Serious Incident Criteria

  • Total loss of the ship

Any damage rendering the ship unseaworthy, including but not limited to:

  • Fire, explosion and grounding
  • Contact, heavy weather damage or ice damage
  • Breakdown necessitating towage or shore assistance
  • Pollution brought about by damage to vessel resulting in known damage to the environment

Non serious incident

  • Breakdown or immobilization of ships in open water and not posing a danger to own or other vessel and proceeded on passage without outside assistance
  • Serious incidents to vessels that could not reasonably have been prevented (Correctly anchored/berthed vessel hit by another vessel)
  • Unforeseen natural events (Tsunamis, volcanic eruption) causing serious damage to a vessel
  • A non-serious incident covers a minor scrape/knock where the ship’s service is not interrupted or where the ship is, for example, stranded on a sand bar for a short period and then floats off. It should not incorporate a loss of life, loss of ship or recorded pollution

IMO Incident Definitions

Marine incident

Means an occurrence or event caused by, or in connection with, the operations of a ship by which the ship or any person is imperilled, or as a result of which serious damage to the ship or structure or the environment might be caused.

An event that has resulted in any of the following:

  • Death of, or serious injury to a person, that is caused by, or in connection with, the operations of a ship; or
  •  Loss of a person from a ship, that is caused by, or in connection with, the operations of a ship; or
  • Loss, presumed loss or abandonment of a ship; or
  • Material damage to a ship; or
  • Stranding or disabling of a ship, or
  • Involvement of a ship in a collision; or
  • Material damage being caused by, or in connection with, the operation of a ship; or
  • Damage to the environment brought about by the damage of a ship or ships being caused by, or in connection with, the operations of a ship or ships.

Serious incident

Means an incident that does not qualify as very serious and involves:

  • Fire, explosion, grounding, contact, heavy weather damage, ice damage, hull cracking or suspected hull defect, etc., resulting in;
  • Structural damage rendering the ship unseaworthy, such as penetration of the hull
  • Underwater, immobilization of main engines, extensive accommodation damage etc.; or
  • Pollution (regardless of quantity); and/or
  • A breakdown necessitating towage or shore assistance.

Very serious incident

Means an incident to a ship which involves the total loss of the ship, loss of life or severe pollution.

Lloyds incident Definitions

Serious incident

Is a marine incident to a ship, as defined and results in:-

  • Structural damage, rendering the ship unseaworthy, such as penetration of hull underwater, immobilization of main engines, extensive damage, etc.
  • Breakdown.
  • Total Loss.
  • Any other undefined situation resulting in damage or financial loss which is considered to be serious.

Terminal Loss

Terminal loss (total loss) refers to a ship that has ceased to exist, either by virtue of the fact that the ship was irrecoverable or was broken up as a consequence of an incident.

See Also:

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