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Under the Barbados Shipping Act and the IMO Casualty Code, 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.
An Initial Report of any accident must be sent to the BMSR within 4 hours of the occurrence, via telephone, email, or the online form. Further details should be provided via Form 45 within 24 hours of the occurrence.
The purpose of our accident and incident investigation reports is to enhance safety at sea by sharing lessons learnt and making recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence.