Global trade association Interferry has partnered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to host a seminar on ferry safety in Africa.
The seminar, which will be held in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on 16 and 17 April 2024, will encourage and promote the highest maritime safety standards with the aim of reducing casualties in developing nations. Sessions will examine the various issues directly impacting safe maritime operations, from ticketing and passenger counting, to loading and stowage, vessel design and political will.
Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC) will host the event with the support of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications in Tanzaniat. The hosts will each invite around 50 industry representatives from African states most affected by domestic ferry accidents.
“Improving safety standards in Africa is a primary objective for Interferry due to the high level of incidents in some of its states,” said Mike Corrigan, CEO of Interferry. “We are not going to Tanzania to lecture anyone. Together with our event partners, we will be fielding a team of seasoned professionals whose purpose is to listen, exchange experience and share best practices on both operational and regulatory levels.
“In the weeks to come, Interferry’s full focus will be on reaching out to the regional industry for their support. We are calling on all interested parties to spread the word about the seminar and exchange contacts and information, so that we can attract the highest possible number of relevant delegates.”
Interferry’s focus on the African continent will continue when Interferry holds its 48th annual conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 26 to 30 October 2024.