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Document ID (ISN)104627
CIS number 06-81
ISSN - Serial title 0938-1643 - Schiff und Hafen
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Müller W.
Title Hazards for crews: Maritime accidents involving bulk carriers - In the shadow of spectacular tanker accidents
Original title Risiko für Besatzungen: Seeunfälle mit Bulkcarriern - im Schatten der spektakulären Tankerunfälle [in German]
Bibliographic information 2004, No.2, p. 59-60.
Abstract This article reviews the causes of tanker accidents and examines serious accidents involving bulk-carriers during the last 20 years that have cost the lives of over 2000 seamen. Identified causes include the use of damaged vessels and their non-adaptation to the cargo. In the event of an accident, tankers cause primarily environmental damage while bulk-carrier accidents result in human injury. The risks for bulk-carrier crews are five times greater than on tankers. Given the accident rate in this sector, the maritime profession has lost much of its prestige and it is difficult to ensure its resurgence in the European Union. The reduction of accident hazards among seafarers should become a priority. It is essential to have seaworthy vessels and to impose a system of surveillance from the construction stage.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; sea transport; tankers; bulk carriers
Descriptors (secondary) transport of materials
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Water transportation