Maritime safety affects everyone, from blue collar factory workers and school children, to journalists and company chief executives. The global population depends on a safe and efficient shipping trade network for modern day living to continue unchecked. In the 100 years since the loss of the RMS Titanic, the maritime industry has worked steadily to improve safety performance so that the 23 million tonnes of cargo and 55,000 cruise passengers that travel by ship every day do so safely and efficiently in the vast majority of cases.
At the turn of the twentieth century, one of the most renowned shipping tragedies of all time occurred in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean. In April 1912, the RMS Titanic, the pride and joy of White Star Line, sank on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York, USA. Titanic, at the time the world’s largest passenger steamship, struck an iceberg four days into the crossing and sank to the ocean bed taking 1,513 lives. Since that human tragedy, the maritime industry has actively endeavored to improve safety records and it is no understatement to say that shipping in 2012 is a far safer form of transport for passengers, cargo, seafarers and ships.
No one separate development can be singled-out for this progress: today’s safer shipping environment is the culmination of a number of initiatives, research, regulations, and innovations.