Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan delivers an update each month which summarizes Interferry activities including regulatory updates, conference developments and membership news. The CEO Update is sent out by email to our mailing list and is announced on Twitter via @InterferryOrg and Interferry’s company page on LinkedIn.

Hello Ferry Fans,

While the health authorities keep cautioning us that we aren’t officially out of the woods yet regarding COVID, it sure feels like it with the number of kilometers the Interferry team logged and the many in-person meetings we participated in during April.

We visited Seattle for final preparations for our October conference, held an Operators Policy Committee (OPC) meeting in Madrid and took part in GHG/Onshore Power Supply (OPS) meetings with a number of industry associations and European Union (EU) officials in Brussels.

At the end of the month, we found ourselves in Stockholm preparing to travel on Viking Line’s new flagship, Viking Glory, as part of our visit to the Åland Islands to meet with Viking Line, Carus and various other industry contacts. We will then return to Stockholm to attend the Shippax annual conference, which takes place on Silja Symphony sailing to Helsinki and back on May 4-6.

Seattle Conference Registration is Open!

I’m pleased to report that we have finalized all the planning for Interferry’s 46th annual conference in Seattle from October 1-5 and registration is now open on our conference website. I’m confident that you will be impressed with the host of venues and events being offered in and around the Emerald City, where our conference centre and two host hotels are a short walk from each other on the waterfront.

In addition to another world-class Speakers Program, we think you’ll be enticed to register early by our evening networking events at the breathtaking Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition, Boeing’s Museum of Flight and an authentic Pacific Northwest indigenous clam bake at Kiana Lodge, as well as a wide array of pre-tours and partner/spouse tours.

Seattle Conference Speakers Program – Call for Papers Deadline is May 13

The May 13 submission deadline for our Call for Papers focusing on “Power and People” is quickly approaching. Check the Call for Papers page on the conference website for complete details including submission requirements.

Under the “Power” theme, presentations are invited on any sustainable, future-proof vessel powering options and the related challenges – notably the regulatory targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions of some 50% by 2030 and a “net zero” scenario by 2050. With electrification emerging as the ferry industry’s key driver towards these goals, special focus will be given to papers on the development of OPS in ports and terminals.

The “People” sessions aim to explore issues facing operators regarding staffing and succession planning, with particular attention to training and retention at a time when the maritime sector, like all industries, is facing an acute shortage of skilled labor.

Please note that Interferry members and conference sponsors will be given first-priority for speaking slots, subject to the merits of their respective submissions. Also, since Interferry is a not-for-profit organization, selected speakers are responsible for their own conference registration costs.

OPC Meeting – Madrid

On April 26 we had a very productive and well attended OPC meeting in Spain with the majority of committee members participating. This was the first time that the committee – which provides management with strategic direction on regulatory matters – was able to meet in person since the pandemic began.

The committee spent considerable time discussing EU passenger rights legislation, RoPax fire safety improvements and proposed changes to the IMO’s High-Speed Craft (HSC) Code. However, as expected, the major agenda item was the upcoming GHG regulations being finalized at both the IMO and EU, which prompted spirited and engaging discussions around the table.

Everyone expressed their views after Interferry’s proposed OPS action plan was presented at the meeting. Some committee members then suggested that our messaging needs to be expanded to include more than just a call to action for the immediate development of port electrical infrastructure. They said we should also send a clear signal to the marketplace that ferry operators must be treated equitably and fairly when paying for the required onshore electrical supply.

In other words, there needs to be transparency in the development of the fees that ferries pay to plug in. This full disclosure should include the methodology used in the allocation of each port’s capital and operational costs, as well as an offset for any subsidies or incentives ports receive to develop their OPS infrastructure.

Brussels – GHG Discussions and Onshore Power Promotion Meetings

At the end of the month in Brussels, we spent two full days in meetings with various parties to build support for our OPS initiative, while at the same time researching which EU agencies are likely to have funding that operators can tap into to meet their GHG emissions reduction targets.

From an industry association perspective, we had an excellent meeting with the European Sea Ports Organization and the World Shipping Council, agreeing to work collaboratively with both bodies in our joint interest to advance OPS infrastructure development and gain EU funding for such projects. Likewise, we re-established our historically close relationship with the European Community Shipowners’ Association, so that we can work in a co-ordinated manner on a broad array of regulatory matters.

In an effort to better understand the upcoming EU GHG regulations – including implementation timelines, measurement criteria and funding sources – we met with officials in various departments at the EU Commission. What is clear after participating in all these meetings is that there is still a lot of work to be done before a clear path forward can be identified. The biggest question is how the funds from the Emissions Trading System (ETS) will flow back to our industry to help offset the enormous costs we will incur installing ship and shoreside equipment to meet the upcoming targets.

While there is still much regulatory uncertainly, we are confident that we walked away from each meeting achieving our near-term objectives.

Shippax Conference and Co-Promotion of Industry Newsletter

As I wrap up this month’s report, we are looking forward to the Shippax conference and reconnecting with many of you at the event. I would like to invite you to attend the presentation that Johan Roos and I are making during the speakers’ program.

Interferry has a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Shippax, which includes sponsoring each others’ conferences, promoting the weekly Shippax online newsletter, and the sharing of data and information which provided much of the input to our recently released Ferry Market Study.

I hope to see many of you onboard the Silja Symphony.

Take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Greetings Ferry Friends,

Welcome to a much-anticipated spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere and likely a more relaxing fall for those reading this update in locations south of the equator.

In this report, I’m pleased to announce the date we will be issuing our Call for Papers for submitting proposals for our Seattle conference. On a related note, we have now opened the conference presentation section of our website to everyone (not just members) so that the entire 2021 Speakers Program from Santander is available for viewing.

