Report a marine incident

This page explains what you must do if you are an owner/master of a domestic commercial vessel (DCV) involved in a marine incident.

  • Always dial 000 in an emergency
  • If an incident has occurred but you are not in immediate danger, report it to Victoria Police on 1800 135 729

The owner or master of a DCV that is involved in a reportable incident must report, in writing, the full particulars of the incident to the Safety Director as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

You must use the following form:

Submit the completed form, along with any supporting documents as required, to:

Emailmarineincidents@transportsafety.vic.gov.au
Postal addressPO Box 2392, Melbourne VIC 3001

Under national law, the owner or master of a DCV must also report certain marine incidents to AMSA.

What marine incidents must be reported?

In the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic)

marine incident means—

  • a death of, or injury to, a person onboard a vessel caused by the operation or navigation of a vessel; or
  • the loss or presumed loss of a vessel; or
  • a collision of vessels; or
  • a collision by a vessel with an object; or
  • the grounding, sinking, flooding or capsizing of a vessel; or
  • a fire onboard a vessel; or
  • a loss of stability of a vessel that affects the safety of the vessel; or
  • the structural failure of a vessel; or
  • a close quarters situation; or
  • an event that results in—
    • the death of, or injury to, a person onboard a vessel; or
    • the loss of a person from a vessel; or
    • a vessel becoming disabled and requiring assistance; or
  • the fouling or damaging by a vessel of—
    • any pipeline or submarine cable; or
    • any aid to navigation within the meaning of the Commonwealth Navigation Act;

Division 4—Reporting of incidents

93         Reporting requirements in relation to reportable incidents

  1. This section applies if a reportable incident occurs and a person is killed or injured or there is significant damage to property, or property is lost or destroyed, as a result of the incident.
  2. The master of the vessel that is involved in the reportable incident, as the case requires—
    1. must immediately stop the vessel, drop anchor or otherwise secure the vessel; and
    2. must immediately render such assistance as he or she can; and
    3. must at the scene of the reportable incident as soon as possible give his or her name and address and also the name and address of the owner of the vessel and the identifying mark of the vessel—
      1. to any person who has been injured or to the owner of any property which has been damaged, destroyed or lost; or
      2. to a person representing the injured person or the owner of the property; and
    4. must at the scene of the reportable incident as soon as possible give those names and addresses to any police officer who is present; and
    5. if any person is injured and no police officer is present at the scene of the incident, must as soon as possible report in person full particulars of the incident at the police station that is most accessible from the scene of the incident if that station is open and, if it is not open, at the next most accessible station; and
    6. if any property is damaged or destroyed and neither the owner of the property nor any person representing the owner nor any police officer is present at the scene of the incident, must as soon as possible report in person full particulars of the incident at the police station that is most accessible from the scene of the incident if that station is open and, if it is not open, at the next most accessible station.
  3. If—
    1. as a result of the reportable incident a person is killed or suffers serious injury; and
    2. the master of the vessel knows or ought reasonably to have known that the reportable incident had occurred and had resulted in a person being killed or suffering serious injury; and
    3. did not comply with subsection (2)(a) or (b) in relation to the reportable incident—

    the master of the vessel is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty not exceeding 6 months imprisonment or 60 penalty units, or both.

  4. If—
    1. as a result of the reportable incident a person is killed or suffers serious injury; and
    2. the master of the vessel does not comply with subsection (2)(c), (d) or (e)—

    the master is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

  5. If—
    1. as a result of the reportable incident a person is injured; and
    2. the master of the vessel does not comply with subsection (2)—

    the master is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty not exceeding 60 penalty units.

  6. If no person is killed or suffers injury as a result of the reportable incident and the master of the vessel does not comply with subsection (2), the master of the vessel is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty not exceeding 10 penalty units.
  7. On conviction of a person for, or finding a person guilty of, an offence against this section, the court may cancel any marine licence held by the person and, whether or not that person holds a marine licence, disqualify him or her from obtaining a marine licence for a period not exceeding 8 years.
  8. The specifying by subsection (3) of fault elements for an offence against that subsection is not intended to affect the question of whether fault elements are required for any other offence against this section or any other provision of this Act.

Response agencies

If you represent a response agency tasked by the Water Police to assist with a marine incident, please complete the Marine Incident Response Record.

How do we use the data we collect?

We use the data we collect from vessel operators to monitor trends and safety risks on Victorian waters. You can view the annual incident statistics and quarterly summaries for maritime incidents on our Maritime incident statistics page.

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