Notification and reporting duty for accidents

  • Published: 28/02/2012

Incidents and near-misses shall be reported

Below you will find a brief overview of when and how notifications and reports shall be submitted. It is, however, important to read the guidance note on notification and reporting of accidents to the Norwegian Maritime Authority et al. in the list below in order to see the overall picture of the notification and reporting requirements.

Notification

The shipmaster or the shipping company shall immediately notify the authorities verbally in case of, inter alia, the following:

  • loss of ship or life
  • considerable personal injury or severe damage to vessel;
  • work accident when evacuation of the injured person is required
  • emissions or probable emissions of oil or hazardous substances
  • fire, explosion, collision or similar;
  • when a ship has run aground or collided.

The notification should be given to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC)  or any Norwegian coastal radio station in case of need for assistance or if there is a risk of emissions from the ship. If there is no need for assistance, you may alert the Norwegian Maritime Authority directly by telephone: +47 52 74 50 00 (manned 24 hours). Notification of accidents on leisure boats  may be given to the police instead of the above mentioned authorities.

Emissions or risk of emissions from the ship outside Norwegian territorial waters, shall be reported to the nearest coastal state with highest priority.

Reporting

The shipmaster or the shipping company shall, inter alia, report marine accidents and work accidents to the Norwegian Maritime Authority in a prescribed form within 72 hours of the occurrence of the incident. The duty to report is described in the guidance note for notification and reporting in the column to the right on this site. The duty to report applies regardless of whether or not a notification of the incident has been previously given.

Reporting of near incidents

Near incidents on passenger ships which have resulted in immediate threat to loss of life, shipwreck or considerable damage to the environment, shall be reported to the Norwegian Maritime Authority in a prescribed form within 72 hours after the occurrence of the incident. The Norwegian Maritime Authority would also like to receive reports concerning serious near incidents involving vessels other than passenger ships, in order to get information that can be used to improve the safety on board.

Report form

The report form can be found here; Report KS-0197

Reporting occupational injuries and illnesses to NAV

Occupational injuries shall be reported to NAV. The correct form can be found at the NAV webpage.

This applies to Norwegian and foreign citizens employed on ships registered to the Norwegian Ordinary Registry (NOR). In addition, it applies to Norwegian and foreign citizens living in Norway, employed on ships registered to the Norwegian International Registry (NIS). The same applies to citizens of a EEC-country, as well as foreign citizens not living in Norway but who pays the National Insurance to Norway.

Electrical injuries

Occupational injuries or material damages caused by electricity shall be reported to the Norwegian directorate for social safety and emergency preparedness (DSB).

Reporting acute emissions

Who do you report to?

  • The local fire department shall be alerted on acute emissions or danger of acute emissions from land based activities.
  • The Joint Rescue Center or the nearest coastal radio shall be alerted on acute emissions or danger of acute emissions from ships.
  • The Joint Rescue Center and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate shall be alerted on acute emissions or danger of acute emissions from activities on the continental shelf.
  • The Norwegian Coastal Administration can develop a system for further alerts.

Danger messages

Excerpt from Regulations concerning Danger Messages, Meteorological Services, Distress Messages, Life Saving Signals, etc.

  1. Chapter V of the Convention, concerning Safety of Navigation, Regulations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 16, concerning danger messages, meteorological services, distress messages, lifesaving signals, etc. apply to all ships as specified in § 2 of these regulations.
  2. In Norway, danger messages shall be sent to the Director of Ports and Harbours in Oslo. Reports of mine dangers shall be sent to the relevant Naval Defence Command. Meteorological observations shall be sent to the Meteorological
  3. The owner/master should ensure that Regulation 8 (e) of Chapter V of the Convention is complied with.
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