This month I’m proud to be able to, once again, present you with the semi-annual issue of Ferry Business report published in Cruise & Ferry Review magazine in partnership with Interferry.

I would also like to share with you an excellent video from our Platinum sponsor, DNV, on the various alternate fuels options being considered by our industry in its push towards zero emissions.

Next month we will hold our first in-person OPC meeting in quite some time, and I want to provide some details about the many important topics on the agenda.

And finally, on a sombre note, I would like to acknowledge a true leader in our industry who recently passed away.

Seattle Speakers Program Call for Papers • “Power and People” • April 12

After much anticipation, we will be issuing our Call for Papers for the Seattle Speakers Program on April 12. I encourage those of you interested in being considered as a speaker to pay close attention to the submission requirements – particularly focusing on the theme “Power and People”.

Please visit the Interferry News on Interferry.com, check our LinkedIn page and Twitter account or watch for our Interferry News announcement in your inbox on April 12. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list so you will automatically receive all our Interferry and conference related communications.

For those interested in submitting a proposal to speak in Seattle, I suggest that you watch the presentations from our Santander conference that are now available to everyone.

Ferry Business Report • Spring/Summer 2022

Published in association with Interferry, the Spring/Summer 2022 edition of the Ferry Business report in Cruise & Ferry Review is packed with executive interviews from a number of our members and long-time supporters.

In addition to my commentary focusing on Interferry’s call to rapidly expand and develop Onshore Power (OSP) infrastructure, this edition includes a roundtable discussion on sustainability and fuel plans with passenger ferry operators Red Funnel (Fran Collins), Uber Boat by Thames Clippers (Sean Collins) as well as Fire Island Ferries and San Juan Clipper (Morgan Mooney).

Other notable names in the Report include Baleària’s Adolfo Utor, BC Ferries’ Corrine Storey, Irish Ferries’ Andrew Sheen, Strategic Partnership’s Mary Scott Nabers and ferry expert Michael Grey.

You’ll find links to the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Ferry Business – along with past issues – here on Interferry.com.

DNV Video • The Potential of Promising Alternative Fuels

As everyone in the ferry world looks for solutions to meet its zero emissions ambitions and the various regulatory bodies’ mandates, here’s a link to “The Potential of Promising Alternative Fuels”, a 5-minute video from our Platinum sponsor DNV. The video does a great job of summarizing the potential benefits and challenges of the most common fuel types being considered – natural gas, ammonia, methanol, and hydrogen.

Upcoming Operators Policy Committee (OPC) Meeting • Madrid • April 26

For the first time since before the beginning of the pandemic, we are excited to be holding an in-person OPC meeting on April 26 in Madrid. The 22 OPC member companies invited to the meeting will be discussing and setting strategic regulatory direction on a number of initiatives that are vitally important to the success of our industry.

As expected, a good portion of the meeting will focus on GHG emissions reduction requirements in the areas of Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), Alternative Fuels, Onshore Power Supply (OSP), Emissions Trading Systems (ETS) and onboard energy efficiency requirements. These GHG discussions will also include identifying and prioritizing funding programs available from the European Union and other governments to incentivise and assist shipowners in achieving  their emissions reduction targets.

Other items to be discussed at the Madrid OPC meeting include: a review of the EU Passenger Rights Regulations for Maritime Transport, Ropax Fire Safety and expanding the scope of the high-speed craft code to include all types of light-craft.

The Passing of Antonio Armas Fernández

On behalf of the entire Interferry family, we wish to express our condolences to the family of Antonio Armas Fernández, the president of Spain’s Naviera Armas Trasmediterránea, who passed away on March 15, 2022. Mr. Armas, a long-time member of our association, was a true leader in our industry who in 1973 first introduced ro-ro ferry service in the Canary Islands.

photo ©Philippe Holthof

Thanks for reading this month’s report. Please feel free to pass along any comments, questions or suggestions you may have for me at any time.

Take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Dear Ferry Friends,

It is with a heavy heart I start off this month’s report by expressing my sincere condolences to all those affected by the recent fire onboard the Euroferry Olympia. To everyone involved, from the passengers and crew to our Interferry member – the Grimaldi Group – our thoughts and prayers are with you.

This tragic incident reminds us all of the constant need for our industry to continue to place safety and the protection of our most precious cargo – our passengers – above all else. While statistics provide clear evidence that incidents of this type in places like Europe are extremely rare, there is always more we can do – because one life lost is one too many.

That is why (as you have read in my most recent updates) Interferry is currently heavily involved in two major fire safety initiatives, along with its member companies including the Grimaldi Group. These initiatives – the European Commission’s LASH FIRE project and the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee deliberations – will lead to further advancements in all aspects of fire safety protection onboard ferries. More information on both of these initiatives is available on the RoPax Fire Safety page in the Regulatory Affairs section of our website.

As I am more than aware from my 14 years of operational ferry experience, transportation companies – whether they run ferries, airlines, trains, etc. – cannot provide 100 per cent certainty that incidents and accidents will never happen. However, they can provide assurance that by implementing a progressive safety management system and “learning” culture, the risk of these types of events can be reduced as low as reasonably practicable.

Newest Addition to the Mercy Ships Fleet Arrives

After many years of planning and construction, I am pleased to say that the newest addition to the Mercy Ships fleet (our charity of choice) will soon arrive in the Port of Rotterdam. I am, of course, talking about the Global Mercy.

The Global Mercy will deliver a safe and clean environment to various African nations, providing help and resources from some of the most well-trained physicians in the world. Over the vessel’s 50 years expected lifespan, it is estimated that more than 150,000 lives will be changed on board through surgery alone.

The 174-metre, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating theatres and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines, including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, pool, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew onboard when docked in port.

