MARIN TopTier leads investigation into causes of stack collapse and container losses at sea

The Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN) is leading a joint industry project to investigate what is needed to reduce the level of losses of containers from vessels at sea. The participants in the project include container shipping lines, class societies, international authorities, insurers, research institutes and other stakeholders, including the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Reporting on the probe, Norwegian marine insurer Gard said that its own experience, looking at claims from 2015-2021, indicated that container losses overboard for its members and clients resulted in an annual average of about $9m in insured losses, principally cargo claims. “It should also be noted that containers lost overboard may be a hazard to navigation and can result in pollution from the contents”, said Gard.

MARIN has released a video describing the TopTier project and objectives. The project began in March 2021 and is on-going.