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CLIA, USA

TOPIC

The Cruise Industry – A Parallel Universe

SESSION

5: Keynote

Kelly Craighead

Kelly Craighead is the president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), representing a vast community of ocean-going cruise lines, as well as river cruise marketing affiliates, a highly trained and certified travel agent community, and cruise industry partners ranging from ports and destinations to shipbuilders, developers, and other maritime business services.

In her capacity as President and CEO of CLIA, Kelly is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s advocacy initiatives, which are designed to support the broad international business coalition that comprises the global cruise industry.

Under her leadership, CLIA and its members are paving the way in responsible tourism practices, significantly increasing the industry’s collective investment in research, development, and education, as well as executing advocacy and promotional efforts that add and create value for the cruise community and its partners.

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Highline Maritime High School, USA

TOPIC

Getting Youth Onboard – Engaging Young People in a Maritime Career

SESSION

2: Keynote

Tremain Holloway

As a 6th-year administrator in the Highline Public School district, Tremain Holloway previously served as assistant principal at Raisbeck Aviation High School and co-principal at Highline High School. Tremain completed his principal internship in Boston Public Schools and taught mathematics in Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC. As a former College Division 1 athlete, Tremain earned his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina Central University, and master’s degree from the School of Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. As an equity-driven leader, Tremain is committed to academic excellence and innovative opportunities that ALL students deserve.

SPEAKERS and MODERATORS

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Wärtsilä, Finland

TOPIC

Power and People

Håkan Agnevall

Håkan Agnevall is President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.

His most recent role was President of Volvo Buses and member of the Volvo Group Management. In his earlier career Håkan has held senior management positions with ABB and Bombardier in the fields of power systems, robotics and industrial automation. He has extensive international experience, having worked and lived in the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Brazil, Switzerland and Sweden.

Håkan holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden paralleled with a BSc in Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden. He also holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.

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Carus, Åland Islands

TOPIC

Fully Automated Ferry Experience

John Bertell

With a background in the shipping industry working with cargo shipping operations as well as cruise and port operations, John Bertell has spent the last 20 years with IT solutions for the ferry industry. Being involved both from the sales perspective and practical system implementations as project manager and implementation expert, he has gained experience of a wide range of ferry operations in detail.

In 2010 he joined Carus as Sales Manager and is now Director of Sales, with the responsibility for new clients as well as for client relationships and business development.

Carus is a leading provider of reservations, sales and port solutions specifically designed for the passenger vessel industry.

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Bieker Boats, USA

TOPIC

Preliminary Design for an Electric Fast Foil Ferry and Shoreside Battery Charging Infrastructure Assessment

Paul Bieker

Paul Bieker is a Naval Architect from the Seattle area. Although he started his professional career working for commercial naval architecture firms such as Guido Perla & Associates and Elliott Bay Design Group, he has spent most of his career in the world of high-performance composite craft – mostly sailboats. He started this work by designing and building successful carbon fiber International 14 sailboats in his own shop leading to design and engineering for six different Americas Cup Teams over the past twenty years, winning the Cup twice. His latest three Americas Cups have included a deep involvement in many aspects of high performance hydrofoiling. Over the past thirty years Bieker Boats has produced an impressive variety of designs.

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Green Marine, CANADA

TOPIC

Green Marine and Green Marine Europe: Environmental Certifications for Ferry Operators

David Bolduc

As President, David Bolduc is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic planning of the Green Marine organization. He leads a team of seven employees based in Quebec City, Halifax and Seattle. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, he is Green Marine’s leading representative and outreach agent.

His appointment as Green Marine’s executive director in January 2010 followed his active participation in creating the environmental certification program while employed at the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), a founding member association. He joined SODES in 2005 as the environmental and economic coordinator after two years as a researcher for the House of Commons in Ottawa. He went to work for the Canadian government after completing a Bachelor’s in International Studies at York University in Toronto and a Master’s in International Relations at Université Laval in Quebec City.

In 2014, David received the St. Lawrence Award from SODES to recognize his outstanding contributions as an individual to the maritime industry. He was appointed President in 2022.

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SeaLink, AUSTRALIA

TOPIC

Power and People

Chris Briggs

Chris Briggs is responsible for the development and execution of SeaLink’s fleet strategy including oversight of fleet maintenance, renewal and the of adoption of new technology to improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions across the national fleet of 120 vessels.

Chris joined the SeaLink Travel Group, now the Kelsian Group, as Head of Operations for North Queensland and the Northern Territory in 2014 and in 2016 became the General Manager of SeaLink North Queensland. In his time with SeaLink he has successfully managed the delivery of public transport passenger ferry contracts, building of new vessels, introduction of new tourism products, improved operating and safety standards, negotiated national purchasing arrangements and has increased the profitability of the business.

