A Regional Forum on Domestic Ferry Safety was held in Bali, Indonesia, on 6 and 7 December 2011. The Forum, organized under the ITCP in collaboration with Interferry and the Directorate General of Sea Transportation of Indonesia, focused on domestic ferry safety with the aim of preventing fatalities that occur as a consequence of accidents in domestic shipping. In addition to routine operational matters, the Forum discussed various other issues, such as hazardous weather, vessel design and construction, overcrowding and the poor enforcement of rules that may be considered to be significant contributory factors leading to accidents and fatalities.
The target audience was participants from the public sector (administrators and policy makers) who have responsibility for the implementation and enforcement of national requirements related to the safety of domestic ferries in their countries and private sector (ferry operators and other related industry) representatives.
Present at the Forum were seventy-four participants from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, Viet Nam and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The private sector was represented by Interferry and Interferry’s membership, including participants from classification societies (the American Bureau of Shipping and Det Norske Veritas).
Participants at the Forum adopted an Action plan.