While the ship is in Rotterdam, Mercy Ships is hosting a special “Come on Board” celebration through March 14 during which in-person and virtual visitors can sign up for a live or virtual tour of this wonderful vessel. You’ll receive tailor-made content providing a never-before-seen look inside this unique ship. You’ll hear stories straight from patients and crew from around the world and participate in events in real-time.

It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event to visit this vessel of hope. I invite you to click here to get started: https://www.mercyships.org/rotterdam-event/

Please note the times for the various events are in the CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME ZONE, so you will have to convert the registration to your own time zone when you choose one of the many available times.

Welcome Onboard to our New Members

I’m very pleased to be able to welcome the following new members to the Interferry family. It’s great to see so many companies – both ferry operators and suppliers – realizing the benefits of joining our worldwide organization, especially during these difficult times. I encourage all members to first consider their fellow members when doing business. Please remember that Interferry members who want to get more information about all of our members can use our members-only contact database.

Association of Pacific Ports, CANADA
Astican & Astander, SPAIN
Boundary Layer Technologies, USA
CITA Design, TURKEY
CLdN ro-ro SA, LUXEMBOURG
ComNav, CANADA
E Smart Transport Company Limited, THAILAND
Erzia Technologies, SPAIN
HSE Law, USA
Incat Crowther, AUSTRALIA
Linnhe Maritime Projects Ltd., UK
Malta Shipbrokers International Ltd., MALTA
Marine Log, USA
Moreton Island Adventures, AUSTRALIA
National Ferries Company (MWASALAT), OMAN
REGENT, USA
Rhoe Urban Technologies, GREECE
Seachange, NEW ZEALAND
Prince Yommy Sopitan, NIGERIA
Surikat AB, SWEDEN
Ticknovate, ENGLAND
Wilco van der Linden, NETHERLANDS
Viking Maritime Group, UK

Thanks for reading this month’s update.

Take care and be safe…
Mike Corrigan, CEO – Interferry

Hello Ferry Friends,

As we are now firmly into 2022, it’s a good time to turn our attention to Interferry’s 46th annual global ferry conference taking place in Seattle this year from October 1-5. In this report, I’m excited to announce the theme for this year’s Speakers Program, as well as update you on our increasingly popular sponsorship opportunities.

In addition to talking about the conference, this month I want to draw your attention to an informative presentation on alternative fuels delivered at our Santander conference, provide an overview on Interferry’s recent Operators Policy Committee (OPC) meeting and draw your attention to our recently posted regulatory update on Ro-Pax fire safety.

Seattle Conference Speakers Program • ‘Power and People’

We’ve landed on a dual theme for this year’s program that encapsulates arguably the two biggest challenges facing our industry – having the necessary shoreside electrical infrastructure readily available to us to harvest the benefits of our onboard zero emissions investments; and having enough skilled crew and employees – our most valuable assets – to allow us to provide ongoing, reliable operations well into the future.

I’m confident that these themes will provide for two days of educational and thought-provoking discussion on what we can do as an association and an industry to set ourselves up as best as possible for future success. If there was ever a conference that you need to participate in to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the global ferry industry…this is it!

We will be officially issuing our Call for Papers in April. In the meantime, I encourage potential presenters to start thinking about how to submit a proposal that will best engage and educate the 300-plus senior ferry leaders expected to be in Seattle. For everyone else, it’s time to start planning your trip. It shouldn’t be difficult to convince yourself or others of the benefits of being in the Emerald City this fall from an educational and developmental standpoint.

Seattle Sponsorship Opportunities In Demand   

Considering we still have eight months until our Seattle event, I continue to be amazed at the increasing demand for our sponsorship and exhibition space offerings. It seems that, after the London and Santander conferences, things have gone to a new level. From a business development perspective, I’m pleased to see our supplier community realizing the benefits of one on one, face to face opportunities to interact with global senior decision makers in the ferry world. There really is no ‘better bang’ for your sales and marketing dollar.

If you are considering a sponsorship package or exhibition space for Seattle, I encourage you to contact Interferry’s Sponsorship Manager Karen Giffon on a priority basis to ensure that you aren’t disappointed. Karen can be reached at karen.giffon@interferry.com.

You can also see what packages are still available in the sponsorship section of the conference website.

Santander Conference Presentation • ‘Future Fuel Mix for Ferries: Where Does Hydrogen Fit In?’ • Sami Kanerva, ABB Marine and Ports

While I’ve been talking a lot lately about the need for Onshore Power (OSP), there is still plenty to be done on the water side as we continue our journey towards a world of zero emissions. From a fuel standpoint, it can be extremely confusing to consider all the available options and where hydrogen fits, especially given the various size and trades of vessels.

At our Santander conference, I thought Sami Kanerva of ABB Marine and Ports did an outstanding job of summarizing a very complex subject in his 14-minute presentation ‘Fuel Cells in Commercial Ferry Operations’. If you didn’t attend the conference, or haven’t watched the conference videos in the members-only section of our website, you can watch it here on a publicly accessible page on this website – no login required.

The video is well worth the watch – special thanks to Sami and ABB for the presentation.

Interferry Operator Policy Committee (OPC) Meeting • January 18

An important OPC meeting was held via Zoom this month on January 18, with invitations going out to the 22 member companies that comprise the OPC. Two mission-critical position papers were presented. The first paper put forth Interferry’s proposed position on the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) for shipping, which is part of their all-encompassing ‘Fit for 55’ program. The second paper formally outlines Interferry’s proposed position regarding Onshore Power (OSP).

Both papers were tabled for the Committee’s consideration and input. Member companies were asked to respond by the end of the month with any further comments and whether they support the proposals.

Assuming the papers are given the green light by the OPC after any requested modification, they will then be presented for final consideration and endorsement to Interferry’s Board of Directors during the February 8 Zoom meeting. Stay tuned for a further update next month.

