Ship Casualty / Incident Investigations

Reporting of Incidents

Owners and Masters of Singapore Registered Ships must report marine casualty and marine incidents to the Director of Marine (Fax: 65 6278 6992, E-mail: within 24 hours using the MPA Casualty Reporting Form and the AIDE-MEMOIRE as a guide. These can also be found in our Shipping Circulars:

Marine Safety Investigation – Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), Ministry of Transport

TSIB carries out marine safety investigations in accordance with the Code of International Standards and Recommended Practices for a Safety Investigation into a marine casualty or incident of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These investigations does not seek to apportion blame or determine liability, but with the intent to analyse the root cause of a marine incident, draw and provide the lessons learnt to prevent recurrences of similar incidents.

Ship Investigation Department – Shipping Division (MPA)

The Ship Investigation Department conducts inquiries on marine casualties and incidents under the Merchant Shipping Act (Chapter 179). The inquiries seek to determine the cause of the casualty or incident, including any infringements of the provisions under the Merchant Shipping Act.

Sharing of Lessons Learnt

MPA shares significant lessons learnt from investigation outcomes via: