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Safe shipping in Finnish territorial waters

8/9/17, 4:43 PM

Safety of shipping in Finnish territorial waters and on Finnish vessels has remained high over the past few years. There were no serious maritime accidents during the first six months of the year 2017.

A total of 18 maritime accidents in Finnish waters were reported to Trafi during the first six months of the year 2017 and ten of them involved Finnish vessels. The figures for the same period in 2016 were 11 and 8, respectively.

“As a whole, the level of safety in Finnish maritime traffic can be considered high and this has been the situation for many years”, explains Tuomas Routa, Director General of Maritime Sector at Trafi.

Trafi received a total of 20 marine casualty reports between January and June. The figure includes accidents in Finnish territorial waters and in other parts of the world that involved Finnish vessels. It also includes accidents in Finnish waters involving foreign vessels.

Accidents in Finnish waters

According to the information received by Trafi, there were only two accidents outside Finland that involved Finnish vessels. In the previous five-year period, there were between one and five accidents each year.

So far, there have been no serious accidents and no deaths or injuries have occurred. In the previous five-year period, there were between 13 and 24 maritime accidents in January–June each year.

Accidents involving Finnish vessels

 

Finland has a good reputation in port state control

No Finnish vessels were detained in port state control inspections in January–June this year. In relative terms, the same number of Finnish vessels were inspected during the first six months of 2017 as in the same period in the last few years. A total of 129 foreign vessels were inspected at Finnish ports by the end of June this year and no foreign ships were detained.

In 2016, there were a total of 136 port state control inspections on 104 Finnish vessels in the member states of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding Paris MoU. In these inspections, four Finnish vessels were detained. In 2016, Finland was ranked 18th on the white list of flag states published by Paris MoU.

Port state control is an international control system which covers foreign vessels calling at the ports and anchorages of member states.

 

Further information:

Tuomas Routa, Director General of Maritime Sector, tel. +358 29 534 6456, tuomas.routa (at) trafi.fi

Ove Hagerlund, Chief Adviser, tel. +358 29 534 6423, ove.hagerlund (at) trafi.fi

Maritime safety January–June 2017, status report (in Finnish)