WSC reports record low in containers lost at sea


The WSC’s annual report shows a significant decrease to 221 containers lost at sea in 2023, the lowest since 2008, but the organisation says there is still work to do to improve cargo safety at sea.

This week, the World Shipping Council (WSC) released its annual report on containers lost at sea, showing a significant decrease to 221 containers lost in 2023.

While this is the lowest number recorded since the survey began in 2008, the WSC underscores the ongoing need for stringent safety measures and constant vigilance, as every container lost at sea is one too many.

“The reduction in containers lost at sea in 2023 is a positive development, but it does not diminish the urgency of our work. Every container lost at sea represents a potential hazard, and our commitment to preventing these incidents must be unwavering,” said John Butler, CEO of the World Shipping Council.

According to the WSC, the liner shipping industry remains committed to working with governments and other stakeholders to implement effective safety measures and ensure the secure transport of containers. The progress achieved so far serves as a foundation for further action and continuous improvement.

WSC has been reporting on the number of Containers Lost at Sea since 2011, with data starting in 2008. Originally the Report was updated every three years. To provide more timely updates, the Containers Lost at Sea Report has been since 2023 carried out on an annual basis.

Many improvements have been achieved over the years including improvements to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, the creation and promotion of the Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) and ISO standards for container lashing equipment and corner castings. This work continues.

Download the Containers Lost at Sea Report – 2024 Update HERE.

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