Mariners' Alerting and Reporting Scheme
The Mariners' Alerting and Reporting Scheme is primarily a confidential reporting system run by The Nautical Institute to allow full reporting of Accidents (and Near Misses) without fear of identification or litigation. As a free service to the industry, MARS reports also regularly comprise of alerts condensed from official industry sources, so that issues resulting from recent incidents can be efficiently relayed to the mariner on board. With access to the internet from vessels is becoming more affordable, the MARS database is a valuable risk assessment, planning and training tool for crew and management.
MARS reports are held in a publicly-accessible database which may be searched in different ways from this page.