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Catastrophic events increase container losses

The number of containers lost at sea has increased significantly in the past three years, according to a new analysis. The major catastrophic events drive that development.

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When containers are carried around the world’s oceans, some of them are bound to get lost along the way. Adverse weather conditions and problems with the packing, stowage and securing of containers are some of the reasons container carriers lose their cargo, but major catastrophic events obviously have a great impact on the statistics as well.

That is particularly the case in the past few years, which have seen a rise in the number of containers lost at sea, according to a new survey from World Shipping Council (WSC).

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