Professional Women in Cruising Brunch

Dry Dock: Technical Upgrades & an Improved Guest Experience


In partnership with WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association)

In Partnership with:

Thursday 30 March

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Palm B

Broward County Convention Center

Dry Dock: Technical Upgrades & an Improved Guest Experience

The PWiC brunch offers a chance to dive into the ins and outs of drydocking, providing an overview of all that is involved in a drydock, from the initial planning, equipment, and vendor logistics to the dry dock operations themselves.


  • Anna Silva, Manager Cruise Operations and Manager HSE, Port Everglades Terminal LLC


  • Lorena Galan, Director of Global Logistics, The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection
  • Martina Gallus, VP Technical Operations, Carnival Cruise Line
  • Maija Harju, Director of Operations, Fassmer Technical Projects
  • Linda Turnquest, CFO, Grand Bahama Shipyard

The Professional Women in Cruise Brunch is hosted in partnership with WISTA (Women's International Shipping & Trading Association) and always includes diverse panels and in particular women to talk about their role in the shipping industry. The funds raised are donated to Mercy Ships.

About Our Partners


Founded in 1997, is the largest National WISTA Associations (NWAs) worldwide, with more than 800 members spread across eleven regional Chapters: Connecticut; Delaware River & Bay Area; Florida; Great Lakes/Midwest; New England; New Orleans; New York / New Jersey; the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon); Texas; Washington, DC Metro; and West Coast (California and Hawai’i).

WISTA members represent all facets of the maritime industry, including ship owners, charterers, operators, brokers, bankers, insurance professionals, attorneys, analysts, and government officials. With more than 4000 members in 51 countries, WISTA provides local, regional, national, and international networking and professional opportunities for its members.


An international organization, Mercy Ships currently operates the world's largest non-governmental hospital ships, including a second ship scheduled to arrive in Africa in 2022. In the pursuit of hope and healing, Mercy Ships provides free surgical, dental, and ophthalmic care, as well as professional mentoring and healthcare education courses, mental health programs, sustainable agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients. 

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has completed 601 port visits, visiting 55 developing countries, including 14 in Africa. Through a variety of ship- and land-based programs, Mercy Ships is committed to strengthening healthcare systems in Africa so that people can access safe, timely, and affordable medical care.