Industry News

Interferry Applauds IMO Move to Consider Ballast Water Exemption

Oct 24, 2014

Interferry News Release

Interferry has praised a decision at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators from fitting equipment required by the impending Ballast Water Management Convention to reduce the spread of invasive species.

In a joint submission with Denmark, the trade association argued that ballast water management systems were irrelevant for ships continuously operating in the same body of water, such as between the UK and Ireland. The MEPC responded by agreeing that one of its sub-committees should further consider the issue - including how appropriate operators could obtain an exemption certificate.

Interferry’s director of regulatory affairs Johan Roos comments: “This is a very welcome step in the light of mounting concerns by short sea operators in general and ferry operators in particular. We recognise the need to act on the movement of invasive species between geographical areas where natural spread does not occur, but in our view there is no added value to the environment by destroying organisms that may spread naturally.”

Interislander Boss Steps Down

Oct 17, 2014

The Dominion Post

Thomas Davis, general manager of New Zealand’s Interislander ferry service is stepping down. He circulated an email to staff and customers late yesterday afternoon advising them that he would be leaving as part of a major KiwiRail restructuring exercise.

Ross Allen was appointed acting general manager, Interislander Operations, from yesterday.  Davis will leave the company at the end of November as a result of his position being disestablished in the restructuring exercise.

In his farewell email yesterday Davis said the rail industry in New Zealand was continually restructuring, while seeking to provide safe, efficient and customer focused services.
"A restructure is in progress at the moment with the aim of achieving the next step forward. It has provided me with an opportunity to consider my own career and in doing so, I have decided that leaving KiwiRail is the best option for me and my family."