FERRIES 2021: Panel on ferry design will highlight latest trends and projects

Written by Marine Log Staff
View of NY Harbor from hotel

Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson offers spectacular views of ferries at work

“The ferry industry is poised to rebound in 2022.” That’s the theme of this year’s Marine Log FERRIES conference set to be presented November 9-10 on the New York Harbor waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., in partnership with the Passenger Vessel Association.

This year, the event will include a panel discussion on Day 2 of the program on the topic of advancements in ferry design, when the speakers will discuss recent ferry projects, the design process, challenges to that process, and more. Joining the discussion are Morgan Fanberg, president of Glosten; John Motlow, executive vice president of Zero Emissions Industries (ZEI); and James Moran, project manager for BMT.

The audience will be invited to ask the panelists questions immediately following the discussion.

Meet Morgan Fanberg

Fanberg is the president of Glosten, a full-service naval architecture and marine consulting firm based in Seattle, Wash. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., he is a licensed professionall engineer with over 20 years of marine industry experience specializing in marine mechanical and electrical systems.

Prior to being appointed president, he led Glosten’s Marine Engineering Group. In that role, he served as a technical resource, a leader, and a mentor. As president, he has chief responsibility for setting the strategic direction for the company. He is Glosten’s sixth president since the firm’s founding in 1958.

Meet John Motlow

Motlow is an expert in evaluating and enabling the growth and adoption of pathways for commercialized of cutting-edge hydrogen technologies, while identifying and mitigating the technical, regulatory, communication and market challenges that arise with H2 deployment in the real world.

He has directly shaped and modernized the U.S. and international public media narrative for the maritime use case of hydrogen and hydrogen technology in general. Additionally, Motlow has advised members of domestic and international governments, corporate and finance industry executives in shaping their near and long term hydrogen strategies.

ZEI, formerly Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, launched in 2017, is a hydrogen technology company that develops and sells hydrogen turnkey power systems and supporting technologies for a range of applications, including for ferries and other maritime vessels. ZEI is best known for its design and development of the hydrogen propulsion system on the Sea Change ferry (formerly called the Water-Go-Round), the first hydrogen vessel in the United States.

Meet James Moran

Moran is naval architect and ship design manager with more than 30 years of experience. As BMT’s principal naval architect based in the U.S., he has led commercial and government ship design projects, including the Potomac Riverboat Company water taxis and the New Orleans RTA ferries.

He also brings strong experience in concept development and design for naval ships and patrol craft. With a career focused on concept to delivery of ship design and wide-ranging experience in vessel types, materials, and construction methodologies, he draws upon a wealth of technical expertise. He is also an effective manager and communicator, with skill in bridging the gap between technical and non-technical individuals, and successfully resolving technical and project challenges.


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, of course, the latest trends in ferry design.

Currently, the growing list of event sponsors includes Cummins (platinum sponsor); UES Seating (tour sponsor); Glosten and ABB (gold sponsors); NCP Coatings, MTU – A Rolls-Royce Solution, BMT, Elkon, EMS Marcon, Beier Integrated Systems, The Shearer Group, and Thrustmaster (silver sponsors); and 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 [email protected]

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