Which UK government agency has a statutory duty and powers to investigate accidents involving UK ships anywhere and non-UK ships in the UK and UK waters?

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). Its investigatory powers are conferred by Part XI (sections 267 to 270) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. It operates under The Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1743) (the “2012 ARI Regulations”), which reflect the requirements of Directive 2009/18/EC.

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