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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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Jason CODD

Senior Vice President services RTS

Jason heads up the delivery services arm of RTS, having risen to the role of VP Services through a range of client facing roles since joining RTS in 1999. Prior to that, Jason was involved in a range of activities in the airline industry with Link Airways, Airlink and Gulf Air, including reservations, airport handling, operations, marketing, and leading the Revenue Management organisation at SA Airlink just prior to joining RTS. This background allowed an easy transition into RM application in other transportation types, and Jason has worked with over 20 Cruise Ferry organisations in his tenure at RTS, in addition to over 40 airlines.

As VP of Services, Jason is perfectly geared for broadening the suite of practices while improving its highly disciplined solution implementation methodology.

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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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North Sea Handling

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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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Professor of Design History at the Glasgow School of Art

Bruce Peter is Professor of Design History at the Glasgow School of Art. He has a life-long interest in merchant ship design and passenger shipping operation and has written extensively on these subjects. His latest maritime publications are a history of the Danish liner, ferry and logistics company, DFDS, and a history of Tor Line, which DFDS purchased in 1981. He is also currently working with colleagues in Finland on a history of Finnish shipbuilding, has written for the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) a book about the design of the Kappel propeller and is assisting the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to curate an exhibition about ocean liner travel.

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Jan Helge PILE

SVP Marine & Technical Operations Color Line

Jan Helge Pile has been with Color Line since 2007. Jan Helge is the managing director of Color Line Marine A/S, which is Color Line’s marine & technical division. His area of responsibility includes marine operations for the Color Line fleet as well as projects and new-building management for the group.

His professional background includes 5 years as Technical Director for Norwegian ferry operator Tide Sjø A/S, as well nearly 15 years with Royal Caribbean International in miscellaneous shore-based and seagoing positions. Among these he was an Assistant Project Director for newbuilding programs in Europe, and he served in seagoing positions such as Chief Officer and Staff Captain on their vessels.

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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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Sales Manager North Europe NAPA

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Principal Consultant Maatsuyker 

As Principal Consultant of high speed craft specialists Maatsuyker Steve Thurlow has played a key role in the development of fast ferry operations around the world. With more than 25 years’ experience in the marketing, operation and finance of high speed ferries for sale and charter his knowledge of the industry is unrivalled.

Before co-founding Maatsuyker in 2008 Steve Thurlow has been General Manager of Incat Europe and a Director of one of the shipowning companies, Incat Danmark.  He was also Operations Manager at Fast Cat Ferries in New Zealand. Passionate about industry relationships, he has been lived and worked in Denmark, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Malta in support of clients and their businesses.

Prior to being bitten by the fast ferry bug, Steve served in the Australian Army for 12 years, attaining the rank of Captain and holding the position of ADC to the Governor of Tasmania (Australia’s senior Governor at the time) for three years.

He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Tasmania and currently lives in Malta with his wife and family. A keen cyclist, when not travelling around the globe Steve can usually be found out riding.

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Technology Development Manager Austal

Max van Someren leads the team developing MARINELINK-Smart, Perth-based shipbuilder Austal’s revolutionary digital system for improving ferry efficiency and comfort. Max also recently led the launch of MARINELINK-Fleet, the world’s first fleet operations tool designed specifically for ferry operators. MARINELINK-Fleet delivers a live, integrated view of a ferry fleet’s operating environment, schedule, and comfort and fuel performance. Max is a naval architect by background who has spent his career working on the application of new technologies to the maritime industry.

His diverse range of experiences have included the development of novel designs for commercial and naval vessels; advising shipbuilders internationally on the development of ship design and construction technology; developing future underwater warfare concepts for the UK ministry of defence and (most recently) leading the establishment of Austal’s digital technology initiative.
Max graduated from the University of Southampton in the UK with a First Class Degree in Naval Architecture. In his early career he worked on the design of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier, the Independence class littoral combat ship and a variety of other commercial and defence high speed craft. Max then spent three years working for First Marine International, a globally recognised consultant in shipyard design and operations, where he advised over 20 different shipyards internationally on techniques for improving operational efficiency.

In 2011 Max moved to Frazer-Nash Consultancy where he led the company’s underwater technology business. In this role Max successfully established Frazer-Nash Consultancy as a founding member of the UK Ministry of Defence Submarine Design Partnership, tripling the company’s revenue in the underwater technology sector over a five year period.

In 2016 Max re-joined Austal as Technology Development Manager. Today Max has specific responsibility for identifying how emerging digital technologies can help Austal’s customers transform their own operations – reducing costs and increasing revenue for ship operators. Max is passionate about bringing new technology to the maritime industry to deliver more efficient, sustainable and comfortable ships. Max’s other passion is skiing, which he struggles to indulge now that he is based in Perth, Western Australia. He makes do with being a mediocre (but improving) windsurfer instead.

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Chief Commercial Officer Ports of Stockholm

Johan Wallén has a background in freight forwarding and container shipping before joining Ports of Stockholm in 2018. He has been Managing Director at Team Lines Sweden for seven years, responsible for the feeder operator’s activities in Sweden and Norway. Before that he lived in St Petersburg and helped the shipping line to set up the Russian branch office.

One of the most important tasks in Johan’s position is to market Ports of Stockholm’s brand new deep sea port - Stockholm Norvik Port.

Stockholm Norvik Port is a roro and container port and opens in May 2020. It is one of the most modern ports in the world with direct access to the fastest growing region in Europe.

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Oliver WEISS

Director Griffon Maritime Associates

Oliver Weiss, after studying law at Cambridge, became a partner with the London maritime law firm of Ince & Co. In his career he was involved in some of the large headline casualties to come to London. On reaching a great age in 2013 he retired from the Ince & Co partnership and established his consultancy; Griffon Maritime. Clients across the maritime sector continue to appreciate his forty years of experience in dispute resolution. Recently he has contributed to the Interferry project which has resulted in the publication of the FERRYSAFE report.

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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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Project Manager Stena Teknik

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Conference 2019

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“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!”