Fiji Maritime Code
14.22 (1) The master and owner of a ship shall report to the Chief Executive Officer as prescribed by this regulation any accident, incident or mishap, occurring on their ship. The master shall submit a written report of the accident, incident or mishap within 24 hours of such occurrence for a ship in port, and, within 24 hours after the first arrival at a port, for a ship at sea.
Severity Category to identify differences of accidents & incidents:-
1. A very serious marine casualty means a marine casualty involving the total loss of a ship or person or a death or severe damage to the environment. The stranding or disabling of a ship, or the involvement of a ship in a collision causing material damage to marine infrastructure external to a ship, that could seriously endanger the safety of the ship, another ship or an individual, material damage to a ship.
2. A serious marine casualty is an event or sequence of events that occurred directly or in connection with the operation of a ship but does not qualify as a very serious marine casualty. Including any event which has the consequence to be hazardous or to have serious consequences.
3. A serious injury means an injury which is sustained by a person, resulting in incapacitation where the person is unable to function normally for more than 72 hours, commencing within seven days from the date when the injury was suffered.
4. A severe damage to the environment means damage to the environment which, as evaluated by the State(s) affected, or the Flag State, as appropriate, produces a major deleterious effect upon the environment.
5. Minor injuries (none of the above) may require first aid treatment on the vessel. Crew/Passengers are able to continue on the vessel without taking time off.
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