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Introduction to the 2023 Conference

John F. Kennedy Staten Island Ferry (c) by Christina Sun, Bowsprit

Dear Colleagues,

The Ferry Safety and Technology Conference was held on April 25-27, 2023 in NYC during this year of the ferry, with major investments being made in ferries in the US, Nigeria, and India. Here are the talks and panels from the conference.

Roberta Weisbrod
Executive Director
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

Panel 1: Zen and the Art of Ferry Maintenance

Holistic Vessel Safety: A By-Product of Mature Maintenance, Keegan Plaskon, ABS
Maintenance for the Delaware River Bay Authority, Michael Lynch
The Hornblower Group Maintenance System, Davi Smyth
The Staten Island Ferry Way, John Collins
New York Waterway Maintenance Operations, Alan Warren
The Bridgeport–Port Jefferson System, Buckley McAllister. Also What Does Preventive Maintenance Look Like?

Panel 2: The Human Factor: In-depth understanding of error and how to prevent it

Comparative Global Overview of Ferry Safety, Daryl Attwood, Lloyd’s Register Foundation
SAFE MODE, In-depth Parsing of Human Error, an EU Project, Aleik Nurwahyudy, KNKT Indonesia
SAFE MTS, a Near Miss Reporting System for the Maritime Industry, Kevin Kohlman, MARAD
Global Survey of Maritime Training, Greg Trauthwein, New Wave Media

Panel 3: Mobile Maritime Weather Network: Why Needed and How to Accomplish

Understanding Maritime Weather in the Here and Now, Joseph Sienkiewicz, NOAA
Sudden Hazardous Weather and Accidents, Keith Fawcett, USCG
Using Automated Weather Stations to Get a Heads-up on Hazardous Maritime Weather, Greg Johnson, SERCO
Testing the system in Indonesia, Aleik Nurwahyudy, KNKT

Panel 4: Electrification

Shoreside Infrastructure, Andy Bennett, KPFF
Integrated Electrical Systems for Small Passenger Ferry Operations, Dave Adams, Wartsila
It’s All about the Batteries, Jon Diller, Spear Power
Implementing Electric Ferry Service, Edward Schwarz, ABB

Keynote Speaker: USCG Commander Eustacia Weist

Student Awards Ceremony
Captain Nurur Rahman, Hannur Maritime Consultants, and WFSA Board Member: Student Awardees, 10th International Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Electric Ferry for the Pasig River, Manila.

Captain John Garvey, Deputy Commissioner for Ferries & Chief Operations Officer for the Staten Island Ferry: The busiest ferry route in the US and the world's busiest passenger-only ferry system, Challenges and Opportunities

Forum: Implications of the New: Electrification, More Waterborne, More AI, Fiercer Weather. Operators, shipbuilders Douglas Slocum, University of Maine Composites, World’s Largest 3D Printed Boats

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing innovation in training methods, as well as use of technology to provide notification for sudden hazardous weather, curb overloading, and enhance marine rescue technology. We encourage innovative new ideas in ferry safety and design. To that end WFSA is sponsoring a design competition for safe affordable ferries. The competition is open for registration now. Those interested, please contact us at ferrysafety at gmail dot com.