The INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2016 provides an analysis of casualty statistics covering years 2007 to 2016. Fifty nine (59) bulk carriers with 209 seafarers were reported lost over that period.
Cargo shift and/or liquefaction is one of the greatest concerns for the safe carriage of dry bulk over the past 10 years, likely the main reasons causing 9 bulk carrier casualties and 101 seafarers losing their lives.
Lessons learnt from past incidents play an important role in determining where additional safety improvement is necessary. At the end of Jan 2017, twenty six (26) of the 59 bulk carrier losses in this analysis have had investigation reports made available on IMO GISIS, representing 44.1% of the total. The average time from an incident to a report becoming available has been 21.8 months for these investigations. INTERCARGO calls for Flag Administrations to fulfil their obligations to conduct and report casualty investigations to IMO in a timely manner and for IMO to improve the GISIS (Global Integrated Shipping Information System) database functionality in this context.
INTERCARGO closely monitors, participates in, and contributes to the work of IMO and IACS on bulk carrier matters to ensure that the safety of bulk carriers and their cargoes is appropriately considered and continually enhanced. The introduction of the mandatory provisions of the IMSBC Code in 2011 and the IACS CSR has undoubtedly raised safety levels for the operation of bulk carriers. However, there remain issues with the implementation of safety provisions for cargoes and further efforts by some port States to implement effective Competent Authorities in their areas of control could do much to address this unfortunate situation.