Report a marine safety concern

Anyone can report a marine safety concern to us.

This includes any event that endangers, or if not corrected could endanger, the safety of vessels or persons.

What is a marine safety concern?

Examples of marine safety concerns include:

Substandard conditions

  • substandard condition of the hull or other plating
  • substandard condition of hatches, water tight doors or openings
  • substandard condition of machinery or steering systems
  • substandard condition of cargo handling equipment

Unsafe working conditions

  • the vessel having unsafe handling characteristics
  • unsafe navigation
  • unsafe bridge procedures
  • unsafe engine control room procedures
  • unsafe engineering operational procedures or practices
  • unsafe engineering maintenance procedures or practices
  • unsafe pilot access (for example, pilot ladders)
  • unsafe cargo stowage
  • crew schedules that result in fatigue

Modifications to equipment and procedures

  • bypassing of safety procedures because of operational or commercial pressures
  • deviation from established collision avoidance procedures
  • a modification of the vessel’s equipment or fittings that has not been approved by the appropriate authority

Inadequate planning and equipment

  • inadequate passage planning
  • inadequate navigational equipment, charts or publications
  • inadequately marked obstructions to safe navigation
  • lack of traffic or weather information

Submit a marine safety concern

You can either:

If you are a marine surveyor, you can use this form to report an unsafe vessel or major deficiency to us.

Last updated: 

Monday 9 May 2022