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Speakers 2020


Philippe HOLTHOF

Lead moderator and Senior Advisor & Editor-in-Chief Shippax

Philippe was born the son of a master mariner who commanded ferries of the Ostend-Dover Line. This accounting for an early interest in the maritime industry in general and ferries in particular, Philippe soon started to collect data and with his first pocket money took up travelling on ferries all over Europe to study the ships, their operators and ports.

After completing an education in (maritime) logistics management, he embarked on a career as a freelance author and started to write for Shippax in the mid-nineties. The work for Shippax has seen Philippe travelling on a wide variety of ferries and interviewing many decision makers in the industry. This culminated in Philippe being appointed senior advisor at Shippax and, more recently, also taking up the position of editor-in-chief.

A member of the DNV GL Ferry Committee, Philippe is also a guest lecturer at the Thomas More Institute in Mechelen, Belgium, for a bachelor’s degree course in tourism.


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Frederik ERDMANN

Co-moderator and contributing correspondent Shippax

Frederik Erdmann has been a correspondent to Shippax since 1996 and professionally been involved with shipping since 1999 when he joined the German port agency network, Sartori & Berger, for a vocational training program. After his graduation as Shipbroker & Liner Agent and subsequent studies of Business Administration, Frederik held various positions with Sartori & Berger until 2010. After a period of working for the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality of the German coastal ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei, in January 2015. Alongside this position, he continues contributing to shipping publications in the UK, Sweden, Greece and Germany as a correspondent, and he also teaches prospective nautical officers as visiting lecturer of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences.

As his hobbies, Frederik lists being a voluntary firefighter both in his home village and in the district Hazmat Unit. He is moreover a keen motorcyclist. Eventually, Frederik has – beyond his professional activity – a great personal passion for ferry shipping, in particular for the history of Greek and Balearic operations as well as 'classic' ferry designs built in the 1970s. He is married and lives near Flensburg (Germany).

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Business Unit Manager ACTEMIUM

Born in a shipyard on the Swedish island Orust, Ingemar Gustavsson is brought up within spitting distance of the sea. Therefore it is not surprising that he is interested in the shipyard and shipping industry.

Ingemar Gustavsson has been the CEO of Processkontroll Elektriska since it was founded in 2001. In 2012 it was acquired by the VINCI group, the biggest construction company in the world, and the company is today often seen under the VINCI brand name Actemium, well known all over Europe. In January 2017 Actemium released a brand new business unit under the name Actemium OPS, and along with that the OPS Club started. Since 2018 Ingemar is the Moderator of the OPS Club.

In his speech Ingemar Gustavsson will tell the story of how the company became the leader in Scandinavia when it comes to shore connections. He will specifically focus on the latest invention - all-in-one solution where a HVSC or LVSC plant is put in a movable container that can be used in any port. The advantages are obvious: less noise, less pollution and - not the least - less costs.

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Vice President of Global Sales ABB Marine & Ports

Marcus Högblom is heading the Passenger ship segment ABB Marine & Ports, the leading supplier of electric propulsion systems for merchant vessels.  Joining ABB Propulsion product business unit in 2009 Mr Högblom has been working with building ABB successful track record for electrical propulsion starting with Azipod propulsion but now also extending to cover next generation integrated solutions for power convection,  automatization, digitalization, energy storage  and service offering. 

An experienced marine professional with a long experience in management, business development, project management, sales and marketing and. Mr Högblom holds a degree of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Helsinki Institute of applied sciences.

Prior to joining ABB Marcus had a 14 year long carrier in the field of  fire safety with  Marioff Corporation and United Technologies  where he held various  positions the most recent as General Manager for the  Marine and Offshore unit.

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Christophe MATHIEU

CEO Brittany Ferries

  • Born in 1968 in France. Married 2 children
  • Master degree in Business Administration at University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

International Executive Program INSEAD Fontainebleau 2005

  • Joined Brittany Ferries in 1992 in Plymouth (UK). Various roles in UK including accounting, operations and marketing.
  • In 1997, responsible of setting up the Revenue Management department.
  • In 1999, transfer to BF headquarters in Roscoff (France) as Group Business Controller.
  • In 2006, promoted to Strategic Planning Director.
  • In 2009, promoted to the Executive Board, as Deputy CEO, in charge of Strategic and Commercial Affairs.

Responsible for Group Revenue (Pax, freight, onboard sales), fleet strategy  and port negociations.

