Speakers 2018

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

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, a leading German domestic operator, from 2015 to 2021, with responsibilities among others for Safety/Security as well as for Environmental and Quality Management. He then became self-employed under the brand of Frederik Erdmann Maritime Consulting, specialising in Passenger Ship Management, Quality and Environmental Management, Risk & Resilience Management, Emergency Management, related crew education/training as well as all aspects of Dangerous Goods Transportation. Frederik is 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 programs. 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. After a decade of activity in municipal politics, June 2023 saw Frederik being elected Mayor of Rügge, the municipality which he is living in. His professional involvement in the shipping sector is complemented by a genuine passion for maritime history and ferry design, with a particular focus on ships built between the 1950s and the 1980s. His private collection encompasses ferry-related literature, numerous technical documents of ships, as well as a collection of ship models. Other interests of Frederik include motorcycling and, somewhat more exceptional, agricultural aviation.


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Chief Naval Architect (Design & Technical) Ferguson Marine

Andrew Alexander has over 18 years’ experience in Ship Design, Construction and Commissioning in commercial shipbuilders and ship design consultancies.  He has a 1st Class B.Eng (Hons) Degree in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow and is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture.

Andrew graduated from the University of Glasgow and was fortunate to start his professional career in Ferguson Shipbuilders giving him full exposure to commercial shipbuilding and ship design.  The compact nature of the yard meant he was involved in every aspect from hands-on production through to commercial management, estimating and tendering, and the full ship design process from concept to commissioning.  As part of a team of 4 naval architects, Andrew saw 12 ships designed and delivered and worked on the design of many others as part of the ongoing bid process.

In 2006 he moved to Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries in their technical consultancy arm performing consultancy work for varied clients from Classification Society to Ship Owner.  Work was also required in technical support of the H&W ship repair docks.  In 2008 he was seconded to the IHC Merwede yard for structural design works on an Offshore Construction Vessel and Dredger over a period of 12 months, offering a good insight to the methods of another shipyard. 

In 2010 Andrew moved to OSD-IMT, a ship design consultancy, specialising in design of offshore support vessels.  Starting as Senior Naval Architect he was promoted to Technical Manager in 2012, taking a much more active role in management of the business in addition to being the lead technical engineer on all projects.

In January 2016 Andrew returned to Fergusons’ as Head of Design with responsibility for all aspects of design from concept through to handover for detailed design development.  Specialism in naval architecture and ship design, but responsible for design engineers of all disciplines.

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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.

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CEO European Seaways

Ioannis (John) Arkoumanis is currently the CEO of European Seaways.

John Graduated from Leicester University (MBA in Maritime Management) and is a Member of ICS (London).

Being a family business gave the opportunity to John to obtain experience both onboard the ferries but also on all the departments of the Company before obtaining the current position.

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COO Stena Line Group

Peter Arvidsson has been a member of Stena Line Group Management since 2008 and is the company’s Chief Operating Officer with responsibility of Shipmanagement, Ports & Terminals, Retail & Food Services, Group Procurement and Sustainability. Stena Line is one of the world’s biggest ferry companies with a route network of 21 European routes, deploying 38 ro-pax and ro-ro vessels delivering over 28,000 annual sailings.

Peter has played a vital part in expanding and developing the company in recent years, with acquisitions in the Irish Sea as well as in the Baltic Sea. Prior to joining Stena Line, Peter worked in the airline sector for more than ten years in various commercial and operational management roles. Peter holds a MSc degree in Engineering from Lund University and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen.

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Anders BORG

Former Swedish minister of finance, board member Stena International and financial advisor

Leading economic policy maker as long-serving Minister of Finance in Sweden and president of the Ecofin Council. Former advisor to the Finnish Government, the Governor of the Riksbank and to the then Prime Minister Carl Bildt. 

