Kevin T Ghirxi

Head of Marine Safety Investigation
Malta
Ph.D. World Maritime University
M.Sc. Maritime Affairs, World Maritime University

Biography

Dr Kevin T Ghirxi has 23 years experience in the maritime industry and has been involved in maritime accident and incident investigation since 1999.  Before joining the flag State Administration, Kevin served at sea on ro-ro ferries as a marine engineer.  When he joined the flag State Administration, he was assigned flag and port State Control inspections for a short number of months before he was assigned maritime casualty investigation.  In 2011, following the establishment of the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) as Malta’s national maritime investigative entity, he was appointed Head of Marine Safety Investigation.  Kevin has been instrumental in the establishment of the MSIU, which is legally independent from the flag State Administration.

Kevin is a graduate of the World Maritime University (WMU), where he read for a Master of Science Degree in Maritime Affairs (Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection), graduating in October 2003.  He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Excellence.  His dissertation was a critical analysis of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly Resolution A.849(20), as amended (IMO Casualty Investigation Code).  He enrolled again on the WMU’s Ph.D. programme under the supervision of Profs Jens-Uwe Schroder-Hinrichs.  He successfully defended his thesis and was awarded his PhD in October 2010.  His research identified important factors which influence the ‘stopping rule’ of safety investigations carried out in accordance with the IMO Casualty Investigation Code.

Kevin, is a guest speaker at the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta, WMU in Sweden, and is also an IMO Consultant in the field of casualty investigation training.  He is also a member of the Maltese delegation at the Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) Sub-Committee at the IMO and represents Malta at the Permanent Cooperation Framework at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon.

Kevin is also an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI).