FERRIES 2021: Pace Ralli to speak on first zero-carbon, hydrogen fuel cell ferry

Written by Marine Log Staff
Pace Ralli

Pace Ralli

Speakers at Marine Log’s upcoming FERRIES 2021 will include Pace Ralli, founder and CEO of SWITCH Maritime. On November 10, the second day of the conference, he will speak on the first zero-carbon, hydrogen fuel cell ferry, the Sea Change. The audience will be invited to ask questions immediately following his presentation.

Sea Change

Ralli will present a case study on the Sea Change ferry from the vessel owner perspective that will incorporate an overview of the hydrogen powertrain technology. He will also discuss:

  • Project financing methods and fuel supply chains;
  • The importance of the Sea Change project in the context of maritime decarbonization efforts; and
  • How SWITCH Maritime can help industry participants with the energy transition.


Ralli is an entrepreneur and impact investor in the maritime, transportation and energy sectors. He is co-founder of Clean Marine Energy, SWITCH Maritime, MidOcean Wind, and partner of MidOcean Marine Partners. He graduated with a BA from Middlebury College in 2002, and with a MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2009.

His background ranges from corporate finance and business development to energy efficiency financing and utility renewables. He and his partners saw the opportunity to unlock wide-scale emissions reductions in the maritime shipping industry. He is now broadly focused on financing the path to zero emissions shipping while advancing innovative sustainable technologies. Current project areas include clean ship fueling infrastructure, offshore wind farm installation and zero-emissions passenger transport.


FERRIES 2021 will take place November 9-10 on the New York Harbor waterfront in Jersey City, N.J. 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 and Soundown, and J&A Enterprises (platinum sponsors); Glosten, ABB, Kongsberg, Wärtsilä, Marine Jet Power, and Siemens Energy (gold sponsors); NCP Coatings, MTU – A Rolls-Royce Solution, BMT, Elkon, EMS Marcon, Beier Integrated Systems, RocketRez, The Shearer Group, C-Job Naval Architects, and Thrustmaster (silver sponsors); and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Elliott Bay Design Group, Great Lakes Power, Twin Disc, Derecktor, Karl Senner, Rigidized Metals, All American Marine, Panolin, Martin Ottaway, TNEMEC, R.A. Mitchell, BAE Systems, and Thrive Payments (bronze sponsors); UES Seating (tour sponsor); Hornblower (lunch sponsor); TEPCO Solutions (cocktail sponsor); Simplex Americas (lanyard sponsor); and Metal Shark (registration bag sponsor).

Registration for the event is open

For questions on sponsorships, please contact David Harkey at dharkey@sbpub.com.

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