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Interferry Highlights Three Key Topics In Call For Conference Papers

Interferry has launched a call for papers on safety, security and the environment ahead of its 43rd annual conference taking place in Cancun, Mexico, this October.
CEO Mike Corrigan stresses: “The core themes of this year’s conference are issues of ever-increasing importance not just to the worldwide ferry industry but across society as a whole. We welcome papers from both within and outside the industry that can bring unique perspectives to these topics.”

Two keynote speakers have already been confirmed – Robin Silvester, president and CEO of industry-leading environmental sustainability pioneer the Port of Vancouver, and Mark Sutcliffe, director of the CSO Alliance of maritime company security officers. Interferry has also approached a multinational authority for a keynote presentation on global terrorism trends and the potential impact on ferry operations.

Interferry’s Domestic Safety Committee will present an update on its work focusing on improvements in the developing world. Papers are invited from suppliers with available safety-orientated technologies that could be implemented easily and cost-effectively in developing nations. In addition, the session will include a review of the association’s work regarding fire safety. Relevant suppliers are likewise invited to submit presentation proposals.

On environmental issues, Interferry is encouraging operator case studies on topics as hydrogen fuel, ballast water management, underwater ship noise, green initiatives addressing terminals, waters and marine life. In particular, Interferry wants shipbreaking to be a significant part of this agenda.

The call for papers has a deadline of May 8. Submissions should be sent to with a short biography of the speaker and a 300-word abstract on the proposed topic.


By | 2019 Newsletter Week 12&13 | No Comments

Interferry Voices Fire Safety Concerns At Imo

Work to improve ro-pax fire safety has become a major area of activity for Interferry following several high-profile incidents in recent years, and this was again underlined by some key interventions at the fifth annual session of the IMO’s Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) Sub-Committee, which took place from March 12-16.

Interferry Security Committee Urges France To Pause Screening Plan

By | 2019 Newsletter Week 12&13 | No Comments

Interferry has written to the French administration regarding their plans for the on-board security screening of ferry passengers between vehicle decks and the accommodation areas.
In Interferry’s view, vehicle decks are not a safe environment to harbour large number of passengers in transition to the stairways – such an accumulation would increase the risk of accidents, inhibit effective evacuation and limit the scope for protection from an armed attack.


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Interferry main event heading back to Australia

Interferry has chosen Hobart, Tasmania, as the venue for its 45th annual conference in October 2020.
“We felt it was important to go back to Australia – we have a strong base of members there and they have always been very supportive,” explains CEO Mike Corrigan. “It’s also another strategically significant opportunity to extend our influence and membership in the Asia-Pacific region following the 2016 conference in Manila.”
The host company will be association member TT-Line Spirit of Tasmania.

Meanwhile the next two events will be hosted by fast ferry operators – Ultramar in Cancun, Mexico, this October and London’s MBNA Thames Clippers in 2019.