Crafted by IMO: MODEL REGULATION FOR DOMESTIC FERRY
An update on domestic ferry safety discussion at the IMO was given by Irfan Rahim, head of special projects at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This was on the second day of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) meet in Bangkok, Thailand.
The special project is from China's proposal on domestic ferry safety at the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 100th session on December, 2018. Such model regulations must be ready for discussion at the MSC 101 in June, 2019.
Rahim has led and facilitated deliberations on unsafe mixed migration by sea to prevent loss of lives and foster efforts towards sustainable migration which should take into account safety of life at sea, laws of the sea, human rights and refugee law. He also conducted the first ever review of international law on the obligation to rescue persons in distress at sea.
He stresses domestic ferry safety issue is not restricted to Asian but global in nature. There is a need for more concrete and focused proposals; the key issue being “how we should take this forward”.
Rahim informs the IMO Secretary General had advised the MSC that in June this year, the Secretariat will prepare a proposal on the prudent, sensible approach.
While he had spoken with delegations of vested interest and those afflicted, he still need feedback on what model regulations are expected. Should it be a framework or detailed, then the implementation of these model regulations.
He is submitting a starting point, a collection and analysis of best practices, not the study of what and why accidents take place. Rahim emphasizes the objective is not to reinvent the wheel but “to collate the best practices” and up for the MSC to decide on which to adopt and backed by national legislations of the Member States.
He appeals “… you could kindly submit all of your comments to myself after June MSC 101 and then we can give a have a formal dimension. And we’ll submit the structure the outline of the draft model regulation on domestic ferry safety to MSC 102 in June 2020.”
Following Rahim, Dr. Bekir Sitki Ustaoglu, Head of the Asia Pacific Section, Technical Cooperation Division of IMO, moderated a panel regarding "Good News about Ferry Systems (in developing countries)."