Marine transportation

Marine transportation occurrences in 2018

There were 282 marine accidents reported to the TSB in 2018, just above the 2017 total of 279 and below the 5-year average of 287. Although the number of fishing vessels involved in accidents was lower than the previous year, 12 of the 14 fatal marine accidents and 18 of the 20 marine fatalities were related to the commercial fishing industry. That is why commercial fishing safety will remain on the TSB Watchlist.

In 2018, 937 marine incidents were reported to the TSB. This number represents a 6% increase from 2017 and a 22% increase from the 5-year average of 768. Most (78%) reportable incidents were related to total failure of machinery or technical system.

Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world, and shares the largest freshwater lake system on earth. Canadian marine transportation in the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans and the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River system carries more than $200 billion of Canada's international trade.

The TSB's marine investigators are certified as masters or chief engineers of commercial vessels, masters of fishing vessels, or are naval architects, and have extensive experience in the marine industry. As well as conducting investigations, they participate in national and international government and industry groups to monitor safety trends and communicate safety issues to change agents.

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