Dry bulk shipping body, INTERCARGO has published its latest analysis of bulk carrier casualties. The INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2019 provides an analysis of casualty statistics covering the years 2010 to 2019. Thirty-nine bulk carriers with 173 seafarers were reported lost over that period, based on available reports of total losses and constructive total losses from public sources and IMO’s GISIS.
The report highlights that the loss of the bulk carrier Nur Allya in August 2019 cast a shadow over the industry’s excellent safety performance throughout the previous year, during which no bulk carrier casualties were reported.
This incident alone clearly demonstrates that there is no room for complacency, and INTERCARGO calls for a prompt and thorough investigation into this tragic loss. It is only through effective root cause analysis that appropriate corrective actions can be put in place to ensure that such an accident never happens again.
Cargo shift and/or liquefaction is one of the greatest concerns for the safe carriage of dry bulk over the past 10 years, likely to be the main reason causing eight bulk carrier casualties and 106 seafarers losing their lives.
Lessons learned from past incidents play an important role in determining where additional safety improvement is necessary. At the end of January 2020, 24 of the 39 bulk carrier losses in the analysis have had investigation reports made available on IMO GISIS, representing 61.5% of the total. The average time from an incident to a report becoming available has been 32 months for these investigations.