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During the last two years, the container losses have significantly increased with the average losses for the two year period 2020-2021 reaching 3,113 compared to 779 in the previous period.

One of the most important reasons for this worrying spike is the unusually high number of weather-related incidents, according to the World Shipping Council (WSC), which has published a report showing that although the containers lost overboard represent less than 0.001% of the global container fleet, the past two years have seen a worrying break in the downward trend for losses, with the average number of containers lost at sea per year since the start of the survey increasing by 18% to 1,629.

“Even with proper packing of the cargo into the container, correct container weight, and proper stowage and securing aboard ship, several factors ranging from severe weather and rough seas to more catastrophic and rare events like ship groundings, structural failures, and collisions can result in containers being lost at sea,” said WSC.

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