Ship casualties and incidents are at an all-time low, but now is not the time for the maritime industry to take its eye off the ball. The global pandemic has revealed the shortcomings of the industry’s safety culture and, as shipping shifts to a zero-carbon future, the safety risks will only increase
A host of industry bodies have signed up to the safety coalition, including the International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, OCIMF, Intertanko, Intercargo, Interferry, Cruise Liners International and the World Shipping Council, in addition to many of the world’s major shipping companies
Casualties have flatlined in recent years, however, numbers through the first eight months of 2021 suggest a slight rise could be expected for the year
The frequency of large boxship fires has fallen recently — but the risks remain and any one of the smaller incidents is a narrowly missed large fire
Øystein Goksøyr of DNV takes a look at what measures are in place and what more needs to be implemented
Shipping has come a long way from the safety horror stories of decades past. Yet future fuels, the advent of mega ships, and even the present pandemic throw up challenges that will be hard to regulate
Port entry denials and quarantine periods caused significant delays and costs for shipowners as seafarers tested positive in hundreds of cases
Enhancing training and education will be vital in the likely scenario of multiple fuels being developed and adopted to meet shipping's low-carbon future, each with their own safety-related characteristics
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