KEY: U = data are unavailable.
aFatalities include people who were declared missing.
b Figures represent the number of Vessels involved in nonvessel casualties. These Vessels were not part of the accident, but the accident may have occurred on the Vessel (e.g., crewmembers swept overboard by a wave).
Figures reflect the number of deaths and Injuries to people on commercial Vessels not resulting from a casualty to the Vessel. These Injuries and Fatalities result from such incidents as slips, falls, or electrocutions. Deaths and Injuries from disease, homicides, suicides, fights, and diving accidents have been excluded. The data reflect deaths and Injuries to people on both U.S. and foreign flag Vessels within the jurisdiction of the United States (within 12 miles of U.S. coast) and on U.S. flag vessels anywhere in the world.
1992-97 data come from the Marine Safety Management Information System. Between 1998 and 2001 the U.S. Coast Guard phased in a new computer system to track safety data, the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System. During that period data come from combining entries in the Marine Safety Management Information System with entries in the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System. Data for 2002 to 2014 come from the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement System. Data prior to 1992 come from other sources and may not be directly comparable to the data from later years.
1970-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Data Administration Division (G-MRI-1), personal communications, June 29, 2004, June 8, 2005, and June 22, 2007.
2003-14: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Investigations and Analysis CG-545, personal communication, Nov. 20, 2012, Nov. 13, 2013, and Aug. 27, 2015.