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Lennart CEDERBERG 2018 (replaced by Joakim Möller)

Product Manager for Offshore Monitoring EONav

Recently recruited by the EONav projet as the Product Manager for Offshore Monitoring Ltd. Mr Cederberg was head of GAC SMHI Weather Solutions from 2011-2017, one of the Top-3 traditional Weather Routing companies in the world.  Prior to that he was Global Product Manager for the same company where he played a key role in its worldwide expansion.

In 2017 he was granted a Gold Medal (NOR) after 30 years in service of the State of Sweden.  During this time he was the leader of a strongly-performing and expanding team of up to 30 persons, building up the entire shipping service at SMHI into a profitable business with revenues over €5m in 2015. This was achieved amidst hard global competition and with the added challenges of being a governmental agency.

He has played a key role in numerous international projects where his role was focused on the impact of weather ship speed, arrival time, engine settings, fuel savings and other performance optimisations. Prominent amongst these projects were the STM Sea Traffic Management Validation Project in 2016-7, the MonaLisa 2 collaborative project in which Mr Cederberg led the contribution of SMH as a partner in the project in 2013-2016, and the MarNIS project from 2006-2008 with SMHI about increased transparency of ETA calculations.

Mr Cederberg has over 30 years professional experience in the sector, having previously been a Product Manager and Operational Manager respectively in the Weather Routing and Ice and Shipping Divisions at SMHI.  He started his career as a Meteorologist at Malmoe Airport in the late 1980s before moving into Marine Meteorology with a position at the SMHI headquarters in Norkoping, Sweden, in 1990. He holds a BSc in Mathematics, Physics and Meteorology from Lunds University and Uppsala University. His key areas of expertise lie in Product Management, Leadership, Presentation and Communication and Project Ownership, with additional solid sales, human resources and project management experience.

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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 extensive executive experience in the ferry industry, most recently as the CEO of BC Ferries, one of the world’s largest ferry operators. Before joining BC Ferries, he held various senior management roles at WestCoast Energy’s operations across Canada. Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Victoria where he was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for the business school.

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Bernard DWYER

CEO Spirit of Tasmania

Bernard Dwyer is currently the CEO of Spirit of Tasmania and was appointed to the position in November 2014. He has been a director of TT-Line since 2010 when he was appointed as a non-executive director. He i also a director of the Brand Tasmania Council. Bernard has significant experience in the Tasmanian tourism sector, working for the previous 14 years in various senior management positions with the Federal Group, including nearly nine years as its Director of Tourism. During this tenure at Federal Group, Bernard oversaw the development of the Saffire property on the east coast and assisted in developing the Federal Groups's tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand. He held positions at Federal Group, KPMG, Trust Bank Tasmania and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he developed his extensive expertise in tourism, finance, information technology and marketing.

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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.

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Surveyor, ISM; MarSec & MLC Auditor Machinery Systems & Marine Products DNV GL SE.

Born 1965 in Bremerhaven,

Apprenticeship and active time a machine fitter at SIEGHOLD WERFT in Bremerhaven until 1987.

After sea-going time graduation in 1993 at Technical University of Berlin.

After graduation employed at BLOHM & VOSS, Hamburg and Abeking & Rasmussen in Lemwerder, Germany first as trainee and engineer, later as head of Project Management.

Former Head of Order Processing for SIMPLEX Fin Stabilizers.

Entered DNVGL in 2003. Currently surveyor and auditor for ISM/ISPS and MLC.

Co-Lead of practice for MARPOL Annex I to V in DNVGL. Contact partner in Germany for questions about Port State Controls, Gas as Fuel, Safe Return to Port and Polar Code.

Part time lecturer at Marine Colleges in Rostock and Flensburg and of German Waterway Police in Hamburg.

Member of the Administration Committee of the Federation of German Marine Engineers (VDSI) and lecturer of DNVGL Maritime Academy.

