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Investigations Department

Phone: (207) 780-3673 Facsimile: (207) 780-3213

The Investigations Department investigates all reportable marine casualties, violations of law or regulation, and acts of misconduct or negligence by licensed or documented merchant mariners. These investigations seek to determine cause and detect violations of law/regulation which contributed to the cause of the casualty. They also process the necessary paperwork for civil penalty action cases resulting from violations of inspection laws and the negligent operation of vessels. Additionally, they investigate and present before the Administrative Law Judge, when appropriate, suspension and revocation-related issues involving: alleged misconduct; negligence; incompetence by merchant mariners; and violations of dangerous drug laws. The department also actively audits the Marine Employer Chemical Testing Program to ensure compliance with these important regulations. In addition, a strong working relationship with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) is enabling the Investigations Department to begin developing a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a better exchange of investigative information after diving injuries and fatalities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What kinds of things have to be reported to the Coast Guard?
  2. Who is responsible for making a report to the Coast Guard?
  3. What kinds of vessels do these reporting requirements apply to?
  4. How soon do I have to report it?
  5. How do I report "reportable casualties" to the Coast Guard?
  6. How much time do I have to get a Form CG2692 to the Coast Guard?
  7. What kind of casualties require me to get drug tested?
  8. How fast do I have to get a drug test if I'm involved in a Serious Marine Incident?
  9. How do I apply for a license or MMD?
  10. How do I request information on a specific incident?
  11. What is supposed to be filled in for block 16 (location) of the 2692?

What kind of things have to be reported to the Coast Guard?

All reportable marine casualties as outlined in 46 CFR 4.05-1 shall be reported. A reportable casualty includes:

The navigable waters of the U.S. now includes the territorial sea measured 12 nautical miles seaward of the baseline. Thus, marine casualties occurring up to 12 nm from the baseline are subject to reporting and investigating under 46 USC 6101 thru 6308. Post casualty drug and alcohol testing requirements for foreign vessels also now apply out to the 12 mile limit.

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Who is responsible for making a report to the Coast Guard?

After immediately addressing safety concerns, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge, shall notify the nearest Marine Safety Office, Marine Inspection Office, or Coast Guard Group Office

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What kinds of vessels do these reporting requirements apply to?

As per 46CFR4.01-3, vessels excluded are outlined in 33CFR 173.51. These vessels are used by its operator for recreational purposes. However, if a recreational vessel is involved in a reportable casualty with a commercial vessel, it must be reported. If it is solely a recreational incident, local law enforcement authorities may be contacted.

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How soon do I have to report it?

The report must be made immediately, as soon as all resultant safety concerns are adequately addressed.

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How do I report "reportable casualties" to the Coast Guard?

Reportable marine casualties shall be initially reported immediately by any means possible. A written report is also required which is found under our forms link. (CG2692)

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How much time do I have to get a Form CG2692 to the Coast Guard?

A Form CG2692 is required to be submitted within 5 days of the incident iaw 46 CFR 4.05-10.

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What kind of casualties require me to get drug tested?

Individuals directly involved in a Serious Marine Incident (46 CFR 4.03-2) shall provide blood, breath or urine specimens for chemical tests required by 46 CFR 4.06-10 when directed to do so by the marine employer or law enforcement officer. An individual directly involved is an individual whose order, action or failure to act is determined to be, or cannot be ruled out as, a causative factor in the events leading to or causing a serious marine incident. This does not preclude an employer or law enforcement officer to require drug testing due to reasonable cause (46 CFR 16.250 and 33 CFR 95) if a serious marine incident has not occurred.

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How fast do I have to get a drug test if I'm involved in a Serious Marine Incident?

In accordance with the new 46 USC 2303a law, alcohol testing for crew members or others responsible for the operation or other safety-sensitive functions of the vessel or vessels involved in such casualty is conducted no later than 2 hours after the casualty occurs, unless such testing cannot be completed within that time due to safety concerns directly related to the casualty.

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How do I apply for a license or MMD?

We are unable to process any requests for Licensing or Documentation. Please contact the Regional Examination Center at Marine Safety Office Boston, MA (800) 982-9374.

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How do I request information on a specific incident?

You must provide a written request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA request).

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What is supposed to be filled in for block 16 (location) of the 2692?

You must ensure that the latitude and longitude of the incident is included.

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