In 1989, Chris commenced in the marine industry and has worked his way up from the deck to management and gained experience as both an operator and a regulator. Previously the Director of Tourism, Recreation and Stewardship with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Chris has extensive experience developing regulation, working with the marine industry, undertaking community engagement and natural resource management. During his time with GBRMPA he introduced best practice standards for tourism and ferry operators, developed regulation and policy, managed community stewardship programs and the Crown of Thorns Starfish control program.

Chris has also worked with UNESCO on World Heritage Marine Parks missions, is a Board member of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) a member of the Australian Commercial Vessel Operators Association (ACVOA) and has served on a range of industry and government committees and panels.

Earlier in his career he was Fleetmaster for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service managing their patrol vessels, and prior to that worked for many years within marine tourism, ferry and coastal shipping operations. Chris has worked, travelled and dived extensively along the length of the GBR.

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Gotland Tech Development AB, Sweden

TOPIC

Gotland Horizon Concept

Christer Bruzelius

As a senior partner with Gotland Tech Development, Christer drives innovation in shipping, enabling the industry to become more sustainable by advancing the technical solutions of tomorrow. Gotland Tech Development was launched in 2021 by Rederi Gotland to drive technical development by building partnerships with leading maritime companies. Christer Bruzelius has more than 20 years of experience in senior management positions, as CEO and MD, for shipping companies in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. For 9 years, Christer was the CEO of Destination Gotland (part of the Rederi Gotland Group), which operates the RoPax ferry traffic between the island Gotland and mainland Sweden. During his time as a CEO, Christer led several initiatives to place the company at the forefront in sustainability, including adding two RoPax-ferries powered by natural gas and biogas to the fleet.

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Glosten, USA

TOPIC

Stimulating Renewable Maritime Ecosystems through Green Hydrogen Production

Sean Caughlan

Sean Caughlan has been a leader in Glosten’s design of alternative-fueled and battery-hybrid powered vessels for more than a decade. A Senior Marine Engineer at Glosten, Sean worked on design and conversion of several LNG fueled vessels early in the last decade. With the growing interest in hydrogen and with funding support from the US Maritime Administration, Sean worked with Sandia National Laboratory and Scripps Institution of Oceanography as Project Manager for the design of the Zero V, a hydrogen fueled research vessel concept. The same team followed up with the SRV design, a hybrid-hydrogen fueled research vessel which has now been funded for construction by the State of California.

Sean continues to support hydrogen projects and is currently leading Glosten’s effort in the design of the Hornblower Energy hydrogen refueling station. Sean has also been involved with all-electric vessel design working with Hornblower and the Alabama Department of Transportation on the conversion of the Gee’s Bend ferry to battery-electric. He is currently serving as Project Manager for the conversion of Washington State Ferries’ largest vessels, the Jumbo Mark II class, from diesel electric to plug-in hybrid.

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Incat, Australia

TOPIC

Innovation and Disruption

Bob Clifford

Bob 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.

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Thames Clippers, UK

TOPIC

Power and People

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 Waterman to Her Majesty the Queen in February 2008.

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Interferry, Canada

TOPIC

Moderator

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.

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Damen Financial Services, The Netherlands

TOPIC

Ways to Enable a Long Term Sustainable Energy Transition in the Ferry Industry

Geert de Jong

Geert de Jong is Commercial Director of Damen Financial Services (30 fte). Damen Financial Services is one of Damen Shipyards entities which manages over EUR 400 mio of assets. In his role he is responsible to catalyze green and innovative new build projects to target company’s objectives. For the development and roll out of urban ferries projects, DFS invests in assets for leasing purposes and if needed participates to secure operations. He joined Damen 8 years ago. In his previous roles he has been working as Group Corporate Finance Manager (focused on working capital facilities and particular corporate loans) and Customer Finance Manager in respect to trade finance, project finance and leasing in large export finance deals (EU-based, Africa and Eastern Europe).

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TT-Line Company Pty. Ltd./Spirit of Tasmania, Australia

TOPIC

Closing Ceremonies

Bernard Dwyer

Mr. Bernard Dwyer has been the Chief Executive Officer TT-Line Company Pty. Ltd. since November 3, 2014. Mr. Dwyer serves as a Director of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, a member of the Brand Tasmanian Board and a member of the Tasmanian State Government’s Access Working Group.

Mr. Dwyer has significant experience in the Tasmanian tourism sector, working prior to TT-Line for 14 years in various senior management positions with the Federal Group, including nearly nine years as its Director of Tourism. During his tenure at Federal Group, Mr. Dwyer oversaw the development of the Saffire property on the east coast and assisted in developing the Federal Group’s tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand.

Prior to joining the Federal Group in 2000, Mr. Dwyer worked as a management consultant for KPMG Tasmania and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Sydney and in various senior management roles with the former Trust Bank and SBT Bank – Tasmania.

