Incident Reporting Criteria

All incidents of any significance need to be reported in one of two ways. 

  1. For more serious incidents and those that have resulted in an injury, a Maritime NZ incident report (see details of criteria below) should be completed and forwarded to Maritime NZ. Ideally a copy of this report should be forwarded onto JBNZ.
  2. For less significant incidents that do not meet the criteria requiring a Maritime NZ report but was of a type that lessons could be learnt from, should be reported to JBNZ using one of the appropriate forms as per below.

Maritime NZ Incident Report:

There is a legal requirement under the Maritime Transport Act to report to Maritime New Zealand (and some Regional Councils/Harbourmasters) if your boat is involved in a mishap that results in serious harm to a person, or in an accident or incident (Section 31, MTA 1994), as soon as practically possible.  If you fail, without reasonable excuse, to file a report when required you could face a fine of up to $5,000.  Under section 57 of the Act, the Director of MNZ may request that his staff investigate the accident or mishap.  This may result in a prosecution under the MTA.

When Do You Need To Report To Maritime NZ?

An Accident is an occurrence involving your boat and results in:

  • A person being harmed (illness or injury)
  • The boat sustains damage or structural failure that affects its structural integrity, requires major repairs or replacement of affect component(s), or poses a threat to the safety of people on board
  • Failure of equipment/components that affect seaworthiness
  • A person is lost overboard or missing
  • The boat has been in a collision, had a major fire on board, has capsized or sunk

An Incident means any occurrence, other than an accident, that affects or could affect the safe operation of the boat

A Mishap means an event in which a person is harmed (illness and/or injury), or in different circumstances, might have caused a person to be harmed.

Minor injuries, such as a small cut or sprain, do not have to be reported to MNZ.

If in doubt, please call and discuss your situation with the JBNZ National Safety Officer.  (See page 3 of the Safety Handbook for current contact details of the National Safety Officer.)

The association reserves the right to complete and send reports of any incidents to the authorities with regards to its obligations under the HSWA and MTA. 

JBNZ Incident Report:

The incident reporting form is for JBNZ members to complete and return to the National Safety Officer of JBNZ.  These reports are solely for the use of the JBNZ National Safety Officer, to advise our membership of actions to take, to ensure that whatever caused the incident does not occur again, particularly regarding mechanical failures.  The form is for incidents which do not need to be reported to Maritime NZ.  Your privacy will be respected, and no information provided will be released to any third party without your permission.

File your Incident Report by using the simple form on the inside the back cover of the Safety Handbook or using the form below.   If using the paper form, a scanned copy can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to: Administration Manager, Jet Boating New Zealand, PO Box 6605, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8442.

Legal Obligations

We suggest that JBNZ members familiarise themselves with MNZ website and their accident reporting forms.   You should also be familiar with the reporting requirements of the Navigational Safety Rules of the Regional Council area in which you are boating.

Link to MNZ online Incident Report -

If you do file an incident report with MNZ please send a copy of this report to the JBNZ National Safety Officer via the email or postal address above. You do not need to complete the JBNZ incident report as well.

Incident Reporting

Personal information will not be released without your express permission.

  • Drivers Details

  • Incident Details

  • Use DD/MMM/YY format
  • Include AM or PM
  • Give as much detail as possible
  • Give a brief description of any injuries sustained. Please also specify the number (if any) of people hospitalised.
  • Describe what happened and how it happened.
  • Please describe damage sustained to your boat, other boats, other property.
  • What useful lesson(s) can be learned which might help you or other jet boaters prevent or deal with a similar incident?