The MNA Boat Club Seavue Scheme can be considered as being at the “grass roots” (but vital) level of incident reporting. Seavue members are asked to report incidents to either HM Coastguard, or an appropriate inland waterways authority, who will then take appropriate action. Depending on the nature and seriousness of the incident, these authorities may in turn involve other reporting and investigation organisations. It is also extremely sensible to provide the Coastguard with your personal boating details for use should an emergency arise.Having completed their report to the appropriate authority, members are asked to complete a Seavue Incident Report Form which can be obtained HereBrief details of reporting and investigation organisations and links to their websites are given below.
The Mariners' Alerting and Reporting Scheme (MARS) is primarily a confidential reporting system run by The Nautical Institute to allow full reporting of accidents (and near misses) without fear of identification or litigation. As a free service to the industry, MARS reports also regularly comprise alerts condensed from official industry sources, so that issues resulting from recent incidents can be efficiently relayed to the mariner on board. With access to the internet from vessels becoming more affordable, the MARS database is a valuable risk assessment, work planning, loss prevention tool and training aid for crew and management.Further details: Here
The RYA has published a reminder on how to call the Coastguard following a number of recent questions from members about the correct call sign now that the modernisation programme has been completed and a number of Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCCs) have closed. The article can be read HERE
Details of the latest Maritime Incident Reports can be read Here