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Candela Speed Boat, Sweden

TOPIC

Unlocking Potential of Urban Water Transport – Long-range, Fast Electric Ships

Erik Eklund

Erik is Director, Public Transport at Candela Speed Boat Sweden, leading the waterborne Public Transport sector towards fossil free and super energy efficient future by developing 100% electrical hydro foiling vessels. Erik’s an experienced leader and change manager with vast experience of governmental and intergovernmental relations, building results through a transparent, fair, team centric and diplomatic approach. I work on strategic level driving business development and innovation.

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Rauma Marine Constructions, FINLAND

TOPIC

Systematic Green Initiatives in Large RoPax Ferries

Håkan Enlund

Håkan Enlund holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Oulu, Finland. His career started in 1981 with the performance super yacht builder Baltic Yachts. Within the Hollming Group he was the key person in establishing the new Materials Technology Division, where he took on the management responsibility for the fairing hulls of the MIR I and II deep-sea submersible research vessels project. Håkan has in his 38-year carrier in the Ferry and Shipbuilding Industry carried management responsibilities for car and passenger ferries as well as special vessels, front-end technology development and sales. He is one of the key executive persons in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy since the new shipbuilding company’s beginning in 2014.

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All American Marine, USA

TOPIC

Construction and Certification of the First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Passenger Vessel in the US

Terry Federer

Terry Federer was appointed as All American Marine’s (AAM) Business Development Manager in May of 2021. As BDM, Terry oversees such roles as sales and marketing, contract negotiations and administration, project technical management, warranty/guarantees, and the sales bidding process, among many other duties. Prior to joining at AAM, Terry has had over a decade of experience operating AAM constructed Teknicraft catamarans in Alaska. In addition, his maritime career also includes experience on research ships, fast ferries and tugboats. Terry’s role as Business Development Manager at AAM is focused on the continued expansion of All American Marine’s presence in a variety of maritime markets, from offshore windfarm support vessels, survey vessels, and innovative passenger ferries. This commitment to innovation includes the company recently completing the first hydrogen powered passenger vessel in the US.

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ABB Marine & Ports, Finland

TOPIC

Beyond The Plug

Palemia Field

Palemia Field is responsible for the large ferry & RoPax segment at ABB Marine & Ports. Previously a part of the global Marketing & Communications team, he started up the Marine Digital Services unit in Finland and lead the Marine Academy team where he also trained customers in the operation and maintenance of Azipod® propulsion units. Palemia is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and sits on its Technical Leadership Board.
With experience as an engineer on board large cruise ships and global deployments as a marine engineer officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy, Palemia brings an operational context as we shift to an industry that features more electrification, digitalization and connectivity.

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RINA, Italy

TOPIC

Carbon Capture

Maria Garbarini

Maria Garbarini is a naval architect and is currently the Ro-Ro Passenger Ships Manager within RINA in the Global Passenger Ships Excellence Centre. She spent ten years in a shipping company taking care of new building, conversion and engineering projects for Ro-Ro ships and funding innovative projects. In 2018 she moved to RINA to implement innovative products and value-added services for cruise and ferry industry with a focus on environmental issues and safety aspects related to passenger ships.

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JG Maritime Solutions / Interferry, UK

TOPIC

LASH FIRE Update

John Garner

As founding director of JG Maritime Solutions Ltd, John has provided advice to three ferry newbuild projects, new business development projects as well as conducting the surveys of ten ferry operators for the Inmarsat report. John is a former Interferry Director, the current chair of the Interferry Regulatory Committee and provides regulatory liaison on behalf of Interferry in the LASH FIRE project. John is chair of Lloyds Register Technical Committee, a member of the Supervisory Board of the UK Chamber of Shipping, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Chartered Master Mariner, a Fellow of IMarEST and a Chartered Marine Technologist.

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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada

TOPIC

Labour and Staffing Outlook

Parm Hari

Parm brings 20+ years of HR, change management, and business optimization experience at a global level within highly complex, large-scale public and private organizations.

Most recently, she was Executive Director People & Culture at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, where she led VCH’s transformation into a values-based organization by developing impactful and engaged teams and implementing systems, structures, processes and multiple award-winning HR programs. Parm was also the people strategy lead for the largest-ever vaccination campaign in history.

Prior to VCH, as Vice President of Global Strategy for Pierre Fabre Group, a French multinational, she transformed a key subsidiary from a US-market only brand to an international player in 10 countries. By assembling strategic partnerships and coordinating multiple players along a complex international supply chain, the division generated triple-digit growth and the brand was taken public on the NASDAQ.

Other experiences include: delivering executive coaching, leadership training, team building, and program design to multiple Fortune 500 companies and start-ups; launching a successful business; and teaching at the UBC Sauder School of Business as Adjunct Professor.

Parm holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Consulting, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business.

