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Major Losses: 2015

Two hurricanes and bad weather were contributing factors in at least three of the five largest vessels lost during 2015. Foundered is the most common cause of loss among the 10 largest vessels, followed by wrecked/stranded (grounded) and fire/explosion and hull damage.

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Two hurricanes and bad weather were contributing factors in at least three of the five largest vessels lost during 2015. Bulk carrier Los Llanitos ran aground off the Mexican coast due to Hurricane Patricia, while extreme weather conditions due to Hurricane Joaquin have been put forward as the cause of the sinking of the El Faro off the Bahamas, which resulted in the loss of all crew. Meanwhile, gale strength winds led to the bulk carrier Goodfaith running aground in the Aegean Sea along the coast of Andros Island, Greece.

Foundered is the most common cause of loss among the 10 largest vessels, accounting for half of those lost. Wrecked/stranded (grounded) accounted for three vessels, while fire/explosion and hull damage caused the loss of one vessel each respectively.

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“More extreme weather conditions have been predicted. Weather routing will continue to be a critical component to the safe navigation of vessels”


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