Safety, Security and Sustainability

The Call for Speakers for Interferry2024, our 48th Annual Interferry Conference, is now open until May 31, 2024.

Prospective speakers are now invited to submit their proposal to present at Interferry2024, our 48th Annual Conference in Marrakech, Morocco on the theme of ‘Safety, Security and Sustainability’. The deadline is May 31, 2024.

We are seeking presentations that showcase critical learnings for the ferry industry on the themes of safety, security and sustainability. Preference will be given to proven technologies and projects that have been implemented or will be implemented in the near future.

What are we looking for?

First and foremost, suppliers are reminded that proposal should not be commercial in nature. Only about 10 percent of the presentation should focus on your company and/or product with the remainder of the presentation dedicated to educating and enlightening the audience. For example, presentations that focus on case-studies and pilot projects are well received and allow the opportunity to showcase offerings and their capabilities without an overt sales pitch.

We strongly encourage our operator members to submit a proposal on any of the three topic areas. The sharing of best practices and lessons learned are beneficial for the overall advancement of our industry – without, of course, compromising any anti-trust regulations.

For the topic of Safety, we are seeking to highlight exemplary internal safety programs or initiatives of ferry operators, as well as any research or projects that showcase learnings on battery fires regarding both transported BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and battery electric powered ferries. A portion of the Safety program will also be dedicated to Domestic Ferry Safety following the Africa Ferry Safety Seminar in April 2024.

The topic of Security will seek to highlight all areas of operational security. “Security” involves not only the always present physical security concerns pertaining to ports and vessels, but also increasing cybersecurity risks as technology continues to rapidly advance.

Finally, In the area of Sustainability, we will continue to highlight zero emission solutions as our industry pushes towards decarbonization. Presentations on sustainable ship construction and interiors are also welcome.

Note: The presentations from Interferry2023 held in Hobart are now open to the public. They are an excellent resource for prospective speakers to refer to when selecting a topic and crafting a submission.

Watch the Interferry2023 presentations here on Interferry.com.

Who can submit?

Anyone is welcome to submit if the proposal fits into the theme of the program. Interferry members and conference sponsors will be given first priority for speaking slots, subject to the merits of their respective submissions.

Furthermore, since Interferry is a not-for-profit organisation, selected speakers are responsible for their own conference registration costs.

How to submit your proposal…

Proposals must be submitted through this portal no later than May 31, 2024 to be considered. Selected speakers will be notified by June 30.

To be considered to speak at Interferry2024, potential speakers must use the form below to create your submission and to send your ZIP file.

IMPORTANT: Please ZIP all of the documents listed in the required check list below into one file before sending using the UPLOAD field. There is a 14MB total limit on uploaded files.

How to compress (ZIP) files/folders using Windows:

• Locate the file or folder that you want to zip.

• Press and hold (or right-click) the file or folder, select (or point to) Send to, and then select Compressed (zipped) folder.

A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location. To rename it, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Rename, and then type the new name.

How to compress (ZIP) files/folders using MacOS:

Right-click on a file/folder and select “Compress [file/folder name]”

or

Select a file/folder and go to the main Finder menu and choose FILE>COMPRESS.

Submissions missing any of the required document or submissions received via email will not be considered.

REQUIRED DOCUMENT FORMAT
300-word presentation abstract (may include links to previous presentations) Word doc or PDF
Brief biography of the speaker Word doc or PDF
Headshot of the speaker High-res JPG

Note: Please include the company name and the speakers name in each file name.

If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, please contact Business Manager Jakki.Papps@interferry.com.

If you have any issues with the form, please contact Marketing Manager John.Nedwidek@interferry.com.

Submission Form

NOTE: If the speaker is different than the person submitting the proposal, please include the speaker's contact info below.

Conference Program Details

LOCATION

Palais des Congrès, Marrakech

DATE/TIME

Full conference: Oct. 26-30, 2024
Speakers Program: Oct. 28-29, 2024