  • Since April 2016  : Chief Executive Officer
  • Member of the Interferry Inc. Board and Chairman  of Interferry Operators Policy Committee.

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Jan Erik NORLI

Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Maritime

B.Sc Mechatronics
Mr. Norli’s positions has covered sales and management roles in an international environment throughout his career,
focusing on international sales over the last 20 years, primarily supplying products and services into the shipping industry.
Mr. Norli has been 8  years with Telenor Maritime, and contributed substantially to build Telenor Maritime to become the largest onboard connectivity provider for the Cruise & Ferry industry world wide.
Current position is to oversee and being responsible for all Telenor Maritime’s sales and marketing activities towards the Cruise & Ferry market world wide.
Telenor Maritime’s  recent innovation, enabling the smart ship, followed by unprecedented VSAT bandwidth supply per vessel,  ensures wireless connectivity  and  cutting edge technological combinations  to the industry. Providing your passengers, guests and crew with mobile connection,  superior wireless services and instant access onboard.

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Vice chairman Moby S.p.A and CEO Moby S.p.A

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Managing Director LIKNOSS

Giorgos Papastamatiou was born in Athens in 1966.  He studied Computer Science in the University of Heraklion, Crete (1988) and he holds a Master’s degree on Computation from the University of Manchester, UK (1992).  His field of expertise is the optimization of business performance.  In the last 30 years, he has been engaged with startups as well as with existing enterprises of the private sector.   Since Jan 2013 he is the Managing Director of LIKNOSS Software SA (ex FORTHcrs SA) member of the NorthStar Group.  He is also the chairman of the board and Managing director of LIKNOSS Italy and LIKNOSS Central Europe S.A. 

In LIKNOSS, Giorgos’ vision and task is to expand the boundaries of the company, so as it becomes the main international distribution network of the ferry industry and land transportation in the new travel landscape.  To that extend, together with the professionals of LIKNOSS, he is building necessary add-ons that will develop fully comprehensive environment for the travel industry professionals, including -what he is calling- an eco-system between ferry operators, other travel services vendors, travelers, travel agents and complementary services.  

The strategic expansion is greatly facilitated by the NorthStar Group where LIKNOSS belongs and goes in three directions: functionality, territory and service types.  These directions are followed and LIKNOSS is already building up its international profile with comprehensive services and modern technology. Therefore, LIKNOSS has invested in developing innovative services and solutions including Business Intelligence Tools, Revenue Management for Ferries, intermodal transportation (combination of ferry travel with that of bus and train), Credit Limit Management (CLM, a mechanism similar to the BSP in the airline domain), mobile ticketing and check-in, port solutions for check-in as well as “e-ticket”, a game-changer approach for the ferry industry.  The territory is expanding and until now it covers South and North Europe, the Caribbean and Morocco.

George has one son and he is also a writer of books for children.

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Managing Director Wasaline

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 licence and Diploma in Business and Administration the same year.

Peter Ståhlberg was appointed as Fleet Manager at NLC Ferry in April 2013 and became Managing Director in December 2014.

Prior to becoming a landlubber in 2013, Peter sailed 22 years as Captain in all waters on Passenger and Cruise ships, with the speciality 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 say  – “talent is something – attitude is everything”.

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Principal Consultant Maatsuyker 

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Managing Director Stena RoRo

Per Westling has been employed by Stena since 1985. In addition to a M.Sc. degree in Naval Architecture from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Per is trained as an Engineer within the Royal Swedish Navy. Within the Stena group he has been project manager for several newbuildings and major conversion projects but also served for five years within the Stena Line Shipmanagement division. In 2001 he moved to Stena RoRo as Conversion Manager, took on the role of Deputy Managing Director in 2008 and subsequently Managing Director in 2011.

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Conference 2019

Was held on board Silja Line's SILJA SERENADE

Latest reviews (2019)

“I wanted to write to thank everyone at Shippax for hosting another superb conference. I very much enjoyed being part of the CEO panel discussion and thought a number of the other sessions were first class.” “I thought that the conference was by some margin the very best yet and that from start to finish there were many things of interest.” “Thank you for yet another wonderful ferry industry event! I really enjoyed it and will definitely be participating next year as well.“ “I have really enjoyed, not only the very good company on board, but the whole event that was very well-organized.” “Enjoyed it very much – very valuable to get introductions to key industry people. I look forward to next year’s conference!”