Accident and Incident Reporting
It is a statutory requirement that all major accidents and incidents, especially collisions, are reported to Cowes Harbour Commission. This is partly to ensure that the costs of repairing any damage or injury fall where they properly should, but also to provide “lessons learned” that can be carried forward to improvements in harbour safety.
Commercial operators should download and complete the Commercial Incident Form. You are only required to complete the sections relevant to your incident; please follow the instructions on page 1.
Even “minor berthing incidents” - bumps and scrapes etc. - involving other vessels, need to be reported to either the marina operator or to Cowes Harbour Commission. A telephone call, text message or email in the first instance would be appropriate.
For leisure incidents resulting in any material damage or injury, a Leisure Incident Form should be completed and returned.
The forms should be submitted as soon as practicable, and in any event within 48 hours of the incident.