July 14, 2024

Interferry2023 Ferry Leaders Panels’ participants named

Interferry2023, the 47th annual Interferry conference, will take place in Hobart, Tasmania, from November 4 to November 8 and participants in the Ferry Leaders Panels have been named. The conference theme is The Leading Edge – Elevating the Customer Experience and Sustainability.

Interferry is a global association with more than 270 member companies representing over 1,200 individuals from in excess of 40 countries. It represents the industry on regulatory and policy matters, speaks on behalf of the worldwide ferry industry and facilitates networking and communications among its members.


At Interferry2023, expert presentations will highlight the latest trends in onboard entertainment, tourism and service automation as well as safety measures, optimising operations plus ship construction and conversion trends.

The majority of ferry operators around the world rely on tourist travel. How global tourism trends have changed and are continuing to develop feature in the conference’s opening keynote by Rob Dougan, Executive General Manager – Strategy and Research at Tourism Australia. Providing a local example, Rob Pennicott will discuss how to create unforgettable moments for travellers.

Presentations will also explore how to elevate the customer journey via self-service tools and apps plus state-of-the-art booking and ticketing systems.

Delegates will have an opportunity to visit the Incat shipyard, where the world’s largest zero-emissions lightweight ro-pax ferry will be seen under construction.

Johan Roos, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Interferry, will update delegates on the outcomes from 2023 International Maritime Organization sessions and Interferry’s Operators Policy Committee meetings, as well as the association’s domestic ferry safety efforts.

2023 Interferry conference

“The conference is Interferry´s annual global forum for senior industry leaders to network, exchange information and hear what’s new in the ferry business,” said Mike Corrigan, CEO at Interferry.

“Our aim at this year´s conference in Hobart is to discuss how the ferry business can continue to thrive in an environment of ever-accelerating change, driven by climate, regulation, customer behaviour and technical innovation. I am more than excited to welcome our members and all interested parties to Tasmania. We are ‘Stronger Together’ when working collectively to embrace opportunities and overcome challenges.”

Ferry Leaders Panels

Ferry Leaders Panels traditionally close each conference day, giving industry leaders and delegates the chance to review and reflect on what they have seen and heard at the conference.

Participants of the Ferry Leaders Panels at the 47th Annual Interferry Conference, Interferry2023, have been announced.

The panellists on Day One, November 6, are Götz Becker of FRS, Germany; Erik Bombard of Catalina Express, USA; Christophe Mathieu of Brittany Ferries, France; Nell Payne of NRMA, Australia and Walter Rushbrook of Interislander, New Zealand.

The panel on Day Two, November 7, will consist of Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State, USA; Niclas Mårtensson of Stena Line, Sweden; Shane McMahon of StraitNZ/Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries, New Zealand; Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram of Chao Phraya Express Boat, Thailand, and Matthew Portelli of Virtu Ferries, Malta.

“The hour-long Ferry Leaders Panel is a tradition at the end of each day of our conference. We are extremely excited that once again, the panels bring together a broad array of leaders in our industry, both in terms of operational profile and geographic location. We will also enable all delegates to directly engage in discussion with the panellists in real-time via the Interferry2023 conference app, thus keeping the discussions inclusive, lively and informative,” commented Corrigan.