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P&O Ferries, UK

TOPIC

Ferry Industry Topics

Peter Hebblethwaite

Peter was appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 21, having held the position of Manager Director ROPAX Ferry Services since August 2020, 18 months after joining P&O Ferries as Managing Director of the Overnight ROPAX Services Business Unit in January 2019 . Peter was responsible for the growth and performance of the Liverpool/ Dublin, Hull/ Europoort services. Peter had previously worked for Greene King PLC and was a Director of the FTSE 250 company for 13 years. Peter has also held management positions at Alliance UniChem and J Sainsburys.

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C&MORE, Belgium

TOPIC

Moderator

SESSION

13, 14 and 15

Philippe Holthof

A Belgian native born the son of a master mariner who captained ferries of the now defunct Ostend-Dover Line, 53-year-old Philippe has been passionate about “everything maritime” in general and ferries in particular since childhood. As a teenager, he started to collect data and with his first pocket money took up travelling on ferries all over Europe to study ferries, their operators and ports.

Following an education in logistics management, Philippe started as a free-lance journalist, quite early on writing for the Swedish publishing house Shippax. From the early 2000s, Philippe became one of Shippax’s key contributors, a stepping stone to the function of editor-in-chief, a job which he quit in September 2021 to focus on his own consultancy business C&MORE.

Through C&MORE, Philippe is providing consultancy services and business intelligence to international key players that have a strong connection to the ro-pax and ro-ro industries. As a side project, Philippe also keeps on writing about ferries and the ferry industry for a few trade publications.

Philippe has been a member of the DNV Ferry Committee since 2013, reporting about ferry accidents.

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BC Ferries, CANADA

TOPIC

BC Ferries Major Vessel Project

Ed Hooper

Ed joined BC Ferries in 2019 where he works as the Executive Director, Shipbuilding. In this role he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational oversight for all activities related to the acquisition of new and replacement vessels for BC Ferries. Previously, Ed served for almost 28 years as an Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) where he held a variety of positions, ending his Navy career as Commanding Officer of Fleet Maintenance Facility “Cape Breton” – the largest fully capable ship repair facility in Western Canada.

Ed has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Arts in Political and Military Sciences from the Royal Military Academy of Belgium. He has previously certified as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Corvus Energy, USA

TOPIC

The “Big Picture” of Batteries

Ole Jacob Irgens

Ole Jacob joined Corvus Energy earlier this year as President of the Americas region.. In this role he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational oversight for all activities in the US as well as the overall sales responsibility for North and South America. Previously, Ole Jacob served more than 25 years in the Marine Industries working in various positions for major OEMs such as Ulstein, Rolls-Royce and ABB. His last role before joining Corvus was global responsibility for the ABB Azipod product line., the market leader in electrical podded propulsion systems.

Ole Jacob has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim , and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is presently based in Houston Texas and is a dual Norwegian and American citizen.

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Hornblower, USA

TOPIC

Stimulating Renewable Maritime Ecosystems through Green Hydrogen Production

Anastasija Kuprijanova

A California Maritime Academy graduate, Anastasija managed contract, regulatory compliance and was an integral member of the startup team who launched NYC Ferry – a service initially contemplated to be comprised of a fleet of 16 vessels servicing 4 routes that has grown into a 38-fleet system now serving all boroughs of New York City on seven ferry routes, with a scheduled capacity of more than 9 million annual riders. Today, as Director of Business Development for Hornblower Group, Inc. Anastasija works to expand upon Hornblowers portfolio of turnkey maritime services by building strategic partnerships, diversifying operations and bringing innovative solutions to the marine transportation sector and rapidly growing domestic offshore wind industry. Anastasija is passionate about the expansion of waterborne transit and implementation of environmentally conscious, emission-reducing solutions to the maritime industry.

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Washington State’s 21st Legislative District, Washington

TOPIC

Opening Ceremonies/Welcome

Marko Liias

Senator Marko Liias is a lifelong Washingtonian born and raised in the neighborhoods he now serves. He represents the communities of Washington State’s 21st Legislative District, which includes neighborhoods in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, and Mukilteo along the east side of Puget Sound, including two ferry routes.

Marko was appointed to the House of Representatives in 2008 and won re-election three times. He was appointed to the Senate in 2014 and is currently serving his third term as a senator.

Throughout his service in the Legislature, he has prioritized policies to increase access to public transportation across Washington, provide educational and career opportunities for students, make the state safer and more inclusive for LGBTQ+ youth, and build an economy that works for everyone.

As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Marko championed the 2022 Move Ahead Washington transportation package which will invest nearly $17 billion in transportation resources across the state over the next 16 years including funding for new hybrid-electric ferries The package prioritizes the future of Washington by investing in a sustainable transportation sector that addresses the climate crisis. Through funding to electrify the transportation sector, invest in active transportation, and expand transit options, Move Ahead Washington is a shift towards a greener transportation sector.

