Interferry directors have confirmed that the 45th edition of the global trade association’s annual conference will go ahead as planned in Santander, Spain, from 2-6 October 2021.
The conference will be hosted by operator Brittany Ferries, and will be focused on the theme of ‘The Future is Ferries.’ The two-day speakers’ programme will be the centrepiece of the event, with featured sessions on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, ship design innovations, safety issues, how to attract future customers, and supply chain logistics.
“Last year we were due to convene in Hobart, Australia, but the pandemic forced us to cancel for the first time in our 45-year history,” said Mike Corrigan, CEO of Interferry. “There is pent-up demand from industry professionals to reconnect at what is the ferry community’s longest established conference. We have to balance that with the obvious priority of safety first, but the outlook is now so much better that we feel increasingly comfortable with our intention to stage this year’s event.”
The decision to go ahead was taken based on the vaccination rate in Spain, the low levels of infection in the Cantabria region surrounding Santander, and the European Union’s proposed Digital Green Certificate for proving vaccination or a negative test result.
Delegate registration for the event will open on 1 June.
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