Hobart’s maritime expertise attracts international delegates for Interferry Conference


Hobart will welcome over 400 delegates from around the world this week for the 47th Annual Interferry Conference at Hotel Grand Chancellor’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 4 to 8.

It will mark the first time the conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere since the Gold Coast in 2002.

Interferry association member and Tasmania’s own TT-Line Spirit of Tasmania will host the event.

“I am very pleased with Interferry’s decision to hold the conference for only the third time,” said Spirit of Tasmania CEO and Interferry President Bernard Dwyer.

“Customer experience and sustainability are key considerations that shape our local ferry industry processes, and these will be key themes of the diverse conference program.

“The opportunity to hear from local industry professionals and technical and post-conference tours will provide great insights into the high-quality craftsmanship and innovative marine technologies available here in Tasmania.”

Business Events Tasmania CEO Marnie Craig said Hobart was a natural drawcard for the conference due to its highly sought after professionals and manufacturers in the maritime industry.

“Our strong commitment to innovative research and development as well as the development of excellent infrastructure has made Tasmania a leading force across many sectors and a hub for key talent and knowledge exchange,” she said.

“As such, we are a destination that is conducive to hosting aligned business conferences and events that operate on a global scale.

“Throughout the conference, a spotlight will be placed on our global-scale activity within the ferry industry and the contributions of Tasmania-based manufacturers such as Incat, Spirit of Tasmania, Life Raft Systems as well as multi-award-winning tourism operator Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s.”

In conjunction with the 47th Annual Interferry Conference 2023, Hobart will also host the 21st World Wind Energy Conference 2023 from November 7 to 9.