Studies by SAFEDOR (Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety) are being scrutinised by a Group of Experts drawn from 14 member governments and five organisations.
Studies by SAFEDOR (Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety) are being scrutinised by a Group of Experts drawn from 14 member governments and five organisations with consultative status at the IMO ? Interferry, IACS, Intertanko, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum and the Cruise Lines International Association.
Their brief is to review the validity of SAFEDOR"s methodology, assumptions, scenarios and input data and to consider the proposed risk control options, which focused on damage stability/survivability, fire protection and evacuation arrangements.
The expert group submitted an initial report to the IMO"s Maritime Safety Committee after meeting for the first time during the recent MSC 86 session in London. A further meeting is planned in November, also at IMO headquarters, before reporting to MSC 87.
The IMO"s FSA process is designed to provide a proactive risk assessment and benefit-cost analysis to identify areas for future safety regulations. Interferry CEO Len Roueche, who attended the first meeting, said, "We welcome this opportunity to speak on behalf of the global ferry industry at a crucial stage in regulatory development."
Harry Robertsson graduated from the Swedish Royal Institution of Technology in 1982 with a master"s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. He joined shipping and offshore conglomerate Stena as project manager in 1996 and became technical director in 2000. He has overall responsibility for newbuilding projects and technical services throughout the group, which includes ferry operators Stena Line.
His input to the Group of Experts will be supported by an advisory committee of Interferry members representing operators, naval architects, consultants, equipment manufacturers and the classification sector.
Fast growing Interferry has added three new countries to its global membership base, which now extends to 226 companies in 30 nations. Interferry membership has grown by 130% since 2002 and now represents more than 500 individuals in organisations ranging from owners and operators to shipyards and government agencies.
Recruitment potential is a major factor in deciding the location of Interferry"s annual conference. Following Istanbul this October and New York next year, the 2011 venue is likely to be Barcelona, while Dubai and Singapore are contenders for the 2012 event.