EMSA Publish Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents 2017

EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) has published “The Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents” which consists of a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP).

During 2016 there were 106 reported fatalities, 957 persons injured, 26 ships lost
and 123 investigations launched.

With 3145 marine casualties and incidents in 2016, the total number reported
in EMCIP since its establishment has reached 16500. Since 2014, the number
of reported accidents seems to have stabilised at around 3200 occurrences
per year. While the number of very serious and serious marine casualties and
incidents remained at levels similar to previous years, a limited but continuing
increase of less serious accidents reported was noted. However, some underreporting
of marine casualties and incidents appears still to exist, although there
has been continuous improvement since the implementation of the relevant EU
legislation in 2011. Estimates indicate that under-reporting relates mostly to the
less serious casualties and incidents.

Over the period 2011-2016, half of the casualties were of a navigational nature,
such as contacts, grounding/stranding or collision. Amongst occupational
accidents, 40% were attributed to slipping, stumbling and falling of persons.
Human erroneous action represented 60% of accidental events and 71% of
accidental events were linked to shipboard operations as a contributing factor. Of
all casualties, 42% took place in port areas. The number of ships lost has reduced
by 50% since 2014.

In 2016, the number of cargo ships involved in marine casualties and incidents
has decreased to 1400. A significant decrease of fatalities was noted in 2016,
reaching the lowest level of 2012.

Despite a decrease in the number of fishing vessels lost in 2016, a significant
increase of fatalities and injuries was noted.

Although during the period 2011 – 2016 the number of fatalities on board
passenger ships is dominated by the Costa Concordia (32 fatalities and 17 injured
persons in 2012) and the Norman Atlantic (11 fatalities and 31 injured persons in
2014), since 2014 a continuous decrease of fatalities and injuries is evident.
A reduction of service ships lost was noted in 2016, as well as the number of
fatalities and injuries.

Finally, for ships of other types, those indicators revealed an increase in 2016.
Across the period 2011 – 2016, EU States’ investigative bodies have launched
869 investigations and 695 reports have been published. Among the 1300 safety
recommendations issued, 28% related to operational practices, in particular
safe working practices. Half of the safety recommendations were addressed to
shipping companies and the rate of positive responses was about 66%.

The full report can be downloaded, here

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