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A dozen reasons to attend the 2017 Ferry Safety & Technology conference

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) hosts its upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology ConferenceMay 11 and 12 in downtown New York. Besides the awards to winners of the Ferry Design Competition, there are dozens of reasons to attend the conference. Below, we present one dozen reasons.

  1. Learn about innovative new ferry systems in Africa, Asia, and North America--ferry systems from which we can learn and that will need safety, communications, IT, training, equipment and services.
  2. Listen to ferry operators from Bangkok, Manila, and Abidjan as they speak about their challenges and successes.
  3. Meet a carefully chosen group of technology vendors and designers from Europe and North America.
  4. Learn about the latest practical technologies--a plethora of devices for fire detection, crowd counting, and monitoring vessel speed.
  5. Discover emerging uses of telematics for critical vessel control functions but also for commercial processes such as digital insurance underwriting and procurement.
  6. See the new mobile e-learning course for crew, developed by the great Fast Cat ferry in Philippines with Marine Learning Systems and applicable, with modification, everywhere.
  7. Find out about how to access advanced weather information available thanks to NOAA’s new satellites and advanced computing power.
  8. Learn about plans in the works to create inexpensive ferry–mounted weather monitors to track route conditions in real time.
  9. Experience first hand the new City-wide ferry service and travel the longest route linking downtown New York with the Rockaways, hearing from the major players who have made it happen.
  10. Find out about the huge new ferry market in India: 1000 miles, 18 landings, many vessels to come.
  11. Learn about Google Glass Nav now in being tested in simulators. These Wearable Immersive Augmented Reality glasses show the same information on electronic charts but are untethered from the pilot house.
  12. Be a part of truly great networking over breakfasts; lunches (indoors and out); an indoor/outdoor evening reception; and quite a few boat rides.

For information on the 2017 Ferry Safety and Technology Conference, click here.

For the 2016 Ferry Safety and Technology Conference program and papers, click here.


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.