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Sad numbers at sea
25 persons died in marine casualties due to total and partial losses of vessels in 1999. Of these 19 persons died due to total loss of ships and 6 persons due to partial loss of vessels. The Sleipner accident caused the death of 16 persons.
In 1998 the total loss of ships caused the death of 8 persons, and no one died as a result of partial loss of ships.
In 1999 14 vessels totalling 5 342 gross tonnage were totally lost and 124 vessels of a total of 651 303 gross tonnage were partially lost. The corresponding figures for 1998 were 5 total losses and 154 partial losses, totalling 2 490 gross tons and 959 707 gross tonnage, respectively. Measured by the gross tonnage of the vessels, the vessels totally lost counted for 0.02 per cent of the total fleet, and vessels partially lost counted for 2.82 per cent in 1999.