Vessel Casualty and Accident Reporting

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Jan 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

Although many think of boating as the lawless West of old, it's not. The Code of Federal Regulations imposes various duties on vessel operators in the context of marine incidents including the duty to report the event. 33 C.F.R. § 173.55 speaks to Casualty and Accident Reporting. When this regulation applies, a vessel operator must submit a casualty or accident report where (1) a person dies; (2) a person is injured and requires treatment beyond first aid; (3) the damage to vessels and other property totals $2,000.00 or more, or, there is a complete loss of the vessel; or (4) a person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury.

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John K. Fulweiler

Proctor-In-Admiralty / Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master Formerly a partner in a New York maritime law firm, John K. Fulweiler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs degree and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. In addition to being recognized by...


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