Carriers quadrupled number of containers lost at sea in the last two years

Particularly two cases of harsh weather, where container ships from ONE and Maersk lost 2,550 boxes to the sea, have made the number of lost containers increase markedly in the past two years, according to new report.

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The number of containers lost by carriers at sea due to, for example, harsh weather conditions has quadrupled in the past two years, to an average of 3,113, according to a new report by the World Shipping Council (WSC).

While container lines ”only” lost an average of 779 boxes at sea in the period 2017-2019 due to various incidents including bad weather, developments have strongly deteriorated in 2020 and 2021.

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