Marine shipping is the safest way to transport goods. In both Canada and the U.S., the marine mode has fewer injuries per ton of cargo transported than either rail or road. Great Lakes ships also have fewer accidents resulting in spills than land-based alternatives.
The industry's safety practices are grounded in more than 200 years of maritime tradition. Ships' crew are highly trained and licensed by government authorities to ensure competency. Meticulous regulatory oversight verifies the integrity of equipment and adoption of sound operating procedures. Investments in advanced navigation technology have led to the safest marine environment in the world.