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IMO SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF SHIP SAFETY

IMO Headquarters, London, 10 and 11 June 2013



Statement of the participants - Recommendations to the Maritime Safety Committee

 

 

Programme

 

SESSION 1 – FUTURE IMPACTS ON SHIP SAFETY

 
This session  highlighted the recent trends in ship design and the likely impact on ship safety in the decades to come in the light of such trends and discuss how future risks should be assessed.

SESSION 2 – MEETING THE NEEDS OF SOCIETY AND THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

This session  looked at the way shipping responds to the needs of society, industry and global trade and looks to possible ways forward in the future.
 
SESSION 3 – DRIVING FORCES ON MARITIME SAFETY

This session looked at the economic, environmental and consumer forces impacting maritime safety and how such forces will drive future ship design and operations.
 
SESSION 4 – RESPONDING TO REGULATORY CHALLENGES THROUGH RISK ASSESSMENT

This session discussed the availability and need for data collection and analysis methodologies necessary to provide the sound scientific basis for continuous improvement in the years to come. 
 
SESSION 5 – DEALING WITH THE HUMAN ELEMENT

This session sought to identify the best way of encouraging a safety culture beyond mere compliance with statutory requirements based on both theoretical and practical examples.
 
SESSION 6 – THE NEED FOR CHANGE
 
This session  looked at whether the current international safety regulatory framework will effectively respond to the future challenges discussed throughout the Symposium and identify the actions needed to get us from where we are today to where we need to be in that future world.
 
PANEL DISCUSSION: SOLAS 74 – IS IT TIME FOR A NEW SOLAS CONVENTION?
 
APPROVAL OF SYMPOSIUM STATEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE
 
 

Aim and Objective of the Symposium

There is a trend towards a more scientific approach, including risk based methodologies, in the design and operation of the safe ship of today.

This trend is set to continue but it requires structured data collection and analysis methodologies to give shipping a sound basis from which to continuously improve. The advances in technology unavoidably outpace prescriptive regulation. Ships are being built today to meet demands and challenges not thought of until very recently and the innovation inherent in their design today will find its way into the mainstream design of tomorrow. As such there is a need to devise a regulatory framework that will encourage designs for safety through technological innovation and promotes operational excellence within clearly accepted high level parameters.

The Symposium aims to look ahead in the decades to come to the ships of the future that meet clear goals and functional requirements to fulfil the safety and, increasingly, the environmental protection expectations of Society. The ships of the future must provide a sustainable response to the needs of Society, industry and global trade and be operated within a framework which encourages a safety culture beyond mere compliance with statutory requirements. This will require all stakeholders to not only accept their own responsibilities but to work seamlessly with others to ensure that areas of shared or overlapping responsibility are always fully and effectively addressed.


The Symposium will discuss all of these issues from the standpoints of designers, builders, operators, regulators, class and academia and will provide the forum for a look over the horizon at the shape of things to come.
 

The Symposium will attempt to picture the world of the future and conceptualise shipping in that world in order to initiate the identification of actions needed to get from where we are today to where we want to be in that future world.

 

Participation

The Symposium is open by invitation only to attendees from Member States and observer organizations on the basis of an allocation of places. Places will necessarily be limited and others wishing to attend should contact a relevant Member State or observer to secure an invitation.

 

Accredited media may attend; please see Media Accreditation.

Enquiries

General enquiries about the symposium: please email Symposium@imo.org

Media enquiries: please email media@imo.org  

Related Documents

FSS Programme (1.3 MB)
FSS Brochure (168 KB)
 

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