Expert Group Meeting on Improving Domestic Ferry Safety in Support of Safe Maritime Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

17 Mar 2020 to 18 Mar 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) are pleased to announce that an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on " Improving Domestic Ferry Safety in Support of Safe Maritime Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific, will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 17 to 18 March 2020.

The Expert Group Meeting is jointly organized by IMO, and UN ESCAP in cooperation with the Ministry of Thailand and in partnership with Interferry.

The objective of the EGM is to support the goals of achieving safe maritime connectivity by helping countries develop draft model regulations to enhance the safety of domestic ferry services. To this end, the following is within the scope of the Expert Group Meeting.

  1. Identify issues of the maritime safety, especially Domestic Ferry Safety in Asia and the Pacific;
  2. Understand the gap between the legal system of most of ESCAP countries and existing IMO regulations and exchange views and ideas on the key components relevant to develop draft model regulations to enhance the safety of domestic ferry services;
  3. Provide a legal and regulatory framework which will be recommended to apply national and regional level to enhance capacity of relevant stakeholders among maritime transport and safety sector; and
  4. Prepare strategic plan including the basic structure of the framework Model Regulations on Domestic Ferry Safety.

The EGM will focus on Domestic Ferry Safety and will discuss the possibility of developing model regulations to enhance the safety of domestic ferry services. The model regulations would aim to provide a legal and regulatory framework, capacity-building opportunities and a policy space for member States to exchange knowledge and experience on domestic ferry safety, using the exiting IMO's provisions and building upon a dialogue with stakeholders and the best practices in the region. In this respect, the EGM is expected to be an opportunity for participants and countries to share their knowledge and future work plans for developing model regulations to enhance the safety of domestic ferry services and its relevant fields.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Sooyeob Kim; E-mail: [email protected]