KiwiRail improves bridge crew training

14 April 2016 9:09AM

KiwiRail has improved the ongoing training and performance of staff on the bridge of all Interislander ferries since the 2011 Monte Stello incident, Interislander Operations General Manager Mark Thompson says.

Responding to today’s release of a report on the incident by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, Mr Thompson says “since the incident, KiwiRail has reviewed bridge resource management training and practices on its ships, including completing an extensive series of independent audits”.

Those audits found KiwiRail’s practices were generally acceptable, but there were some areas where improvements could be made.

“As part of addressing that, KiwiRail has invested in developing ship and port models for the state-of-the-art Smartship simulator in Brisbane used to train KiwiRail bridge crews,” he says.

The simulator is used as part of an expanded, on-going programme of training for bridge teams.

KiwiRail accepts the findings in TAIC’s report on the Monte Stello incident, and notes that they are in line with the results of its own internal investigation.

The Monte Stello was on short-term lease at the time of the incident.

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