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Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents 2018


Year: 2018
Language: english
Author: EMSA
Genre: Presentation
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 175
Description: With 3301 occurrences reported in 2017, the total number of occurrences
recorded in EMCIP has grown to over 20000. This amounts to an average of 3315
casualties per year over the past four years.
The number of very serious casualties has continuously decreased since 2014
with 74 reported in 2017. A similar improvement was noted for the number of
ships lost, with 12 reports as compared with 41 in 2014.
During the 2011-2017 period, 405 accidents led to a total of 683 lives lost, which
represents a significant decrease since 2015. Crew have been the most affected
category of victims with 555 fatalities.
In 2017 there were 1018 injured persons reported. This number has remained
relatively steady since 2014, at around 1000 per year. Again, crew represent the
main category of persons injured at sea (5329 during the 2011-2017 period).
While the number of occurrences involving cargo ships and service ships
stabilised and the number of passenger ships and ‘other ships’ slightly decreased
in 2017, a continued increase has been noted in relation to fishing vessels
since 2014.
More than 1500 cargo ships were involved in accidents that resulted in 25
fatalities in 2017, the lowest number since the EU legislation is in place.
With a total of almost 120, fishing vessels remains the category of ship with the
highest number of ships lost over the 2011-2017 period. However, the number of
fishing vessels lost dropped from 21 to six in two years’ time. Moreover, there was
a decrease from 60 to 13 lives lost in 2017.
Almost half of the casualties that occurred on board a passenger vessel involved
ferries. While no ships were lost in 2017, the number of fatalities has also
continued to decrease with less than five fatalities.
No service ships were lost in 2017. While the number of fatalities remained
identical, fewer injuries were reported.
200 ‘other types’ of ships have been involved in a marine accident. Despite the
limited number of such ships, this resulted in an increase in fatalities and injuries,
mainly on leisure boats with engines or sails.
Half of the casualties were related to issues of a navigational nature, such
as contacts, grounding/stranding and collision. As concerns occupational
accidents, 40% were attributed to the slipping, stumbling and falling of persons.
While the departure phase appeared to be the safest phase of a voyage for most
ships, it was noted that casualties mainly occurred in internal waters and port
areas.
Human error represented 58% of accidental events and 70% of accidental
events had shipboard operations as a contributing factor.
EU Member State investigation bodies have launched 1070 investigations over
the 2011-2017 period and almost 900 reports have been published. Among
the 2000 safety recommendations issued, 40% were related to operational
practices, and in particular to safe working practices. Half of the safety
recommendations were addressed to the shipping companies and the positive
response rate was around 50%.

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