A little while ago the 40 year old con-ro El Faro tragically sank, taking with it 391 containers and 294 trailers and cars. That’s quite a substantial loss.
In fact in the shipping industry a loss like that is actually referred to as a “catastrophic loss”. But did you know that catastrophic losses aside, on average 612 containers go missing each year?
Have you seen the size of a shipping container? You’d think they’d be pretty hard to lose!
But until recently it was estimated that up to 10,000 containers may be lost each year.
That’s madness! Here at Millennium we’ve been in business for 21 years – and we’ve never lost a container yet!
The safety of your cargo has always been important to us and it’s great to see that the industry is catching on.
The International Maritime Organization has recently tightened up on it’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. This change affected the VGM requirement, updated the code of practice for the packing of cargo transport units and has since been revising the standards for onboard container lashing equipment and corner castings.
Basically, they’ve started taking the issue of containers lost at sea seriously and it seems to be helping.
The World Shipping Council (WSC) has released its latest survey, which claims there has been an industry-wide reduction in lost boxes.
Let’s hope this improvement of the industry continues and standards continue to rise.