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Day to day loss of shipping containers has doubled since 2011

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MOL Comfort loses containers

MOL Comfort loses containers during a castophic event in 2013. As bad as the large loses from catosrophic loses are, it is the dramatic increase in day-to-day loses that are alarming

Catastrophic events aside (which contribute to large losses of shipping containers) a recent study has shown that shipping container losses have more than doubled since 2011.

A gCaptain article yesterday listed “World Shipping Council estimated that on average there were approximately 350 containers lost at sea each year during the 2008-2010 time frame, not counting for catastrophic events.”

“Based on 2014′s survey results, the WSV estimates that there were approximately 733 containers lost at sea on average for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, not including catastrophic events. Including catastrophic losses, for these years the average annual loss was approximately 2,683 containers, an uptick of 297% from the previous three years”

While the article notes that “any loss of a container at sea is a loss that carriers seek to prevent” the data shows that industry is headed toward a direction of more loss, even in the face of “a number of efforts to enhance container safety and reduce loss.”

Kudos to the World Shipping Council for doing the surveys and for being open with the results, but that said, clearly more needs to be done to reduce container loss.

here’s the link for the WSC survey 2014 update

http://www.worldshipping.org/industry-issues/safety/Containers_Lost_at_Sea_-_2014_Update_Final_for_Dist.pdf

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