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Delegates attending Passenger Ship Safety Southampton will hear from industry experts discussing technologies, solutions and strategies and what the future risks may entail. The event takes place April 4-6.

The conference, spanning three days, includes a Lifesaving focus on day one, followed by two full conference program days with speakers ranging from cruise line and ferry executives to key suppliers involved on the safety and security side of the industry.

Hans Hederstrom, managing director, CSMART, will present key findings from a research project which demonstrates the regular simulator training of unusual challenging situations is fundamentally key to ensuring employees onboard take the correct actions during pressurised situations.

“Control functions must be in place in any operating environment so that an error by one person in the team should be expected and managed but an error from a team of three or four people is a hazard that must be dealt with at an organizational level,” Hederstrom said.

CSMART is Carnival Corporation’s advanced simulator training facility located in the Netherlands.

Diederik van Aarsen, head of safety for Carnival Maritime, will talk about preventing fault release of lifeboats and davit systems. Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding’s Antonio Saccone is also on the agenda, with a 30-minute presentation on LNG systems.

Captain Samir A. M. Mahdaly, College of Technology and Maritime Transport, Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime transport, which is in Egypt, will present how GNSS technology can be used in maritime search and rescue operations.

“This technology improves the ability to find survivors in water, either by day or night, as well as those in restricted visibility or even those trapped in a sunken wreck. The person tracking system combines the use of GNSS technology for locating survivors and specialized software allowing the information to be viewed via the internet on electronic charts display,” said Mahdaly.

Among other speakers will be James Langley, head of marine operations at Saga Cruises, talking about designing ships for older passengers.

With cyber security emerging as one of the biggest global threats in 2017 it is no surprise the shipping industry is starting to take notice. Passenger Ship Safety will have Phil Tinsley, Maritime Security Manager, BIMCO, discussing the specific issues the industry faces, how to train for breaches, minimize impact and ensure operational systems on board are not compromised.

“Passengers expect connectivity no matter where they are in the world and the cruise industry has to ensue this link does not compromise any of the passengers personal or sensitive data, or the operational systems onboard,” noted Tinsley.

Additionally, cruise and ferry operators will leave the session with a thorough understanding how incidents can be reported successfully without causing reputational damage.

Passenger Ship Safety Southampton is the only forum of its kind discussing how to keep passengers safe at sea. Over 150 delegates from cruise and ferry operators, coastguards, emergency response, government and industry will be in attendance during the three-day event complete with exhibition and networking breaks. Cruise Industry News is the lead media partner for the event.