Figure 4-1 Causes Ascribed to Marine Transportation Accidents, 1996-2000
Causes Ascribed to Marine Transportation Accidents, 1996-2000
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.