History of Maritime Programme

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The UK Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme, more commonly known by the acronym CHIRP, has been operating in aviation since 1982. CHIRP was established in its present form, as a charitable company limited by guarantee, on 1 November 1996. This corporate structure was selected in order to provide a totally independent organisation, with management and fiscal responsibilities held by an independent Board of Trustees.

The Maritime Programme started in 2003, originally receiving UK Government funding, it is now funded through grants from The Corporation of Trinity House, The Lloyds Register Foundation, Britannia P & I Club, , Seafarers UK, UK P & I Club, TK Foundation and ITF Seafarers. 

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