This computerized data bank contains information on merchant ship casualties since 1973 and is updated annually on a fiscal year basis. A casualty as defined in the Federal Code is any occurrence that meets one of the following criteria: damage of $1500 or more; grounding; any accident that renders a vessel unseaworthy; any accident resulting in loss of life; or any injury that causes a seaman to be laid up for 72 hours or more. Reports on casualties are filed with local Marine Safety Offices and are then investigated, with the results of the investigation being filed with Coast Guard headquarters in Washington. The report is reviewed and entered into the file. Data in the file cover all U.S.-flag ships regardless of location at the time of the casualty and all non-U.S.-flag ships in U.S. territorial waters. Particulars of the data include vessel ID and code; time of day of the accident; weather and sea conditions at the time of the accident; ship's particulars, including its dimensions, GT, and hull type; information on personnel; location of casualty by type of water body and specific geographical location; codes for the cause and contributing factors; and results of the casualty, i.e., the number of injuries, an estimate of the dollar damages, pollution, and whether or not there was a total loss. Inquiries should be made by letter that the Coast Guard can maintain on file. Standard charges for print-outs are determined by the Federal Code computer rates.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Office of Merchant Marine Safety, Info and Analysis Staff
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00187092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Statistical Reference File, TSC
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Data base
  • Files: TSR, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1978 12:00AM