Highlights

  • Of the 18,424 inspections conducted in 2017, 21,629 deficiencies were identified on the 12,189 active vessels in the US fleet of responsibility.
  • Passenger vessels account for 81% of those deficiencies. However, based on the overall vessel population, cargo vessels received a higher ratio of deficiencies per vessel, with an average of 5.17.
  • There were 685 reportable marine casualties reported in 2017, with the highest percentage involving cargo vessels, at 46.9%.

-Barges

  • In 2017, the barge fleet consisted of 4,865 active vessels, which represented 40% of the overall U.S. domestic fleet.
  • 5,758 inspections were conducted on barges in 2017, during which 1,518 deficiencies were identified at a ratio of 0.31 deficiencies per vessel.
  • In comparison to the overall flag state fleet totals, barge inspections accounted for 31% of all inspections and 7% of all deficiencies.
  • Of the 685 reportable marine casualties in 2017, 278 or 41% of these events involved a barge.
  • The top reportable marine casualty events involving the barge fleet were: Allision 24.8%, Grounding 19.8%, Pollution 18.3%.

-Cargo

  • In 2017, the cargo vessel fleet consisted of 325 active vessels, which represented 3% of the overall fleet size.
  • The Coast Guard conducted 935 inspections in 2017, during which 1,681 deficiencies were identified at a ratio of 5.17 deficiencies per vessel.
  • Cargo vessel inspections accounted for 5% of the total inspections and 8% of the overall Coast Guard issued deficiencies.
  • Of the total number of 685 reportable marine casualties in 2017, 321 or 47% of these events involved a cargo vessel.
  • The top three most prevalent types of reportable marine casualty events involving cargo vessels were: Material Failure/ Malfunction 49.5%, Loss/Reduction of Propulsion/Steering 26.2%, and Loss of Electrical Power 9.3%

-Passenger

  • In 2017, the inspected passenger vessel fleet consisted of 6,353 active vessels, which represented 52% of the overall fleet.
  • There were 10,803 passenger vessel inspections conducted in 2017, during which 17,425 deficiencies were identified at a ratio of 2.74 deficiencies per vessel.
  • In comparison to the overall flag state fleet totals, passenger vessel inspections accounted for 59% of the inspections and 81% of the deficiencies.
  • Of the 685 reportable marine casualties in 2017, 34 or 5% of these events involved an inspected passenger vessel.
  • The top three reportable marine casualty events involving the inspected passenger vessel fleet, were Material Failure/ Malfunction 23.5%, Loss/Reduction of Propulsion/Steering 20.6%, and Flooding 11.8%

-OCS

  • In 2017, the outer continental shelf (OCS) fleet consisted of 595 active vessels, which represented 5% of the overall fleet size.
  • There were 806 OCS inspections conducted in 2017, during which 943 deficiencies were identified at a ratio of 1.58 deficiencies per vessel.
  • In comparison to the overall flag state fleet totals, OCS inspections accounted for 4% of inspections and 4% of deficiencies.
  • Of the 685 reportable marine casualties in 2017, 28 or 4% of these events involved a member of the OCS fleet.
  • The top three reportable marine casualty events involving the OCS fleet, were Material Failure/ Malfunction 35.7%, Allision 17.9%, and Fire 10.7%

-Research and School

  • In 2017, this fleet consisted of 51 active vessels, which represented 0.4% of the overall fleet size.
  • There were 122 inspections conducted in 2017, during which 62 deficiencies were identified at a ratio of 1.22 deficiencies per vessel.
  • In comparison to the overall flag state fleet totals, research and school ship inspections accounted for 0.7% of inspections and 0.3% of deficiencies.
  • Of the total number of 685 reportable marine casualties in 2017, 24 or 3.5% of these events involved a research vessel or school ship.
  • The top three reportable marine casualty events involving this fleet were Loss/Reduction of Propulsion/ Steering 29.2%, Material Failure/ Malfunction 16.7%, and Allision 16.7%

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