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This is what the roman statesman and officer Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus known as ‘Pompey the Great’ said in the year 56 BC.  For many of us with lots of saltwater in our veins, this is our daily operational focus as we consider a widening range of challenges and opportunities.

Navigating today’s ships and ferry lines through the changing winds of digital, geopolitical, economic and social developments requires ferry industry leaders and managers to adjust the way forward and embrace change that meets the future needs of customers.

After many successful years running the old Ferry Shipping Conference, founded by the late Klas Brogren and Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson, it is now time to introduce a new shipping conference format.

Bo-Lennart left the cooperation with Shippax and has 2018 established , with his long-time friend Frans Baud at KVSA in Amsterdam/IJmuiden a new annual ferry shipping conference concept that is responsive to meeting the changing needs of today’s ferry operator/port leaders, managers and suppliers.

We invite you to embrace this change and enjoy our well established and exciting conference event.

All the best from

Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson

The European

Ferry Shipping Summit

Our event will take place in fantastic Royal Olympic Hotel Athens, Greece from 7th to 8th of November 2024 with focus on providing quality.

Quality insights and potential solutions

Quality speakers and panellists

Quality networking

Quality location

Quality time and efficiency

We are the team

delivering tomorrow’s efficient ferry shipping conference solution.

Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson

After gaining a B. Sc. in Ba and Econ at Lund University , he joined Lion Ferry AB. He was Marketing Manager and International Passenger Manager for Lion Ferry’s five European routes and markets.
In 1981, he moved to DFDS Helsingborg as Line Manager and became after two years Managing Director of DFDS in Hamburg, Germany. Continuing with DFDS, at HQ Copenhagen, in 1984, he became Group Director and head of DFDS Seaways’ six European routes. In the year 2000, he was appointed CEO and Managing Director of DFDS Group Executive Board, again based in Copenhagen. BOLT CONSULTING, was founded in 2002 and fully owned by Bo-Lennart. With his European senior advisory team an important management adviser to the ferry shipping industry. Bo-Lennart has experience as chairman and board member of several European shipping and travel companies. Finally, Bo-Lennart is the co- founder and owner of the annual “Ferry Shipping Conference” onboard.

Frans Baud †

Frans Baud was one of the founders of Ferry Shipping Summit and News. He sadly passed away in December 2023.

François Edward Karel (Frans) Baud joined KVSA van Halverhout & Zwart en Zurmühlen in IJmuiden (the Netherlands) in 2001. As Managing Director, Frans Baud headed the leading provider of services in ship brokerage information services, reporting, stevedoring operations and (sub) agency services till January 2017. Frans Baud did oversee KVSA’s Felison and Felison Cruise Terminals, as well as the KVSA Data and Intelligence subsidiary, provider of a wide range of information and communication platforms.

Mr Baud was a 30 year maritime and logistical services veteran with broad expertise ranging from control, inspection, analysis and certification to ship brokerage, commodity logistics, terminal operations , forwarding and supply chain management systems.

Frans Baud’s dedicated work to get the Ferry Shipping Summit established has been invaluable.

Mike Louagie

Mike started in 1989 as a freelance “maritime” photographer.

Born in Oostende, Belgium, his first customers were the Oostende-Dover ferry line and the nearby port of Zeebrugge (MBZ).

During the following years he became specialised in cruise, ferry and roro. Not only as a photographer, but also as an editor and lecturer. His job made him travel all over the world on hundreds of ferries and cruise ships.

In 2010 he received the Walter Baeke Travel Writer Award at the Brussels Travel Expo.

Mike is, since the start in 2017, chief-editor for our newsletter Ferry Shipping News.

Eric Verdu

Bio coming soon!

Get your tickets

Included in the price:

  • Pre conference reception cocktail;
  • Participation and documents/presentations on the conference;
  • Festive dinner at an exclusive location;
  • Lunch day one and two;
  • Coffee breaks and drinks with all meals;
  • Happy hour and pre-dinner drinks;
  • Nightcap;
  • Hospitality desk for post conference activities.

The entrance fee is (all taxes included):

1,385.00Book now

Hotel information

Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece  | Hotel in Greece