The exercise was hosted by Indonesia’s Directorate General of Sea Transportation within the Ministry of Transportation and organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Domestic ferry safety issues in Indonesia was thoroughly discussed in the workshop. Interviews were conducted with various local stakeholders to provide a holistic overview of the current situation. Field visits included the ferry terminals in Merak and the PT. Samudra Marine Indonesia (SMI) Shipyard. The result of the mission will be a comprehensive report providing recommendations on how to improve ferry safety in Indonesia.

The lead consultant was the WMU Professor, Dr. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, who worked together with Mr. Bekir Sitki Ustaoglu, Head of the Asia and Pacific Section for IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division, Ms. Josephine Uranza, IMO Regional Coordinator East Asia for IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division and Mr. Stephan P. Assheuer of admaris GmbH as an IMO Consultant.


WMU’s participation in the exercise reflects its capacity building mission as well as WMU’s commitment to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The mission of WMU targets to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Such missions are also in line with the WMU Strategic Plan 2016-2019, Strategic Direction 7 that calls for further collaboration with IMO.