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We are pleased to publish the first marine incident annual report for regulated Australian and foreign flagged commercial vessels in Australian waters. 

The 2019 annual report presents an analysis of marine incidents including fatalities reported to AMSA. It provides an insight into reported marine incident data between 2016 and 2019 in Australian waters. The report aims to provide an overview of current trends over the last 4 years in maritime safety.

Marine incident reporting helps inform proactive and reactive approaches to managing safety. The information from these marine incident reports is used reactively by implementing control measures on a case-by-case basis, and proactively by analysing trends and implementing more systemic measures.

3371 reported incidents; 2 crew fatalities, 2 very serious incidents; 141 serious; 3228 less serious; 215 crew injuries; 104 passenger injuries

Introduction

Marine incident reporting is an important source of information that informs both regulation and approaches to managing safety. Additionally, findings from analyses of marine incident reports allows AMSA to use this information to shape our annual compliance plans. 

AMSA has been working to improve the collection and use of marine incident data so that it can be used to better inform education and compliance activities. This report provides a historical trend of data between 2016 to 2019, with a particular focus on 2019 data.