30 May 2023
Canadian Custom Brokerage

World Shipping Council report on containers lost at sea reveals positive developments

The World Shipping Council (WSC) has released its annual report on containers lost at sea, revealing positive developments in container safety within the international liner shipping industry.

The WSC Containers Lost at Sea Report – 2023 Update reports that in 2022, 661 containers were lost at sea. This represents less than one thousandth of 1% (0.00048%) of the 250 million containers currently shipped each year, with cargo transported valued at more than $7 trillion.

Reviewing the results of the total fifteen-year period surveyed (2008-2022), on average 1,566 containers were lost at sea each year.

Proper packing, stowage and securing of containers, and reporting of correct weight are key to the safety of a container ship, its crew, and its cargo, to shore-based workers, and to the environment.

The responsibility for container safety is shared across the supply chain, and every day liner carriers work with their partners to prevent incidents and ensure safe container transport.

WSC represents container and roll-on-roll-off (roro) carriers all over the globe.

Link: World Shipping Council – Containers Lost at Sea Report – 2023 Update

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