The primary mission of Coast Guard Investigations is to investigate marine casualties to determine their root cause(s) and use the information gathered in that process to prevent further casualties. In addition, the Investigations Division investigates reports of negligence, misconduct, or other violations of federal laws or regulations that occur in conjunction with the operation of commercial vessels. The division also pursues enforcement action to prevent future deficiencies and non-compliance by issuing Letters of Warning and Notices of Violations, initiating Administrative Civil Penalty hearings, initiating suspension and revocation proceedings against Coast Guard issued credentials, and representing the Coast Guard at suspension and revocation hearings.
In accordance with 46 CFR 4.05-1, IMMEDIATELY AFTER ADDRESSING RESULTING 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.
A marine casualty includes:
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 New Orleans area of responsibility, contact the Sector Command Center on VHF Ch. 16 or by phone at 1-866-360-3386.
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 New Orleans area of responsibility, the CG-2692
may be submitted by fax to (504) 365-2322 or by mail to:
(See the resources section below for CG-2692 and its addendums).
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 New Orleans area of responsibility, contact the Sector Command Center on VHF Ch. 16 or by phone at 1-866-360-3386.
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:
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.