The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) said it has seen evidence that the number of near-miss shipping incidents is increasing.

The development comes amid concern over growing levels of fatigue among seafarers. Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been asked to work beyond their contracted term at sea because of the travel and quarantine restrictions put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.

At the annual gathering of the insurance association, Rama Chandran, head of the ocean hull committee, said that shipowners had reported an increase in incidents.