23 died in marine casualties in 2009
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Marine casualties (discontinued)2009

Discontinued statistics. Figures for marine casualties are available at Norwegian Maritime Authority.



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23 died in marine casualties in 2009

A total of 23 people died in marine casualties in 2009; 18 more than in 2008. Nine were killed in accidents involving Norwegian registered vessels of less than 25 gross tonnes, while 14 were lost in personnel injuries not involving damage to a vessel.

Persons lost in marine casualties, by type of accident

In total, 18 Norwegian vessels were lost in 2009, of which 10 were less that 25 gross tonnes. A total of 164 Norwegian registered vessels were partially lost.

Totally and partially lost

The distinction between vessels totally and partially lost is not always clear. Thus, a vessel, which seems to be totally lost, might later be repaired and put back into service. The damage on a partially lost vessel can be so extensive that it is subsequently considered not worthwhile to repair it. Personnel injuries are accidents without any damage to the vessel.

Norwegian registered vessels

Eleven persons lost their lives in Norwegian waters in 2009, while 12 were killed in international waters. The figures for 2008 were two fatalities along the coast of Norway, and three were killed outside Norwegian waters. In 2009, 18 Norwegian registered vessels were totally lost; 17 were in Norwegian waters, while one vessel was totally lost in foreign waters. Along the Norwegian coast 143 ships were partially lost while 21 failed in other sea areas. The corresponding figures for 2008 were 103 and 18 respectively as a result of total/partial loss.

Foreign registered vessels in Norwegian waters

There were no reports of fatalities or injured persons on foreign vessels as a result of total/partial loss of foreign registered vessels along the Norwegian coast in 2009, nor in 2008. There was no total loss of foreign vessels in Norwegian waters in 2008 and 2009. However, there were 20 partial losses. The figure for 2008 was 16 partial losses.

Personal accidents without damage to vessel

There were 256 injured and 14 killed in purely personal accidents in 2009. Corresponding figures for the previous year were 441 injuries and four fatalities.

People who died in boat accidents

A total of 31 people were killed in accidents involving pleasure boats in 2009; one more than in 2008. In 2008 these were all men, while in 2009 there were 28 men, one woman and two children under 17 years of age.