Speakers and Moderators

Speakers and Moderators 2018-09-10T20:51:53+00:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM)

TOPIC

NATO operations, security priorities and concerns

SESSION

2

Commander (sg) Ben Lofstad, RNoN

Commander Lofstad graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1988 and embarked on a career as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He has a total of 10 years at-sea service in Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) Fast Patrol Boats, Frigates and Coast Guard Cutters. Operations areas primarily the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, Barents Sea and North Atlantic.

CDR Lofstad was then posted to the RNoN Training Establishment as an instructor, before moving on to the Navy Staff where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Norwegian Task Group operational concept. This included periods embarked in RNoN and Allied command ships as Chief of Staff. CDR Lofstad also spent two years as a project officer supporting the RNoN Logistic Service in the procurement of the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates. In 2012 he moved on to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for to the naval contribution to the 2016 Defence White Paper.

CDR Lofstad has since 2016 had the position as Director of the NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM) in Northwood HQ outside London.

During his contribution as keynote speaker at the 2018 Interferry Conference CDR Lofstad intends to touch upon following topics:

  • MARCOM and the NATO Shipping Centre mission and functionality
  • The Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Doctrine
  • NATO/MARCOM Security Priorities and Concerns
  • NATO Operation Sea Guardian as an example of a Maritime Security Operation

Speaker Details

POSITION

President and CEO

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

TOPIC

Port of Vancouver Sustainability

SESSION

12

Robin Silvester

Robin Silvester is the president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which oversees the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port and gateway to the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2009, Mr. Silvester served as chief executive for the property and facilities management business, United Group Services ANZ in Australia. Before that, he spent a significant portion of his career as a member of the P&O Ports global executive team, with placements in Vancouver, London, and Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Silvester began his career in the chemicals industry in the United Kingdom. He also worked in business management and strategy roles in the steel industry and was involved in British Steel’s acquisition program.

Mr. Silvester is a Chartered Engineer, Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, and a graduate of Cambridge University. He completed a corporate finance program at the London Business School.

Mr. Silvester serves on a variety of boards and committees, including: Association of Canadian Port Authorities (board member, former chair); Greater Vancouver Gateway Council (executive member, past chair); Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (past chair, chair Governance & Nominating Committee, chair Human Resources & Compensation Committee, former chair of Policy Council); Western Transportation Advisory Council (director); Canada West Foundation (board member); and British Columbia Business Council (executive committee member). He is also a member of the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders in B.C. focused on helping increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

CSO Alliance – Maritime

TOPIC

Global Maritime Security

SESSION

3

Mark Sutcliffe

After six years in the British Army with the Royal Hussars (PWO), Mr. Sutcliffe spent two years working on the docks of Hartlepool and Bristol starting off as a tally clerk. He spent the next 22 years evenly spread working between blue chip companies, Gearbulk, GAC and Wilh Wilhelmsen where he was invited to join the board of Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carries in Southampton.

CSO Alliance was formed to support Company Security Officers facing the dynamic and global threats from piracy and maritime crime. This inspired Airbus to sponsor the development of the Maritime Cyber Alliance (MCA) with it anonymous crime reporting tools. The MCA is now partnering with the industry supported Maritime CERT (Cyber Emergency Response Team) in Singapore. This is designed to support Maritime Company Information Security Officers and their management deal with the global and rapidly evolving cyber threats. Our industry has to learn to report all crime, in real time and work as one, with result that this drives ‘Security though Community’.

SPEAKERS and MODERATORS

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director of Maritime Professional Development

COMPANY

Carnival Corporation

TOPIC

Crew Skills Assessment: Effective Training and Crew Readiness

SESSION

20

John Allen

John Allen is an accomplished sailor with over 30 years experience in both the charity and commercial maritime sector. John is currently the Director of Maritime Professional Development for the Carnival Corporation producing the learning strategies and solutions for over 105 cruise ships. John’s many years of providing Learning and Development solutions in the Maritime industry has included the UK’s Sports Council, the UK’s sailing governing body as well as being responsible for the UK’s Search and Rescue training program at the Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset. During his time with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution John was also responsible for developing the first UK SAR Hovercraft training program as well as being a SAR operator, enthusiast and trainer of Hovercraft too.

John has also owned his own company providing maritime and medical training in the South of England. John started in the Cruise industry as the Head of Maritime Training for Cunard and P&O and he transitioned to the Carnival Corporation in 2015 to take up his current role. Now residing in the USA with his wife Heidi and their 3 dogs, John continues his passion for boating in the warmer waters of South Florida.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Global Head Ship Recycling

COMPANY

DNV GL Maritime

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal

SESSION

9 & 10

Gerhard Aulbert

Gerhard Aulbert has been involved in environmental business since 1987. His graduate degree is Diploma in Environmental Engineering.

He has worked with DNV GL since 2011 within Maritime Classification in Hamburg. He is currently heading the ship recycling unit and we are focusing on certification and verification services related to the IMO and EU standards mainly on behalf of Flag States. The focus is on inventories of hazardous materials and sustainable ship recycling.

