The Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law 2013 requires, in part, that the owner/master of a vessel must report accidents to the Australian Marine Safety Authorities AMSA Delegate the Roads and Maritime Services RMS as soon as practicable and in any case within 24 hours after the accident, which have resulted in the death of or injury to a person, or in damage to a vessel or any other property or any incident which may arouse public interest. This provision includes any vessels that are operating a public passenger service that is a ferry (any passenger carrying vessel carrying eight persons or more).
Roads and Maritime Services RMS in accordance with memoranda of understanding will, in turn, advise the Office of Transport Safety Investigations. Nothing in the legislation or in any memoranda of understanding prevents public passenger service operators from reporting directly to the Office of Transport Safety Investigations in addition to meeting those legal or other obligations.
The type of information that OTSI requires to be contained within an occurrence notification includes:
Notifications can be made to the OTSI Duty Officer 24 hours a day by telephoning 1800 677 766.