I should add that discussion on the position papers prompted the OPC to request that future meetings include a new agenda item on alternate fuels and the path forward.

Ro-Pax Fire Safety

As I reported last month, we continue to have an influential voice on the fire risk front. Interferry is deeply involved in an IMO Ro-Pax fire safety correspondence group established to help draft SOLAS amendments due in force from January 2024. The group has made great progress and will report its findings to the IMO’s Ship Systems and Equipment sub-committee in March for potential adoption. Meanwhile we are also part of the European Union’s four-year LASH FIRE project, which in December hosted a virtual conference outlining numerous operational, technical and insurance innovations.

The recently updated Ro-Pax Fire Safety report in the Regulatory Affairs section of our website provides a detailed discussion on this important multi-faceted initiative including its background, current status and next steps.

Thanks for reading this month’s report. I encourage you to start planning your Seattle trip – and to whet your appetite, be sure to visit the Interferry Conference website to get the most up to date conference information.

Until next month, take care and be safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Season’s Greetings Ferry Friends,

It’s amazing what can happen across this vast globe in less than a month’s time. If I was going to write this update 30 days ago, the message would have been considerably different. However, once again this horrid virus and its latest mutant has turned our world upside down as we get ready to celebrate the holiday season.

We really did go full circle in 2021 – from the roll out of vaccines across the developed world and life getting very close to returning to normal – then having the rug once again pulled out from underneath us, with restrictions and edicts being launched in an eerily similar manner to a year ago.

As I look back on the year from an Interferry perspective, it’s terrific that we were able to reconnect in Santander and pull off such a successful conference. It really was the high point of another pandemic-induced roller coaster year. Not only because we got to reconnect with so many of you during the networking and social functions, but because of the importance of the Speakers Program, which framed the challenges and opportunities ahead for the ferry industry.

The obvious challenge for our industry and the world in general is GHG emissions reductions. Most of our regulatory horsepower has been deployed on this front. We took our responsibility to lessen our carbon footprint extremely seriously long before targets were imposed by regulatory bodies. Now we still need to ensure that pending regulations take into consideration all that we have already done and don’t inequitably harm our sector going forward.

In addition to the regulatory side of the GHG file, we need to work with our entire supply chain to ensure that the technology and infrastructure is readily available to meet our zero emissions targets. With regards to our ships, our supplier community is well on its way to delivering the technologies necessary to move away from carbon-based fuel sources. However, things are much different on the shoreside. Onshore power infrastructure is developing at a much slower and less uniform rate, and could greatly impede our progress to the point where some ferries can no longer operate.

While there are many challenges facing us, whether it be the pandemic’s lingering effects or how the eventual GHG regulations are implemented, there are also numerous opportunities for the ferry industry on the horizon. We established the global importance of our industry from a size and economic impact standpoint via our recently released Oxford Economics study. Furthermore, L.E.K. Consulting’s travel trends research, unveiled at our conference, clearly outlined the public’s confidence in ferry travel as opposed to other modes from a health protection point of view.

Speaking of safety, we continue to have an influential voice on the fire risk and domestic operations fronts. Interferry is deeply involved in an IMO ro-pax fire safety correspondence group established to help draft SOLAS amendments due to enter into force in January 2024. The group has made great progress and will report its findings to the IMO’s Ship Systems and Equipment sub-committee in March for potential adoption. Meanwhile we are also part of the European Union’s four-year LASH FIRE project, which earlier this month hosted a virtual conference outlining numerous operational, technical and insurance innovations. I will report on these initiatives in my January Update.

Likewise, in the all-important mission of improving ferry safety in the developing world, we were pleased to learn that the IMO’s model domestic regulations – where Interferry has been front and centre since the beginning – will soon be finalized. We are also cautiously optimistic that, through our partnership with Lloyd’s Register Foundation, we will be able to announce a FERRYSAFE II project targeting another part of the developing world early next year.

In concluding this report after another manic year, I would like to wish you and yours a restful and peaceful holiday season. Holding family and friends close to you is surely our greatest comfort, as we continue to navigate through these uncharted waters.

Stay safe and take care…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Hello Ferry Friends,

In this month’s report, I would like to highlight the recent Cruise and Ferry Review (CFR) Ferry Business report published in collaboration with Interferry, invite you to view an excellent presentation delivered at our recent conference on electrical shore power infrastructure, provide an update on our efforts to revise the HSC Code’s minimum speed requirement and direct your attention to our 2022 Seattle conference website.

Cruise and Ferry Review – Ferry Business report

I hope you’ll agree that our semi-annual report featuring a number of our members is well worth the read.

In the recently issued Autumn/Winter 2021 edition, there’s a commentary from me followed by CFR’s Ferry Business expert Simon Johnson speaking with Brittany Ferries and Interislander about the state of the ferry industry. Christophe Mathieu outlines how Brittany Ferries is making its business more resilient in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and shares his outlook for the future of the ferry sector. Walter Rushbrook explains how the crucial role Interislander played in New Zealand’s emergency response to the pandemic has helped to cement its future in the ferry industry.

In addition, Susan Schrempf describes how Owen Sound Transportation Company’s ferry services in Ontario, Canada have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic; Marcos Marí Washbourne discusses how Trasmapi is improving the customer experience in the competitive Balearic Islands market; and Inmarsat’s Les Shortall illustrates how the company’s solutions are enabling a revolution in digitalization.

Michael Grey wraps up the edition with his commentary on the options available to ferry operators as they contemplate how to make their vessels greener.

You can find the link to the latest Ferry Business report here.

Andy Bennett – KPFF – Shoreside Electrical Infrastructure Presentation

As I discussed in my update last month, the ferry industry’s success in achieving its zero emission ambitions in the coming decades, as well as meeting the IMO, EU and other jurisdictions emissions reduction targets, is highly contingent on the provision of adequate electrical infrastructure by third parties at our ports and terminals.