Previous experience includes work on several public sustainability projects in South Asia and Middle East. The projects have been related to the optimization and development of public services such as public transport, waste management and city cleaning. His role has been Sustainability Consultant for the Emirates in Dubai and Riyadh on topics like privatization of public services.

Gerhard worked in Malaysia as Managing Director of Sarawak Waste Management Sdn. Bhd. on waste management strategy planning and operation for the State Sarawak.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Maritime Transport Consultant

COMPANY

independent

TOPIC

Efficiency and Operability in the Medium-Speed Small Ropax Ferry Sector

SESSION

16

Dr. Alf Baird

Dr. Alf Baird has a PhD in Global Strategic Management in Shipping and was formerly Professor of Maritime Business and Director of the Maritime Research Group at Edinburgh Napier University. He has led and participated in over 150 maritime transport research projects during the past 30 years, including over 20 major EU funded transnational projects. His research activities encompass most of the world’s main shipping markets in Europe, Asia, Mid-East and Latin America. He has published more than 200 research articles on the subject, plus delivered over 150 conference papers, many as invited speaker at major industry/international events, also winning several international prizes for his applied research work and development of applied theoretical and analytical frameworks in areas such as port privatisation, strategic management in shipping, container transhipment, and ferry service feasibility.

He developed his own Masters module on ‘Strategic Management in Maritime Transport’ which has been taught to postgraduate students at several universities in Europe and elsewhere. He has advised ports, shipping lines, governments and parliament committees on a range of maritime matters with particular emphasis of ferry markets/policy and seaports. He began his maritime industry career in the early 1970s working as a shipping clerk in the port of Leith (Edinburgh), becoming a specialist in freight tariffs for several international trades during what were the early days of containerisation and ferry transport, after which he joint-owned and managed a transport logistics and freight forwarding business, prior to entering the academic/research sphere where he continued with an emphasis on maritime business research and in particular strategic management, planning, and maritime policy.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Executive Director

COMPANY

Green Marine

TOPIC

Best Environmental Practices for Ferry Operators

SESSION

13

David Bolduc

David Bolduc completed a Bachelor of International Studies at York University in Toronto and a Master in International Relations at Laval University in Quebec City. After two years as researcher for the House of Commons in Ottawa, he joined the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (Sodes) in 2005 as environmental and economic coordinator. While at Sodes, David Bolduc actively participated in the creation of the Green Marine program, of which he was nominated Executive Director in 2010. In 2014, he received the St. Lawrence Award, which recognizes individuals’ outstanding actions linked to the marine industry.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Mayor

COMPANY

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

TOPIC

Welcome

SESSION

1

Juan Carrillo

Elected in 2016 as Isla Mujeres Mayor, Juan Carrillo has developed different programs to keep the municipality productive and beautiful for citizens and visitors. Holding a Law Degree from Anáhuac University in Cancun, Juan headed the student societies. Later on, his political party named him Leader of the Youth Network. In 2012 he participated and won the election for a deputation in the local Congress. Now he has been re-elected for his second period as Mayor of Isla Mujeres due to his efficiency and close relationship with the people. The main source of income for all inhabitants in the municipality is tourism, thats why Juan’s main objective is to increase the number of travelers visiting the island every year.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Chairman

COMPANY

Incat Tasmania

TOPIC

Fast Ferries 2.0

SESSION

16

Robert Clifford

Robert Clifford is the founder and Chairman of the Incat group of companies. The Incat Tasmania shipbuilding business has developed over five decades, now building a range from small commercial ferries through to very large vehicle carrying wave piercing catamarans.

Robert is still very actively involved with the design and production of the Incat product. The Incat shipyard is renowned for producing large high speed wavepiercing catamarans with the focus now as much on operating efficiency as speed.

Incat vessels operate around the world, Incat built vessels have now held the Hales Trophy continuously since 1990, and LNG powered Francisco operating in Argentina is the world’s fastest large passenger Ro-Ro.

Speaker Details

POSITION

President and CEO

COMPANY

BC Ferries

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal Panel

SESSION

10

Mark Collins

Mark Collins is a senior marine executive, having held leadership positions with BC Ferries for 11 years before becoming President & CEO. He was BC Ferries’ Vice President, Engineering from 2004-2012 and Vice President, Strategic Planning & Community Engagement from 2014-2017. His 35 years of marine experience also includes being President of Rolls Royce Marine Brazil and Rolls Royce Marine Italy, as well as several years in marine engineering on oil tankers, bulk carriers and container vessels. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Transport and Logistics from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Geography from Saint Mary’s University and a Diploma of Mechanical (Marine) Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Speaker Details

POSITION

CEO

COMPANY

MBNA Thames Clippers

TOPIC

Closing Ceremonies

SESSION

21

Sean Collins

Sean Collins co-founded Thames Clippers in 1999. Having spent his early career working on the Thames as a captain, he saw the opportunity to build a professionally run high-speed passenger ferry service. Sean has built up Thames Clippers from a single catamaran to a fleet of 13 vessels with a total capacity of 2,127 passengers. Annual traffic is in excess of 3.3 million passengers. Sean was apprenticed to the Company of Watermen and Lightermen in 1984 by his father as a third generation Waterman. Sean was also appointed Watermen to Her Majesty the Queen in February 2008.

