World Shipping Council Report: Fewer Containers Lost at Sea in 2022

According to the latest World Shipping Council (WSC) report, the number of containers lost at sea in 2022 was lower than in the two years previous.

WSC’s “Containers Lost at Sea 2023” update revealed that 661 containers were lost in 2022, which is down from more than 2,000 in 2021 and nearly 4,000 in 2020.

John Butler, President & CEO of the WSC, said, “The reduction in containers lost at sea in 2022 is positive news, but there is no time for complacency. Every container lost at sea will always be one too many, and we will continue with our efforts to protect the environment and cargo by reducing the number of containers lost.”

Container safety is a shared responsibility across the supply chain. Multiple parties are responsible for checking conditions along the containers’ journey, from packers, forwarders and vessel operators to proper handling at destination terminals.