MARS is a free searchable database containing reports of accidents and near misses stretching back over a quarter of a century. Funded through the generous support of the Institute's Nautical Affiliate partners, it is one of the maritime industry's leading risk reduction initiatives and is helping to make life safer for seafarers everywhere.
The Mariners' Alerting and Reporting Scheme (MARS) 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 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 becoming more affordable, the MARS database is a valuable risk assessment, work planning, loss prevention tool and training aid for crew and management.