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Speakers 2020/2021


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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Guillermo ALOMAR

Fleet Director Baleària 

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Ship Support Services Director P&O Ferries

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CEO Port of Dover

Appointed in January 2019, Doug is the CEO of the Port of Dover, one of the busiest ports in Europe.  Prior to joining the Port of Dover, Doug was Group CEO for Ports of Jersey.

In addition to Ports of Jersey, Doug has had over 25 years’ experience in leading international businesses. This experience included Managing Director of Maersk Line UK, as well as various executive roles managing shipping businesses in North America, Europe, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Doug is skilled at turnaround, restructuring and transformation of capital intensive transportation businesses.

He holds an MBA in International Marketing (Seton Hall University, New Jersey 1997) and a B.A in Economics (St Lawrence University, New York 1988). In 2016 Doug was awarded the Institute of Directors Jersey Director of the Year for large businesses.

Born in Summit, New Jersey, USA, Doug holds dual British and American citizenship

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Janette BELL

CEO P&O Ferries

Janette was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of P&O Ferries in January 2018. She joined the business in 2012 as Commercial Director and became Managing Director five years later.

Janette is an extremely experienced Board Director, having had broad exposure to a range of industries and high profile brands.

She was Sales & Marketing Director for Hammerson plc, the British property development and investment company.  Janette has also worked in senior strategy and marketing positions at Centrica, where she became Director of Sales & Growth for British Gas Retail. She gained a breadth of understanding of European manufacturing and logistics during her time as a consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and began her career as a graduate trainee at Tesco, working in their grocery division.

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Founder and co-owner North Sea Handling

Adam Bengtsson is the founder and co-owner of North Sea Handling. The company has just in 5 years rapidly grown in to a global supplier providing the maritime industry with market leading solutions within cargo and passenger access equipment and energy efficiency solutions.

His long experience of global businesses within the maritime segment are focused on engineering and management related challenges connected to cargo handling appliances such as RoRo equipment. Mr. Bengtsson started his career at TTS in Gothenburg and advanced to VP Technical at TTS head office in Bergen. 
In the year 2015 he left TTS and together with his partner Roar Roksvåg they founded what today is North Sea Handling.

North Sea Handlings key words in their everyday work is innovation and long-term-philosophy and together with their customers they aim to push boundaries for maximum value creation. In his speech Mr. Bengtsson will share some insights about North Sea Handling, their strategies, future thoughts and how they have maintained sustainability while growing rapidly.

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Sebastiaan BLEUANUS

General Manager research coordination and funding Wärtsilä Marine Power Solutions

As general manager for Research coordination  & Funding, Sebastiaan is responsible for external research collaborations in the field of marine power solutions. Besides that, he is part of the team that defines Wärtsilä’s long term technology strategy in that same field. Originally an automotive engineer, Sebastiaan has racked up some 17 years of experience in the execution, management and planning of innovation projects. He has been with Wärtsilä since 2011.

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Energy Saving Manager Grimaldi Group

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Jason CODD

Senior Vice President Passenger Solutions RTS

Jason currently heads up the Passenger Solutions portfolio at RTS, covering all relevant solutions for the passenger industry, including Airline, Cruise Ferry, Rail and Coach. He took responsibility for this role after being actively involved in the product growth in various guises, from initial technical experience through to heading up the services arm of RTS, over the past 20 years.

Jason was involved in a range of activities in the airline industry with Link Airways, Airlink and Gulf Air, including reservations, airport handling, operations, scheduling, rostering, IT, marketing, and leading the Revenue Management organization 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 25 Cruise Ferry organizations in his tenure at RTS, in addition to over 50 airlines.

As VP of the Passenger portfolio, Jason is perfectly geared for expanding the solutions to meet the current and future needs of the passenger transportation industry.

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Head of Naval Architecture, KNUD E. HANSEN

Christian holds 20+ years of experience with tailor-made design of ships, for worldwide clients. Christian has extensive experience with development of a high variety of vessel types from initial idea into Concept, Tender, Contract and Basic Design. In the past 10 years Christian has been lead designer on numerous projects; among others the SHIPPAX award winning designs in 2015 for the Ro-Con Atlantic Star and in 2013 for the Ro-Ro Bahri Abha.

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Businessman, Pilot and Lead Singer of Iron Maiden

An entrepreneur, creative business thinker, commercial pilot and brewmaster, in addition, of course, to being the lead singer of Iron Maiden, Bruce is a true renaissance man. Bruce is chairman of a company called GoldiLOx Space, a commercial astronaut training company, and Vice-Chairman of Pouncer, a drone designed to aid famine relief around the globe. He is also the man behind Caerdav (formerly Cardiff Aviation), which specialises in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft and the training of pilots. Bruce’s passion for aviation keeps him flying a variety of aircraft, amongst his other ventures.

