Following a collision, what evidence would be required for the investigation, and for legal proceedings?

Witness statements; radar plots; charts in use; chart correction records; navigational publications in use (and records of their correction); copies of logs of communications with other stations (including shore stations); voyage data recorder, if fitted; records of weather, tide, current, visibility, etc. Any video or still film, or even sketches, would also probably be useful.

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