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Ferry owners' fears

Design takes care of some aspects of safety but much still depends on the human factor

Safety concerns: More than 100 lives were lost in August when the Philippine ferry St Thomas Aquinas sank after a collision with this cargo vessel. - PHOTO: AFP

THE ferry industry was initially slow to realise the implications of the new environmental regulations while they were being developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This has changed. At the recent annual conference of the sector's trade association, Interferry, the chief