EMSA’s Maritime Accident Review 2010,the fourth in the Agency’s series of statistical and analytical reports on commercial shipping accidents in and around EU waters, reports a small increase in the number of accidents in Europe – 559 accidents and 61 lives lost – up from the 540 accidents and 52 lives lost reported for 2009. s
However, these figures are considerably below the figures reported for 2007- 715 accidents, 76 lives lost – and 2008 – 670 accidents, 82 lives lost.
Says EMSA: “The… increase of 3.5% in accidents reported for 2010 possibly
reflects the recovery in shipping traffic and volume during the year. Indeed, the marked decline in accidents reported for 2009, in comparison to the economic boom years of 2007 and 2008, suggests that there is a link between maritime accident numbers and economic activity”.
This year’s review includes full maps of accidents reported during the year, plotted against the geographical locations, enabling readers to see accident trouble spots and patterns.
The review can be downloaded from EMSA’s website here