Reporting a maritime accident or incident

Find out how to report a maritime accident or incident to Maritime New Zealand.

A master or skipper must report any accident, incident or serious harm injury - this is a legal obligation and failing to report is an offence. Learn more.

How to report a maritime event

1. Report the event as soon as possible

You can verbally report an event by phoning the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) or by contacting the Maritime Operations Centre on VHF Channel 16.

2. Fill out and submit an event form

  • You can use our online event form or
  • download and print an appropriate event report form.

Report an accident online

Accident or incident report form [PDF: 232kB, 9 pages]

FAQs about reporting


Contact us

24-hour emergency numbers:

New Zealand (toll free):
0508 4 RCCNZ or 0508 472 269

Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 577 8030