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Marine Casualties

Definitions:

Reportable Marine Casualty
A reportable marine casualty is an incident with a vessel on a U.S. navigable waterway that includes any of the following:
  • An unintended grounding, or an unintended strike of (allision with) a bridge;
  • An intended grounding, or an intended strike with a bridge, that creates a hazard to navigation, the environment, or the safety of a vessel;
  • A loss of main propulsion, primary steering, or any associated component or control system that reduces the maneuverability of the vessel;
  • An occurrence materially and adversely affecting the vessel's seaworthiness or fitness for service or route, including but not limited to fire, flooding, or failure of or damage to fixed fire-extinguishing systems, life saving equipment, auxiliary power-generating equipment, or bilge-pumping systems;
  • A loss of life;
  • An injury that requires professional medical treatment (treatment beyond first aid) and, if the person is engaged or employed on board a vessel in commercial service, that renders the individual unfit to perform his or her routine duties;
  • An occurrence causing property damage in excess of $25,000, this damage including the cost of labor and material to restore the property to its condition before the occurrence, but not including the cost of salvage, cleaning, gas-freeing, drydocking, or demurrage; or
  • An occurrence involving significant harm to the environment as defined in 33 CFR 4.03-65
*If involved in a reportable marine casualty, ensure you fill out and submit a CG-2692 to the Coast Guard.
Serious Marine Incident
A serious marine incident has occurred if an incident involving a commercial vessel resulted in one or more of the following:
  • One or more deaths
  • An injury to a crewmember, passenger, or other person which requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid, and, in the case of a person employed on board a vessel in commercial service, which renders the individual unfit to perform routine vessel duties
  • Damage to property, including the cost of labor and material to restore the property to its condition before the occurrence, but not including the cost of salvage, cleaning, gas-freeing, drydocking, or demurrage, in excess of $100,000
  • Actual or constructive total loss of any vessel subject to inspection under 46 U.S.C. 3301
  • Actual or constructive total loss of any self-propelled vessel, not subject to inspection under 46 U.S.C. 3301, of 100 gross tons or more
  • A discharge of oil of 10,000 gallons or more into the navigable waters of the United States, as defined in 33 U.S.C. 1321, whether or not resulting from a marine casualty
  • A discharge of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into the navigable waters of the United States, or a release of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into the environment of the United States, whether or not resulting from a marine casualty

Forms

For more information concerning Marine Casualties, we encourage you to browse the Marine Casualty Handout.


To contact Marine Safety Detachment Cape Cod by phone please call (508)-968-6556 or by email at D01-SMB-MSD-CapeCod@uscg.mil.

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