Speaker Details

POSITION

CEO

ORGANIZATION

Interferry

TOPIC

TBD

SESSION

1, 17, 21

Mike Corrigan

Mike Corrigan is CEO of Interferry, the trade association that represents the worldwide ferry industry. Mike’s focus leading Interferry is to ensure that it continues to be the voice of the worldwide ferry industry in matters of safety and operational best practices, is the industry’s voice with regulatory agencies such as IMO, and that the trade association’s value continues to grow for existing and new members. Mike brings to his position of CEO of Interferry extensive executive experience in the ferry industry, most recently as the CEO of BC Ferries, one of the world’s largest ferry operators. During Mike’s tenure with BC Ferries, the company became recognized as a world leader in safety and operational excellence, set record earnings levels, invested $2 Billion in ships and terminals, and established itself as an employee-centric company earning top employer recognition.

Speaker Details

POSITION

General Director

ORGANIZATION

Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport

TOPIC

Fire Safety • Update and Overview

SESSION

6 & 8

Fabio Croccolo

Fabio Croccolo has been General Director at the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport as head of Rail and Marine Investigations since 2014. From 2010 to 2014 he was General Director, Head of the Italian Railways Regulation Office, and managed units including railways, international relations and infrastructure planning. He previously was the Italian Rail Regulator as well as the head of the special unit for the evaluation and monitoring of public investments of the Ministry. He represents the Ministry in various international bodies and groups as chair and board member.

Fabio has an MoS in Transport Engineering, Ph.D. in Management and is author of more than 40 major publications and was speaker at more than 200 conferences.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Head of Passenger Ship Sector

COMPANY

RINA US

TOPIC

Waste Water Management and Future Solutions

SESSION

18

Capt. Giorgio De Sciora

Capt. Giorgio De Sciora joined RINA in 2007 after 14 years spent at sea on board Cruise, HSC and Ro/Ro passenger ships spanning from Carnival Cruise Line to Festival Cruises and Corsica Sardinia Ferries.

Since 2016 he is the Head of Passenger Ship Sector, responsible to define the global strategy and commercial development of the cruise sector and to maintain and develop organizational culture, values and reputation in the cruise market with all operators, yards, suppliers and regulatory bodies.

Currently based in Florida, he is leading RINA internal resources and chairing/working as a member in international working groups within IMO, ILO, CLIA, USCG, Flags and IACS in regard of new buildings, conversions or alternative design arrangements where a solid experience coming from two different fields (from shipboard to shore side, from Operators to Class) can be a “excellent package” when dealing with new rules, their implementation, the development of added value services, new class notations or understanding in advance how to solve a possible raising problem of the Cruise Operators.

Previously he was the Head of Safety Management Systems and Tonnage Calculations and he was working within the Passenger Ship plan approval involved in Fire fighting, LSA and navigational equipment matters.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Chief Naval Architect

COMPANY

Ferguson Marine

TOPIC

HySeas III – Hydrogen

SESSION

15

Chris Dunn

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Wind sectors in the West of Scotland. Starting his professional career in a graduate position in 1995, Chris gained experience in many of the technical departments within the Upper Clyde shipyards in his 17 years with BAE Systems. In 2011 he moved from his position as a Technical Project Manager, where he was responsible for managing and executing the build strategy and transportation aspects of the two Clyde-built QEC Aircraft Carrier blocks, and spent 3 years helping develop the offshore wind turbine manufacture, transportation, assembly and logistics strategies for Gamesa Offshore Wind. He returned to shipbuilding to take up his existing role as the head of the technical department with Ferguson Marine in 2015. Chris has a B.Eng(Hons) in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (1995) from the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Agent for the International Zinc Association

COMPANY

International Zinc Association

TOPIC

Sustainable Zinc Coatings

SESSION

18

Martin Gagné

Martin Gagné is a graduate of the University of Toronto [B.A.Sc] and McMaster University [M.Eng] and has over 30 years of experience in the steel and non-ferrous metals industry, working in Research and Development, sales, and marketing. He is an award winning public speaker, has over 40 published papers and one patent.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Fleet Director

COMPANY

P & O Ferries Holdings Ltd

TOPIC

Interferry Security Committee Update

SESSION

4

John Garner

John Garner has 45 years of experience both at sea and ashore. He has served at sea in all ranks from Cadet to Senior Master and gained ten years command experience as Master of Ro-Ro Passenger Ships and High Speed Craft. John was appointed as Senior Master to the Stena HSS project team and as Fleet Operations Manager responsible for the Stena UK fleet. John served for six years with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency as Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Standards.

John joined P&O Ferries as Fleet Director in 2004 and is responsible for the 20 Ro-Ro Passenger and Ro-Ro Cargo Vessels, including Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France on the Dover-Calais route as well as Chartering and New Building.

