Fewer maritime accidents possibly due to pandemic 

The accident statistics from the European Maritime Safety Authority, EMSA, for the year 2020 were published in December. A total of 2,837 incidents were reported in 2020 in European waters for ships sailing under the EU flag, which is a decrease of 466 from the previous year. The reason for the decrease is probably reduced maritime traffic during the pandemic, the authors state. 

Over a longer period, EMSA statistics show that 359 people died in accidents on European commercial ships (excluding fishing vessels) between 2014 and 2020. The most common cause of fatal maritime accidents was collisions, while slipping and falling were the most common causes of accidents involving persons. 

There were approximately 1,000 personal injuries per year between 2014 and 2019. In 2020 that figure dropped to 675 injuries. The majority of those injured are on board employees and most incidents took place in passenger traffic. Even in non-fatal incidents, falling and slipping accidents are the most common cause of injury. 

The report is available at emsa.europa.eu.

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