Hello Ferry Friends,
In this month’s report, I’m pleased to announce the full roster of topics and presenters for our Seattle Speakers Program. This year we have taken even more care to ensure that the program reflects the wide variety of operator sizes and types, as well as the diversity of our supplier community, that is reflective our membership.
Also in this update, I would like to welcome a new Director and Co-President to the Interferry Board, advise our supplier members that we are seeking applications to fill a supplier Director position on our Board, and draw your attention to an important Interferry regulatory update.
Seattle Speakers Program
We have now posted the two-day Speakers Program taking place on October 3 and 4 to the conference website. I hope you’ll agree that it will be another world-class event centered on the dual theme of “Power and People”.
With regards to the People theme on Day 1, we have presentations on engaging young people in a maritime career, workforce outlook and trends, and dual courses of study. Also, since it is reasonable to assume that all our workforce challenges cannot be solved by hiring enough skilled people, we will also have a session on bridging the gap through automation.
Among highlights of the first day of the program, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), who will talk about the parallel universe that exists between the ferry and cruise businesses. Both industries face many of the same challenges regarding crewing their vessels and striving to meet zero emissions goals.
On the theme of Power during Day 2 of the program we will have comprehensive sessions and presentations on making onshore power supply a reality, fueling the future, propulsion efficiency, and leading the charge with batteries.
On both days of the speakers program we will have a session on green vessel projects when three presentations will be made by designers, builders and operators on their exciting leading-edge projects. On a related note, we are pleased to welcome Green Marine to the stage to talk about its highly respected North American environmental certification program and its expansion into Europe.
Also, no Interferry program would be complete without a regulatory update from Johan Roos, Interferry’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, or the inclusion of our popular Ferry Leaders Panels to wrap up both days of the event.
Finally, since I have been asked many times about ferry operators in the Black Sea given the ongoing war in the region, I have asked a respected former operator who is getting ready to start up a new business there to brief us on a business model that most of us would consider much too risky to even consider.
Here’s a link to the Speakers Program for your review.
Matthias Pahnke (FRS Clipper) • New Interferry Director and Co-President
At Interferry’s recent Board meeting in Rome, Matthias Pahnke, CEO of Seattle-based FRS Clipper, was approved as an Interferry Director and Co-President through to the end of this year’s conference. FRS Clipper, along with Washington State Ferries and its leader Patty Rubstello, are co-hosting the conference in the Emerald City from October 1 to 5. Matthias replaces David Gudgel, who left FRS Clipper to join Kenmore Air which is also located in Seattle. Congratulations Matthias, and we look forward to your hospitality this fall.
Expression of Interest • Interferry Board of Directors • Supplier Position
Also at our recent Rome Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved sending out a formal request to our supplier members seeking Expressions of Interest to fill a vacant Director position on the Board.
We are seeking an associate member in good standing who is considered a leader in the ferry industry. In addition to demonstrating in-depth knowledge of and experience in our industry, candidates need to able to fulfill a four-year term and attend board meetings held three times per year throughout the world.
Full details will be issued shortly through our Interferry News email distribution network. Application letters and CVs should be emailed to email@example.com in my role as Corporate Secretary for consideration by the board’s Nominating Committee.
Regulatory Update • MEPC 78 Outcomes
The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 78th session from June 6 – 10. During this session, among other things, the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) regulations were finalized to enter into force in 2023.
As previously reported, compliance with EEXI by 2023 seems to be well in hand for our members, due in large part to Interferry’s continued active involvement in the process.
On the other hand, there still is much uncertainty regarding the CII timeline and enforcement criteria for vessels that fall outside the adopted sliding scale thresholds. Hopefully this will all be resolved during CII’s initial three-year review period ending in 2026. Since Classification Societies and Flag States will be key players over the next few years, Interferry recommends that members stay in close connection with them.
On a positive CII note, we were pleased to see that – as requested by us – the capacity parameter for ro-ro cargo ships was aligned with that for ro-ro passenger ships and changed to gross tons.
For a comprehensive explanation of MEPC 78, read Johan Roos’ recently issued Regulatory Report here on Interferry.com.
Thanks for reading this month’s report. For those of you yet to register for the conference, I hope that my review of the Speakers Program now motivates you to do so. Also, for those considering sponsorship packages or exhibition stands, I strongly encourage you to make your commitment very soon – there aren’t many opportunities left!
Until next month, take care and stay safe…
Mike Corrigan – CEO, Interferry