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Manager NB Project & Technical Development Viking Line

Kari Granberg is currently the Project Manager for Viking Line’s newbuilding at Xiamen Shipyard Industry in China. Kari has been with Viking Line since 1986: first as engineer and chief engineer on board different ferries and from 1999 onwards in the head office in Mariehamn, technical department/marine operations. During his years in Viking Line’s head office, Kari has been involved in various projects concerning technical development, retrofitting and newbuildings – i.e. Site Manager for VIKING XPRS and Project Manager for VIKING GRACE and the ongoing NB488A project at XSI in China.

Green technologies, minimizing emissions to both air and sea, energy efficiency and overall new thinking that benefits environment is near Kari’s heart, and that’s why he also has involved Viking Line in several EU projects focusing on the same: 2014-2016 “The Northern ScanMed Ports - Sustainable Maritime Links" and ongoing “NextGen Link - Upgrade of the maritime link with the port interconnection in the ScanMed Corridor” to mention a few.

Kari lives and breathes shipbuilding and new technology in all its forms. He is a passionate Formula 1 fan and a big cat lover.

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President and CEO Marine Atlantic Inc

Paul Griffin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Atlantic Inc, a Canadian Government owned ferry Corporation connecting the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador with mainland Canada. Marine Atlantic operates a fleet of four large ice class ferries from three ports and has approximately 1,400 employees. In 2009, Paul joined Marine Atlantic in a newly created position as Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Affairs. He was promoted to President and CEO in December 2011. Paul has over 20 years of progressive management experience in small, medium and large organizations in the technology and transportations sectors. He is a member of the Operators Policy Committee of Interferry and the Industry Advisory Committee of Memorial University's Marine Institute. He has been an active member of several industry associations including holding board positions with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and the Newfoundland Aerospace and Defence Association.

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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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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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Kristian Eikeland HOLMEFJORD

Technical Specialist - Product Introduction Rolls-Royce Marine

Kristian Eikeland Holmefjord has a Master’s degree in Electrical and Environmental Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with a specialization in power conversion. He is currently the Technical Specialist in Product Introduction for the Product Systems department in Rolls-Royce Marine, where he focuses on delivering the most efficient power and propulsion designs unified with the innovations in digital operation products. He has previous experience within ship designs and power converter development.

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Head of Ferry Design Forehip Ltd

Ari Huttunen joined Foreship Ltd. 4 years ago after 27 years employment in the Rauma Shipyard on the West Coast of Finland. Ari has been a project engineer and principal designer of several ferries between the Ulysses and the Spirit of Britain. He has held positions as Senior Naval architect, Sales Manager and Manager of Naval Architecture during the Rauma Shipyard years. He is a member of the DNVGL Ferry Committee. Now he is the head of Foreship’s ferry design discipline.

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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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Senior Sales Manager Eniram

Peik Jansson is Head of Sales North Europe at Eniram. In his role he focuses on Oil & Gas, LNG and the Ferry segments, providing Eniram’s solutions which range from single vessel services to comprehensive fleet wide solutions.

Through his career Peik has held various positions in Sales and Business Development functions within Wärtsilä and Eniram.
Peik holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology

Eniram is a Wärtsilä Company, catalyzing a digital and performance driven business.

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Managing Director / CEO Multi Maritime

Gjermund have during his 15 years in Multi Maritime been involved in the design and engineering stage of nearly 60 ferries. Even more counting the time spent in Fjellstrand and Paradis Nautica prior to the time in Multi Maritime. He had a background as a wooden boat builder, sailor and close to 15 years of experience as a Naval Architect when he back in 2012 was asked to become the new CEO in Multi Maritime.

The independent ship design and engineering company Multi Maritime is today playing an extensive role in the ongoing green revolution of Norwegian domestic ferries. As per today 20 battery and plug-in hybrid ferries of MM design in order or recently delivered. Even more tailor-made and eco friendly ship design coming up during 2018.

Gjermund believe Multi Maritime’s strong position has been achieved by creating the best and most energy efficient solutions. This in combination with future oriented yet safe and practical solutions wrapped up in a good looking ship design results in satisfied and returning customers.

