Incidents and accidents in any form of transportation are investigated in the Netherlands by the Raad voor Transport Veiligheid (RvTV) [Transportation Safety Board]. Shipping incidents are however, not yet included in the RvTV, and are still conducted by the Raad voor de Scheepvaart (RvS) [Board for Shipping]. Over time the RvS will be incorporated into the RvTV. This study investigates the judicial and legal boundary conditions under which the RvTV could already start investigations into shipping incidents, before the incorporation of the RvS. The study employed expert interviews, expert discussions and a legal comparison between the Shipping law and the RvTV. Results and recommendations made will provide input into the RvTV policy concerning shipping incidents.
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