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Sea Lines, Finland

TOPIC

Black Sea Update

Joe Lindblom

Joe Lindblom is currently the CEO of Sea Lines. Until April 2017, Lindblom served as General Manager and member of the board of Stena SeaLines, a joint venture between Sea Lines and Stena Ab. Before that, Lindblom served as Operations Manager of Stena SeaLines. Lindblom has also served as one of the members of Stena Line Freight Group Management between 2013-2017.

Before joining the Stena SeaLine management team in August 2012, Lindblom served as CEO/Co-owner of a Finnish retail group. Joe Lindblom performed studies at the School of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of Gothenburg with the central Logistics.

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Ballard, Canada

TOPIC

Type Approved Fuel Cell Solution for Marine Applications

Alan Mace

Alan Mace has over 15 years’ experience within the fuel cell industry in engineering, service and product management roles. In his current position as Product Manager, he is responsible for product development activities for the FCveloCity® power module including definition of customer requirements and value analysis, along with market analysis. Mr. Mace has held a broad range of roles in engineering, customer relationship management and marketing during his years of service at Ballard and IdaTech. His experience includes a strong technical background on fuel cell products and applications.

Mr. Mace holds Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Washington State University. Prior to his current fuel cell activities, Mr. Mace held roles in the design and management of engineering high-speed machine vision systems along with pulp and paper processing applications.

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Brittany Ferries, France

TOPIC

Chairman’s Report

SESSION

12: AGM

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 1 University, and has completed the International Executive Program through INSEAD. Christophe has been an Interferry Board Member since 2010.

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Port of Seattle, USA

TOPIC

Getting to Green – Port of Seattle Leading the Way for Green Ports

Stephen Metruck

As executive director of the Port of Seattle, Steve Metruck leads a county-wide special purpose government responsible for providing world-class trade, travel, and logistics services to one of the nation’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. The Port manages operations for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – one of the nation’s busiest passenger airports – as well as cruise, commercial fishing, grain terminals, recreational marinas, and other real estate activities. The Port also operates one of North America’s largest maritime cargo shipping gateways through the Northwest Seaport Alliance, a joint effort with the Port of Tacoma. As executive director, Metruck leads 1,900 employees who deliver safe, efficient, and high-quality services to the region while improving local economic opportunities and safeguarding our environment. The Port of Seattle is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading economic engines, generating over 216,000 jobs and $894 million in state and local taxes. Metruck came to the Port of Seattle following a 34-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring as a Rear Admiral. He has experience across a diverse range of operations and executive level assignments on both coasts, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. As the Chief Financial Officer for the Coast Guard, Metruck was responsible for all Coast Guard financial management and execution of the service’s $10 billion annual appropriation. As Commander of the Fifth District in Portsmouth, Virginia, he had overall responsibility for the full range of U.S. Coast Guard missions carried out from central New Jersey to North Carolina. Throughout his career, Metruck has maintained a strong record of advancing a diverse and safe workplace. He is currently leading the Port through a groundbreaking effort to increase diversity in contracting and is supporting expansion of internal employee resource groups and efforts to increase diversity at the Port. Metruck emphasized employee safety and diversity during his Coast Guard career as well. He served three years on the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Task force and as a member of the Coast Guard Academy’s Board of Trustees, he oversaw significant increases in the diversity of the student body.

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Steerprop, Finland

TOPIC

Simulated Case Study: Considering Total Cost of Ownership for Propulsion Brings Ship Owners Substantial Savings

Markku Miinala

Markku Miinala is a seasoned vessel engineering expert working as a Sales Manager at Steerprop since August 2020. After graduating in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1999 Mr Miinala worked close to 20 years in the field of ship design. His main focus has been on conceptual ship design and he has worked in development, sales and management positions for Deltamarin and Wärtsilä Ship Design, in both focusing mainly on cruise, ferry and merchant segments. In between, Miinala worked three years for Marioff as Business Manager for Marine & Offshore. In his current position at Steerprop, Mr Miinala is in charge of the long-term development and sales of Steerprop products and services for Cruise & Ferry market. In this position Mr Miinala benefits his background in ship design and knowledge of different stakeholders, i.e. owners, yards and designers.

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DNV, USA

TOPIC

Preliminary Design for an Electric Fast Foil Ferry and Shoreside Battery Charging Infrastructure Assessment

Simon Mockler

Simon Mockler is Regional Director for Decarbonization at DNV, leading DNV’s decarbonisation efforts in the Americas to share key insights with customers, set joint strategic goals and leverage DNV’s advisory, classification and research expertise.

