PRELIMINARY ENQUIRY(P.I.): Incase marine casualty occured, the investigating officer (P.O./ Surveyor of MMD, Deputy Conservator of major port, Officer specially appointed etc.)will conduct P.I. He will record the statements of Master and other crew members,with their signatures, but without the presence of any other person.
He will collect documents from the ship as appropriate.
send report to C.Govnt.with one or more of the following recommendations.
- No further action
-warning to defaulter
- Strict warning to owners.
- Issue MS notice.
- Order F.I. or C.I.
P.I. is totally confidential and not given even to any court.