You will continue to hear much more about what we can do individually and collectively on this issue in the months to come.

For those that may not be familiar with the many aspects of shoreside electrical infrastructure, I encourage you to watch Andy Bennett of KPFF’s 12-minute presentation that he recently delivered at our Santander conference. It provides a comprehensive yet simple understanding of the many components needed to deliver a kwh of electricity from cradle to crypt, i.e. upstream to quayside.

Click here to watch Andy’s presentation.

Proposed Revisions to the HSC Code

The specific safety regulations of High-Speed Craft (HSC) are set out in the HSC Code, under which vessels must have a minimum design speed – typically 30-40 knots. In recent times this requirement has been called into question due to ever-increasing regulatory demands to reduce GHG emissions. Interferry established an industry consortium with aluminum ferry manufacturers Austal and Incat, and classification society DNV in 2019, which commissioned Seaspeed Marine Consulting to review the Code and identify any implications of removing or adjusting the current minimum speed requirement.

Our aggressive plan was to submit a proposal to the IMO during 2020, but the pandemic has caused all new issues to be deferred until 2022. Regardless of the IMO’s general scheduling of revisions, we could not have expected our proposal to enter into force until the next SOLAS revision in 2028 – although individual Flag States would likely issue exceptions far sooner if the ongoing IMO work indicated support.

In addition to the speed issue, the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) initiative is a particular concern for HSC. Following the Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting last June (MEPC 76), a correspondence group including Interferry was set up to consider various outstanding details on GHG emissions by the end of August – not the least of which was how to ensure a fair CII dataset for HSC. The current formulae severely disadvantage HSC because there is no distinction between them and conventional ro-pax vessels. Interferry is asking the IMO to separate the sub-segments so that each is treated fairly.

We all recognize the imperative to move on from a fossil-fuel world, and are happy to contribute, but we must avoid a statistical method that is not firmly anchored in reality. Before our IMO submission is discussed next October, we will reach out to relevant Flag States to affirm their support of the concept. In addition, while the issue is purely environmental, procedurally we have to voice our concerns with the Maritime Safety Committee, the guardian of the HSC Code. To that end, we also need to engage more widely – even with Flag States who have no inherent interest in HSC.

For a more detailed explanation of this complex subject, please refer to our briefing in the Regulatory Affairs section.

2022 Seattle Conference

This month we had the opportunity to visit Seattle and finalize the major venues necessary to ensure the delivery of another top-notch conference next October. We are pleased to announce that we have secured the beautiful Bell Harbor International Conference Center located on the Seattle waterfront for the Speakers Program, with the two host hotels – The Edgewater and the Seattle Marriott Waterfront – located a short walk away. As an added benefit, our two host companies – Washington State Ferries and FRS Clipper – also have their operations in the immediate area.

I invite you to visit our conference website – InterferryConference.com –  on a frequent basis to get more information about Interferry46. I will also continue to provide updates in this column.

We are already getting a number of inquiries regarding the Seattle Speakers program and sponsorship opportunities. We expect to announce the theme for next year’s conference early in the New Year, with a Call for Papers being issued in the Spring. As for sponsorships, we are currently confirming commitments from existing sponsors and expect to present opportunities for new sponsors early next year. Please contact our Sponsorship Manager, Karen Giffon, at karen.giffon@interferry.com for any inquires you may have.

I hope you take the opportunity to read our Ferry Business report, watch Andy Bennett’s presentation and visit our conference website. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time, take care and be safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Greetings Ferry Fans,

October 2021 was a month that I’m sure many of us won’t soon forget, as it marked a return to normalcy for those of us that were able to travel to our Santander conference. Unfortunately, we were without our Australasian members who were unable to travel outside their respective country’s borders. So, let me start off this update by echoing the collective comments of our conference attendees – you were very much missed and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

We have received ample feedback from our attendees that our 2021 event was a huge success. Interferry proudly hosted over 300 people in the beautiful seaside city of Santander, Spain where our team was able to provide the first-class Speakers Program and high-level networking events our members and attendees have come to expect, in spite of the challenges that COVID brings.

On that note, we have heard from reliable sources that our conference was one of the first international events held anywhere in the world since COVID restrictions first started keeping us apart. If this isn’t a true testament to the closeness of our ferry family and our collective desire to get back together, I don’t know what is.

In this month’s report, I want to provide some of the most noteworthy highlights from Santander – including the release of our Global Ferry Market Study, a change in future conference venue locations, the “Ah-ha” moment coming from the Speakers Program, as well as introduce the new Directors elected to the Interferry Board at the Santander AGM.

For our members, the full Speakers Program has been recorded and is available on our website here by logging in to your member account. The recorded content is broken down by session and speaker, making it easier to access the most relevant presentations for your interest. The sponsor flash video presentations are also included.

Release of the Global Ferry Market Study

We were pleased to release the results of our Oxford Economics commissioned Global Ferry Market Study in Santander. As you can see from the infographic above, the statistics are staggering and present an undeniable case as to the size and economic importance of the world-wide ferry industry. For example, with almost 4.3 billion passengers, we now know that our industry conservatively transports approximately the same number of passengers as the global airline industry with the added complexity of about 373 million ferry passengers bringing their vehicles along for the trip.

After much anticipation, we will now be able to use these concrete figures when meeting with regulatory bodies and governmental decision makers on matters relating to the ferry sector.

2022 Conference Seattle – Marrakesh Moved To 2024

During the Speakers Program, we formally announced the Board’s earlier decision to move our 2022 conference to Seattle. The decision to move the first visit to the African continent to 2024 was to ensure the post-pandemic success of our global conference in Marrakesh and showcase the true richness of Morocco. Götz Becker of FRS has graciously reconfirmed his commitment to host the 2024 Marrakesh conference.

