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FERRIES 2021 PANEL: Ridership growth—preparing for the boom

L to R: Cameron Clark, Nigel Cabral, Seamus Murphy

Posted on October 11, 2021

A feature of Marine Log’s upcoming FERRIES 2021 event will be two panel discussions in front of a live-audience. The first, on November 9, will focus on the topic of ferry ridership growth. The audience will be invited to ask the panelists questions immediately following the panel session.

While the pandemic significantly depressed ferry use over the past 18 months, ridership is now continuously increasing in most markets. Operators are scaling up services to meet demand that in many spots that still aren’t at pre-pandemic levels. As pandemic restrictions are lifted, service routes are being added and plans for ferry system expansions are in the works.


  • What are the best plans for post-COVID-19 recovery for ferry operations?
  • What impact do current and pending regulations have on ferry operations and ridership growth?
  • Why partnering with other modes of transportation to get your customers to where they want to go might make sense.
  • How ferry services can rapidly expand or adjust routes to best serve needs of riders, and more.


  • Cameron Clark, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Hornblower Group
  • Nigel Cabral, Chief Executive Officer, Tideline Marine Group
  • Seamus Murphy, Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA)

View the complete agenda or register for FERRIES 2021.


The venue, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking ferry traffic on the Hudson River, is a quick ferry ride from New York City.

Marine Log has partnered with the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) to plan what will be the industry’s first live event in 18 months. In addition to two days of in-person discussions and dynamic Q&A sessions, the event will feature ample opportunities for networking.

Over the next several years, the ferry industry is expected to experience rapid growth and innovation. The collaboration between Marine Log and the PVA enables both organizations to share resources and industry knowledge in support of the ferry industry at this critical juncture.

As ever, a focus of the program will be on lessons learned from hard-earned, real-life experience. In addition, the program will explore new ways to meet economic and environmental targets through advances in technology, innovative approaches to operating a vessel, and the latest trends in ferry design.


A highlight of this year’s event will be an in-person tour of the first of the three new Ollis Class ferries being delivered to New York Harbor this fall for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Staten Island Ferry Division. The ferries—designed by Elliott Bay Design Group in Seattle, Wash.—were built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s Allanton, Fla., shipyard.

Conference attendees will get a guided tour of the vessel’s pilothouse, engineroom, and its passenger spaces.

NYCDOT will also allow guests to explore its full mission pilothouse simulator. Designed as a close reproduction of the Ollis Class pilothouse, the simulator features the same Furuno radars and Transas ECS units as the ferries.

A Q&A session will conclude the tour on the saloon deck of the ferry prior to returning to the hotel for the remainder of the conference.

Currently, the growing list of event sponsors includes Cummins (platinum sponsor); UES Seating (tour sponsor); Simplex Americas (laynard sponsor); Glosten, ABB, and Siemens Energy (gold sponsors); NCP Coatings, MTU – A Rolls-Royce Solution, BMT, Elkon, EMS Marcon, Beier Integrated Systems, The Shearer Group, and Thrustmaster (silver sponsors); and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Elliott Bay Design Group, Derecktor, Rigidized Metals, All American Marine, and BAE Systems (bronze sponsors).

Registration for event is now open.

For questions on sponsorships, please contact David Harkey at


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