John sits on the Board at the Chamber of Shipping, the Steering Group & Board of Interferry and is the Chairman of Lloyds Register Technical Committee. John is also a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technology, and a Chartered Marine Technologist.

Speaker Details

POSITION

CEO

COMPANY

Marine Learning Systems

TOPIC

Crew Skills Assessment: Effective Training and Crew Readiness

SESSION

20

Murray Goldberg

Murray Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Marine Learning Systems, a provider of learning management systems to prominent maritime operators across across North America, Asia, Oceania and Europe. Murray began as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia researching eLearning. He went on to launch the world’s first successful LMS company, serving 14 million learners in 80 countries. Widely acknowledged as a key pioneer in the field of Learning Management Systems, Murray has received numerous international awards and has been invited to give over 250 presentations and keynote addresses around the world.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Managing Director

COMPANY

Liferaft Systems Australia

TOPIC

TBD

SESSION

1, 17 & 21

Mike Grainger

Mike Grainger is Managing Director of Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA), a Tasmanian based manufacturer of Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) and large capacity liferafts for the international passenger ferry, mega-yacht and defence market. Global exports make up for 95% of turnover. LSA was established in 1993 as a privately owned company. Mike was born and educated in Tasmania. He has more than 30 years experience in the manufacturing industry and has worked as a professional yachtsman, rigger and sail maker. Mike is a member of the DNV Ferry Committee; the Tasmania Development Board; the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and the Australian Institute of Management. He is Chairman of the Brand Tasmania Council; Chairman of TT-Line, the Tasmanian Government owned operator of the ferry service between Tasmania and mainland Australia; and Chairman of Interferry. Mike has served on the Interferry Board since 2006, and was appointed Chairman of Interferry in October 2012.

Speaker Details

POSITION

VP Marine Solutions

COMPANY

Wärtsilä

TOPIC

Air Emissions – Regulations / Best Practices

SESSION

15

John Hatley

John F. Hatley PE, Americas Vice President Marine Solutions for Wärtsilä North America, has over 30 years of combined marine experience spanning business development, project management of domestic and overseas vessel construction, advisor pension fund shipping assets, ship operations, and vessel design. Prior to joining Wärtsilä he held positions with GE Transportation, Marine Industries Northwest, Pension Fund First American Bulk Carriers, US Container Lines, Trinidad Tankers, and Naval Architects John J. McMullen. He is a licensed Chief Engineer with 8 years sea experience onboard commercial ships in global trades, the last 2 years serving as Chief Engineer and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Mr. Hatley has a BS degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point Dual License Program, an MSE Naval Architecture Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Washington, each with distinctive honors.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Port & Ferry Expert

COMPANY

Indonesian Ferry Association

TOPIC

Update on Ferry Operations and Incidents in Indonesia

SESSION

19

Kemal Heryandri

Kemal Heryandri graduated from the University of Indonesia, Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1982. He has a post graduate degree in Port Engineering from Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft, Netherland. He is now a chairman of Indonesian Ferry Association and has 35 years of experience in Port, Shipping and Ferry. He has broad professional experience as a Government Officer, Consultant and Business Corporate Director in Port, Ferry and Shipping in Indonesia. He speaks at various conferences and seminars on Ports, Ferry and Shipping.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Antenna Network Manager

COMPANY

Genscape Vesseltracker

TOPIC

Using AIS to Cost Effectively Improve Safety

SESSION

19

David Hewson

David Hewson (B. Eng.) is the Antenna Network Manager of Genscape Vesseltracker, a leading provider of AIS vessel tracking. Founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2006, the Vesseltracker service has since expanded to play a key role in port operations and shipping analysis around the world.

David is originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. An engineer by training, he joined the Vesseltracker team in 2012 and has since led the expansion of Vesseltracker’s AIS antenna network worldwide.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director of Sales

COMPANY

Coltraco Ultrasonics

TOPIC

Testing Firefighting Systems

SESSION

7 & 8

George Hunter

George Hunter, Masters in Business Management and ongoing MSC in Business Innovation, is the Director of Sales at Coltraco Ultrasonics. George is committed to delivering Safeship® solutions to improve safety at sea for people, cargo and vessels. He does so through ensuring Coltraco’s technology is highly accurate and ready for use by crews worldwide across all vessel types. With nine years of experience George’s expertise is in devising and implementing a global sales strategy, interacting with the global network and liaising with multiple teams and stakeholders. He coordinates complex projects both commercial and technical, steering the Research and Development, as well as overseeing company operations at a wider level.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director and Founder

ORGANIZATION

NGO Shipbreaking Platform

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal

SESSION

9 & 10

Ingvild Jenssen

Ingvild Jenssen is Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights non-governmental organisations working for safe and clean ship recycling. She has since 2005 been the Platform’s spokesperson and represented the coalition in negotiations and advocacy work at the United Nations and European level. Ingvild has also contributed to several publications on the shipbreaking issue and visited the shipbreaking yards in India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Belgium. She holds a MSc in Political Science from the University of Oslo. Prior to joining the Platform, Ingvild was part of ARENA, a leading research program on European policies, where she contributed to the CIDEL project on the issue of minority rights and held courses in political theory for graduate students.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Founding Director

COMPANY

Shipshape Consulting

TOPIC

Moderator

SESSION

TBD

Simon Johnson

Simon is a senior executive with extensive international experience acquired primarily in the Travel & Tourism and Shipping sectors in public and private ownership. He left his role as Passenger Services Director at P&O Ferries in 2013, established YS Comms Ltd and created Shipshape Consulting, a boutique executive consultancy network focusing on customer facing businesses with a specialism in travel, tourism, retailing and passenger shipping.

