The Leading Edge – Elevating the Customer Experience
and Sustainability

The Call for Speakers for Interferry’s 47th Annual Interferry Conference is now open until June 9.

Speakers are now invited to submit their proposal to speak at Interferry2023, our 47th Annual Conference in Hobart, Tasmania on the theme of  ‘The Leading Edge – Elevating the Customer Experience and Sustainability’.

This year’s event will focus on presentations that highlight innovations that have already been successfully implemented – or that will be operationalized in the very near future – to improve customer service and environmental stewardship.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking presentations that reflect leading edge solutions for elevating the customer experience and increasing sustainability. The focus will be on proven technologies and projects that have been implemented or will be implemented shortly.

Customer Experience submissions should exemplify innovative ways to improve the passenger experience that can simultaneously improve operators’ efficiency, revenues and ultimately their bottom lines. We will look for presentation submissions that clearly demonstrate successful customer centric initiatives from when customers first consider ferry travel until they get to their final destinations.

In the area of Sustainability, we will consider proposals that clearly demonstrate how the ferry industry can reduce its environmental footprint on a total lifecycle basis. In addition to ways of reducing all types of emissions, we are keen to hear about innovative ways to handle the various types of vessel discharge; new ship construction methods; and maintenance practices ranging from on-the-run to refits and dry-docking. Presentations on sustainable shoreside and port practices are also welcomed.

Note: The presentations from our 46th annual conference held in Seattle in October 2022 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 2022 presentations here on

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 June 9 to be considered. Selected speakers will be notified by mid-July.

To be considered to speak at the 47th annual Interferry Conference, 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]”


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.

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

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

If you have any questions please contact Business Manager If you have any issues with the form, please contact Marketing Manager

Submission Form

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

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Conference Program Details


Hobart Conference and Exhibition Center (HCEC), Hobart


Full conference: Nov. 4-8, 2023
Speakers Program: Nov. 6-7, 2023