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Marine Investigations

Investigations Department

Office: +81-42-507-6545 Ext. 7833
DSN: 225-8909/8405
Fax: +81-42-551-5571
E-mail: feactinvestigations@uscg.mil or feact@uscg.mil

The Investigations Department investigates reportable marine casualties under the authority of 46 USC 6301. The department determines the level of investigation by the regulations outlined in 46 CFR Part 4.

The department investigates violations of law or regulation, incompetency, or acts of misconduct or negligence by licensed or documented merchant mariners in the Asia-Pacific region.

The department also audits the Marine Employer Chemical Testing Program to ensure compliance with 46 CFR Part 16.

Links to Marine Casualty Reporting Documents:

New CG-2692 Forms were released on July 1, 2016.  

Report of Marine Accident, Injury, or Death (CG-2692)

Barge Addendum (CG-2692A)

Report Of Required Chemical Drug and Alcohol Testing (CG-2692B)

Personnel Casualty Addendum (CG-2692C)

Witness Addendum (CG-2692D)

Marine Employers Drug Testing Guide

Information on Reporting Marine Casualties in Asia/Pacific Region:

E-mail/Phone Contact(s):
feact@uscg.mil or feactinvestigations@uscg.mil
Phone: M-F 0800-1700 +81-42-507-6545 Ext. 7833
Fax: +81-42-551-5571
Afterhours Phone: +81-80-6560-4215 (24 hours)
 
NOTE: If a marine casualty has occurred after daily FEACT office hours (M-F 0800-1700), please notify FEACT casualty investigators on either e-mail and/or Afterhours Phone.

Casualties such as collisions, allisions, fires, loss of main propulsion, pollution, and deaths are required to be reported via phone as well as e-mail.   

Reporting Requirements:

A notice of marine casualty, defined under 46 CFR 4.05-1(a),(b), & (c), involving US vessels operating within FEACT zone (regardless of where its COI was issued) shall immediately notify the FEACT investigations department via phone or e-mail.  

Requirements for Written Reports:

Reportable Marine Casualties, defined under 46 CFR 4.05-1, are required to be reported on a CG-2692 form and sent to CG FEACT. Forms can be downloaded from the links at the top of this page.

Important Notes:

  1. Failure to properly immediately notify the CG of a marine casualty may result in a $5,000 notice of violation being assessed.
  2. If a marine casualty results in a "Serious Marine Incident" (SMI), defined under 46 CFR 4.03-2 as
    1. One or more deaths, injury to crew or passenger requiring medical treatment beyond first aid rendering unfit for duty
    2. Damage to property in excess of $200,000
    3. Total loss of an inspected vessel

    then Employers/Owners/Operators shall conduct "Alcohol Testing" within 2 hours and "Drug Testing" within 32 hours,     following the SMI, on each individual engaged or employed on board the vessel who was directly involved in the     incident.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question 1: What is a reportable marine casualty?

Answer:
In accordance with 46 CFR 4.05-1, the following incidents are reportable marine casualties:

  • An unintended grounding or unintended collision with a bridge.
  • An intended grounding or intended allision with a bridge that creates a hazard to navigation, the environment of the safety of a vessel.
  • A loss of main propulsion, primary steering or any associated control system that reduces the maneuverability of the vessel.
  • A loss of life or an injury that requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid, and if the person is employed on a commercial vessel, that renders the person unfit for duty.
  • An occurrence that materially and adversely affects the vessel's seaworthiness or fitness for service or route, including but not limited to fire, flooding or failure of or damage to fixed fire-extinguishing systems, lifesaving equipment, auxiliary power generating equipment, or bilge pumping systems.
  • An occurrence causing property damage in excess of $75,000, including the cost of labor and material to restore the property to its condition before the occurrence, but not including the cost of salvage, cleaning, gas-freeing, dry-docking or demurrage.

Question 2: When is drug testing required following a marine casualty?

Answer:
In accordance with 46 CFR 4.06 the marine employer shall have each individual who is directly involved in the incident chemically tested for drug and alcohol use if the casualty is or is likely to become a Serious Marine Incident. 46 CFR 4.03-2 describes the following events as Serious Marine Incidents. Any reportable marine casualty that results in:

  • One or more deaths;
  • An injury to a crewmember, passenger, or other person which requires professional medical treatment beyond first aid and, if the injured party is a crewmember, renders the individual unfit to perform routine vessel duties;
  • Damage to property in excess of $200,000;
  • Actual or constructive total loss of any vessel subject to inspection under 46 USC 3301; or
  • Actual or constructive total loss of any self-propelled vessel, not subject to inspection under 46 USC 3301;
  • A discharge of oil of 10,000 gallons or more into the navigable waters of the U.S. whether or not resulting from a marine casualty;
  • A discharge of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into the navigable waters of the U.S., or a release of a reportable quantity of a hazardous substance into the environment of the U.S., whether or not resulting from a marine casualty.

Question 3: What are CG reporting requirements for marine casualties?

Answer:
46 CFR 4.05 requires that, immediately after addressing resultant safety concerns, the owner, operator or person in charge shall notify the nearest SECTOR, ACTIVITIES, MIO, MIDET whenever a vessel is involved in a reportable marine casualty. 46 CFR 4.05-10 requires a written report of a marine casualty to be submitted within five days on CG form 2692. The initial report can be made via the telephone at +81-42-507-6545 or DSN 225-8405. Messages left after hours will be forwarded to the duty investigator. Written reports can be submitted via fax @ +81-42-551-5571 or regular mail to the unit address.