Jan 122009
 

<!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Lucida Sans Unicode”; panose-1:2 11 6 2 3 5 4 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-2147476737 14699 0 0 63 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:none; mso-hyphenate:none; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Lucida Sans Unicode”; mso-font-kerning:.5pt; mso-fareast-language:#00FF;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-parent:””; color:navy; mso-ansi-language:#00FF; mso-fareast-language:#00FF; mso-bidi-language:#00FF; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} @page Section1 {size:595.25pt 841.85pt; margin:56.7pt 56.7pt 56.7pt 56.7pt; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1; mso-footnote-position:beneath-text;} –> Just a week into 2009 and Iceland’s Maritime Administration has already released its seafarer casualty statistics for 2008. It didn’t take them long because there were none. Iceland, null point.

Iceland’s register carries a little more than 2,300 bottoms, mostly fishing vessels, with a total gross tonnage of a little under 240,000 tonnes. Last year may have been first time in a millenium in which no lives were lost on Icelandic vessels.

To put that into context, around 4,000 lives have been lost over the past century.

Last year, Iceland put a lot of effort into improving safety among seafarers, which appears to have paid off. At the same time, there has been a reduction in the number of people aboard fishing vessels and an improvement in shipbuilding quality.

The rest of us probably have a long way to go.

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