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Passenger Ship Safety 2018 Conference Highlights

As modern ships move towards automation, the possibilities of software managed ships and their shoreside copies can enhance crisis management and decision making.

Only by attending Passenger Ship Safety 2018 will the cruise and ferry industry learn from successful case studies, understand crucial requirements for future ship building and the impact of alternative fuels on marine operations. The meeting will also debate the future of LSA and training methods to help create a dynamic emergency response.

Passenger Ship Safety 2018, chaired by Christian Breinholt, Former Deputy Director General, Danish Maritime Authority and former Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee, International Maritime Organisation, will bring together key decision makers from the cruise and ferry market including coast guards, regulators, flag states and governmental organisations, classification societies and solution providers to share best practice and discover innovative technology to enhance safety.


The demand for newer vessels is increasing, with newbuilds on order up until 2027. As SOLAS amendments focus more on subdivision and damage stability, this will change the design process forever. The need to demonstrate clear evacuation plans from the offset, emergency management must be considered from the design stage. We will begin by assessing innovative safety design whilst not compromising on passenger experience.


Navigation systems which utilise ship board sensors and supporting systems can help reduce the risk of accidents and enhance safe navigation. The future of smart shipping promises systems which can alert and divert navigators to a safer route. This section will analyse optimising technology to simplify navigation demands and ensure safety.


Alternative solutions such as LNG and methanol offer reductions in pollution but the safety considerations and how to respond to an incident is of paramount concern. In addition to changing SOLAS regulations on what and where composite materials can be used, a spike in viability testing has seen sovereign governments invest in their potential. This section will analyse lighter, efficient solutions and how to ensure the safety of your vessels.


As modern shipping moves toward greater automation, reliable and real-time data is critical in enhancing decision making. Integrated bridge management systems can help provide verified information, enhancing emergency management and ship to shore communication.


Evacuating a vessel under duress is a situation no captain wants to be in. However, the industry is working hard to ensure emergency procedures and shore side collaboration is seamless. This final section will look at pioneering training scenarios and discuss future collaborative measures to safeguard your crew and passengers.


During an emergency every second is critical to its development and outcome. A number of investigations has determined that human error was a critical factor in small incidents becoming an emergency. This has led to an industry wide review into how training is conducted and how operators can establish a responsive safety culture.


A number of incidents and changing IMO regulations has kept the challenge of ensuring operational readiness of LSA and safe testing at the forefront of safety decisions. This has led to a change in davits as well as how maintenance and training will be completed. This section will analyse key industry programmes designed to safeguard staff and ensure your equipment will perform at that critical moment.