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Domestic passenger ship safety comes under IMO spotlight

Manila Statement spells out ways to reduce disasters involving ferries in domestic waters

Mr Sekimizu says that casualties and incidents involving domestic ferries can be avoided if adequate laws, regulations and rules are developed and effectively implemented and enforced.

MANY of the worst shipping disasters over recent years have involved ferries on domestic voyages. While there have been great advances in safety in the international fleet as spelt out in the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas), those rules do not apply within domestic