Lack of ferry safety is a problem in many parts of the world where ferry travel is not discretionary
and accounts for loss of lives and limits economic development.
Since 2005, Interferry and the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) have been seeking to address this problem, working with Bangladesh and other developing nations/emerging markets. In Bangladesh, the Ferry Safety Working Group sought and tested a training course designed for crews. This open source course is now freely available upon registration by request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMO also led the planning and implementation of two Ferry Safety Information Sharing Forums in Indonesia and the South Pacific, with others proposed for China and Africa.
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, in cooperation with Interferry and IMO, builds on this work and launched a Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries and an open source Crew Training Course.