MAPUTO, April 3 — Mozambique said that maritime accidents claimed the lives of 233 people in 2017, 77 of whom have never been found.
Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita revealed the grim news at a National Maritime Institute of Mozambique (INAMAR) meeting, warning the entity to ensure the safety of people and goods at sea, rivers and lakes.
“Maritime accidents continue to ravage the country on the main crossings. Last year, we recorded a total of 58 shipwrecks that resulted in the deaths of 155 people and 77 missing,” he said. According to the minister, shipwrecks have declined compared with 2016, but the death toll has increased.
Mesquita said there is a need to withdraw all embarkations that do not meet the conditions of transporting people and goods, as well as improve the inspection regarding the stocking of vessels.
“We are aware that maritime administrations are seeking the best means for the noble fulfillment of maritime safety,” he said, adding that the government is sparing no efforts for the improvement and expansion of maritime administrations throughout the country.