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"The real problem is that a lot of the containers are lost near major ports"
Probably because the shipping lanes all converge on the major ports, so there's just more traffic losing cargo near them.
OTOH they claim most of the losses are at sea due to bad wx and improper stowage (it costs money to hire crew who can tie things down, right?) but what's lost at sea has far more acreage to get lost in.
What I don't understand is the position taken by maritime law, that the owners of this flotsam are not responsible for the damage it does. I can understand that concept--but this stuff isn't lost because of "the sea", it is lost because greedy owners are simply overloading ships and negligently failing to secure their routine cargoes. That's negligence, gross negligence, and people are supposed to be held responsible for that.
Even under maritime law.