The global shipping and cruise ship industries continue to grow. Larger ships transport an ever-increasing number of shipping containers and giant cruise ships move people along increasingly busy shipping routes.
More and more cruise ships are stopping in harbour towns and cities. As more goods are transported by ship, the potential for disasters is growing. Shipwrecks and lost shipping containers threaten our coasts.
KIMO lobbies for laws to improve maritime safety, reduce risks and increase the protection for coastal communities when accidents happen.
In 2010 KIMO started to lobby for changes in the law on shipping containers. Correctly stacking containers when loading ships is essential to maintain safety. After raising the importance of this issue with MEPs, new legislation finally came into force in July 2016 to ensure that correct weights are clearly recorded on ship manifests.
While this welcome change in legislation will help to protect lives at sea, the loss of containers from the MSC Zoe in 2019 shows more still needs to be done.