Interferry 2024: bringing the global ferry industry together

The 48th Annual Interferry Conference will take place in Marrakech, Morocco in October

Interferry 2024: bringing the global ferry industry together


The Interferry Conference will come to Africa for the first time when it visits the city of Marrakech in October

By Laura Hyde |

Interferry2024 will run from 26-30 October 2024 at the Palais des Congrès Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco. Hosted by ferry operator and president’s sponsor FRS/DFDS, this conference is the first-ever Interferry conference to be held on the African continent.

As the trade association representing the ferry industry worldwide, Interferry’s conference attracts top-level decision makers from a wide array of international companies, including ferry owners and operators, shipbuilders, designers and engineers, equipment suppliers and manufacturers, and many others.

The event will feature topical speakers and sessions, Ferry Leaders Panels, multiple networking opportunities, and a technical tour hosted by FRS/DFDS. Sponsors and exhibitors will be able to display their products and services to conference attendees in the large exhibition space.

The Interferry team has launched a ‘Call for Speakers’ and has begun to develop a programme focused on the conference theme of ‘Safety, Security and Sustainability’. Among the many timely topics will be sessions and presentations concerning zero-emissions solutions, vessel project presentations highlighting a wide range of innovative ship designs for small to large ferry operations, as well as the Ferry Leaders Panels that close each conference day. Delegates will also hear from Johan Roos, Interferry’s regulatory affairs director, who will provide a regulatory update.

Interferry2024 Marrakech

Interferry2024 will take place at the Palais des Congrès Marrakech in Marrakech, Morocco

This year, there will also be a half-day session on 30 October that will follow up on the Africa Ferry Safety Seminar that Interferry and the International Maritime Organization co-hosted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The seminar, which took place on 16-17 April, furthered Interferry´s commitment to reducing casualties in developing nations by promoting the highest maritime safety standards.

Networking opportunities and events at Interferry 2024 include pre-tours to the Marrakech Medina and the Atlas Mountains; partner tours to Jardin Majorelle, Musée du Parfum and Adouar Marrakech; the poolside Sunday welcome reception; the Monday networking reception at Palais Jad Mahal; and the farewell dinner at Palais Dar Soukkar.

The Interferry2024 technical tour features a trip from Marrakech to Tangier, where participants will board FRS/DFDS’s Tarifa Jet and sail to Tarifa. They will tour the vessel as well as both port terminals.

Conference registration for Interferry members opens on 1 June, while general registration opens on 1 August.

For more information and to register, visit the Interferry2024 conference website.

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