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NOTE: Only accidents involving a fatality, a missing person, an injury, or
at least $25,000 in damages are included.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety
Information Management System database as of December 2001.
- Two-thirds of marine transportation accidents involve human factors, such
as misunderstanding or ignoring hazard warnings, operating in adverse conditions
without adequate weather monitoring, and navigational errors.
- Over one-fifth of accidents are caused by a failure of vessel equipment,
such as deck machinery, generators, propulsion controls, and fuel systems.