We also are confident that Seattle is the perfect location for 2022 given its global importance as a port city and ferry dependent region, along with Interferry’s desire to showcase our strategic value in North America as we emerge from the pandemic. This change in venues was made possible by the exceptional support we received from two of our members – Washington State Ferries and FRS Clipper – who will co-host the 2022 event.

Here’s a link to the Seattle conference welcome video which I’m sure will more than whet your appetite to start planning your travel to the USA to attend Interferry46 taking place October 1-5, 2022.

Portside Electrical Infrastructure Development – the Key To Our Future Success

As a result of a recurring theme that crystalized during Interferry’s Santander conference, the ferry industry is now united in the belief that its future success in meeting GHG emission reduction targets, and achieving its goal of zero emissions, is highly contingent on third parties’ awareness of the need to rapidly develop electrical port-side infrastructure.

A key takeaway – or “Ah-ha” moment – coming out of the Santander Speakers Program was the conclusion that operators and suppliers can do all the right things onboard vessels from a technical standpoint (alternative fuels, batteries, hybrids etc.), but if the port-side infrastructure isn’t being developed to harvest the benefits of this technology by providing shore power, then ferries will not be able to achieve the emission reduction targets set by the IMO, EU and other jurisdictions.

A consensus viewpoint amongst ferry leaders in Santander was that ports and power companies are lagging far behind (in some cases up to 10 years) in their ability to provide the desired shore-side electrical infrastructure.

With the results of the Global Ferry Market Study, we now have the perfect tool to convince infrastructure decision makers of the compounding negative impacts of not providing ferry operators with the electrical requirements needed to charge their batteries and subsequently shut off their diesel generators. As a result, without such electrical service improvements, many operators may not be able to meet upcoming emission reductions regulations. This may force them to have to prematurely decommission some of their vessels, meaning that the future provision of lifeline and essential services will be compromised.

Stay tuned for more on this as it has been identified as an emerging high-priority strategic initiative of Interferry as we head into 2022.

Welcome to Interferry’s New Directors

I’m pleased to report that the following Board of Directors appointments were confirmed at our AGM in Santander:

David Gudgel, FRS Clipper, USA – 2022 Co-President
Patty Rubstello, Washington State Ferries, USA – 1st term Director and 2022 Co-President
Mauricio Orozco, Ultramar Ferries, Mexico – 1st term Director

On behalf of the Board and membership, I would like to welcome David, Patty and Mauricio to the Interferry Board, as well as acknowledge and thank retiring Directors Sean Collins, Amy Scarton and Wilco van der Linden for their many years of dedicated service to Interferry. During the conference, we also recognized the contributions of deceased Director, Gérman Orozco, with a moment of silence.

Until next month, take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Hello Ferry Friends,

As the calendar flips to September, we are now only a month away from our Santander conference. It’s hard to believe that after our record-breaking conference in London that it would take two years to get the ferry family back together again… and we are very excited to do so!

I realize that even as I write this update, uncertainty and trepidation still exist by some regarding travel from your homeland to Santander and back. While the regulations are ever changing, my research suggests that if you have proof of a negative COVID test and/or proof of being fully vaccinated – and your country is not on the “red” list – your travel may take a bit longer than in pre-COVID times, but it will be manageable. And certainly, it will be worth the extra time to reconnect with friends and experience all facets of our first-class conference.

Once you arrive in Santander – whether at the hotels, conference centre or other venues – rest assured we will be implementing all applicable protocols to ensure we are COVID safe. Also, you will be able to book an appointment with a certified third-party company to provide testing at a convenient time and location during the conference, so you can enjoy all aspects of the event knowing that you will have your test in time for your return travel.

To further entice you to come to Santander, this month I interviewed two key presenters as part of our Speakers Program, as well as one of our Technical Tour hosts. Here’s a quick snapshot of the three interviews that are each about three minutes in length.

European Ferry Market & Prospect for Recovery – L.E.K. Consulting

Becrom Basu, L.E.K. Consulting partner and transportation and logistics expert, provides an overview of the consumer research his firm is currently doing regarding the traveling public’s perceptions and views on ferry travel versus other forms of transportation. A key outcome from the research will be L.E.K.’s assessment on how long it will take our industry to fully recover from the pandemic. Becrom will release the results of this much anticipated survey during his presentation at our conference.

Becrom Basu, Partner, L.E.K. Consulting, UK

You can view Becrom’s interview here in the Communications section.

REGENT Seagliders

Billy Thalheimer, CEO and co-founder of REGENT, foreshadows what is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking presentation. We often talk about transformation/step change, but these “Flying Ferries” truly fit the bill. You will also hear how some of our Interferry members are already embracing this new – but in many ways, proven – technology.

Billy Thalheimer, CEO, REGENT, USA

You can view Billy’s interview here in the Communications section.

Multi-faceted Technical Tour – ERZIA Santander Teleport and Astander Shipyard

Along with the unique opportunity to host an evening event onboard Brittany Ferries’ flagship, the Pont-Aven, we are also broadening our technical tour this year and offering visits to both the world renowned ERZIA Santander Teleport facility and Astander shipyard. During his interview, German Suarez, CEO of Astander, provides a brief overview of his facility and why a visit to it during the technical tour won’t disappoint. Who in our business would ever want to turn down an offer to visit a shipyard that specializes in ferry refits and conversions?

German Suarez, CEO, Astander and Astican, Spain

You can view Torben’s interview here in the Communications section.

With over 200 participants already registered for the conference, and traditionally the busiest registration month still to come, the entire Interferry team is more optimistic than ever that Santander will mark the successful return of the ferry industries’ most anticipated event. If you haven’t registered and/or reserved your hotel room, I recommend doing so as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Visit the conference website to check out the Speakers Program and register online.

