Hello Ferry Fans,
The big news this month, as recently announced, is that at our May 2021 Board of Directors meeting, the Board gave its approval for our conference to proceed as planned from October 2 to 6, 2021 in the beautiful northern port city of Santander, Spain – hosted by Brittany Ferries.
The entire Interferry team is excited to reconnect with our extended ferry family after having to reschedule last year’s Hobart event to 2023. However, our enthusiasm is curtailed somewhat, as we recognize that some of our members will most likely be unable to travel to Spain due to their own country’s travel restrictions.
In other news this month, Johan Roos, Interferry’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, virtually attended IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC103) meetings. Johan reports that domestic ferry model regulations have moved one step closer to becoming a reality.
Also this month, I was fortunate to interview Bernard Dwyer, CEO of TT Line / Spirit of Tasmania, as part of my ongoing Zoom interview sessions.
Finally, in this update, I would like to remind you of the numerous social media channels that Interferry uses and ask for you help in “spreading the good word” to others in the industry via social media, as well as following yourself.
It’s a Go! Santander Conference • October 2 – 6, 2021
I’m extremely pleased to announce that the registration page on our conference website is now live and open for business.
The decision to proceed with the Santander conference was not taken lightly and was only made after a full due diligence review of the COVID-19 pandemic situation was undertaken – both globally and within Spain. It was difficult to make the decision to go forward with the 2021 conference knowing that some of the Interferry family from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and possibly other parts of the world, may not be able to leave their respective countries to attend our annual conference. However, we felt that it was critically important to deliver a strong message that the ferry industry is open for business, as Europe and other parts of the world emerge from the pandemic. It is also important for Interferry to maintain its presence as the organization representing the global ferry industry.
Since safety is the core principle of our industry, we conducted a full review of COVID–19 protocols/requirements prior to a decision being made to go forward. We will ensure that all the necessary safeguards are in place to make this event as safe as possible. We are fortunate that the Speakers Program will take place at the very spacious Santander Conference Center – Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Santander – with ample room for social distancing. We will also continue to work closely with the host hotels, Eurostars Hotel Real and Hotel Sardinero, from a COVID-19 risk mitigation standpoint. Likewise, social function and tours will also be planned in a COVID-19 safe manner.
For those members who are unable to attend the Santander event, like in previous years, we will post a video of at the entire Speakers Program in the “members-only” section of our website shortly after the conference concludes.
Call for Papers • “The Future is Ferries” • Santander Conference
I couldn’t think of a better theme for this year’s conference than “The Future is Ferries”. One of the few positives coming out of the pandemic, is the realization by the public, governments and other decision makers of not only how important our industry is in providing essential goods and services, but also how safe it is to travel on a ferry versus other forms of transportation – from an ease of social distancing perspective.
In addition to the ever-popular CEO Roundtables, the Santander Speakers Program will include sessions on:
- Solutions for GHG emissions reductions
- Innovative ship and shore design technologies
- Ferry safety and safety systems
- Attracting tomorrow’s customer
- Supply chain logistics
I encourage you to submit your proposal by the June 23 deadline to email@example.com with a copy sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that demand for presentation slots is always at a premium and first-priority is allocated to Interferry members and conference sponsors, as determined by the merits of their submissions. As well, because Interferry is a not-for-profit organization, selected speakers are responsible for their own conference registration costs.
Here’s a link to our recently issued Call for Papers that provides more detail.
IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 103 • Domestic Ferry Safety
During May 5-14, MSC103 was held on-line with Johan Roos representing Interferry. From a ferry industry perspective, the most important item discussed was the development of a new instrument for promoting domestic ferry safety – an area that Interferry has been heavily engaged in over the years.
The IMO is developing Model Regulations for Domestic Ferry Safety for countries wishing to voluntarily upgrade their current set of requirements, enforcement tools and governance within their own borders, as IMO’s rules only apply to international shipping.
While this initiative has been slowed down by the pandemic, there is now a clear finish line in site. A Working Group will be established this October during MSC104 – with written comments received beforehand. It is expected that the much anticipated Model Regulations will receive final approval at MSC105 in 2023.
CEO Zoom Interview • Bernard Dwyer • CEO, TT-Line / Spirit of Tasmania
This month I spoke with Bernard, who is also an Interferry Director and a future Interferry President as host of the 2023 Hobart conference. We spoke about his business, the company’s recent announcement to build two large ferries for the Bass Strait, life down under during the pandemic and Australia’s path to reopen. I’m sure you will find Bernard’s interview worth the watch.
Bernard Dwyer, CEO, TT-Line / Spirit of Tasmania, Australia
You can watch Bernard’s interview here in the the Communications section of the Interferry website.
Interferry’s Social Media Channels
Our followers and influence on social media continues to grow as we expand our reach beyond the Interferry sphere. In addition to following our channels from your individual and company accounts, I encourage you to interact occasionally by sharing our posts or commenting when you feel you want to add your perspective. While “likes” are great, sharing is even better and helps get news about Interferry initiatives and events out to your networks. It also enhances the impact of our announcements and updates.
LinkedIn allows us to create longer posts and include media such as our CEO Interview videos. It is quickly becoming a very valuable platform for us. Our Twitter account is currently our most followed social media presence, and will continue to be a valuable tool for communicating Interferry news. Our Instagram account is growing, with our focus on this image-based platform to engage not only ferry industry types but also passengers and the travel industry. Our Facebook presence is used primarily for major updates and conference information.
Please check out and follow our social media accounts, if you aren’t already:
Twitter: @InterferryOrg https://twitter.com/InterferryOrg
Instagram: @InterferryOrg https://www.instagram.com/InterferryOrg/
Facebook: @InterferryOrg https://www.facebook.com/InterferryOrg
Well that’s it for this month. I encourage you to register for the conference as soon as you can so we can manage our number count to ensure we deliver the safest and most successful event possible. To say that the entire Interferry team is excited to see you in person this Fall would be the biggest understatements of all time.
Until next time, take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry