A marine incident must be reported to a Shipping Inspector within 48 hours of the incident, unless there is a reasonable excuse. Shipping Inspectors are marine safety officers (located at Maritime Safety Queensland marine operations bases), and officers of Queensland Water Police and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol. If you are unable to access one of these offices, contact a Shipping Inspector by phone. They will advise you what to do next.
The report must be made on the approved form. This form is used to report all incidents, no matter what type of ship is involved.
The forms are available from Queensland Transport Customer Service Centres,
Maritime Safety Queensland’s web site www.msq.qld.gov.au,
regional offices, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol and Water Police offices.
Details about every incident are recorded and the information is used to inform future safety programs.
All marine incident report forms are examined by a shipping inspector.
In most cases, no further action is required, however, serious incidents will require a more thorough investigation.
Penalties may apply for failing to report a marine incident
Why report marine incidents?
The reporting of marine incidents is vital to Maritime Safety Queensland. The information gathered assists in the development of infrastructure and education programs and on water compliance programs which benefit all waterways users. In addition, reporting a marine incident may assist you if you decide to make insurance claims for any damages.