Bruce delivers world class speeches where he compares the challenges of operating in the world of rock music and commercial aviation with those in the business world; from teamwork, forward planning and the ability to learn from setbacks and move on successfully. He focuses on turning customers into fans – with information going viral all the time, which speaks volumes for business, with customers being loyal to a brand. Bruce enjoys the thrill of creativity and refreshes this spark in audiences across a range of business topics.

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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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Morten HOLM

Director Global Sales & Marketing Eknes

Morten recently joined the Eknes Team and will be responsible for Global Sales and Marketing. His time will be equally divided between focusing on strengthening our position within existing customers, agents and markets, as well as identify possibilities for implementing the top-quality products from Eknes into other areas.

Working in various positions in different companies and branches since 1995, Morten has a long track record within sales and marketing. He has extensive experience in finding good solutions for customers as well as building long term relations.

He has experience from international business through several of his previous employers, and since 2012 he has been mostly working within Maritime Industry.

He commuted for several years as Sales and Marketing Manager for the UMOE Schat-Harding / Harding Safety production facility in The Czech Republic. Then, through his own company, worked as a consultant for different companies in The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Norway, and has lately also been working for the Langset Group, the owners of Langset Yard Services, Langset Maritime and Norwegian Marine Interior among others.

He values honesty and quality, which is a perfect match for Eknes that has a long history and tradition for producing tailored, high-quality furniture’s with an overall focus on sustainability, local affiliation, efficiency and customer satisfaction.

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Camilla Caroline HORN

Head of interior & Accommodation, Interior Architect at Steen Friis Design

2017- Interior Architect, Head of interior Design: Steen Friis Design A/S
2004-2017 Interior Architect: OSK-ShipTech A/S
1999-2004 Interior Architect: Knud E. Hansen A/S
1997-1999 Interior Architect: Claus P. Horn, Architects

1994-1997 Spatial design: Interior Design Dept. the Danish Design School
1995-1996 Exchange student : Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design

Experience includes consultancy assistance to ferry operators in connection with newbuilding and conversion, Services provided include:
- Interior design
- Exterior styling
- Preparation and modification of General Arrangements
- Specifications
- Supervision / inspection at shipyard and workshops
- Signage / Corporate identity
- Graphic design

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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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Interior architect Kinnison Design

Cecilia Kinnison, interior architect at Kinnison Design which specializes in marine design for newbuildings and refurbishments. (2006- today) Prior to this she worked for Tillberg Design (1983-2006). Originally from Tucson, Arizona but moved to Sweden in 1982 after graduating from University of Arizona with Bachelors of Science Interior Design degree. 

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Stein Ruben LARSEN

SVP Sales Norwegian Electric Systems 

Stein Ruben graduated from the The Royal Norwegian Naval Accademy in 2001. He has held various technical positions in the navy until 2007, when he started his career in Rolls-Royce Marine as VP Business Development. From 2007 his focus has been on environmental friendly propulsion solutions. Stein Ruben started in Norwegian Electric System in 2015, and has been part of the company’s transformation towards being the world leading supplier of electric/hybrid propulsion systems.

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Marketing Manager at Port of Helsinki

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Deputy General Manager product for Kamewa propellers and Promas sytems Kongsberg Maritime

Andreas has a master degree from Chalmers University of technology in Gothenburg Sweden. Currently positioned in Kristinehamn, Sweden. Andreas joined the company 2006 and has worked on a broad span of various positions (from detailed system calculations to sales and project management), and today manages several groups of technical engineers. Andreas has through his years within the company developed a special interest and expertise for ferries and theirs propulsion system

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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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Head of Passenger Vessels and European regional sales Evac Group

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Interior Designer AIA Architectes

Date of birth : 1st  April 1963
Married - 3 children                                                                                                    

-    1983     4-year design degree : top school ‘’école supérieure BOULLE’’ diploma
-    1985     2-year technical and design degree : top school ‘’école supérieure BOULLE’’ diploma

-    From 2000                AIA Architectes Company
                                     Interior Designer
                                     Naval Project Manager
-   From 1987 to 2000     Pierre-Yves ROCHON Company
                                     Interior Designer
                                     Export Project Manager

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CEO Stena Line

Since 2016 CEO in Stena Line Group, one of the largest ferry operators in the world with 23 routes and 39 vessels in 10 countries in Europe.

Niclas Mårtensson (born 1971) has held a number of senior management positions at Stena Line since 2007. Prior to that Niclas Mårtensson has held management positions in other global service- and hospitality companies, active in Europe, Asia and in the Middle East.

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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

Mr. Achille Onorato, the eldest son of Vincenzo Onorato, represents a fifth-generation shipowner. He graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan. He later received his Master in Logistics and Transport Infrastructure at Bocconi.