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Pirate hunter, Swedish Air Force helicopter pilot, Nordic Noir novelist

Lt. Colonel Robert Karjel brings a highly unusual skill set to the podium—pirate hunter, Swedish Air Force helicopter pilot, and successful Nordic Noir novelist.
Using his exceptional storytelling abilities, Robert Karjel inspires organizations to conquer new tasks, despite external and internal problems and individual self-doubt or even fear. He shows how the "impossible" can be broken down into manageable parts, to keep high-stakes projects on track and on time.
In 2010, Lt. Col. Karjel commanded a helicopter squadron fighting pirates off the coast of Somalia. Skeptics said he would never succeed, given low morale after a series of deadly helicopter accidents. Karjel’s mission achieved a complete turnaround. His naval task force averted more than one hundred pirate attacks, while escorting critical UN deliveries of food and medicine to millions of Somalis.

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President and CEO Color Line

Mr Kleivdal held a number of executive positions in Color Line AS and was appointed President & CEO in 2001. His previous experience includes senior management positions within Kværner AS, Swede Ship AB and as shipbroker at P.F.Bassøe AS. Mr. Kleivdal has attended the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (OMA3) and has a business degree (siviløkonom/Msc) from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). In addition to a number of board positions within the Color family of companies Mr. Kleivdal was the President of the Norwegian Shipowners Association during 2012-2014.

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Partner Propel AS

Morten Kristmoen is a partner and Co-founder of Propel AS, an Oslo-based consultancy company serving the maritime industry. In Propel, Morten has participated in several multidiscipline projects for ship owners, regulators and charterers?. His main focus has been on projects related to safety and safety culture, and he has been the project manager for a number of safety cultural change projects with major shipping clients, among them several cruise companies.

Morten has been working in shipping for the last 17 years, and started this career as a shipbroker in A.P. Møller – Maersk, chartering container vessels for the Mærsk Line network. He moved on to take a position as a sale and purchase broker with R.S Platou Shipbrokers (now Platou-Clarksons) in Oslo, primarily focusing on sale and purchase of container and dry cargo vessels. Morten also spent 1 year as a consultant with DNV prior to starting up Propel AS in 2010 together with 4 colleagues.

Morten holds a MSc in Business Administration (Diplom- Kaufmann) from the University of Mannheim, Germany?, where he graduated in 1998.

In his spare time, Morten enjoys skiing during the winter, and motorcycling in the summertime. Morten is a Norwegian citizen, and lives outside of Oslo together with his wife and two children.

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CEO Sea Lines

Sea Lines operates one of the largest ferry routes in the Black Sea providing both freight and passenger services between Turkey and Ukraine. Since 2014 they have gained a market leader position by operating on a fixed and frequent schedule whereon their service has developed to the backbone of the trucking companies active in the region.

Until April 2017, Lindblom served as General Manager and member of the board of Stena SeaLines, a joint-venture between Sea Lines and Stena Ab. Before that, Lindblom served as Operations Manager of Stena SeaLines. Lindblom has also served as one of the members of Stena Line Freight Group Management between 2013-2017.

Before joining the Stena SeaLines management team in August 2012, Lindblom served as CEO/Co-owner of a Finnish retail group. Joe Lindblom performed studies at School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg with the major Logistics.

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Commercial Director at Direct Ferries

Direct Ferries is the world’s largest ferry OTA with >120 million website visits last year. Based in London, Direct Ferries today partners with over 300 ferry operators across the globe to support their growth and help them achieve their strategic objectives.

Prior to this, Luca was a Commercial Director at Dafiti (Latin America’s largest online fashion destination) and a Consultant a global management consulting firm Bain & Company.

