Domestic Ferry Safety Exercise Conducted in Indonesia

From 26-30 November, WMU played a lead role together with IMO Staff in conducting a Hazard Identification (HAZID)/Scoping Exercise to identify safety issues pertaining to passenger ships on non-international voyages in Indonesia. The exercise was hosted by Indonesia’s Directorate General of Sea Transportation within the Ministry of Transportation and organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The mission provided the basis to discuss domestic ferry safety issues in Indonesia. Interviews were conducted with various local stakeholders to provide a holistic overview of the current situation. Field visits included the ferry terminals in Merak and the PT. Samudra Marine Indonesia (SMI) Shipyard. The result of the mission will be a comprehensive report providing recommendations on how to improve ferry safety in Indonesia.

WMU Professor, Dr. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, was the lead consultant working together with Mr. Bekir Sitki Ustaoglu, Head of the Asia and Pacific Section for IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division, Ms. Josephine Uranza, IMO Regional Coordinator East Asia for IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division and Mr. Stephan P. Assheuer of admaris GmbH as an IMO Consultant.

WMU’s participation in the exercise reflects its capacity building mission as well as WMU’s commitment to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and, in particular, Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. The mission is also a contribution to Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Such missions are also in line with the WMU Strategic Plan 2016-2019, in particular, Strategic Direction 7 that calls for further collaboration with IMO.