Vessel Incident Report
Emergency Contacts: Tel 000 or VHF16
If a boating accident occurs in any port or navigable water in NSW, the master of the vessel must:
- Stop the vessel immediately.
- Give any assistance which may be necessary.
- Produce any licence.
- Give details to any person having reasonable grounds for requesting them (e.g. other persons involved in the accident).
- Details must include the master’s name and address and any distinguishing number (that is, registration number or permit number) which is required to be displayed on the vessel.
If requested by a Roads and Maritime Services officer or any Police officer, provide the following details:
- Full identification.
- Time, place and nature of accident.
- Name and registration number or unique identifier of every vessel involved in the incident.
- Name and address of every person who was concerned with or witnessed the accident.
- Extent of any injury or damage resulting from the accident.
- Produce a boat driver’s licence or certificate of competency.
Reporting procedures after the incident are different for recreational and domestic commercial vessels.
Where the accident has resulted in the death of, or injury to, a person; or damage in excess of $5000 to a vessel, or any other property, a written report must be forwarded to Roads and Maritime Services within 24 hours setting out the particulars, unless these have already been given to a Roads and Maritime Services officer.
NOTE: Penalties apply for not reporting an accident to Roads and Maritime Services
Domestic Commercial Vessels
Where an incident has resulted in the death of a person or serious injury to a person or loss of vessel or loss of person from the vessel or significant damage to the vessel, the owner and/or master must give an initial report to a delegate of the national regulator (Roads and Maritime Services in NSW) as soon as reasonably practical after becoming aware of the incident.
In any case, a marine incident as defined in the national law (see Domestic Commercial Vessel Incident Report Form for detail) must be reported by the master and/or owner to a delegate of the national regulator (Roads and Maritime Services in NSW) in writing within 72 hours of becoming aware of the incident.
NOTE: Penalties apply for not reporting an incident to a delegate of the national regulator (Roads and Maritime Services in NSW).