What is a marine incident?

Marine incidents are defined by relevant Australian laws and include a number of different types of incidents.

A marine incident may include the following:

  • a death of, or injury to, a person associated with the operation or navigation of a vessel
  • the loss or presumed loss of a vessel
  • a collision of a vessel with another vessel
  • a collision by a vessel with an object
  • the grounding, sinking, flooding or capsizing of a vessel
  • a fire on board a vessel
  • a loss of stability of a vessel that affects the safety of the vessel
  • the structural failure of a vessel
  • a close quarters situation
  • 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. These include but are not limited to:
    • failure in operation of a component of material handling equipment, whether or not a person is injured because of the failure
    • significant damage to a vessel
    • a seafarer is injured or contracts an illness that incapacitates him or her from the performance of his or her duty
  • a dangerous occurrence, which is an occurrence that could have caused the death of, or serious personal injury to, any person on the vessel.
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Last reviewed: 22 November 2017