Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act, 2000


Marine Casualties

Reporting of Marine Casualties

Initial notification of marine casualties.

23.—(1) An owner, charterer, master, skipper, person in charge, ship's agent, ship's manager or ship's husband of a vessel involved in a marine casualty shall, by using the quickest feasible means, notify the Chief Surveyor or any other marine surveyor in the Marine Survey Office of the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources of the casualty immediately he or she is aware that the marine casualty has occurred or commenced, or as soon as practicable thereafter.

(2) There shall be included in the notification such relevant information as is known to the person notifying the marine casualty, including the name and description of the vessel, its position, the number of persons on board and as accurate a summary as possible of the marine casualty.

(3) A person required by subsection (1) to notify a marine casualty who without reasonable excuse fails to do so shall be guilty of an offence.