Accidents & near-misses

Accidents and near-misses that occur on Swedish merchant and fishing vessels shall essentially be investigated regardless of where in the world the event occurs. Accidents and near-misses that take place on foreign ships in Swedish territorial waters shall also be investigated.

The ship’s master or ship-owner shall report accidents and near-misses at sea according to Chapter 6, §14 of the Swedish Maritime Code and §20 of the Regulation on Investigation of Accidents. Accidents are reported on the form “Report on Accident at Sea", which you will find here:

Report on Accident at Sea

Once the accident investigator has obtained all available information in the case, including the ship’s maritime declaration hearing and/or personal interviews, an assessment is made as to whether an accident investigation report should be written. If the assessment is that no accident investigation report is needed, the case is processed for statistical purposes.