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Upcoming Conference in Bangkok Feb 20-22, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Bangkok will be the venue for the upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology Conference February 20-22, 2019. We are excited that many, if not most, of the presenters and participants are Asian government and business leaders, so there will be the opportunity for us to share innovations. Expect our usual well-curated presentations and lively and effective networking over great meals. This conference will feature pre-tours and spouse tours in one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting cities.

Topics will again be at the practical applications of cutting-edge technologies. The What’s New in Ferries will feature Mobility as a Service--the customer’s end-to-end trip is seamlessly integrated; new ferry systems; new materials; and new ideas for ferry design as award-winning student team captains reporting on their designs for the Pasig River, Manila.

There will be a presentation on the international effort for enhanced messaging of AIS to include weather; applications of AIS in Thailand; and proposal to implement universal adoption of AIS. Important to those of us in equatorial Asia and the Pacific will be a presentation about the launching of nano-satellites in 2Q 2019. In addition, the marine insurance presentation features precision insurance using ferry data to customize understanding of risk. The technical tour, a visit to the Merchant Marine Training Academy up the Chao Phraya River, includes a presentation about training.

Please put the dates on your calendar. The early bird special for registration--and the special rates for conference hotels--closes November 15. The conference venue hotel is Ibis Styles, a boutique hotel in a lively section of town; also with special rates for attendees, the Riva Surya is an elegant serene hotel on the Chao Phraya River, a short walk or Uber tuktuk ride away. The conference website is

We welcome suggestions and questions! Talk to us at ferrysafety -at-

Roberta Weisbrod, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

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 info at ferrysafety dot org.