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Marine Interim Report MO-2017-203 published: Passenger vessel Emerald Princess, explosion resulting in crew fatality, Port Chalmers, Dunedin

11 May 2017

At about 0730 on 9 February 2016, the passenger cruise ship Emerald Princess berthed in Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Each lifeboat launching apparatus was fitted with a compressed nitrogen stored energy system that provided an alternative means of launching the lifeboat in the event of a power failure. Following maintenance, the crew were re-pressurising the compressed nitrogen cylinders on one of the launching appliances, when one of the bottles burst and fatally injured a crew member who was standing nearby.

New Chief Commissioner and Commissioner appointed to TAIC

1 Dec 2016

The Minister of Transport has announced the appointment of Jane Meares as Chief Commissioner, with her term to expire in October 2021. He has also announced the appointment of senior barrister Richard Marchant as a Commissioner with a term expiring in April 2019.

Marine Update: MO-2016-206 Fishing charter vessel Francie, capsize, Kaipara Harbour entrance, 26 Nov 16

29 Nov 2016

The Commission now has four investigators working on the inquiry in the Auckland and Kaipara area. They are being supported by staff at the Commission’s head office in Wellington. The focus at present is gathering information from the survivors, next of kin, police, members of the Kaipara boating community, and the Coastguard.

TAIC Annual Report 2015-16 tabled in Parliament

29 Nov 2016

The Annual Report of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission for the year ended 30 June 2016 was tabled in Parliament today by the Associate Minister of Transport, Hon Craig Foss.

Marine Update: MO-2016-206 Fishing charter vessel Francie, capsize, Kaipara Harbour entrance, 26 Nov 16

28 Nov 2016

Two Commission investigators are in Auckland gathering evidence in​to the accident. They are also being supported by staff in Wellington. The Commission has been monitoring the Police response to the tragedy and liaising with the Police to obtain the necessary information to inform the Commission’s investigation.

Marine MO-2016-206 TAIC investigating Kaipara Harbour marine accident

27 Nov 2016

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into this afternoon’s (26 November 2016) marine accident on the Kaipara Harbour. It is tracking the continuing search and rescue operation, and deploying two investigators to the scene who are expected to arrive in the morning.

Aviation Update: AO-2015-007 AS350BA Eurocopter, ZK-HKU, collision with terrain, Fox Glacier, 21 Nov '15

18 Nov 2016

The inquiry into this accident in which all seven people on-board died is now nearing the end of its analysis phase and work on drafting the report will begin shortly.

Aviation AO-2016-006 TAIC investigating helicopter landing accident approx 5km north of Arrowtown, Otago

12 Sep 2016

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into this afternoon's (12 September 2016) landing accident where an AS350 ‘Squirrel” helicopter reportedly rolled over while making a snow landing during a sce​nic flight.

Marine Urgent recommendations concerning cruise ships and pilotage in Tory Channel

29 Aug 2016

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has issued two urgent recommendations concerning the risk assessment process for cruise ships using Tory Channel and the way Maritime New Zealand pilotage requirements are being interpreted.

Aviation Update: AO-2015-007, AS350BA Eurocopter, ZK-HKU, collision with terrain, Fox Glacier, 21 Nov 15

3 Jun 2016

The following is an update on progress with the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission’s inquiry into the fatal helicopter crash on the Fox Glacier in November last year.