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Fire Island Ferries, USA

TOPIC

Nominating Committee Report

SESSION

12: AGM

Tim Mooney

Tim Mooney is president of Fire Island Ferries, Fire Island Water Taxi and Fire Island Terminal, responsible for providing ferry, water taxi, freight and parking services originating from their Long Island, New York facility and servicing the communities of Fire Island, a 32 mile-long barrier beach. With a fleet of 25 vessels they provide transportation and related services to over 1 million passengers a year. Tim has a BS/BA from Nichols College in economics and computer science and started his career in the computer industry. He spent 25 years working with IBM, Wang Laboratories and Parametric Technology Corporation. In 2003 Tim left the computer industry to join his father to help run Fire Island Ferries. Since joining his father, he and his staff have worked to implement many new systems in support of websites, ticketing, freight billing, parking and advertising creating numerous incremental ridership and revenue opportunities for the organization. Tim has served on the Interferry Board since 2013.

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San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), USA

TOPIC

Innovation and Disruption

Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), which operates SF Bay Ferry service throughout the region.

Prior to joining WETA, Murphy spent over a decade overseeing external affairs and strategic communications for the San Mateo County Transit District (District), which operates the Caltrain commuter rail system and SamTrans bus service. As the District’s Chief Communications Officer, Murphy led efforts to secure funding for transformative projects including the $2 billion Caltrain Electrification Project. He was also responsible for passing state legislation that paved the way for voter approval of revenue measures creating over $200 million/year in new transportation investment for improvements and services throughout the Peninsula.

Murphy has been recognized as a leader focused on building strong coalitions that can effectively advocate for solutions to the industry’s most pressing challenges. He is a recipient of Mass Transit Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” award and is a key player in local, regional, state and national efforts to sustain, improve, and expand public transportation for all who depend on it.

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Kongsberg Maritime, Sweden

TOPIC

Optimizing Propulsion for Efficient Operation

Per Nahnfeldt

Per Nahnfeldt has his origin from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Over the last two decades he has been devoted to electric propulsion in Kongsberg Maritime and now heads the development of advanced electric thruster solutions for the future.

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Seachange, New Zealand

TOPIC

Panel Discussion

Max Olson

Max is the CEO and founder of electric hydrofoil builder, Seachange, and here he leads the build of the world’s first hydrofoiling RoPax ferry in New Zealand. This build is currently underway and represents a new era of sea crossing, as it enables emission free high-speed sailing in open water conditions over range.

With a career founding successful hardware start-ups, Max is passionate about environmental sustainability and has a natural affinity with the ocean. His role also encompasses CTO responsibilities at Seachange, and he is a leader in practical engineering solutions to decarbonise the maritime industry which are both economical and sustainable.

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Rolls-Royce Solutions America, USA

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Pathways to Zero Emission Ferry Propulsion

Andrew Packer

Since joining Rolls-Royce Solutions America in 2000, Andrew Packer has served in several engineering positions including generator set applications, engine development and marine applications. In October 2008, he was appointed Senior Manager of the Marine Application Engineering Department, overseeing the Commercial Marine and Pleasure Craft markets. He is also responsible for supporting sales and service partners on regulatory issues for the North American marine market. Andrew and his team provide Application Engineering support for all mtu marine products sold into the North and Latin America region, which includes product configuration, system layout, installation, integration and commissioning. Andrew attained a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and an Executive Masters of Business (MBA) Degree at University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Andrew is a car enthusiast, and stays active by mountain biking, running, and doing water sports with his family and friends.

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FRS Clipper, USA

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Welcome

Matthias Pahnke

Matthias Pahnke is the CEO for FRS Clipper, a member of the FRS group of companies.

FRS Clipper is based in Seattle and Victoria and is best known for its international service between Seattle and Victoria, whale watching tours and the domestic service from Seattle to Friday Harbor. FRS Clipper is successfully offering vacation packages that combine transportation with accommodation, tours or a combination of both.

Matthias is a lawyer by profession and has worked as external & inhouse counsel for law firms and companies. He joined FRS at its HQ in Flensburg as Director Legal, Tax and Insurance in 2017, joined FRS Clipper in 2019 and became its CEO in 2022.

Matthias is happy to call the Pacific Northwest his second home and lives with his wife and three kids in Victoria, B.C.

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Archipelago Philippine Ferries, Philippines

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Power and People

Mary Ann Pastrana

Mary Ann Ibuna Pastrana is the EVP-Treasurer of APFC, owner and operator of the Fastcat fleet and CAPP Industries Inc., a bulk material trader. She is also the President of Archipelago Philippine Seafarers Training Institute, a maritime training center to educate, train and upgrade the skills of seafarers, Scorpio Transport and Manning Services, an overseas manning agency, By The Sea Hotels, a chain of budget rooms/dormtel, I Want Clean Inc., a cleaning company and Victoria Nature Park, an agri-eco farm with a farmers field school.

