Marine incidents are defined by various Australian laws and include a number of different types of incidents.
A marine incident may include the following:
- Death of, or injury to, a person associated with the operation or navigation of a vessel
- The loss or presumed loss of a vessel
- Collision of a vessel with another vessel
- Collision by a vessel with an object
- The grounding, sinking, flooding or capsizing of a vessel
- Fire on board a vessel
- Loss of stability of a vessel that affects the safety of the vessel
- The structural failure of a vessel
- A close quarters situation
- A dangerous occurrence, which is an occurrence that could have caused the death of, or serious personal injury to, any person on the vessel
It can also include:
- An event that results in, or could have resulted in:
- the death of, or injury to, a person on board a vessel
- the loss of a person from a vessel
- a vessel becoming disabled and requiring assistance.
- The fouling or damaging by a vessel of:
- any pipeline or submarine cable
- any aid to navigation.
- Other incidents that are prescribed by the regulations include but are not limited to:
- failure in operation of a component of material handling equipment
- loss of cargo from a vessel
- significant damage to a vessel
- equipment failure that may affect vessel’s ability to prevent pollution from occurring
- a crew member is injured or contracts an illness that incapacitates them from the performance of their duty.
- Any serious danger to navigation on or near the course of the vessel.