Reporting Marine Casualty, Injury or Accident

Reports of marine casualty, accident, personal injury, or loss of life may be made on forms obtained from the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs. The following hyperlinks to the form are provided by the Administration for your convenience. These forms meet the initial minimum requirement for reporting a marine casualty to the Administration.


Pursuant to Liberian Maritime Regulation 9.257, please note the following reporting requirements.

  1. Reports of Marine Casualties. The owner or Master of a Liberian vessel involved in a marine casualty shall immediately advise the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner by the fastest means possible, including telephone or other means of electronic communication, and shall promptly thereafter forward a report thereon, signed by the Master or highest available officer or ship’s representative, to the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner of Liberia Maritime Authority whenever the casualty results in any of the following:
    1. Actual physical damage to property in excess of $100,000.00;
    2. Material damage affecting the seaworthiness or efficiency of a vessel; 
    3. Stranding or grounding; 
    4. Loss of life; 
    5. Injury causing any persons to remain incapacitated for a period in excess of 72 hours; or
    6. Correction of unsafe condition of occupational Accidents On-board as provided in Liberian Maritime Regulation 10.296(9).
  2. Form of Initial Reports. The report shall include the following information:
    1. Name and official number of the vessel;
    2. Type of vessel;
    3. Name and address of the owner;
    4. Date and time of the casualty;
    5. Exact locality of the casualty, the nature of the casualty and the circumstances under which it took place;
    6. If the casualty involves collision with another vessel, the name of such other vessel shall be provided;
    7. Where the casualty involves personal injury or loss of life, the names of all persons injured or whose lives are lost shall be provided; and
    8. Where damage to property is involved, the nature of the property damaged and the then estimate of the extent of the damage shall be supplied.
  3. Retention of Voyage Records. The persons in charge of any vessel involved in a marine casualty referred to in Paragraph (1) above shall retain for two years, or until otherwise instructed by the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner, the complete records of the voyage upon which the casualty occurred, as well as any other material which might reasonably be of assistance in the investigation and determination of the cause and scope of the casualty.  These persons shall make all such records and materials available, upon request, to the Commissioner, a Deputy Commissioner, the Chairman of a Marine Board of Investigation, or a designated Investigating Officer.

For additional information, please contact:

Capt. Yan Kyaw, Director, Marine Investigations
22980 Indian Creek Drive, Suite 200
Dulles, VA  20166 USA

Tel: +1 (703) 251-2453
Fax: +1 (703) 790-5655

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