Ms. Pastrana has a post-graduate diploma in Executive Maritime Management from the World Maritime University, is currently enrolled in Masters in Maritime Education & Training at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy of the Philippines, Vice President of Women In Maritime Philippines, wife of a Board Member of Interferry, Board Member of Entrepreneurs Organization Philippines. Sits in the advisory council of Philippine National Police Maritime Group and the World Ferry Safety Association. She serves her parish as lector and commentator. An avid traveller, reader, wife to Christopher Pastrana, mother to four adult children and a new Grandma.

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BC Ferries, Canada

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BC Ferries Major Vessel Project

Bruce Paterson

Bruce joined BC Ferries in 2003 where he is the Director, Naval Architecture. In this role he manages BC Ferries Fleet Technical group, which provides technical support to the BC Ferries Fleet and the new vessel construction program. Since joining BC Ferries, he has been involved with every new construction project including the Coastal Class double-ended ferries, the recent Salish Class LNG ferries and the Island Class hybrid ferry programs, providing technical leadership and support to the project teams. Previously, Bruce worked as a marine consultant in Eastern Canada, working on various government and offshore contracts.

Bruce has a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Mechanical) from University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) and is active with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, sits on the advisory board for UBC’s Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program, and supports programs at the University of Victoria’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

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Brock Solutions, Canada

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Overcoming Labour Shortages with Automation

Alex Peirce

Alex Peirce has over 15 years of experience in software and automation in oil & gas, aviation, and marine industries as a developer, project manager, product manager, and consultant. He has helped lead process automation programs with Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, Toronto Pearson airport, Rosslare Europort, and many others, as well as leading product development at Brock Solutions for both aviation and maritime solutions. He has been an active participant in developing aviation industry standards with IATA and has presented at various aviation and maritime industry events.

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Shift Clean Energy, Canada

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De-Risking and Commercializing Decarbonization is the Only Way to Cut Maritime Emissions

Brent Perry

Brent Perry is the CEO of Shift Clean Energy and a marine battery industry pioneer. Perry defined an industry when he oversaw development of the world’s first battery for marine propulsion. Energy storage systems are now a major – and increasingly important – player on the global marine energy scene. In the years since that first battery, he has become a world expert on lithium energy storage in marine applications. His 30-year history in commercial shipbuilding and deep knowledge of energy systems gives him a unique perspective on the hybrid and electric marine industry.

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Austal, UK

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Designer Perspective on Energy Storage

Luke Pretlove

Luke Pretlove (Austal) is a naval architect with over 16 years’ experience in high speed ferry design and aluminium shipbuilding. He is based in the UK, and is a senior member of Austal’s R&D department, which is focused on decarbonisation, advanced hull forms, motion control, manufacturing efficiency, autonomy and data science.

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Brock Solutions, Canada

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Overcoming Labour Shortages with Automation

Travis Raines

Travis Raines has over 7 years experience in process control and automation in the aviation and maritime sectors. He has worked as a senior control systems engineer overseeing the development and deployment of large-scale automation programs in major airports down the west coast of the US from Sea-Tac, San Francisco International, and LAX. Currently Travis is bringing his experiences delivering automation and digital transformations to the maritime industry as a consultant and project manager in the container terminal and ferry sectors.

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Interferry, Sweden

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IMO/EU Regulatory Update

Johan Roos

Johan Roos is the Executive Director of EU and IMO Affairs for Interferry, based in Sweden. 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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Washington State Ferries, USA

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Welcome

Patty Rubstello

Patty Rubstello serves as the head of the largest ferry system in North America. With 30 years at the Washington State Department of Transportation, Patty oversees a fleet of 21 vessels and ten routes which normally serve around 24-million customers a year. Commuters in the Seattle area and tourists and locals in isolated island communities all depend on the economic lifeline the system provides. Patty’s experience in design, construction, planning, traffic operations and tolling help ensure this critical marine highway continues to serve the people of Washington State. Patty is also a licensed civil engineer, and a member of Women in Transportation (WTS).

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Carus, Åland Islands

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Fully Automated Ferry Experience

Anders Rundberg

Anders Rundberg is the founder and CEO of Carus, the world leading commercial IT solution provider of consumer facing solutions to the passenger shipping industry.

As CEO, Anders has led Carus through their acquisition by Anite Travel Systems and the subsequent Management Buy Out which returned ownership predominantly to the original management and staff and, more recently, the merger with Winpos to form the Carus Winpos Group.

Anders has been part of the passenger shipping industry for his whole life and it is his vision that has guided the evolution of the company’s core Reservations, Departure Control and Administration solution to todays integrated Passenger Experience Platform, that can manage all aspects of the Customer Journey to maximize the revenue and customer satisfaction.

Anders is a Master in Business Economics from the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland and an active Rotarian.