He is a subject matter expert in brand development, customer management, omni-channel marketing, onboard retailing and the development of yield & pricing architecture. He has a successful track record in leading and managing change through people in highly competitive markets where the battle for customer attention impacts on every aspect of the business and has extensive experience in business transformation. He is well versed in representing business externally with Government and other sector institutions.

Simon is a Director of the Institute of Travel & Tourism and past Chairman of the UK Passenger Shipping Association, Marketing Director of London Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of Stena Line Holidays.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Senior Manager Global Maritime Business Development

COMPANY

Falck

TOPIC

Firefighting Onboard

SESSION

7 & 8

Harry Klootwijk

Harry Klootwijk has worked for Falck since January 1, 1991. He spent first 11 years as a Senior Trainer specializing in Occupational Safety and co-developer of the training methodology “Scenario Based Emergency Response Training”. Incident scenarios with role specific training is now commonly used in several high-risk industries.

Following the exponential growth of the company a successful career change to sales was made. His international experience comes from being an International Key Account Manager for 14 years. He is also a Duty Officer for Falck’s 24/7 Global Emergency Response Team Services that he partially structured. This combined knowledge was the perfect foundation for a new position as Senior Manager Global Maritime Business Development.

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POSITION
COMPANY

Clarksons

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal

SESSION

9 (cont.) & 10

Darren Lepper

Darren works for the largest Shipbroking company in the world, namely Clarksons Platou, and had initially joined Clarksons in 1983 beginning his shipping life as a messenger and one year later, within the Sale and Purchase department assisting the broking desks before establishing himself as a broker in the recycling market. He left the company for 9 years working with another London broking house before returning to Clarkson almost six years ago where he has continued to actively conclude an enormous volume of tonnage for recycling. Having worked in the recycling industry for over 30 years, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the recycling sector and has built strong relationships and friendships with those people who are active in this industry on a daily basis and helped to provide assistance to many clients interested in selling their units for ‘Green’ recycling.

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POSITION

Mayor-elect

ORGANIZATION

Cancún, Mexico

TOPIC

Welcome

SESSION

1

Mara Lezama

Mara Lezama is the mayor-elect and will be the second woman mayor in the history of Cancún.

Mara began her career in Televisa as Production Coordinator of entertainment programs and joined Grupo Sipse Cancún TV station, making promotions in 1992, the year she arrived in Cancún. Later she made musical programs, entertainment, news and more recently social assistance and complaint, through Cancun Live program. Mara was the head of the Social Section of the Novedades Quintana Roo newspaper, a medium in which she worked from 1996 to 2016. In 2017 she was the director of the magazines of Latitud 21 Group. Mara also headed radio programs of social assistance in Grupo Turquesa, since 2000. She has done social journalism in Cancún city for more than 15 years.

She was born in México City, and has lived in Cancún for 26 years. Mara is married to Omar Terrazas García and she’s the mother of Daniel, Omar and Mara. Mara graduated from Universidad Anáhuac del Norte, in Mexico City.

Speaker Details

POSITION

VP Fleet Operations

COMPANY

BC Ferries

TOPIC

Domestic Safety Committee Update

SESSION

11

Jamie Marshall

Captain Jamie Marshall is VP, Business Development & Innovation, responsible for identifying and developing strategic business opportunities for BC Ferries to grow and diversify revenue. He served as Chief Officer and Master on various routes and vessels in the BC Ferries fleet before proceeding ashore as Operational Safety Superintendent; Marine Superintendent of the South Coast region; VP, Safety, Security & Environment and VP, Fleet Operations. Prior to joining BC Ferries in 1990, Jamie served nine years as an Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Certificate of Competency. Jamie serves on several Boards including as Chair of the Canadian Ferry Association; Pacific Pilotage Authority; Canadian Coast Guard’s Pacific Marine Advisory Board; and the Chamber of Shipping’s Western Marine Community Coalition.

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POSITION

CEO

COMPANY

Brittany Ferries

TOPIC

Security Panel Discussion

SESSION

5

Christophe Mathieu

Christophe Mathieu was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Brittany Ferries in April 2016. He has worked with Brittany Ferries since 1992 in various roles including work in the Finance, Operation, Marketing and Revenue Management Departments, Group Business Controller, Strategic Development Director, Group Strategy & Commercial Director and Member of the Executive Board. Christophe has a Master in Management Science from Paris I University, and has completed the International Executive Program through INSEAD. Christophe has been an Interferry Board Member since 2010. His is married with two children. His interests include digital transformation, ferries, motorbikes, jogging and Roger Federer.

