Interferry annual conference to highlight positives after pandemic

Interferry annual conference to highlight positives after pandemic


Registrations are in line with previous years, according to CEO Mike Corrigan

Interferry is to highlight successful solutions and strategies in responding to Covid-19, climate change and other major challenges at its 45th annual conference, which is focused on the theme ‘The Future is Ferries’.

The event will take place in Santander, Spain, after the cancellation of last year’s conference scheduled for Hobart, Australia.

“Registrations to date are similar to previous years,” said Mike Corrigan, CEO of Interferry. “With the traditional surge to register still to come in the final month before the conference, there is clearly a lot of pent-up demand from industry professionals to reconnect face-to-face, share current experiences and explore future strategies.”

The Speakers Programme on 4-5 October will also feature sessions on step-change innovation, IT security and safety initiatives, as well as discussions on environmental issues including sustainable newbuilds and the drive towards zero emissions.

A regulatory update will focus on agreed and proposed requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Interferry has secured sector-specific technical solutions under the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index, which will come into force in January, through its consultation with the International Maritime Organization. In addition, sessions will cover proposals from the EU, including Fuel EU Maritime – which sets limits on the greenhouse gas content in maritime fuel and requires passenger vessels to use berth-side power supply – and the integration of shipping into an Emissions Trading Scheme. 

Interferry’s 2021 event is being hosted by Brittany Ferries, which has served Santander since 1978 within a route network covering France, northern Spain, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
13 September 2021

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