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SNC Lavalin, Canada

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Designing and Planning for Onshore Power Supply

Paul Singh

Paul Singh is a Professional Engineer registered in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario and is the Electrical Team Lead for SNC-Lavalin in Western Canada. Paul is passionate about participating in the development and execution of projects that result in a reduction in green house gas emissions and ultimately lead to a net zero carbon future. Paul’s experience includes design and management roles in a variety of electric transportation projects and modes including ro-pax and passenger-only ferries, light rail, heavy rail, passenger and fleet vehicles and public transit buses. Paul has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering from Simon Fraser University and is also a Director at Large with SPEAT BC.

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Wasaline, Finland

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Fully Automated Ferry Experience

Peter Ståhlberg

Peter Ståhlberg is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry. He graduated from Maritime School in 1986, combining his studies in Merchant School and got his Maritime Officers license and Diploma in Business and Administration the same year.

Peter Ståhlberg was appointed as Fleet Manager at Wasaline in April 2013 and became Managing Director in December 2014.
Peter led the procurement process and design of the newbuild Aurora Botnia, delivered in August 2021 from RMC, and acted as Project Director for the whole newbuilding process. Aurora Botnia has been designed especially for the Wasaline traffic in the Gulf of Botnia and is one of the most environmentally friendly RoPax ferries in the world.

Prior to becoming a landlubber in 2013, Peter sailed 22 years as Captain in all waters on passenger and cruise ships, with the specialty of the Captaincy in Polar waters with 5 seasons in Antarctica, and a few seasons in the Arctic and Alaska. Peter has also been involved in many new projects with new shipping lines and commencement of new routes, combined with rebuilding and newbuilding projects in the cruise industry.
Peter lives in Vaasa, Finland, and is now back in his hometown after many years abroad. Now acting as Managing Director on the same route between Vaasa – Umeå as he started as a deck boy in 1980. Peter has a great passion to develop the traffic and concept to an own niche in the market and to lead the team ashore and on board with the saying – “talent is something – attitude is everything”.

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FRS, Germany

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Dual Course of Study

Nina Teggatz

Nina Teggatz is Director Human Resources, FRS GmbH & Co. KG, Flensburg, heading the group wide human resources of FRS in a matrix organization with four direct reports and 10 indirect reports. She is involved in the operational and strategic responsibility for the full spectrum of human resources (personal planning, recruitment, personal development, training programs, marketing, payroll, etc.). She supports and advises the management team on all operational, labor law and social law issues on a national and international level.

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REGENT, USA

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Innovation and Disruption

Billy Thalheimer

Billy founded REGENT after years spent as an aerospace program manager, business development leader, and multidisciplinary aerospace engineer. During his time at Aurora Flight Sciences, Billy was responsible for developing new programs in vehicle design and technology maturation to support Boeing’s portfolio of future air mobility solutions. He additionally led technical program execution, financial management, and strategy for electric aircraft programs; and worked as an air vehicle conceptual design engineer, leading design and performance modeling for Boeing’s electric air taxi vehicle. Billy holds a BS and MS from MIT’s aerospace engineering program where he satisfied his passion for the water as a varsity sailor. Today, Billy spends his free time competing as an aerobatic pilot and participating in student STEM outreach events.

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Cummins, USA

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Construction and Certification of the First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Passenger Vessel in the US

Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas, a marine account executive, is celebrating his 36th year at Cummins, Inc. Prior to joining the marine team in 2004, he managed Cummins Service Centers. He is a graduate of Oregon Institute of Technology with bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Management and Diesel Power Technologies.

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Damen Shipyards, The Netherlands

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Ways to Enable a Long Term Sustainable Energy Transition in the Ferry Industry

Bastiaan Vink

Bastiaan is a naval architect working as Product Specialist Ferries for Damen. Damen is one of the leading international shipyards with facilities worldwide. It designs and develops vessels in many different applications and delivers more than 100 vessels per year including ferries. Before Damen, Bastiaan worked in an offshore company developing digital monitoring solutions and at the Netherlands marine institute MARIN researching the hydrodynamic behavior of Tug boats. He joined Damen 5 years ago and has been leading the development of different electrical Ferry solutions in Europe and North America. These solutions include the vessel(s), shore infrastructure, digital solutions and increasing focus on financing. Examples are the electrification of existing ferries in Canada, BC and electrical city ferries with automated charging stations in Copenhagen.

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Norled, Norway

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Innovation and Disruption

Heidi Wolden

Heidi Wolden is CEO of Norled AS, one of Norway’s largest ferry and express boat companies in Norway.

Wolden joined Norled in 2020, after three years as CEO of Kruse Smith. She has previously worked for Equinor where she held several management positions along most of the value chain within oil and gas, primarily within strategy, business development and finance. Heidi Wolden holds a Master’s degree in science from Nord University Business School, an MBA from NHH and executive education from the University of Berkeley in California and London Business School.