Marine Casualty Law and Legal Definition

Marine casualty or accident is defined by 46 CFR 4.03-1 as --

“(a) Any casualty or accident involving any vessel other than a public vessel that --

(1) Occurs upon the navigable waters of the United States, its territories or possessions;

(2) Involves any United States vessel wherever such casualty or accident occurs; or

(3) With respect to a foreign tank vessel operating in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), involves significant harm to the environment or material damage affecting the seaworthiness or efficiency of the vessel.”