PRESENTATION

Welcome to the free MedSkippers international virtual event.

The MedSkippers project aims to become a central information hub for the skippers community and the charter sector in the Mediterranean.

We invite you to join industry experts and key players from all sectors to help consider the very best path forward and help shape its future direction of the MedSkipper project to best serve the professional skipper community and establish its self as a key resource to the worldwide top nautical tourism sector.

The event will be held in real-time with fully interactive moderated question and answer sessions.

Sessions will be presented and chaired by industry experts, project owners and government officials covering the current status of the charter sector in the Mediterranean and the main problems faced by the industry, its future expectations, and how the professional skippers can contribute to consolidating the Mediterranean as the worldwide top nautical tourism destination.

SPEAKERS

Opening Session

Fernando Nieto Conde
Project Manager at European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency – European Commission

Philip Easthill
Secretary General of the European Boating Industry

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Federico Cardona
MedSkippers project coordinator

Session 1. International license recognition

Francisco Javier Benítez Martínez
Head of the Maritime Training Service Unit. Ministry of transports, mobility and urban agenda (Spain)

Sébastien de Maria
Maritime Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of the Sea (France)

Liza Aggoune
Maritime Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of the Sea. Unit of employment (France)

Hatem Fekih
General Directorate of Maritime Transport and Ports. Ministry of Transport (Tunisia).

Matteo Bocci
WestMed Assistance Mechanism Central Team

Giovanni Greco
Director of the Coast Guard station in Ravenna

José María Bertrán Basauli
President of the Spanish National Association of Professional Skippers

Sara Teghini
Secretary and co-founder of the Italian National Association of Professional Skippers

Session 2. Charter sector trends

Martina Hrsak
COO at MMK Systems

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Gonzalo León Álvarez
Industry Manager at Zizooboats

Paris Loutriotis
President of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Bareboat Association

Jose Luis Fayos
Technical Advisor and internationalisation of the Spanish Marine Trade Association (ANEN)

Philip Easthill
Secretary General of the European Boating Industry

Session 3. Skippers employability

Andrew Newton
CEO at Oritek Innovations

Sergio Garcia Gil
CEO at Tripulacion.net

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Dawn Farara-Line
Crew Consultant at The Crew Network

Emanuele Bradas
Yacht Broker & Co-founder at BeBlue

Luis Lozano Gutiérrez
Founder at Dalula Marine

Session 4. Charter sector and the marine environment

Frederic Villers
Mediterranean Posidonia Network – Office Français de la Biodiversité

Martha Papathanassiou
Indigo Med – European Marine Science Educators Association

Tomasz Lipski
General Secretary at International Sailing School Association

Maarten Bernhart
CEO at La Bella Verde

Daisee Aguilera Fletcher
CEO at White Sand Solutions

PROGRAM

(Hours in CET – Central European Time or UTC+1)

Tuesday, 23 of November

10:00 – 10:30 Opening session

Fernando Nieto CondeProject Manager at European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive AgencyEuropean Commission
Philip Easthill – Secretary General of the European Boating Industry
Federico Cardona – MedSkippers project coordinator

10:30 – 12:00 Round Table. Case of study: International license recognition in the Western Mediterranean.
(Simultaneous translation into Spanish, English and French will be provided for this session)

Francisco Javier Benítez MartínezHead of the Maritime Training Service Unit. Ministry of transports, mobility and urban agenda (Spain)
Sébastien de MariaMaritime Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of the Sea (France)
Liza AggouneMaritime Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of the Sea. Unit of employment (France)
Hatem Fekih – General Directorate of Maritime Transport and Ports. Ministry of Transport (Tunisia).
Giovanni Greco  – Director of the Coast Guard station in Ravenna
José María Bertrán Basauli – President of the Spanish National Association of Professional Skippers
Sara Teghini – Secretary and co-founder of the Italian National Association of Professional Skippers

Moderator: Matteo BocciWestMED Assistance Mechanism Central Team

12:00 – 13:00 Charter Sector Trends

  • A b2b perspective. Martina Hrsak – COO at MMK Systems.
  • A b2C perspective. Gonzalo León ÁlvarezIndustry Manager at Zizooboats
  • The charter sector in the Eastern Mediterranean. Paris Loutriotis – President of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Bareboat Association
  • The charter sector in the Western Mediterranean – Jose Luis Fayos – Technical Advisor and internationalisation of the Spanish Marine Trade Association (ANEN)

13:00 – 14:00 Round Table. The future of the charter sector.

Speakers:

Martina HrsakCOO at MMK Systems
Gonzalo León ÁlvarezIndustry Manager at Zizooboats
Paris LoutriotisPresident of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Bareboat Association
José Luís FayosTechnical Advisor and internationalisation of the Spanish Marine Trade Association (ANEN)

Moderator: Philip EasthillGeneral Secretary European Boating Industry

15:00 – 16:00 Skippers employability.

  • The MedSkippers App – Andrew Newton – CEO at Oritek Innovations
  • Required skipper’s skills in the charter sector – Sergio Garcia Gil – CEO at Tripulacion.net
  • A crew agent perspective – Dawn Farara-Line. Crew Consultant at The Crew Network
  • Required skipper’s skills in flotilla holidays – Emanuele Bradas – Yacht Broker Co-founder at BeBlue

Moderator: Luis Lozano GutiérrezFounder at Dalula Marine

16:00 – 17:00 Charter sector and the marine environment

  • The Mediterranean Posidonia Network and the Environmental Dimension of the Mediterranean Charter sector. Frederic Villers – (Mediterranean Posidonia Network – Office Français de la Biodiversité)
  • Ocean literacy for skippers. Martha Papathanassiou – (Indigo Med – European Marine Science Educators Association).
  • MedSkippers Environmental module for skippers. Tomasz Lipski – General Secretary at International Sailing School Association.
  • Good practices in the charter sector. Maarten Bernhart – CEO at La Bella Verde.

Moderator: Daisee Aguilera Fletcher – CEO at White Sand Solutions

17:00 – 17:30 Conclusions
Federico Cardona Pons – MedSkippers Coordinator

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