Promoters of the Event

Sustainable Development and Business Networking

Your annual meeting point and Observatory for analysis
and monitoring of Environmental Management policies
in the maritime industry —for shipping companies, ferry
operators and public entities

Free Registration and Attendance *

* Will be donated to Mercy Ships the collection after paying all the Spring Conference expenses.


Event Owner: Juan Manuel Doncel —President of the Ceuta Port Authority

Juan Manuel Doncel has a degree in Law from the University of Granada, DIP University Master, DIP University Expert, Socio-Labor University Expert, and University Expert in Urban Planning.
Currently, President of the Port Authority of Ceuta, he has previously been Deputy of the Assembly of Ceuta, Deputy Minister of Urban Planning, Minister of Development, Head of the Presidency Cabinet of the Autonomous City of Ceuta, Manager of Urban Planning, and Manager of the company Municipal housing.


Event Promoter: Jaime Rodrigo de Larrucea —Founder of Estudio Jurídico Rodrigo de Larrucea

Jaime Rodrigo de Larrucea, is a Lawyer, Doctor of Laws (PhD Law) and Doctor of Nautical Engineering (PhD Eng.), Professor of Maritime Law (UPC), President of the Maritime Law Section of the Bar Association of Barcelona (ICAB). Also Academic of the Royal European Academy of Doctors and the Royal Academy of the Sea.
Author of various publications, visiting professor at various domestic and foreign Universities, Master Teacher Advocacy International (Institute of Law and Economics) and in different professional Masters, Legal Director and team Manager (Team Leader) in different national and international missions, Consultant and Expert EU, national and regional governments (Generalitat de Catalunya), Director and Secretary of various companies.
Member of Editorial Board of “Economist & Jurist,” Jurist recognized / recommended: Legal 500 Europe, Legal 500 America, The Maritime Advocate, Advocate XXI, Shipping & Transport Lawyer, Juriste, Transport XXI, etc.


Event Director and Promoter: Jose Rodríguez —Founder & CEO The Maritime Consulting Group

Jose Rodríguez has over 30 years experience in the Transportation industry, having held Senior management positions in transport and shipping corporations in Spain (since 1987) and Latin America (1996-2001). Jose has been a Founder, Managing Director and Board Member of several companies specialising in the transportation of Passengers and Freight.
His extensive experience has spanned many disciplines including a Shipowner, Ship Agent, Freight Forwarder and a Shipping Broker. Jose has hands-on experience of the supply chain, warehousing and distribution, surface transportation; and of the Tourism sector —he has founded metropolitan lines and touristic shipping lines, and managed the acquisition and merger of travel agencies groups. And is also currently dedicated to the Technology sector providing leading and innovative IT and Business Intelligence solutions to the passenger vessel industry.
Jose also created his own Strategic Consulting Business 'The Maritime Consulting Group', which specialised in the approach and implementation of Strategic Management Processes, definition and restructuring of Strategic Business Units, and is Managing Director and Chief Global Strategist for the maritime sector.
Throughout his professional career, he has organized various events and participated in important forums as a speaker, being currently an active promoter of conferences and congresses for the industry.
At an academic level, Jose Rodríguez studied Law at the UMA —University of Malaga, as well as several postgraduate degrees (Marketing, International Business & Trade Management) and MBA (Master of Business Administration, Business Expert, and Innovation Expert). He is still dedicated to study, currently a Degree in History of Art in the Spanish University —UNED.


Event Coordinator & Promoter: Philippe Holthof —Ferry Market Analyst & Consultant, Maritime Journalist

Philippe Holthof is a seasoned maritime journalist, speaker and moderator. Born the son of a master mariner commanding ferries on the Ostend-Dover line, he developed an early interest in the maritime industry in general and ferries in particular. Philippe soon began collecting data on the industry and, with his first paycheck, began travelling on ro-pax ferries all over Europe, studying the ships, their operators and ports.

After completing his education in maritime logistics management, he embarked on a career as a freelance author, and began writing for Shippax in the mid-1990s. Philippe has interviewed all relevant players in the ferry industry, culminating in the job of Shippax’s editor-in-chief and lead moderator of the Shippax Ferry Conference, a job he quit in September 2021.

Philippe is a member of the DNV Ferry Committee, and guest lecturer at the Thomas More Institute in Mechelen, Belgium, for Bachelors of Tourism.

Currently, Philippe runs his own consultancy, C&MORE.


The Port of Ceuta is also one of the few Spanish ports (together with Barcelona, Algeciras, and Vigo) that has the EMAS Certification —Eco Management and Audit Scheme, that allows evaluating the environmental impact, improving it in qualitative and quantitative terms, and declare it officially and transparently.