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Speakers 2022

Frederik ERDMANN

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. 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 belonged to the management of a German domestic ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei, from 2015 to 2021, among others as Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality. He subsequently became self-employed as a consultant for Passenger Ship Management, Hazardous Cargo Transport and HazMat, and is founding partner and co-owner of a consulting firm specialised among others in these fields since 2021. In addition Frederik continues writing for 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 his membership in the voluntary fire service of his home village, along with model railway building and motorcycling. Additionally, he also privately has a great passion for ferry shipping, in particular for the history of Greek operators as well as 'classic ferries' built between the 1960s and 1980s. Frederik is married and lives in Rügge near Flensburg (Germany).




Maren Budahn is a German journalist. After her studies in journalism and business communication Maren worked for well-known German media including FOCUS Online and Westdeutscher Rundfunk. After a few years as a freelanced journalist Maren changed into politics. From the 2017 federal general elections on, she worked as the spokeswoman and media advisor for a member of the German Bundestag. Her passion to the sea later brought her back to Hamburg and ultimately to Flensburg in the north of Germany. From 2022 Maren again works as a freelance journalist, author and consultant.

She loves to spend her free time on her sailing boat, a Cross 25 constructed in Flensburg. The passion for watersports and shipping took hold of Maren already at the age of twelve. Since then, she spends her free time on the water and volunteers as a sailing instructor.

She is married and lives in Flensburg.




Now a management consultant and advisor, Rickard Ternblom stepped down from the role as the Fjord Line CEO last October after mothballing operations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That followed a six year stint during which a successful turn-around was performed, where records on top- and bottom level results as well as passenger- and freight volumes where stated in 2019. 

Since starting out as a Management- and Legal Accountant within the Stena Line Group in the mid-nineties, Mr Ternblom has held 7-8 different positions within Stena during the years, including being shipboard as an Onboard Services Manager for four years, later Route Director Norway and several other roles. 

Being involved in the ferry shipping business since the 1990’s truly makes Mr Ternblom being able calling himself a “Ferry person”. The passion for creating excellent customer experiences in combination with running efficient operations must be one of the telling tales of Rickard Ternblom.

Privately Ternblom enjoys time in his coastal cabin, riding his off-road motorcycle and being at sea in his pleasure craft in all weathers. 



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.



Director of Vessels Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Jim was appointed Director of Vessels in April 2016. Jim is a Chartered Engineer; a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Jim has over 35 years’ experience in the maritime industry; working in senior management roles for shipbuilders, ship owners and design consultants.



CEO Ports of Stockholm


Aleksander ASKELAND

Chief Sales Officer Yara Marine Technologies 

Aleksander has worked for the broader Yara group since 2016, starting in the Industrial segment for the Environmental Solutions business unit, then managing the Animal Nutrition business unit. Prior to joining Yara, Aleksander worked four years as Director for Sales & Business Development for Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani in Svalbard and before that, six years for the Boston Consulting Group. Aleksander holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University.



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Chief Marketing Officer Port of Kristiansand


Laurent DUPUIS

VP Product Management ShorePower Cavotec

In his role, Laurent, pilots the business strategy and the product roadmap for Cavotec’s ShorePower and e-vessels charging solutions.  

Laurent has over 15 years of experience in the electrical manufacturing industry with a diverse skillset in Innovation, Engineering, Marketing and Sales. He specializes in developing and delivering innovative, digital and energy efficient solutions to customers. 

Before his Product Manager role, Laurent served as Global Account Manager, Marine Segment Director and Technology & Innovation Director in a global and market leading electrical equipment manufacturer. 

He holds a M.Sc. degree in Innovation & Engineering from MINES ParisTech, France. 



EVP, Sales and Marketing Rauma Marine Constructions

Håkan Enlund graduated as M.Sc. (Applied Mechanics) from the University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology. His career started 1981 with the performance 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. Mr. Enlund has in his 35 year carrier in the Shipbuilding Industry, carried management responsibilities for car and passenger ferries as well as special vessel 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. Mr Enlund holds positions of trust as board member of Interferry, chairman of the DNV Ferry Committee and advisory board member of the Aalto University, Research Centre of Excellence for Arctic Shipping and Operations.


Grimaldi Group

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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 and founder 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 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. By connecting to the electricity grid, the ship can switch off its auxiliary machines. This leads to reduced air emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and sulfur oxides and an improved local environment. It can all be calculated quite precisely and the advantages are obvious: less noise, less pollution and - not the least - less costs.



CEO Viking Line

President and CEO of Viking Line since 2014 and joined the Company in 1988.

Born in 1961

Executive Vice President, Viking Line Abp 2005–2014
Deputy CEO, Viking Line Abp 2008–2014
General Counsel and Head of Human Resources, Viking Line Abp 2005–2014
Director, Legal Matters, Viking Line Abp 1990–2005
Lawyer, SF Line Ab 1988–1990
Circuit Court Clerk, judicial circuit of Mustasaari (Korsholm) 1987–1988

Chairman of the Board, Viking Rederi AB
Chairman of the Board, Viking Line Skandinavien AB
Chairman of the Board, Finlandshamnen Stuveri AB
Member of the Board, Försäkringsaktiebolaget Alandia
Member of the Board, Försäkringsaktiebolaget Liv-Alandia
Member of the Board, Finnish Shipowners’ Association
Member of the Board, Sjöfartens Arbetsgivareförbund
Member of the Board, Ålands Tidnings-Tryckeri Ab
Member, Bimco Documentary Committee
Member, Law Committee, Swedish Shipowners' Association



CEO Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Kevin joined CMAL in April 2016, bringing 30 years’ experience in the port, maritime logistics and shipping industries. As director at Port of Milford Haven, a leading UK port which handles over 30 million tonnes of cargo annually, he was responsible for commercial and operational management. Between 2008 and 2011, Kevin worked as a specialist consultant, providing expert advice to maritime and shipping clients, including Dublin Port Company, Peel Ports and Stena Line. In 1996, he founded Seatruck Ferries Group, an Irish Sea ferry service specialising in freight, which he guided from start-up to a profitable business. As CEO and managing director, he oversaw an investment portfolio of eight new build freight ferries and five pre-owned ferries.