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POSITION

Senior Manager, Sales

COMPANY

Marioff

TOPIC

HiFog User Training

SESSION

7 & 8

Robin Mérus

Robin Mérus is head of the Sales department at the Marine division of Marioff Corporation and has been involved in sales and marketing for the past 18 years. Robin graduated in year 2000 and holds a Bachelor degree in mechanical automation. Before Robin joined Marioff he was working at Phoenix Contact, an OEM in the field of electrical engineering and automation.

Robin started at Marioff Corporation Oy in year 2007 as a project manager in the marine department taking care of delivery projects for ship newbuilds in Europe, where after he moved to sales of HI-FOG® systems for the maritime industry. In his position as area sales manager he gained experience from working with ship owners, shipyards, classification societies and contractors from all over the world and from all business segments. Since April 2017 took the role as the Senior Manager, Sales and is also responsible for the marketing activities within the Marine division.

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POSITION

Principal

COMPANY

AGI Shipboard Fire Service Ltd.

TOPIC

TBD

SESSION

7 & 8

Randy Morton

Randy Morton is one of two principals with his company AGI Shipboard Fire Service Ltd, which currently provides fire fighting training and consulting for the British Columbia Ferry Services fleet of 35 vessels. He is a retired Battalion Chief previously employed with the Department of National Defence Fire Department specializing in marine fire fighting and emergency response.

Randy has more than 35 years experience in the marine fire fighting and emergency services trade disciplines. He was involved in all aspects of marine emergency response preparedness with the fire service and worked side-by-side with the Canadian military’s Sea Training division, continually developing and maintaining seafarers and land-based firefighters emergency response skills through progressive training. He holds a variety of certifications through the National Fire Protection Association such as: Fire Service Leadership diploma; Fire Officer Level IV; Fire Service Instructor Level III; Fire Investigator Level II; Public Service Educator; Hazardous Materials Incident Commander to name a few.

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POSITION
COMPANY

Ultramar

TOPIC

Ultramar Sustainability

SESSION

14

Daniela Orozco

Daniela Orozco Schmidt, as part of the Orozco family, founders of Ultramar, has inherited the tireless tenacity to face the challenges that a company presents day after day. Despite her youth, she has managed to gather a great experience as she has been in contact with the operations of the various companies of the group from an early age.

Daniela has been part of the development of projects to protect the environment such as MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art, that aims to unload the impact of visitors to the reefs, creating an artificial alternative with submerged sculptures providing a refuge to the animal life and a great option for visitors. She has also been involved in the coordination of events such as the cleaning of beaches in Cancún and the cleaning of the Nizuc Canal, which has been in place for more than 20 years. As part of the Ultramar Executive Committee, she has created the Quality Department and contributed to the Group’s Social Responsibility programs.

Graduated from the Universidad Anáhuac del Norte as a Psychologist specializing in Clinical and Organizational Psychology, she has a great interest in continuing to grow within the group with contributions that allow for the best integration of the collaborators in the work environment and also to follow actions of environmental and social commitment of the companies.

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POSITION

President and CEO

COMPANY

Ultramar/Aquaworld

TOPIC

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

SESSION

1 & 21

Germán Orozco

Germán Orozco Sarro is originally from Mexico City and has been devoted to Cancun, Mexico for more than 30 years. He has built Ultramar, the largest passenger ferry company in Mexico, and Aquaworld, the best water sports marina of its kind in the world. He is a graduate in business administration with a specialty in marketing and sales from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Germán arrived in Cancun, Quintana Roo in 1985, where he fell in love with the turquoise blue of the sea, a blue color that can only be found in the Mexican Caribbean and it was at that moment when he decided to do something great in that paradise. Germán has learned in my life is that “…vision without execution, is an illusion. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

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POSITION

Founder

COMPANY

Ultramar

TOPIC

Welcome

SESSION

1

Mauricio Orozco

If we could see Grupo Ultramar as a person, Mauricio would be his heart. He earned his Engineering degree from Texas A&M and began his career with GE working on projects related to the naval industry. After moving to Cancun and his brother German’s wave-runners rental business began to grow, Mauricio decided to join him and they have been in business for more than 30 years. Mauricio’s engineering and technology experience paid off in developing AquaWorld, the most important aquatic activities company in Mexico. Within Ultramar, Mauricio’s leadership has created a strong maintenance and operations team. His guidance in the design and construction of the Ultramar fleet has been essential, and his passion and heart is in all of Ultramar’s vessels.

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POSITION

Dir. Regulatory Affairs

ORGANIZATION

Interferry

TOPIC

Fire Safety • Update and Overview

SESSION

6,  8 & 11

Johan Roos

Johan Roos is the Executive Director of EU and IMO Affairs for Interferry based in Brussels. Previously he was Director of Sustainability with Stena Rederi AB. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In the year 2000, Johan left DNV to join Stena Line, the ferry operator, to develop environmental management systems internally. From 2006-2011 he was in charge of sustainability issues for all of Stena’s shipping activities. Johan works in close relation with the European Community Shipowners Association and the International Chamber of Shipping and represents INTERFERRY at the International Maritime Organization.

