UK launches hazardous incident reporting programme

A Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) for the maritime industry was launched by the UK Minister for Transport in London this week.

CHIRP is an independent, confidential reporting programme which aims to raise safety concerns, and obtain, analyse and distribute safety-related reports which would not otherwise be available, whilst at all times keeping the identity of the reporter confidential. Anonymous reports are not accepted as they cannot be adequately validated.

CHIRP's primary purpose is to discuss safety-related issues with the relevant organisations, although action to be taken is discussed and agreed with the reporter before CHIRP talks to any third party. The programme's aim is for others to benefit from important lessons learned, the focus being on incident prevention and on the improvement of standards rather than on apportioning blame.

CHIRP can be contacted through Peter Tait, Director, on 44+1252 395013 or e-mail

Capt. Howard Snaith has been invited to represent INTERTANKO on the CHIRP Advisory Board.

Contact: Howard Snaith