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About the Course

This specialist course will provide you with the crucial knowledge required when working in a marine incident investigation role. The online course consists of 1 module that must be completed within 6 months.

The module consists of text and charts to help you with your learning and 10 multiple choice questions which you are expected to pass by 70%. On successful completion of the module you will be rewarded with a Certificate in ‘Marine Incident Investigation’.

Module includes

  • The background to Marine Incident Investigation
  • The human factor in Incident Investigations
  • Initial actions in an Investigation
  • Managing the Investigation
  • Witnesses and interview
  • Collecting physical evidence
  • Human factors
  • Analyses, tools and techniques
  • Developing conclusions and making recommendations
  • Witness interviewing
  • The cognitive interview
  • List of potential sources of evidence
  • References and further reading

Meet the Course Author

​Ian Biles

Master Mariner, BEng (Hons), MA, CEng, CmarEng, DipMarSur, Eur Ing, FNI, Hon MIIMS, MRINA, MIMarEST, MSNAME, MSCMS, AMS, (SAMS) MEWI, MRIN

​Ian started sailing with his father at the age of 12 and went to sea upon finishing school. He sailed world-wide for 13 years (1975 to 1988) on a range of commercial ships and spent his leave sailing around the UK and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time Ian studied for his commercial and yachting qualifications and he passed his Ocean Yachtmasters in 1982 followed by his Class 1 (Unlimited) Masters Certificate in 1984.

In 1988 Ian was recruited by Shell International Marine who sponsored him to return to the University of Southampton on an Honours degree course in Naval Architecture (Ship Science). Following this he went on to take a masters degree in Business Management.

Ian began his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992. The company has developed to offer technical advice and services to Owners, Operators, Managers, Banks and Insurance Companies in both the leisure and commercial marine sectors.

Ian has been involved with numerous accident and incident investigations including grounding mage, fire damage, collision damage (ships and fixed and floating objects), personal accident and injury, professional negligence and gross negligence manslaughter. Ian is probably one of the most qualified marine surveyors in the business.


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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