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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Managing Director Norwegian Ship Design

Mr Johannessen has had a career of over 20 years as a ship designer and naval architect. He believes that the best value solution is always the most energy efficient one, a mantra he takes together with an unyielding commitment to a safety first and forward looking approach to vessel design and engineering. The success of this philosophy is borne out by his large book of returning customers.



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Managing Director Marine and Energy Consulting

Robin Meech is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting, an independent consultancy established in 2001 focusing on the marine industry with a particular interest in the bunker sector. The company’s work frequently centres around providing insight into the future marine operating environment. This is particularly relevant at this time of immense changes: as we accommodate the impact of 2020, react to the devastating economic contraction due to the pandemic and as we plan for the decarbonisation of marine transport. These issues are paramount in strategic decision making.

MECL advises governments, international agencies, oil companies large and small, the ship owning and operating community as well as the supply side of the bunker sector. The emergence of an even wider range of fuels and identifying the routes to their take up are presenting unique questions particularly for those making strategic decision where MECL is being retained to help add confidence and insight.

Robin Meech has particular insight into the regulatory environment regularly attending IMO meetings as well interacting with EU regulators. He has acted as an advisor to IMO of environmental issues and studies.

Robin Meech is co-author of the book entitled “Bunkers – An analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues” and is a past chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).



CEO Tallink Grupp

Chairman of the Management Board since 01.05.2018, Chief Executive Officer.
Secretary-General, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, from 2013 to 2018. General Manager of Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia from 2007 to 2012. Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of the Art Museum of Estonia, the Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Drama Theatre and Vanemuine Theatre. Member of the Supervisory Boards of Estonian Public Broadcasting, Estonian National Opera, the Gambling Tax Council. Graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 2012 with a degree in Journalism and Communications.



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 turnover, 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. Mr. Achille Onorato is also the Vice Chairman of Assarmatori, the most representative Italian ship owner association.

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
  • Chairman of the BoD of Toremar
  • BoD Member of San Cataldo
  • Chairman of Agemar and Renzo Conti srl 



CEO Attica Group

Spiros Paschalis is the CEO and an Executive member of the Board of Directors of Attica Group, a leading maritime group based in Greece that operates 32 vessels in the Greek domestic market and on the Greece-Italy routes through the brands of SUPERFAST FERRIES, BLUE STAR FERRIES and HELLENIC SEAWAYS. He is also the General Manager of AFRICA MOROCCO LINK (AML) operating since June 2016 connecting Morocco and Spain.

He is the Vice President of the Greek Passenger Shipping Association (SEEN) participating as an elected member of the BoD since 2009. In February 2014, he was elected as a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping representing the Passenger Shipping sector.

Being part of the passenger shipping industry as from 1996, he has a 25 year experience holding previously the position of Authorized Director and CEO of the well – recognized brands BLUE STAR FERRIES and SUPERFAST FERRIES respectively.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and he further extended his financial educational background in London where he graduated from Cass Business School (City University) holding an MBA degree in Finance.



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.


Athanasios PORFYRIS

CEO Igoumenitsa Port Authority S.A.

Athanasios Porfyris is CEO of Igoumenitsa Port Authority S.A., since October 2019.

Igoumenitsa Port is a major hub in the Adriatic Sea Region, geographically is the closest sea connection from Greece to Italy and an important link for passenger and freight flows for Western Europe via the Orient - East Med TEN-T Corridor.

Mr. Porfyris is a Civil Engineer in the field of design and construction of infrastructure projects, renewable energy projects & especially photovoltaic systems and sustainable development activities.



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Jóhan av REYNI

Maritime Director Smyril Line



Marketing Manager Port of Karlshamn

Ulf Sandevärn has more than 35 years in Shipping. The taste for Shipping came even earlier during summer breaks as a Telex Operator and Chartering assistance at Salén Shipping Co. in Stockholm. Presently Marketing Manager at Port of Karlshamn since more than 20 years. Before that Sales & Marketing positions at ACL, Maersk Line, Sydkraft (now E.ON) and partner in family shipping consulting business J. A. Sandevärn & Son (JASON) AB. The theoretical background includes a Bachelor in Economics with specialisation in Logistics, Diploma in Marketing of Services at IHM and a Diploma in Shipping at London School of Foreign Trade.

As head of Marketing & Sales at Port of Karlshamn, Ulf has a interesting task to develop new business activities in a growing major port and logistics hub in Sweden. Facing the growing emerging markets in East, Karlshamn has a totally new strategic position with many opportunities. In August 2021, the expansion of the ferry port in Karlshamn will be completed, in order to accomodate for the new very large RoPax-vessel, which now are being built for DFDS.



Senior Director Marine Commercial RINA


Allan Sonne SØRENSEN

Partner & CEO EHRENBERG SØRENSEN Kommunikation




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 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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