforeseen problems. On the technical side it can be difficult is assess what checks and balances to apply to new technologies, with the result that old rules and standards are initially applied until sufficient experience is gained for adjustments to be made.

The same is true for operators, who have to modify ingrained behaviours and adopt new ways of working to accommodate the new technology. During the bedding in period, experience is often gained the hard way through accidents. However, even when an accident has occurred it can be hard for the industry to accept that the new and shiny is not without problems, or that the ‘king’s new clothes’ are not all they are cracked up to be. The presentation will explore some of these issues drawing on lessons learned from MAIB investigations.


Captain Andrew Moll - Deputy Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1978. He served in HMS COVENTRY during the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

His career was largely sea-going, spent in destroyers and aircraft carriers.

His commands included: the fast patrol boat SNV AL FULK, while on loan to the Omani Navy during the later stages of the Iran-Iraq war; the Type 42 destroyer, HMS YORK, in the Gulf on counter-narcotics operations; the Type 22 frigate, HMS CHATHAM, leading NATO’s squadron in the Mediterranean and patrolling the Baltic.

After 27 years of naval service Andrew joined the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in 2005 as Principal Inspector in charge of an MAIB investigation team.

He assumed the role of MAIB Deputy Chief Inspector in 2010.