Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity helping to protect the safety of life and property by supporting education, research and public engagement, held a workshop on March 19 to 20 to explore ways to improve safety in two of the world’s most dangerous industries – fishing and passenger ferries.
The estimated average number of annual fatalities in the fishing industry is 24,000, and in the ferry industry, 3,000. Most of those deaths occur in a relatively few countries in Asia and Africa.
Input was received from industry experts either currently working in or having extensive experience in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand.
Many potential areas for improvement were discussed in concentrated breakout sessions – including regulatory, vessel design, construction and maintenance, human behavioural factors, safety culture, training, competence and certification, weather, and safety equipment.
The foundation will publish two insight reports later this year, one for each industry, which will collect the expert group’s ideas and recommendations for the most impactful actions to maximise lives saved in each industry.