Safer Seas Digest

​​​​Safer Seas Digest 2023 cover image.

​​​Since 2014, the Office of Marine Safety has issued the Safer Seas Digest, an annual publication organized around NTSB marine investigations completed during the previous calendar year. Safer Seas shares the safety issues identified and recommendations developed during these investigations with the marine community. It also highlights lessons learned that can prevent or mitigate future losses.

Safety issues identified in marine investigations have included:

  • ​​​Vessel stability
  • Containing engine room fires
  • Icing and severe weather
  • Risk management and project planning
  • Cargo preparation and securement
  • Teamwork
  • Effective communication
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Transiting in narrow channels
  • Distress communications and preparations for abandonment
  • Identifying navigational hazards