Take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Hi Ferry Friends,

In this month’s update, I’m pleased to provide an overview of our two-day Santander Speakers Program being held on October 4 and 5. With an overall theme of “The Future is Ferries” and lineup of interesting speakers and topics, I’m confident that your time spent traveling to and attending the Santander conference will prove to be a worthy investment.

While this update focuses primarily on the Speakers Program, I’m also excited to preview my Zoom interview with Walter Rushbrook, Executive General Manager of InterIslander Ferries in New Zealand.

Santander Speakers Program – October 4 and 5

We’ve now finalized the complete Speakers Program and posted it on our conference website. Once you’ve had a chance to review the program, I hope you agree that this year’s line-up of presentations provides a great cross-section of topics that are top of mind for all of us in the ferry world.

In addition to presenting the long-awaited results of the Global Ferry Market Study that Interferry commissioned Oxford Economics to do on our behalf, we’ve lined up the UK transportation and logistics firm L.E.K. Consulting to present its recent customer research regarding the European ferry market and its prospects for recovery coming out of COVID.

And, since we are in Spain, we would be remiss if we didn’t include local experts to provide an overview of the highly competitive Spanish ferry market, as well as talk about the Spanish Shortsea Promotion Center.

Likewise, no Interferry conference would be complete without Johan Roos, Interferry’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, providing highlights of the work Interferry has undertaken at the IMO and EU, as well as with other regulatory bodies and government agencies, on behalf of the membership.

We’ve got something for everyone in areas of step change innovation, building more sustainable ferries, the push towards land and ship-based zero emissions, the blackhole and challenging world of IT security, the many tentacles of the customer journey and, most importantly, safety.

To wrap up each day, back by popular demand are the CEO roundtables that will see eight to 10 global ferry leaders from diverse operating companies provide their insights into their own companies relative to the topics discussed during the Speakers Program, as well as answer questions from the audience.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit abstracts in response to our Call for Papers. Unfortunately, due to the number and quality of submissions, we had to turn down several very good papers.

Have a look at the complete Speakers Program on InterferryConference.com.

CEO Zoom Interview • Walter Rushbrook, Interislander Ferries

Walter provides details on Interislander’s recently announced newbuild program with South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard to construct two new 220 metre ferries. These vessels will replace the company’s existing three ships that provide service on Cook Strait between New Zealand’s North and South islands. I’m sure you will be interested to hear how these ferries fit into Interislander’s 1.5-billion-dollar transformation plan that also includes a complete reconstruction of their terminal facilities in Wellington and Picton.

One of the most interesting parts of Walter’s interview is when he talks about how the company, which is a division of Kiwi Rail, also provides railcar service between the North and South Islands and how the ferry design incorporates loading, via train tracks, up to 40 railcars on its lower decks.

Of course, these days no interview would be complete without asking about how New Zealand is faring relative to COVID and what travel is possible both into and out of New Zealand.

Walter Rushbrook, Executive General Manager, Interislander, New Zealand

You can watch Walter’s interview here in the the Communications section.

Thanks for reading my update this month. I hope you will check out the relevant and informative Speakers Program we’ve put together, and if you have not already done so, you can register for the conference here on InterferryConference.com.

Until next month, stay safe and healthy…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

Greetings Ferry Fans,

Summer certainly has arrived with a vengeance in the pacific northwest of Canada and the USA. As I write this note, the forecast calls for a daytime high temperature of 42 degrees C, which will surpass all previous records by a long shot! Events such as the “heat dome” we are experiencing certainly provides further proof that global warming is much more than a hypothesis, and that there is a real need to expedite our push towards zero emission energy sources. It seems very timely that the 76th session of IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC76) wrapped up earlier this month.

In addition to providing a MEPC76 overview, I would like to update you on our conference activities. This month’s report wraps up with a Zoom interview with one of the most dynamic and innovative people in the ferry industry – Anders Rundberg, CEO of Carus.

MEPC 76 Outcomes

Like he has done for many years, Johan Roos, Interferry’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, attended the committee meeting from June 10-17 as our industry’s representative. He reports that the session adopted several greenhouse gas related regulations, but could not settle on major policy matters.

After intense discussions on mandatory technical and operational requirements to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping, MEPC 76 adopted MARPOL amendments, including EEXI, SEEMP and CII.

EEXI seems to be feasible for most ferries, and for non-compliant ships the option of engine power limitation should be a practical solution. All international ships need to have their EEXI verified by the first renewal survey after January 1, 2023.

Comprehensive calculation guidelines have been developed for the CII, but its application is not as straightforward as the EEXI and – importantly – the consequences of not meeting CII requirements are very uncertain. Currently, the IMO Member States appear to favour “soft implementation”, but how individual States enforce the approach is as yet unknown.

With a heavy agenda of high-level issues, MEPC 76 was unable to address the many technical and practical details that need to be resolved. To this end, a Correspondence Group was established and will begin work in early July to be concluded by end-August. Interferry will focus on two principal issues within the CG: (1) How to deal with High Speed Craft in the CII framework; and (2) How to equitably distribute CII targeted reductions within the ro-ro cargo segment, which is so diverse, that some ships, simply due to their main dimensions, risk taking on a disproportionate share of the overall burden.

Alongside the outcomes from MEPC 76, further details have been circulating among industry sources about a unilateral European Union initiative known as Fuel EU Maritime. It must be stressed that this has not been verified by any public announcements from the EU Commission, but this potential regulation – in combination with the IMO developments – would be of fundamental significance for our industry.

