Website of the Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty
Welcome to the website of the Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU), Federal Higher Authority subordinated to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
The Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU) registers and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board German flagged ships world-wide. Within the German territorial waters and the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) BSU acts regardless of the flag(s) of the ship(s) involved.
The sole objective of BSU accident investigations is to determine the circumstances and causes as well as the contributing factors of the accident with a view to preserve life and avoid accidents in the future, not to apportion blame, or settle liability or claims.