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POSITION

Sales Manager

COMPANY

Deltamarin ltd.

TOPIC

Designing an All-round Enviroship

SESSION

16

Nina Savijoki

Nina Savijoki focuses on Concept development of tailor-fit designs and special ship type projects, such as Ropax-, Passenger-, Roro-, PCTC and special cargo ships.

Nina is a Naval Architect (B.Sc.) with nearly twenty years of experience, mainly working on the Concept Design Department of Deltamarin but also on yards in both Europe and South East Asia. Nina has worked with General arrangement and ship concept development, Evacuation analysis, Deck outfitting and Project management before current position.

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POSITION

CEO

COMPANY

Washington State Ferries

TOPIC

Security Panel Discussion

SESSION

5

Amy Scarton

Amy Scarton is the CEO of Washington State Ferries, the largest ferry system in the United States. She has executive oversight of 22 ferries, 20 terminals, a small shipyard, 1900 staff and crew, and numerous large-scale construction projects. Amy has been an Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation for the past five years. Before her appointment to WSF, she was the Assistant Secretary for Community and Economic Development. In that role, she oversaw six WSDOT divisions, including Public Transportation, Rail, Freight & Ports, Aviation, Active Transportation, Local Programs, and Multimodal Planning.
Amy has both a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

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POSITION

Senior Sales Manager

COMPANY

Schottel

TOPIC

Propulsion Design for Low Noise Radiation

SESSION

16

Ruben-Richard Singhof

Ruben-Richard Singhof is an experienced senior sales expert who is characterized by his long-term pragmatism and strong sales orientation of the technical industry and propulsion segment internal to the shipbuilding market. In recent years, he has held several positions within the Schottel sales organization. The Schottel Group, with its headquarters in Spay, Germany, production sites in Dörth and Wismar Germany and Suzhou, China, a world-wide network of its own service and sales subsidiaries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications. Ruben-Richard is a member of the Ferry Cruise & Yacht sales team. With his team he is responsible for the sales and relationship management in many countries and assists the global sales organization of Schottel.

After reaching his degree in Sales Management (twi) and Innovation Management (twi) at the Technical and Scientific Institute of Koblenz, Ruben-Richard joined Schottel in 2008.

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POSITION

Head of Maritime Technology and Regulation

COMPANY

BIMCO

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal

SESSION

9 & 10

Aron Frank Sorenson

Aron Sorensen holds the position as Head of the Maritime Technology and Regulation and is responsible for BIMCO’s technical affairs. He manages BIMCO’s role in marine, operational and related regulatory matters at a number of international organizations such as IMO, ISO, IACS and IHO. His tasks include negotiating, monitoring and disseminating relevant conventions and assisting in the development of international standards, regional/national requirements, and assessing the impact on BIMCO members. He represented BIMCO at the IMO during the development of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.

Following a career at sea as a deck officer, Aron Sorensen, became involved in teaching deck officers at Danish Maritime Institutes. After his teaching career he joined the Danish Maritime Authority ending with the responsibility of safety of navigation in Danish waters.

In 2008, he joined BIMCO a shipping association providing a wide range of services to its global membership of stakeholders who have vested interests in the shipping industry, including shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.

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POSITION

CEO

COMPANY

Danske Færger A/S

TOPIC

TBD

SESSION

TBD

John Steen-Mikkelsen

John Steen-Mikkelsen has been CEO of Danske Færger since 2010. Danske Færger operates six domestic ferry routes in Denmark plus two international routes to Sweden and Germany. From 1996 to 2010 John was with Scandlines first as Line Manager and then as Managing Director for Germany and Denmark. Earlier he served as Managing Director for Europa-Linien and Lion Ferry. John has been a member of the Board of Interferry since 2008.

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POSITION

Technology and LNG Business Development Director

COMPANY

DNV GL

TOPIC

Fuel Cells

SESSION

15

Anthony Teo

Anthony brings more than 20 years of maritime experience and 16 years of experience in DNV GL. His previous roles in the organization includes: Fleet in Service Surveyor (Singapore), LNG Carrier New Building Project Manager (Korea) and Head of Department for Offshore New-building and Conversion (Singapore).

Currently based in Houston, he is responsible for business development with a strong focus on new technology for maritime application, LNG as a marine fuel, Gas ships, energy efficiency and hybrid ships/ technology. He received a Naval Architecture (Hons) degree from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) in 1998. When he finds time, he enjoys golf, archery and running.

