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VDR Training/Coaching for the retrieval and playback of VDR data for marine accident investigation

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) was established under Regulation (EC) 1406/2002 for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of safety. Among its tasks, the Agency has a role of supporting the Member States in activities concerning marine accident investigations.

Directive 2002/59/EC requires Member States to ensure that data from VDR systems are used in an investigation and are properly analyzed. To satisfy these requirements, investigating authorities in the Member States need to acquire and continually update the knowledge and skills necessary for autonomous retrieval and, where possible, immediate playback of data from the VDR systems that they are likely to encounter.
A service contract with the UK MAIB was established with the overall objective of providing to the technical representatives of the investigating authorities in the Member States with support in the form of knowledge and skills for the effective retrieval and playback of Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) data in marine accident investigation.

Relevant IMO documents:


  • [Resolution A.861(20) – Performance standards for shipborne VDRs]
  • [Resolution MSC.163(78) - Performance standards for shipborne (S-VDRs)]
  • [MSC/Circ.1024 - Guidelines on VDR ownership and recovery]
  • [Resolution MSC.214(81) - Amendments to A.861(20) and MSC.163(78)]
  • [MSC.1/Circ.1222 - Guidelines on annual testing of VDR and S-VDR]
  • [Resolution MSC.214(81) – Amendments to the Performance Standards VDR and S-VDR]


Accident Investigation in a nutshell

newsbulletSupporting the Commission in the implementation of Directive 2009/18/EC.

newsbulletProviding the Secretariat to the Permanent Cooperation Framework (PCF).

newsbulletManaging the “European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP).

newsbulletVerifying EMCIP data quality and consistency.

newsbulletProviding operational support to Member States, upon request, concerning investigation of serious and very serious marine accidents.

newsbulletAnalysis of  marine casualty data and investigation reports.

newsbulletSupporting Member States through development and promotion of training activities.

newsbulletPublishing the annual overview of marine casualties and incidents