Even before his degree, he already participated actively in the business of the company, working on board of ships of the fleet of the family alternately to studies from the age of 13 years old until the end of university, spending on board a total of more than three years. He then later started to work in the commercial area of the group and then became the Hospitality and Onboard Services Director of the company Moby SpA.

On January 2012 he became the CEO of the company Toremar, first public shipping company that was privatized in Italy, achieving a radical revolution and innovation of the company.

Mr. Achille Onorato has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Moby and Tirrenia – CIN since 2015 and he has also served as the sole director of both companies from its formation until its conversation into a joint stock company and the subsequent appointment of the Board of Directors.

On July 2015 Mr. Achille Onorato has become the Vice Executive Chairman of Moby SpA and subsequently in April 2016 he became the Chief Executive Officer and in the same time he still keeps the position of Vice Executive Chairman of the company.

In addition to the shipowner's family tradition, just like his father, he has also the passion for sailing on regattas.

Summary of Current Position in the Company:

  • Moby CEO and Vice Executive Chairman
  • Member of the BoD of Tirrenia – CIN
  • Executive Member of the BoD of Toremar
  • BoD Member of San Cataldo
  • Chairman of Agemar and Renzo Conti srl

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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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Roberto PREVER

CEO NAOS Ship and Boat design

Through several experiences as draftment and boatbuilding during the Faculty studies, he was initially employed at Maierform Trieste once graduated in Naval Architecture (Msc.)

In 1993 founded NAOS Ship & Boat Design, starting as responsible of CAD design, Finite Analisys, Solid modelling, Computational fluid dynamic.

Since 1993 the years he made several basic design of vessels, and became known for hullform design, Naval Architecture and Hydrodynamic, as well as basic design for Ro Ro and Ro Pax vessels.

He is presently the CEO of NAOS, with Head office in Trieste with a staff of 12 Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

He is partner of ScandiNaos in Sweden, and founded a branch office in Barcelona in 2016. Together with the affiliate company “Anemos” in Split, the staff reach a total number of abt 30. Project manager for several new ship design, ranging from 300 to 30.000 GT, but mostly known for the Visentini series and the Stora Enso series.

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Communications Officer Swedish Maritime Administration

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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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Kjetil Dent TRANBERG

Vice President Sales Corvus Energy

Kjetil D. Tranberg joined Corvus Energy in January 2019.
Before joining Corvus Energy, Kjetil held senior management and technical roles within various companies operating in the Norwegian commercial marine industry.
Kjetil holds a Masters degree in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

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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. Mr Westling is since 2013 a board member of Interferry Inc.

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Project Manager Stena Teknik

With more then 30 years in the shipping business, Per has a long experience in the ferry industry. Since 1995 employed by Stena. MSC in Naval Architect from Chalmers Technical University and MBA from Gothenburg  University. Various positions at Stena including: Project leader in the Newbuilding department and Technical Operations Manager at Stena Line Ship management.

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Leader of Passenger vessel China Merchants Weihai

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William ZHOU

Vice President Guangzhou Shipyard International

Mr. William Zhou (Zhou Xuhui), Vice President of Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI) which under the biggest shipbuilding group in China CSSC, responsible for sales & marketing, procurement with effect from 2015. As one of the execution management board of GSI, the largest shipyard in south China, he has 24 years of extensive working experience in shipbuilding, having worked as an engineer for 8 years, later as project and production management for 5 years, and more than 10 years focusing on sales & marketing as well as procurement management, in charge of large numbers of project execution, he has a high level of expertise for management of luxury Ropax, Offshore Tonnage and Product/Chemical Tanker design and construction, and delivery.

He has dedicated all his youth and wisdom to the Chinese shipbuilding industry. In his life dictionary, there is no enjoyment but work, no difficulty but courage. He is used to proceed in adversity. He shouldered the heavy responsibility of continuing the company's development in the prosperity and exploring a way out for its survival in the slump of the industry. In 2003, he worked for half a year in Sweden as the guarantee engineer for China's first exported Ropax to Europe, and successfully completed the mission. GSI has then successfully secured and delivered a series of high-performance luxury Ropax, Semi-submersible Heavy Lift Vessels, Ice Breaking Type of Commercial Ships which are unique in the global market under his leadership since 2014, making a contribution in winning the favor internationally for the high-class ships built in China.

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Chief Commercial Officer OSK-ShipTech

One of the leading marine consultancy companies in Denmark specialising in ferry design and interiors, maritime risk assessment, the Polar Code and green propulsion technologies.

In 2010 elected Secretary General of Danish Society for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and recently recommended as fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects in London.

He holds a number of positions on international boards and committees, e.g. a member of DNV GL Ferry Committee and board member of Interferry, where he is active in the World Ferry Safety Committee and represents the organisation at IMO in London.

Anders Ørgård holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

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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!”