Preliminary Program presented by Main Sponsor Port of Ystad

Theme: Change to Innovative, climate friendly and efficient operation.

Main Sponsor

Time 16:00 | Visit to port of Ystad Bus transfer from Malmö

Location: Bus leaving from Malmö 16.00Hrs for port of Ystad

Time 21:00 – 22:30 | Pre-conference reception

Sponsored by Port of Helsingborg

Location: Hotel Kramer

Time 08:00 | Set up of exhibition stands

Location: Exhibitors area | Casino Cosmopol

Time 09:30 | Registration

Location: Casino Cosmopol

Time 10:00 | Welcome Coffee

Location: Exhibitors area

Sponsored by TBN

Time 11:30 | Conference begins – Official opening by Zeno D’Agostino Chairman ESPO

Speakers – Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson & Frans Baud

Message from Main Sponsor

Björn Boström – MD Port of Ystad

Time 12:00 | PANEL DEBATE Ro-Pax Executives about industry strategies next 3 years. 

Focus on new innovative, operational efficient and profitable in the passenger travel market. Are we market or production driven? Tonnage development?


  • Spiros Paschalis – CEO Attica group
  • Achille Onorato – CEO Moby Line
  • Brian Thorsted – Hansen CEO Fjord Line
  • Matteo Della Valle – Pax Sales & Marketing Staff Director, GNV

Moderator: Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson

Time 13:00 | Efficient solutions for the industry

TOPIC: Efficient and seamless Crewing systems

  • Speaker – TBN, Europe Adonis

TOPIC: Cloud based cost efficient booking system

  • Speaker – Hans Björkborg, Management consulting and digitalization Lighthouse

Moderator: Jan Philip Eckman

Time 13:30 | Lunch

Sponsored by TBN

Time 14:30 | PANEL DEBATE Ro-Ro Executives Industry strategies next 3 years.

Focus on how to be climate-friendly, operational efficient and profitable in the freight and logistic market.


  • Mathieu Girardin – EVP DFDS
  • Tom Pippingsköld – CEO Finnlines
  • Alistair Eagles – MD Seatruck Ferries
  • Dan Mikkola – CEO Godby Shipping TBN

Moderator: Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson

Time 15:30 | Efficient solutions for the industry

TOPIC: Alternative fuel and fit for 55

  • Speaker – Pino Spadafora, Global Marine Commercial Senior director Rina

TOPIC: Automation for efficiency

  • Speaker – Lars Clausen, CEO Logos

TOPIC: Efficient freight and port terminal systems

  • Speaker – TBN, E-DEA

Moderator: Jan Philip Eckman

Time 16:15 | Coffee Break

Location: Exhibitors area

Sponsored By Adaptive Recognition

Time 16:45 | Efficient ferries and solutions for the industry

TOPIC: Digitizing ferry ports

  • Speaker – Alan Tofte, Managing Partner Adaptive Recognition

TOPIC: New energy steering systems and optimised propulsion.

  • Speaker – Stefan Sedersten, CEO Berg Propulsion

TOPIC: Safety solutions at sea.

  • SpeakerJohan Ljungbeck, Head of Sales and Marketing Kockumation

Moderator: Bruno Valkeniers

Time 17:30 | “Ferry different “Alternative ideas to end the day

Speaker – Alistair Eagles, CEO Seatruck Ferries

Moderator:  Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson

Time 18:00 Awards ceremony: RoPax, RoRo and Ferry Port of the Year

Award drink sponsored by Simsonship

Time 18:30 Break

Time 20:00 | Walking Dinner

Sponsored By Port of Ystad

Location: Casino Top floor Restaurant

Time 22:30 | Night Cap

Sponsored ByTBN

Location: Kockska

Time 09:00 | Social media rules in ferry companies

Speaker: TBN

Time 09:15 | Solutions Fit for 55

Speakers: Christer Bruzelius, Sen. Partner Gotland Tech Dev

Moderator: Bruno Valkeniers

Time 09:30 | PANEL DEBATE Think tank.

The ferry industry looks 2025/30 Climate-friendly? Super digital. Customer friendly.


  • Finn Wollesen – CEO Knud E. Hansen
  • Glen Carr – CCO Port of Rosslare
  • TBN

Moderator: Mike Louagie

Time 10:30 | Climate friendly sustainable solutions for the industry.


  • TBN
  • TBN
  • TBN

Moderator: Bruno Valkeniers

Time 11:15 |  Coffeebreak

Location: Exhibitors area

Sponsored by Adaptive Recognition

Time 11:45 | PANEL DEBATE Ferry ports executives.

Strategies next 3 years New big ferries. How to prepare? Best climate friendly port handling. Automotive? Electrical?


  • Björn Boström – MD Port of Ystad
  • Lieve Duprez – Shortsea Key Account Manager, Port of Antwerp Bruges
  • Despoina Gkikaki – CEO Port of Rafina
  • Theodora Riga – CCO Port of Thessaloniki

Moderator: Isabelle Ryckborst

Time 12:30 | PANEL Debate

Short Sea/Life line routes.


  • Ger Van Langen – CEO Wagenborg
  • Robbie Drummond – CEO Calmac Ferries
  • Stuart Tan – Head of Operations Red Funnel

Moderator: Jan Philip Eckman

Time 13:15 | Words of farewell and welcome

Bo-Lennart Thorbjörnsson & Frans Baud

Time 13:30 | Lunch Sponsored byTBN

Time 14:15 | Networking. Visit Malmö/Copenhagen.

Location: Malmö/Copenhagen


Conference official start     : 11.30 of September 20th  2023

Conference official ending   : 13.30 of September 21st  2023


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