Under the Barbados Shipping Act the Owner/Operator or Master of a vessel is required to report any accident resulting in loss of life or serious injury to any person. The Owner or Master is also required to report any material damage to the vessel, which may affect its seaworthiness.
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy investigates all marine accidents involving Barbados vessels worldwide and all vessels located in Barbados territorial waters. These investigations are conducted on behalf of the Minister who is responsible for maritime matters under the Shipping Act. The Minister acts independently of Barbados Maritime Shipping Registry and appoints an independent person/company to oversee all investigations.