Posted on May 06, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
According to a report released by the UK-based, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo), over half of the fatalities from bulk carrier losses, are due to cargo liquefaction.
More specifically, the bulk carrier casualty report shows that there have been over 188 seafarer lives lost, and over 48 bulk carriers declared as a total loss between the years of 2009 to 2018.
According to Intercargo, even though there has been no reported loss of a bulk carrier in 2018, and while annual statistics in regard to lives and cargo ships lost over the last ten-year period show signs of improvement, Intercargo suggests that this is no time to be complacent.
The report goes on to show that between 2009 and 2018, cargo failure and liquefaction have cost over 101 seafarers their lives.
Other significant causes that have led to the loss of bulk cargo vessels include grounding, which is referenced as the most common reported cause of ship losses, numbering a total of 19 out of the 48 reported cases, while flooding led to the loss of yet another 6 ships. Finally, a further six ships were lost due to unknown causes claiming a total of 61 lives along with them.
Of particular worry to Intercargo is the unwillingness of flag states to submit relevant reports, which account for nearly half of the total losses over the last decade.
“Lessons learnt from past incidents play an important role in determining the scope of additional safety improvements. 23 investigation reports on these 48 losses were still not submitted to IMO by their flag States, as per information on IMO GISIS database at end January 2019,” Intercargo said in a statement.
You can read the full report here: https://www.intercargo.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Bulk-Carrier-Casualty-Report-2018-publisher-version-10Apr2019.pdf