Maritime Incident Reporting

For those unfortunate enough to be involved in an incident at sea there are a couple of key means by which you can report the incident. Both are there to ensure that this type of incident does not happen again by bringing the circumstances to the attention of the marine industry at large MARS CHIRP Making Reporting Happen. Those of us in small craft will probably use CHIRP first. CHIRP is the “Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme”.CHIRP Overview 24.6.14 copy. I would recommend that every skipper reads the CHIRP reports, these may be down loaded here www.CHIRP.co.uk. The reporting form may be down loaded here CHIRP Report Form. MARS (Mariners’ Alerting and Reporting Scheme) is another system for the reporting of incidents at sea. This one is generally for use by larger commercial vessels but there is no reason why small craft should not be involved. The reporting page is here http://www.nautinst.org/en/forums/mars/submit-a-report.cfm and the report form may be downloaded here mars_new_soft_copy I would suggest that all seafarers read the CHIRP and MARS reports and that you also consider reporting actions that in your opinion have caused a danger to those at sea.