Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Incident reporting

How to report an incident

There are three different types of incident reporting in the shipping industry

General incident reporting

  • General incident reporting for commercial vessels

    This includes: bulk carriers, container ships, oil tankers, passenger ships, tugboats and any large commercial vessels.

    Incidents include: accidents, damage to ships, injuries to crew, births, deaths, marriages and occupational health and safety incidents.

  • General incident reporting for domestic commercial vessels

    This includes: harbour ferries, diver operators, fishing trawlers and any other small commercial vessels.

    Incidents include: accidents, damage to ships, injuries to crew, births, deaths, marriages and occupational health and safety incidents.

Marine pollution (MARPOL) reporting

  • MARPOL reporting: discharges, or probable discharges of oil, chemicals, or harmful substances in excess of permitted limits , or damage, failure or breakdown of a ship of 15 metres or more in length.

When more than one report is needed

Some incidents might need a general incident report and a MARPOL report. For example, where there is a collision that results in the release of oil and/or dangerous cargo into the environment.

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) came into force on the 1 July 2013 and it should be noted that it influences incident reporting requirements .

Suspected non-compliance reporting

Anyone may report suspected deficiencies to AMSA by completing and submitting a Suspected Non-compliance reporting with Navigation Act or Safety/Pollution Conventions (SV-HH) form.

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