The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) was established on 5 June 2002 under Section 7(1) of the Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act 2000. The Boards function is to conduct investigations into marine casualties that take place in Irish waters or involve Irish registered vessels anywhere in the world. The main purpose of the Board's investigations is to establish the cause or causes of a marine casualty with a view to making recommendations to the Minister for Transport for the avoidance of similar marine casualties in the future. It is not the purpose of an investigation to attribute blame or fault. The Boards recommendations provide a significant contribution to the development of maritime safety measures.