Report a marine occurrence

Determine whether the occurrence is reportable

If the occurrence involved a pleasure craft, report it to the local police.

Definition of a reportable incident [click on the arrow to open the definition]

… “reportable marine incident” means an incident resulting directly from the operation of a ship, other than a pleasure craft, where

  1. a person falls overboard from the ship,
  2. the ship, of one hundred gross tons or more, unintentionally makes contact with the bottom without going aground,
  3. the ship fouls a utility cable or pipe, or an underwater commodity pipeline,
  4. the ship is involved in a risk of collision,
  5. the ship sustains a total failure of any machinery,
  6. the ship sustains a shifting of cargo or a loss of cargo overboard,
  7. the ship is intentionally grounded or beached to avoid an accident,
  8. any crew member whose duties are directly related to the safe operation of the ship is unable to perform the crew member's duties as a result of a physical incapacitation that poses a threat to the safety of any person, property or the environment, or
  9. any dangerous goods are released on board or from the ship.

Source: Transportation Safety Board Regulations Section 2(1)

If you wish to report—in complete confidence—another kind of act or condition in the Canadian transportation system that is potentially unsafe, use Securitas.

Definition of a reportable accident [click on the arrow to open the definition]

… “reportable marine accident” means an accident resulting directly from the operation of a ship other than a pleasure craft, where

  1. a person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of
    1. being on board the ship or falling overboard from the ship, or
    2. coming into contact with any part of the ship or its contents, or
  2. the ship
    1. sinks, founders or capsizes,
    2. is involved in a collision,
    3. sustains a fire or an explosion,
    4. goes aground,
    5. sustains damage that affects its seaworthiness or renders it unfit for its purpose, or
    6. is missing or abandoned; (accident maritime à signaler)

See Transportation Safety Board Regulations Section 2(1)

If you wish to report—in complete confidence—another kind of act or condition in the Canadian transportation system that is potentially unsafe, use Securitas.

Determine whether you are the right person to report

You may report the occurrence if you are the owner, operator, charterer, master, pilot, or any crew member of the ship involved in the occurrence.

See Transportation Safety Board Regulations Section 3(1)

Call with your initial report as soon as possible after the occurrence

A standby investigator is ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Direct or collect: 819-994-3741
  • Toll-free: 1-800-387-3557

See Transportation Safety Board Regulations Section 3(1)

Submit a full report within 30 days of the occurrence

Download, complete and submit the form below (you may use either of the formats). Email and mail addresses are provided in the form.

  • Report a marine occurrence Form 1808 in PDF [94KB]
  • Report a marine occurrence Form 1808 in DOCX (MS Word) [154 KB]

See Transportation Safety Board Regulations Section 3(4)

Personal information collection statement [click on the arrow to open the definition]

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Public communications

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The transmission of this information is not secure so sensitive personal information, such as your Social Insurance Number, should not be included in your message.

If after reading this statement, you prefer not to submit your inquiry via the Internet, you may use one of the following methods:

Telephone (toll-free in Canada):
1-800-387-3557
Telephone (outside Canada):
819-994-3741
Mail:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 1K8

Privacy inquiry

Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints regarding the administration of the Privacy Act and privacy policies may be directed to the departmental Privacy Coordinator by:

Email:
atip.aiprp@bst-tsb.gc.ca
Telephone:
819-994-8030
Mail:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 1K8

If you are not satisfied with our response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by e-mail at info@priv.gc.ca or by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.