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ger together. Acting together on issues on sustainability initiatives that sup- will increase our exposure with regula- and its members most cause for con- cern on the legislative agenda and of common interest is crucial to our aims port the shift to an eco-friendly, lower tors and help raise the pro? le of the ferry what have you done recently to help because the ferry sector accounts for only carbon economy while maintaining na- community to the mutual bene? t of our shape the requirements?

about three to ? ve per cent of total world tional trade needs. Other topics include industry. Our major concern is the IMO man- shipping and sometimes seems like an the ballast water issue and the legal and afterthought among decision makers. date agreed in April to reduce CO2 emis-

We need to ensure that proposed ship- ethical aspects of shipbreaking, which is ping regulations do not unintentionally sions from shipping by 50% by 2050 currently provoking intense debate and penalize the ferry industry. Globally, we through what amounts to slow-steaming new regulations.

On security, global terrorism trends carry more than two billion passengers initiatives. That’s a huge challenge and could be especially harmful for our par- a year – about the same as airlines – not will be discussed by the Royal Norwe- ticular business model. to mention 32 million freight units. Even gian Navy’s Commander Ben Lofstad, so, reminding politicians, regulators and Although Interferry and our members director of the NATO Shipping Center consumers of our value to society is a understand the need to address climate in NATO’s Maritime Command – the prime link between naval authorities and . much harder battle without the strength issues, ship speed is critical on scheduled ferry services, so we have helped to per- we gain from unity. the international merchant ? eet. He will suade the IMO that the speed restrictions be joined by Mark Sutcliffe, director of implied by its Energy Ef? ciency Design

What are the numbers on Interferry’s the CSO Alliance of maritime company

Index (EEDI) are not feasible for ferries. current membership? And when you security of? cers, who will explain how look at all the world’s regions, where

Our involvement has already prompted his organization shares alerts and support and why do you see the best potential the IMO to agree to a 20% correction on breaking issues among 700 members for growth?

in the EEDI calculation for RoRo and in 40 countries. We will also hear from We now represent more than 230 RoPax vessels, and we are now engaging our own Security Committee, launched members from 37 countries. Our ferry with them on further more realistic strat- recently with specialist representation operators range from the major giants to egies, largely based on diesel fuel alter- from a dozen operators, which will fa- the not so big, and importantly we also natives such as electri? cation and LNG.

have a wealth of suppliers including

Other Interferry interventions have cilitate experience-sharing and develop best practice guidance. shipbuilders, naval architects, design- also achieved sector-speci? c amend- ers, equipment manufacturers, marine ments to IMO proposals that were more engineers, classi? cation societies, ship- suited to deep-sea shipping but unwork- brokers, consultants and specialists in able for the distinct design and opera- ? elds such as IT, ? nance, insurance and tional requirements of ferries. On dam-

In another recent initiative, Interferry training. A big part of my job is to build age stability, we argued that safety could has formed a Safety Committee whose on this foundation and take Interferry to be best assured by enhancing the human work will feature in the safety discus- the next level by extending our reach and element rather than adding more steel on sion. In liaison with association mem- in? uence in areas like the Asia Paci? c vehicle decks, which would disrupt the bers, the committee has developed an- region and Central and South America, drive-through concept. The Ballast Wa- other of our best practice guides. The which is why we chose Cancun to host ter Management Convention also wor- outcomes are being shared with the IMO our next conference. We particularly ried us – we felt the threat of invasive and the European Union to help shape want to increase membership in coun- species was not relevant to ferries be- upcoming regulations. Meanwhile we tries that struggle to fund training and cause they operate in regional, not inter- are co-operating with the European vessel maintenance to the standards re- continental, waters and therefore should Maritime Safety Agency on a review of

Swedish safety

Visit us at quired for optimising safe operation.

not need to ? t costly treatment plant. ro-ro deck ? re protection, which focuses

SMM, Hamburg

The International Chamber of Shipping on the threat from electrical connections in the Swedish Pavilion

How are you going about this?

at sea since 1888 and various Flag States joined us in on reefer units and the effectiveness of

We have been heavily involved in some winning agreement to extend the com- detection and extinguishing systems. initial safety summits in Asia. We’ve pliance timetable in applicable waters

Your safety, our constant concern is the driving also formed a Domestic Ferry Safety by several years. The IMO also agreed force behind IKAROS wide range of life saving

Finally…is your job completely dif-

Committee to work closely with de- a way forward to adopt our Same Risk ferent from what you imagined, what products. veloping nations in establishing world-

Area proposal, developed with Denmark

Ikaros stands for safety at sea. Our products are achievements are you most proud of and class training and safety regimes. A lot proven by years and years of use in the toughest and Singapore, for ships operating in what are your top priorities in the com- of time and money is involved so this common waters. Such amendments ing year? conditions. When at sea, there are no room for can’t be met from Interferry’s limited will protect both the regulatory aims and mistakes. Ikaros offers all the sea safety pro- I knew what I was getting into at Inter- resources alone, but we can act as a con- the commercial viability of ferries. ducts you need. But more importantly – we make ferry because I was previously heavily duit to funding and additional expertise sure they will work. involved as an elected director and trea- from the likes of the IMO, classi? cation

Our products are globally approved and meet Tell us more about how Interferry is surer. So far, my greatest satisfaction the demanding SOLAS* requirements. societies and suppliers. The committee addressing the issues that will top the has come from the creation of our safety is also engaging with operators such as agenda at your annual conference, into and security committees, the record 500-

Archipelago Philippine Ferries to lever- *International Convention for plus attendance at last year’s conference the Safety of Life at Sea age their experience as improvement 2019 and beyond Some industry-leading keynote speak- in Croatia and our 10% growth in mem- leaders in their parts of the world. The ers will be helping us to explore the core bership. Looking ahead, I want more safety sessions at this year’s conference themes of safety, security and the envi- of the same – developing traction with will provide further insights on practical ronment. Robin Silvester, president and the committees, staging another success- solutions for the developing world.

CEO of the Port of Vancouver, will head ful conference in Cancun and pursuing our environment sessions. Canada’s membership growth. These objectives

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