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Reporting a Marine Casualty or Incident

In accordance with 46 CFR 4.05-1, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ADDRESSING OF RESULTANT SAFETY CONCERNS, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge, shall notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector office whenever a vessel is involved in a marine casualty.

Read the Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) containing the mandatory requirements for reportable marine casualties (MSIB 10-016).

A "marine casualty" includes:

  1. An unintended grounding, or an unintended strike of (allision with) a bridge;
  2. An intended grounding, or an intended strike of a bridge, that creates a hazard to navigation, the environment, or the safety of a vessel, or that meets any criterion of 3 through 7;
  3. A loss of main propulsion, primary steering, or any associated component or control system that reduces the maneuverability of the vessel;
  4. 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;
  5. A loss of life;
  6. 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; or
  7. 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.

Notice given as required by 33 CFR 160.215 satisfies the requirement of this section if the marine casualty involves a hazardous condition as defined by 33 CFR 160.203.

To report a marine casualty in the Sector Miami area of responsibility, contact the Sector watch center on VHF Ch. 16 or by phone at 1-305-535-4472.

In accordance with 46 CFR 4.05-10, a written report of marine casualty (CG Form 2692) must be submitted to the Coast Guard within 5 days. For casualties in the Sector Miami area of responsibility, the CG-2692 may be submitted by fax to 305-535-8742, by e-mail to MiamiIO@USCG.mil or by mail to:

Sector Commander
USCG Sector Miami
Attn: Investigations Division
100 MacArthur Causeway
Miami Beach, FL 33139

(See the links below for CG-2692 and its addendums).

Brochures were developed to clarify when and where marine casualty notifications and reports are to be made:


Reporting a Hazardous Condition

33 CFR 160.215 requires that whenever there is a hazardous condition either aboard a vessel or caused by a vessel or its operation, the owner, agent, master, operator, or person in charge shall IMMEDIATELY notify the nearest Coast Guard Sector office. To report a hazardous condition within the Sector Miami area of responsibility, contact the Sector watch center on VHF Ch. 16 or by phone at 1-305-535-4472.

Serious Marine Incident

A Serious Marine Incident is a marine casualty or accident as defined in 46 CFR 4.03-1 (see above) that results in any of the following:

  1. One or more deaths;
  2. 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;
  3. Damage to property in excess of $100,000;
  4. Actual or constructive total loss of any vessel subject to inspection under 46 USC 3301; or
  5. Actual or constructive loss of any self-propelled vessel, not subject to inspection under 46 USC 3301, of 100 gross tons or more;
  6. A discharge of oil of 10,000 gallons or more, or a discharge of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance, into the navigable waters of the United States, whether or not resulting from a marine casualty.

Marine employers are required to ensure that each employee directly involved in a Serious Marine Incident is tested for alcohol use within 2 hours of occurrence and for drug use within 32 hours of occurrence.
    Marine Employers Drug Testing Guide

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Contact Us

Phone:  (305) 535-8750
Fax:  (305) 535-8742

Mail:
          Sector Commander
          USCG Sector Miami
          Attn: Investigations Division
          100 MacArthur Causeway
          Miami Beach, FL 33139

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100 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, Florida 33139

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