This week's two-day Safety at Sea and Marine Equipment Exhibition (SASMEX) in Brighton, U.K. included seminar sessions covering a wide variety of topics ranging from maritime security to training/education, regulations and evacuation systems. Neil Ferrer, acting Chairman of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), welcomed the participants and gave a brief summary of the work currently being undertaken in the MSC in order to continue providing the public in general, and the maritime community in particular, with safety standards and regulations to maintain the good safety record of sea transport.


The range of speakers, representing manufacturers of safety equipment, regulators, training providers, ship operators, classification societies and flag states, ensured a wide spread of interesting topics. A discussion took place on whether SOLAS and the STCW Code needed to be rewritten, as well as the possible option to merge all maritime conventions and codes into one single convention. Opinions differed among the delegates, but ship operators were in general positive to such a proposal on the grounds that it would be easier to understand as well as to comply with.


The "Lifeboat User Group", which was initiated by INTERTANKO together with the International Life-Saving Appliances Manufacturers' Association (ILAMA) and INTERCARGO as a forum for seafarers to contribute feedback and input to the manufacturers, was promoted by both INTERTANKO and ILAMA during the seminar and at the exhibition. INTERTANKO's Marine Manager Fredrik Larsson was there to support this initiative, which was welcomed and appreciated by the participants, thereby achieving a wider recognition. 

Contact: Fredrik Larsson