Luca holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Vice President Business Development and Innovation BC Ferries

Captain Jamie Marshall is responsible for identifying and developing strategic business opportunities for BC Ferries to grow and diversify our revenue. In this role, he seeks new and innovative ways for BC Ferries to use its expertise to strengthen our service to our customers and our position in the industry. Prior to joining BC Ferries in 1990, Jamie served nine years as an Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as Chief Officer and Master on various routes and vessels in the BC Ferries fleet before proceeding ashore as Operational Safety Superintendent; Marine Superintendent of the South Coast region; Vice President, Safety, Security & Environment and Vice President, Fleet Operations. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Certificate of Competency. Jamie serves on several Boards including as Chair of the Canadian Ferry Association; Canadian Coast Guard’s Pacific Marine Advisory Board; and the Chamber of Shipping’s Western Marine Community Coalition.

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Senior Manager, Sales Marioff

Robin Mérus is head of the Sales department at the Marine division of Marioff Corporation and has been involved in sales and marketing for the past 18 years. Robin graduated in year 2000 and holds a Bachelor degree in mechanical automation. Before Robin joined Marioff he was working at Phoenix Contact, an OEM in the field of electrical engineering and automation. Robin started at Marioff Corporation Oy in year 2007 as a project manager in the marine department taking care of delivery projects for ship newbuilds in Europe, where after he moved to sales of HI-FOG® systems for the maritime industry. In his position as area sales manager he gained experience from working with ship owners, shipyards, classification societies and contractors from all over the world and from all business segments. Since April 2017 took the role as the Senior Manager, Sales and is also responsible for the marketing activities within the Marine division.

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Marketing and Project Director Ukrferry

Was born in the family of chief engineer who spent over 40 years at sea.

Roman graduated Odessa Maritime University shipbuilding dept. but works mainly in operation and administration of shipping business creating from the very first steps Ukrferry, which became the biggest ferry company of the Black Sea.

His position is covering wide range of activities from marketing, strategy planning to development and  start-up operation of company routes and projects.

He is managing chartering, S&P, ship's conversions, M&A, partnerships, investors and governmental relations and others since middle 1990-th.

Roman is one of the founders of Ukrferry and is one of the present company shareholders having particular experience in development and operation of ro-ro/ro-pax and cruise ferry lines in Black Sea region through more than 20 years period.

One of his babies is Odessa Maritime Encyclopedia - comprehensive book published by Ukrferry in 2013 to retain maritime traditions and heritage of Odessa city.

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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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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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Frédéric POUGET

Fleet, maritime and port operations Director Brittany Ferries

Frederic Pouget is currently the Group Maritime Director for Brittany Ferries/Member of the executive Board.

He is also Newbuilding and New Project Director, Sustainable and Research Director for Brittany ferries.

Frederic has been with Brittany Ferries since 2005, first as Superintendent and Technical Director before becoming the Group Maritime Director.

Coming from the French Maritime Academy (1984), he has been at sea for many years, on deck and engine position (chief mate and Chief engineer) on various vessels types (roro, timber carrier, Container, bulk, chemical and Gas carrier).

Frederic has been involved during his career in many projects on board but also ashore, during his maritime life for various owners he has been appointed for variable period in Crew, Quality and Safety, Telecom and IT Dpt.

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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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General Manager Evac Norway AS - Evac Group company

Kjell Erik "Ker" Reinstad is the General Manager of Evac Norway AS. He is also active in system sales of the Evac Complete Cleantech Solution towards Key Account Clients in Evac's Cruise and Merchant- and offshore divisions. Kjell Erik has worked globally together with shipowners, ship designers and yards, related to waste management issues, for 15 years. 

Evac Group acquired Uson Marine Group in December 2016 and Kjell Erik had the position as General Manager in Uson Marine Norway AS, prior to the acquisition.

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Jose Rodríguez (La Coruña, Spain - 1969)
CEO - The Maritime Consulting Group

Jose Rodríguez has over 25 years experience in the Transportation sector, having held Senior Management positions in transport and shipping corporations in Spain (since 1987) and Latin America (1997-2001). Jose has been a Founder, Managing Director and Board Member of several companies specialising in the transportation of passengers and freight. 

