The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) publishes today a Policy Briefing outlining the concerning issues around an incident of a ‘near miss’ collision between a Royal Navy nuclear powered submarine and a ferry with over 280 passengers, and gives its recommendations for avoiding such incidents in the future. Last week, the Marine Accident Incident Bureau (MAIB) published its assessment of a November 2018 incident which showed that, only due to the rapid intervention of the officers of the Belfast – Cairnryan passenger ferry ‘Stena Superfast VII’, was a major collision avoided with a submarine which passed within just a few hundred yards of it. In the aftermath of the incident the Defence Safety Authority’s (DSA) Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB) conducted an initial triage assessment of the incident and determined that, in the context of the information made available to them, a full DSA investigation was not required. However, the Chief Inspector of the MAIB concluded that, given the potential seriousness of the consequences of a laden ferry colliding with a nuclear powered submarine, the matter should be the subject of a formal MAIB safety investigation conducted with the co-operation of the Royal Navy.
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