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Maritime Accidents

Cargo Ships, also known as Freighters, are large, steel vessels designed to transport huge amounts of cargo across great distances. These ships are specially designed for carrying cargo and typically come with on-board cranes and other devices to facilitate rapid loading and unloading. Oil tankers are large maritime vessels are usually configured in one of two ways: as a crude tanker or as a product tanker. Crude tankers are designed to carry large amounts of unrefined oil from extraction to refinery. Product tankers, which tend to be smaller than crude tankers, are designed to move the finished product from refineries to the markets.

Accidents involving maritime workers can occur at any stage of its handling. They can happen while a vessel is being loaded or unloaded. They can also take place at sea, where even a small error or unlucky event can trigger off a disaster. In many cases, accidents that result in injuries or deaths can be caused by:

  • Failure to properly provide adequate medical treatment to crew members

  • Failure to properly secure cargo on decks and inside cargo holds

  • Over worked and tired crew

  • Deficiencies in training and job performance in ship’s crew

  • Failure to ensure that the cargo doesn’t exceed the ship’s holding capacity

  • Failure to take steps to prevent cargo shifts

  • Making unscheduled changes in the itinerary that result in unplanned alterations to ship’s cargo

  • Failure to make sure that cargo is stored in strong, durable containers, bags, or other storage materials

  • Carrying hazardous materials in an unsafe manner

Cargo accidents not only result in injuries or fatalities among ships’ crews and shore maritime workers. Many cargo vessels of all types are damaged or even lost at sea due to poor planning, loading and placement of cargo. In many cases, companies and/or ship owners decide to cut corners in safe cargo handling procedures to save time and money.