Ferry Occurrence Notification

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 Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). This is required under Section 88 and 89 of the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012, Schedule 1 (National law).

Under NSW Law the Marine Safety Act 1998 No 121, Division 2, Section 99 requires:

99   Duty to report marine accidents to Minister

When a marine accident occurs in connection with a vessel, the master of that vessel (and the owner of the vessel if aware of the accident) must send a report to the Minister containing particulars of the accident as soon as practicable by the quickest means available.

After receiving a report of a marine accident, the Minister may require further information from the owner or master of a vessel involved in the accident to determine whether an investigation should be ordered into the marine accident.

Incidents and accidents include:

(a)  the loss of life of, or injury to, any person on board the vessel,
(b)  the loss of a person from the vessel,
(c)  the loss of life or injury to a person that is caused by the vessel,
(d)  the loss, or presumed loss, of the vessel (including the sinking or abandonment of the vessel),
(e)  the capsizing, grounding or flooding of the vessel,
(f)  the collision of the vessel with another vessel or with any object,
(g)  the vessel being disabled at sea (in any case in which it requires assistance),
(h)  any fire on board the vessel,
(i)  any damage being caused to the vessel (including any structural failure),
(j)  any damage to the environment caused by the vessel or by any substance on, or discharged from, the vessel,
(k)  any incident that causes danger of any of the above,

Ferry operators can make notifications to the OTSI Duty Officer 24 hours a day by telephoning 1800 677 766 or emailing transport.safety@otsi.nsw.gov.au.

If you are a member of the public and wish to report an incident involving a ferry or obtain information about service disruptions, call 131 500 or visit transportnsw.info

If you are a transport employee, depending on the nature of the incident or issue you may wish to make a report through the Confidential Safety Information Reporting Scheme (CSIRS).