What is known is that the pending regulation will be applied to all ships >5,000 GT operating from an EU port (i.e. also for domestic operations), and will consist of several parts: fuel standards, mandatory use of on-shore power supply at berth, expansion of current MRV scheme and penalties for non-compliance.

Please see Johan’s most recent Regulatory Update that provides further details on both MEPC76 and Fuel EU Maritime.

Santander Conference Update • Oct 2-6, 2021

I’m pleased to report that sponsorship and registration activity for our Spain event is brisk. It is a true test to how much everyone is keen to get back to face-to-face meeting and networking.

On the Speakers front, the response to our Call for Papers has been excellent. We expect to notify everyone who submitted a paper in the next couple of weeks. We decided to extend the deadline for submissions until the end of the month, because of some email/website issues we were experiencing related to communicating with recipients using Microsoft 365.

With regards to the logistics of the event, we’ve received inquiries about the conference hotel and plenary session hall. While it will once again be a first-class experience, things will be a bit different this year. There are two conference hotels to choose from – the Gran Hotel Sardinero and the Eurostars Hotel Real, which will host the farewell dinner. The Speakers Program will take place offsite at the Santander Conference Centre – a reasonable walk or short ride from the hotels. We will have shuttles moving people back and forth throughout the event.

As always, if you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact any Interferry team member.

Zoom Interview • Anders Rundberg • CEO, Carus

I hope you will find time to watch the interview I did this month with long-time Interferry member and Platinum sponsor Anders Rundberg, CEO of Carus. He provides his perspective on the ferry industry coming out of the pandemic, emerging trends in the customer-facing IT world and cybersecurity – something, unfortunately, we all should be increasingly concerned about.

Anders Rundberg, CEO, Carus, Finland

You can watch Anders’s interview here in the the Communications section of the Interferry website.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report. As always, I appreciate hearing from you.

Don’t forget to register for the conference. I look forward to providing you with an overview of the two-day Speakers Program in my update next month.

Until next time, take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry

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 jakki.corrigan@interferry.com with a copy sent to me at mike.corrigan@interferry.com. 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:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/interferry
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

Hello Everyone,

April proved to be a productive but somber month for the Interferry team with the news of the sudden passing of Interferry Director and former President Gérman Orozco of Ultramar Ferries of Mexico. (Please see the in-memoriam piece at the end of this update.)

On the business side, we issued a news release supporting the EU’s initiative for COVID safe international travel via its proposed Digital Green Certificate. Also, this month, Johan Roos, Interferry’s Regulatory Affairs Director, provided an update to the membership regarding the important upcoming GHG deliberations taking place at IMO in May and June. As well, I interviewed Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line, as part of my ongoing Zoom sessions. Finally, we continued to encourage ferry operators to complete our survey that is an integral part of our Global Ferry Market study that Oxford Economics is conducting on our behalf.

EU’s Digital Green Certificate (DGC)

On April 29, we issued a news release supporting the EU’s DGC initiative that is planned to go live in the later part of June. We are also urging other countries to consider something similar for international travel in time for the peak summer travel season. Such an initiative does not stop people from traveling if they don’t have a certificate, but will make travel procedures far easier for those who have this documentation.

This voluntary certificate, which is available free of charge in digital or paper format, would prove that travelers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or received a negative test result or recovered from the virus. The DGC will not be a pre-condition for free movement and will be non-discriminatory since it can be used by people who have not been inoculated.

Here’s a link to our news release. I encourage you to share it with your respective governments, regulators and decision makers.

GHG Regulatory Update – Upcoming IMO Sessions

Arguably the most important IMO sessions that Interferry has ever been involved in will take place in May and June as future GHG emission reduction regulations are set to be cast in stone. The inter-sessional working group on GHG reductions will meet from May 24-28. The deliberations then conclude at the Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting from June 10-17 (MEPC76). Both sessions will be held virtually with Johan Roos representing our industry once again. Here’s a link to Johan’s recent regulatory update on the subject.

Zoom Interview – Niclas Mårtensson – Stena Line

This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of long-time Interferry member and supporter Stena Line. I think you will find the interview very informative as Niclas provides an overview of Stena’s operational shift as a result of Brexit. In addition, he talks about Stena’s strategy as it emerges from the pandemic and its fleet renewal/revitalization plans. On a related topic, I also took the opportunity to ask Niclas about his views on the EU’s Digital Green Certification initiative. Thanks to Hamilton Jet, Hogia, and Liferaft Systems Australia and for sponsoring this month’s session.

Niclas Mårtennson, CEO, Stena Line, Sweden

You can watch Niclas’s interview here in the the Communications section of the Interferry website.

Global Ferry Market Survey – Final Push

We are about to wrap up our ferry operators survey that I’ve spoken about in my last few updates. If you have already completed the survey, thanks for doing so. If not, we still need your input.

The more operators – both members and non-members – that complete this half-hour confidential survey, the more data Oxford Economics will have access to when preparing its final report estimating the size and economic impact of the ferry industry on both a regional and global basis.

The Ferry Market Study report will be invaluable to our industry – on both an individual operator basis and collectively – as a key document to help influence governments, regulators and other decision makers when comparing the ferry industry against other industries in policy or economic matters.

Here’s a link to our website that explains the survey in more detail. If you are not sure how to participate in the survey or still have questions or concerns, please contact Shari Corrigan, Interferry’s Director of Conference and Finance at shari.corrigan@Interferry.com.

Gérman Orozco – In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Interferry Director and former President Gérman Orozco of Ultramar Ferries in Mexico late last month. As many of you will recall, German hosted a very successful Interferry conference in Cancún in 2018. This conference was the first one in Latin America in Interferry’s long history and was instrumental in increasing our presence in that region. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Gérman’s brother Mauricio, his daughter Daniela and the rest of his loving family. We will never forget German’s dedication to our industry and his embracing personality.

Take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry