Every year, more than 160 million metric tons of cargo are transported through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. Moving this cargo safely is the top priority for the marine transportation industry, which works to maximize protection of people, property and the environment. Comprehensive regulatory oversight, investments in advanced navigation technology, and safety practices grounded in 200 years of maritime tradition have produced significant safety achievements.
Vessel collisions, strikings or groundings causing injuries or fatalities.
Transporting goods by ship keeps the public safe. Between 2002-2011, vessel collisions in the bi-national Great Lakes-Seaway navigation system resulted in zero fatalities and injuries to members of the public.
Source: Research and Traffic Group analysis of data from the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Transportation Safety Board.
Ships are safer than land alternatives. The rate of collision-related injuries for Great Lakes shipping is 17 times lower than the national rate for Canadian freight railways and 70 times lower than U.S. Class 1 freight railways.
Source: : RTG analysis of Canadian TSB accident data and Federal Railway Administration casualty database and ton-mile data from the U.S. Department of Transport, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Appendix D: Rail Profile
Fatalities resulting from workplace injuries and sicknesses.
Shipowners have extensive training and emergency response programs in place that reinforce employee safety as the highest priority.
Between 2002-2011, 99.99 percent of vessel trips in the bi-national Great Lakes-Seaway were incident-free in terms of workplace fatalities while onboard vessels.
Source: Research and Traffic Group analysis of data from the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Transportation Safety Board
Great Lakes-Seaway mariners have significantly lower workplace fatality rates than other U.S. transportation occupations. Source: Fatality rates based on census data published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (2002-2011) Marine casualties are based on U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Transportation Safety Board data.