There are other ways of improving ferry safety too. We have featured the FIRST Project in LIFE LINE before. Here's a quick update from project member Mikael Hinnerson of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society.
"In July some of the FIRST team did special training and tests with TESO, the Dutch ferry company operating between Texel and Den Helder. Here we see one of our rescue runners alongside the Dokter Wagemaker.
"TESO, like many other shipping companies, has had incidents with the hooks of the ship's rescue boat. This makes people reluctant to trust the equipment. But masters, mates and seamen agree that the FIRST launch and recovery principle, using a cradle, is much safer."
Again, the improvements are there to be made, if the regulators and operators are willing to make them. For further information, see www.first-rescue.org.