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Speakers 2023

Frederik ERDMANN

Moderator and contributing correspondent Shippax

Frederik Erdmann is a Shippax correspondent since 1996 and professionally involved with shipping since 1999 when he joined the German port agency network, Sartori & Berger, on 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 belonged to the management team of Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei, one of Germany's leading domestic operators, from 2015 to 2021, with responsibilities among others for safety/security as well as for environmental, quality and pandemic management. He has since become self-employed as consultant with a focus on Passenger Ship Management, Hazardous Cargo Transport and HazMat, and is one of the founding partners of MF Maritim & Logistik. Frederik is also a permanent visiting lecturer at the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, teaching in the Maritime Transport, Nautical Sciences & Logistics as well as the Ship Operation Engineering degree programmes. He regularly contributes to maritime business publications in the UK, Scandinavia and Greece, and is a member of the Tourism Committee as well as the Transport & Infrastructure Committee of the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce.  

Frederik is married to Beate, a nautical officer with extensive seafaring experience on both ferries and cruise ships, and lives in Rügge near Flensburg. He is active in municipal politics as well as in the local voluntary fire service, holding the rank of a deputy task force group leader. Complementing to his professional involvement in shipping, Frederik is passionate about ferry designs from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, listing the 1972-built ARMORIQUE (ex. TERJE VIGEN) and the 1984-built FRIGG SYDFYEN as his favourite ferries. He owns a collection of ship models, and is also an enthusiastic diorama modelmaker himself.  

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Rickard TERNBLOM

Co-moderator

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. 

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Roberto CHIESA

Head of Business Development Marine GF Piping systems

Roberto Chiesa has over 18 years of experience in the maritime industry and a deep knowhow of piping onboard. Responsible for business development of the Cruise and Ferry industry within GF since 2012 and in constant contact with classification companies (IACS) to enlarge the application scope of thermoplastic piping systems onboard. During the last two decades, the supported ferry operators and shipyards around the globe in converting from traditional materials to new, corrosion-free piping technologies.

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Mike CORRIGAN

CEO Interferry

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.

Mike has an MBA from the University of Victoria. Prior to his business career, he played professional hockey in the Detroit Red Wings organization. He resides in Victoria, Canada with his wife Shari.      

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Dr. Emanuele GRIMALDI

Managing Director Grimaldi Group

Emanuele Grimaldi was born in Naples (Italy) in 1956 and, after finishing the military high school of “Nunziatella”, he studied at the University of Naples obtaining the Degree in Economics and Commerce with “summa cum laude” in December 1980. He is married and has 2 sons and 1 daughter.

In 2018 he was awarded as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland

After his studies he immediately started working at the Grimaldi Group’s companies, founded by his father Guido and uncles in the late 40’s. Throughout his professional career, he has covered various top managerial positions, both in Italy and abroad.

Within the Group’s organigram, Emanuele Grimaldi has gradually taken the helm of the Euro-Mediterranean short sea services and motorways of the sea network, thus heavily contributing to their remarkable development over the last 20 years.

Emanuele Grimaldi is currently Chairman of Grimaldi Euromed SpA, Managing Director of Grimaldi Group SpA and Board Member of Grimaldi Deepsea SpA, President and CEO of Finnlines Plc, President of Minoan Lines and Malta Motorways of the Sea and Board Member of ACL. 

He is also Past President of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners’ Association) as well as Board Member and Past President of ECSA  (European Community Shipowners’ Associations), Chairman of ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), Board Member of Interferry Inc. and Board Member of Rina SpA.

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Ingemar GUSTAVSSON

Director 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.

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Marcus HÖGBLOM

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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Alan LAM

Contributing correspondent and analyst Shippax

Based in Hong Kong and Austria, Alan Lam is a freelance journalist and maritime transport business researcher. He has been collaborating with Shippax for more than a decade, regularly contributing articles to both its monthly and yearly publications. He also writes for other shipping publications worldwide and compile customised market reports for investors, lenders, and suppliers.

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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 negotiations.

  • Since April 2016  : Chief Executive Officer
  • Chairman of Interferry since October 2020

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Pierre MATTEI

CEO and Owner of Corsica Ferries group

Graduated at ESSEC Business school Paris and holds a Master in Econometrics.
He spent all is career in the group. Started in the Finance department, then CFO and CEO since the late nineties.
He became owner of the company founded by Pascal Lota in 2017 together with members of the top Management.

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Bruce PETER

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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Speaker to be announced

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