The Triton

News

Annually 1,500 containers are lost at sea

ADVERTISEMENT

The World Shipping Council (WSC) has released an update to its survey and estimate of containers lost at sea. From 2008 to 2013, WSC estimates that there were 546 containers lost annually, not counting catastrophic events, and 1,679 containers lost at sea each year including catastrophic events, such at the MOL Comfort disaster.

The report notes that 2011 and 2013 each saw rare catastrophic events that resulted in complete and total vessel losses.

In 2013, the international liner shipping industry carried approximately 120 million containers packed with cargo, with an estimated value of more than $4 trillion.

“Every container loss is one the industry would like to avoid. The updated report not only provides more accurate and up-to-date data on the issue, but also identifies those initiatives the industry is supporting to increase container safety and reduce such losses. While nobody can eliminate the challenges of bad weather or the risk of vessel casualties at sea, care and cooperation amongst all those who pack, handle, weigh, stow and secure containers is needed to improve safety,” said Chris Koch, WSC president and CEO.

While containers lost overboard represent a very small fraction of the roughly 120 million container loads shipped each year, the industry supports efforts to  enhance container safety, including:

1. Amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention: The IMO has amendments that will require container weight verification as a condition for vessel loading.

2. New Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU): The IMO, the

International Labour Organization (ILO), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), have a new code of practice for the packing of CTU, including containers. The new code is expected to receive final approval by the ILO in November 2014.

3. Revised ISO standards for container lashing equipment and corner castings: IMO has requested the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) review and revise its standards regarding lashing equipment and corner castings.

http://www.worldshipping.org/industry-issues/safety/Containers_Lost_at_Sea_2014_Update_Final_for_Dist.pdf

 
Related Posts...
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on May 21 Read more...
By Dorie Cox Yachts and their crew spend tens of Read more...
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida has cancelled Marine Read more...
Divers and anglers are invited to sign up for the Read more...
A South Florida judge has denied a yacht owner’s request Read more...

Share This Post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Editor’s Picks

Working toward smooth sailing with crew visas

Working toward smooth sailing with crew visas

By Dorie Cox Yachts and their crew spend tens of millions of dollars on refits, maintenance and repairs, as well as provisions, …

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan I recently helped outfit a yacht with glassware. The owners found a beautiful set of antique cobalt blue …

Mexican marina makes room for larger yachts

Mexican marina makes room for larger yachts

Paradise Village Marina in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has recently reconfigured the marina to hold more and larger yachts. The marina now has …

Triton Networking nets $1,500 for injured yachtie

Triton Networking nets $1,500 for injured yachtie

More than 200 captains, crew and industry people challenged the weather to attend Triton Networking last night with global marine travel …