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MSD Sturgeon Bay Marine Casualty Reporting

What is a Marine Casualty?

Any casualty on a vessel (including a FOREIGN vessel) must be reported if it occurs upon the navigable waters of the U.S., it's territories or possessions; or whenever an accident involves a U.S. vessel, wherever the accident may occur (46 CFR 4.05); and involves one of the following:

Whenever a marine casualty meets one or more of the criteria above, it must be reported to the Coast Guard on a  "Report of Marine Accident, Injury or Death" (CG-2692 Form).

If there is an incident that doesn't meet one of these reporting criteria, but you feel would be useful to the Coast Guard in promoting marine safety, please feel free to contact MSD Sturgeon Bay. This would include "near-miss" events, unsafe operating procedures, illegal operations, navigation hazards, etc.. The information you provide may be helpful in the Coast Guard's efforts to work in concert with industry to prevent mishaps.


When To Use A "Report of Marine Accident, Injury or Death" (CG-2692 Form)

The regulations require immediate notification of reportable casualties to the CG Marine Safety Office. This is to be followed up with written notification on a (CG-2692) within five (5) days.

The desired intent for marine casualty reporting is:

1. To allow CG Marine Safety Office to provide immediate assistance as soon as the notification has been received;

2. To gather casualty statistics, which will improve personnel and vessel operating safety. The data is gathered to show trends and common causes of casualties. A good rule of thumb for when to fill out a CG-2692 is "WHEN IN DOUBT, FILL IT OUT!!".

It should be noted that failure to report a bona fide casualty could result in:



Foreign vessels are required to report casualties that occur in the navigable waters of the U.S. (12 NM from baseline), its territories or possessions just as U.S. vessels. Likewise, this applies to a marine casualty involving a U.S. citizen on a foreign passenger carrying vessel "operating south of 75 degrees north latitude, west of 35 degrees west longitude, and east of the International Date Line; or operating in the area south of 60 degrees south latitude that - A) embarks or disembarks passengers in the United States; or B) transports passengers traveling under any form of air and sea ticket package marketed in the United States" (46 USC 6101(e)(1)). Foreign vessels carrying oil in bulk as cargo, or as cargo residue, may have to report certain casualties that occur in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction, including Exclusive Economic Zone (see 46 USC 6101(d)2). Also foreign vessels are subject to the same penalties for failure to report. The Chemical Testing criteria also apply.



A Serious Marine Incident (SMI) is defined as one of the reportable casualties addressed above that result in:


At the occurrence of a casualty, the marine employer* "shall make a timely, good faith determination as to whether the occurrence currently is, or is likely to become, a serious marine incident" (46 CFR 4.06).

Once the marine employer makes that determination, the marine employer "shall take all practicable steps to have each individual engaged or employed on board the vessel who is directly involved in the incident chemically tested for evidence of drug and alcohol use. The chemical testing should include any individual directly involved 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 the incident.

*Marine employer is defined as "owner, managing operator, charter, agent, master, or person in charge of a vessel other than a recreational vessel."

The report of the chemical testing must be reported on a "Report of Required Chemical and Alcohol Testing
Following a Serious Marine Incident" (CG-2692B) Form

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Last Modified 9/23/2013