Singapore Airlines's Boeing 777-300ER makes emergency landing at Changi International Airport (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Singapore (VNA) – Singapore has recently formed a new transport safety bureau to investigate air and marine accidents or incidents, the Ministry of Transport announced on August 5.

The Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), which was restructured from the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), will operate independently and separate from any judicial or regulatory proceedings. Its purpose is to make recommendations to enhance air and sea transport safety.

The TSIB’s investigations aim to prevent further accidents and incidents, the ministry stated, noting that they are not for the purposes of apportioning blame or liability.

Australia, Japan, the UK and the US also have similar bureaus, the ministry said.

Since its establishment in 2002, the AAIB has been involved in investigations of various air accidents and incidents and made contributions to improving air safety in the country.

The TSIB will continue and branch out the work of AAIB while taking over the role of conducting independent investigations into marine accidents and incidents from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Meanwhile, the MPA will continue to make inquiries on marine accidents and incidents in line with current regulations for ships operating within Singapore’s waters as well as ships under the country’s flag.-VNA