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POSITION

Partner

COMPANY

Hannaford Turner, LLP

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal

SESSION

9 & 10

Justin Turner

Justin is a partner of Hannaford Turner, having previously worked at Curtis Davis Garrard (2006-2016), Constant & Constant (2000–2006) and Freshfields (1994–2000). He specialises in shipbuilding, conversion, refit and repair issues and ship sale and purchase, acting for shipowners, offshore contractors and shipyards. Justin is routinely involved with the negotiation, drafting and related contract management of shipbuilding and conversion contracts involving most vessel and unit types, including LNG carriers, naval vessels, ferries and superyachts, as well as contracts (including EPC and EPIC contracts) for offshore procurement projects involving rigs, FPSO units, accommodation platforms and other specialised vessels in the sector.

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POSITION
COMPANY

Austal

TOPIC

Fast Ferries 2.0

SESSION

16

Mike Wake

Mike Wake studied Naval Architecture, qualifying in 1975 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He worked initially with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at the time when they were making the transition from building tankers to the “through-deck cruisers” Illustrious and Ark Royal. This was followed by a time as a writer with The Motor Ship magazine before becoming editor of the journals of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, including The Naval Architect, Warship Technology, Small Craft, Ship and Boat and Shiprepair and Conversion Technology.

Mike started working with Austal in 1994 at the time when the company was planning to enter the fast car ferry market. He has worked on numerous fast ferry projects ranging from small 20m catamarans to 128m trimarans.

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POSITION

Chairman

COMPANY

Weir-Jones Group of Companies

TOPIC

Automated Draft Indicator Systems

SESSION

19

Iain Weir-Jones

Iain Weir-Jones, Ph.D. P.Eng. is the Chairman and Founder of the Weir-Jones Group of Companies. With experience in over fifty countries since 1971, Weir-Jones has worked on complex safety and operational efficiency problems in major industries around the world. An early pioneer in the use of real-time data analytics, Dr. Weir-Jones has designed safety systems for marine applications in the transportation, construction and refurbishment, and offshore oil and gas sectors from the high Arctic to the Tropics.

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POSITION

Executive Director

COMPANY

Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

TOPIC

Using AIS to Cost Effectively Improve Safety

SESSION

19

Roberta Weisbrod

Roberta Weisbrod, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, an outgrowth of the Interferry / IMO Ferry Safety project. She is also the Principal of Sustainable Ports, consultancy engaged in ferry transport planning. Dr. Weisbrod has been chair of the U.S. TRB Ferry Committee as well as chair of the U.S. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Ferry and Marine Highway panel, and guest edited the organization’s mt (marine technology) magazine issue about ferries – “The Changing Ferry: Accelerating Innovation”.

Dr. Weisbrod is author or co-author of many relevant published papers on ferry safety and technology. She was awarded lifetime membership in Interferry for her efficacious efforts in the Interferry / IMO Ferry Safety project.

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POSITION
COMPANY

Houlder

TOPIC

Enviro Ship Designs

SESSION

16

David Wing

David Wing is a Chartered Naval Architect with over 10 years experience in the marine industry gained through design consultancy and Classification Society roles. His experience extends from initial concept and feasibility evaluations through practical shipbuilding. As the lead naval architect during early stage design of a hybrid powered 90m Ro-Pax his experience includes balancing environmental, regulatory and commercial requirements against the practical reality of ship design, building and operation.

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POSITION

Senior Associate and
Master Mariner

COMPANY

HFW

TOPIC

Ballast Water Management

SESSION

18

Claire Womersley

Claire is a former Master Mariner with P&O/Princess Cruises, having spent nine years at sea and rising through the ranks from deck cadet to First Officer before leaving to join HFW. During her seagoing career, Claire gained experience on the short-sea freight ferry trade from Harwich to Hook of Holland, in addition to operating Class l passenger vessels worldwide. Claire is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and casualty investigator with ten years service in HFW’s admiralty and crisis management team. She is based in the London office and frequently travels to attend casualties worldwide.

Aside from the more traditional “wet” litigation (collisions, savage, fire, piracy, groundings etc), Claire provides regulatory advice to ship owners and their insurers on a broad range of topics including environmental issues. She has published articles on ballast water management previously, tracking the Ballast Water Management Convention from inception to its current status. She is also an active participant in the UK Chamber of Shipping Safety and Environmental Committee and Ferry and Cruise Panel, who have been considering the impact of the Convention from a UK and global trade perspective.

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POSITION

Director, Environment & Sustainability

COMPANY

DFDS A/S

TOPIC

Ship Recycling and Disposal Panel Discussion

SESSION

10

Poul Woodall

Poul Woodall has over 40 years of experience within the maritime and transport industry. The first 36 years were spent with A.P.Moller-Maersk in various positions, mainly within the container and Ro/Ro segments. His career includes 17 years overseas experience with postings in Asia, The Middle East and Europe.

Since 2010, Poul has been with DFDS A/S in Copenhagen and in June 2013 he was appointed Director for Environment and Sustainability for the DFDS Group. Poul Woodall has a degree from Copenhagen Business School supplemented with management education at Insead and Stanford University. Poul is on the steering committees of the Trident Alliance and Green Ship of the Future. Marine environment policy work is conducted through his affiliation with Interferry and various ESSF working groups in Brussels. In July 2018 Poul was selected for a seat on the new CEF Transport Advisory Group of INEA.