Reporting a maritime accident or incident
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.
FAQs about reporting
For more information
24-hour emergency numbers:
New Zealand (toll free):
0508 4 RCCNZ or 0508 472 269
Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 577 8030