His extensive experience has spanned many disciplines including a Shipowner, Ship Agent, Freight Forwarder and a Shipping Broker. Jose has hands-on experience of the supply chain, warehousing and distribution, surface transportation; and of the Tourism sector, he has founded metropolitan lines and touristic shipping lines, and managed the acquisition and merger of travel agencies groups. And currently is also dedicated to the Technology sector providing leading and innovative IT and Business Intelligence solutions to the Passenger Vessel Industry.

Jose also created his own Strategic Consulting Business which specialised in the approach and implementation of Strategic Management Processes (SMP), definition and restructuring of Strategic Business Units (SBU), and is Managing Director, Project Manager, and Chief Global Strategist - CGS for the maritime sector.

Carus Roles:
Carus Spain & Iberia Representative.
Carus Executive Consulting -appointed as Spain, Western Med and Latin America Representative & Senior Consultant for a new service that will deliver c-level consultancy services globally.

Areas of Expertise:
Maritime CEO & Senior Partner, Chairman
Chief Global Strategist - CGS
Chief Strategy Officer - CSO
Transport Advisor & Shipping Consultant
Managing Director
Interim & Project Management
Business Coaching & Mentoring


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Ole-Kristian SIVERTSEN

Senior Vice President Global Eagle


Ole-Kristian Sivertsen, Senior Vice President at Global Eagle, is head of the company’s Government, Enterprise, and Maritime (GEM) sectors.

Sivertsen has 20 years of experience transforming technology innovations into business value. His leadership at companies such as Citrix, Telenor MCP, EVRY and Global Eagle has delivered significant growth through relentless focus on helping customers solve core challenges and improving their business.

His sales and leadership philosophy is all about making others successful; empowering employees to be successful creates a great workplace, inspiring them to make customers successful creates a great company. Driven by this philosophy and Executive Management Education at INSEAD, Sivertsen crafted his “Blue Ocean Sales Framework” to transform sales organizations into trusted business advisors.

Ole strives to help customers tap into the full potential of digital through extending the experience expected “at home” to maritime and “off the grid” places. His vision focusses on making clients reference customers and ambassadors through serving in ways that enrich time.

Sivertsen frequently shares his vision, knowledge and strategies at maritime events and conferences. His presentations offer real-life examples bringing ideas to life, delivering takeaways that immediately translate into action and powerful results.

Sivertsen divides his time between Miami and Norway where his family lives.

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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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Kristian SÆTRE 2018 (replaced by Eva Kristensson)

Managing Director Ulstein Verft AS

Kristian Sætre has been with Ulstein since 2013 and was employed into the position as Managing Director of Ulstein Verft and COO Shipbuilding within Ulstein Group. Prior to that the background is mainly inside engineering, production, sales and management. He joined the propulsion company Scana Volda (today Brunvoll Volda) back in 1991 and held the position as Managing Director from 2001 to 2013. He also got some years of design and engineering experience from the offshore subsea business. He graduated from Norwegian Technical University (NTH) in Trondheim in 1987.

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CEO Fjord Line

Rickard Ternblom stepped up to the role as the Fjord Line CEO January 1st 2015 after starting as Route Director in April 1st 2014. Since starting out as a Management- and Legal Accountant within the Stena Line Group once upon a time, Mr Ternblom has held 7-8 different positions within Stena during the years, including being shipboard as an Onboard Services Manager for four years.

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.

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International Representative Austal

Mike Wake studied Naval Architecture, qualifying in 1975 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He worked intially with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at the time when they were making the transition from building tankers to the “through-deck cruisers” Illustrius and Ark Royal (politically they were not allowed to be called aircraft carriers). This was followed by a time as a writer with “The Motor Ship” magazine before becoming editor of the journals of the Royal Intitution of Naval Architects, including “The Naval Architect”, “Warship Technology”, “Small Craft”, “Ship and Boat” and “Shiprepair and Conversion Technology”. He started working with Austal in 1994 at the time when the company was planning to enter the fast car ferry market. He has worked on numerous fast ferry projects ranging from small 20m catamarans to 128m trimarans. He is a shareholder in the company and is a roaming international representative.

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