Shipping safety has been a pressing issue for some time, with various incidents such as the collision of two cargo vessels in the Suez Canal recently.
PTI previously reported an accident whereby a container vessel collided with a fisherman’s boat, leading to the death of 13 people in the Gulf of Suez.
Piracy is also a threat to the safety of shippers and according to Statista, there were just under 2,000 piracy attacks recorded on ships between 2009-2014.
According to Sea Security, there was a total of 49 attempted and actual piracy attacks between January-March, 2014 globally. In Pictures: Threats to Shippers’ Safety. (Source: AGCS Allianz)
Storms are also troublesome for ships, as they can often lead to collisions with other vessels and even a port or terminal, as was the case recently, when two ships collided amid a ferocious storm at the Port of Sydney, Australia (Source: Daily Mail)
A ship collision also occured at the Panama Canal, putting the lives of workers in danger. Incidents such as this can take place when the correct planning and co-ordination are not implemented appropriately, as the following video shows: