2014 Event Resources

MARITIME Breakfast Seminar

November 19th, 2014, Tampa, fL

PowerPoint Presentations:

Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County

Nanette O'Hara, Tampa Bay Estuary Program

“The Rules of the Road”

On November 18th, as part of Manhattan Yacht Club’s Winter Seminar Series, NAMEPA developed an educational program for adults about commercial shipping and recreational boating in New York Harbor and beyond. Specifically, topics included boat handling in close quarter situations, Operation Clear Channel, the breadth of shipping in New York Harbor and the importance of these cargoes to America. Marine debris and MARPOL regulations were also discussed, and attendees were informed of pollution prevention methods. Speakers included Vincent T. Pica, II, District Commodore First District Southern Region, USCGAux; Jeremy D. Maginot, Lieutenant, USCG; and Elise Avallon, Education and Outreach Manager, NAMEPA. Thank you to all of our attendees for a wonderful discussion, and we look forward to presenting again at the Manhattan Yacht Club! For photos from the event, click here.

Marine Environment Protection: Revolution or Evolution?

October 29th, 2014, New York, NY

Aboard the Hornblower Infinity

353 West Street
Pier 40
New York, NY 10014

Conference: 9:00-5:30 Awards Dinner: 6:00-9:30

Click here to see videos from the event.

Click here to see photos from the event.

Click here to see the press release.

Click here for Annual General Meeting Minutes.

NAMEPA is pleased to again present its annual Marine Environment Protection Conference.  The focus of this event is to provide a framework for discussion of the “new” ECA, changing fuel supplies, spill drill training, and partners in marine environment protection and risk management.  The all-day conference will be followed by our annual NAMEPA Awards Dinner where we recognize the signature achievements of corporations, Federal Agencies, Educational institutions, individuals and non-profit associations. 

Speaker Presentations:

The “New” ECA – Jonathan Waldron, Partner, Blank Rome

Supply of Low-Low Sulphur Fuel – Ian Workman, VP of International Sales, World Fuels Services, Inc. 

Demand for LNG as Fuel – Langley Meek, Commercial Development – LNG, GDF SUEZ Gas NA LLC

Canadian ECA – Paul Topping, Manager of Environmental Protection, Transport Canada

Updates in Drill Exercises – Bob Meyers, President, Robert J. Meyers & Associates, Inc.  

Responsible Party – Ray Botto, SeaRiver Maritime Inc.

Unified Command – Capt. Gordon Loebl, United States Coast Guard

Judith Roos, Vice President, Marketing, Customer Services & Corporate Relations, Marine Spill Response Corporation

Thomas J. Wiker, Director – Compliance Services, Gallagher Marine Systems, LLC 

Michael Popa, General Manager, T&T Salvage LLC 

David Bolduc, Executive Director, Green Marine


American World Maritime Day 2014, Cozumel, Mexico, Oct 22nd-24th

Was held at the Presidente Intercontinental, Cozumel Resort & Spa

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Click here to see the press release.

NAMEPA continued the North American World Maritime Day Observance with this year’s event, held in Cozumel, Mexico. 

We are pleased to be partnering with Mexican maritime interests, and will be joined by senior representatives from both Canada and the United States.  This year, we once again we were honored by the presence and participation of IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu.

Industry experts from both shipping and offshore offered the latest perspective on compliance with MARPOL regulations, education and training of mariners, the prospect of Mexico, Central and South America developing an ECA, safety in offshore drilling, safety at sea and the greening of ports.

Speaker Presentations:

Capt. Alfonso Rodriguez, Harbor Master of Cozumel

Jeanne Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome Maritime

RADM Paul Thomas, USCG 

Ginger Garte, Americas Environmental Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Elaine Heldewier, Sustainability Director, Carnival Corporation & plc

Alejandro Trillo Menchelli, Stericycle

Jorge Duran, OAS-CIP

Capt. Miguel Angel Osuna, President, School of Seafarers of Mexico

Naim Nazha, Executive Director for Personnel Standards, Pilotage and Medicine of Marine Safety and Security, Transport Canada

Anuj Chopra, Vice President Americas, Rightship

Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, NAMMA

Paul Topping, Manager of Environmental Protection, Trans Canada

Avery Munson, Commercial Managers Americas, Mammoet Salvage Avery Munson



NAMEPA Leadership Roundtable Discussion: Maritime Readiness in Alaska, August 13th, 2014

The topic of this event was “Maritime Readiness in Alaska.” Discussion focused on waterways management, regulatory requirements, resources requirements and operational readiness.

To see the agenda from this event, click here.

To see photos from this event, click here.

Speaker Presentations:

VADM Charles Ray – USCG: An Overview of the USCG’s Role in Alaska

Doug Martin - SMIT Salvage Americas: Lessons Learned from the Kulluk

Mark Swanson – Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council

Barkley Lloyd – Alaska Clean Seas: Response Asset Investment in Alaska and the Arctic

Tara Reimer - Alaska Sealife Center: Wildlife Response

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“Compliance, Cost and Competency in America”

June 5th, 2014, Athens, Greece

Posidonia Seminar Room, Metropolitan Expo Centre, Athens International Airport Complex, Athens, Greec


Highlights included: Regulatory challenges in the US and globally; Developing and implementing strategies for achieving compliance; Compliance challenges and opportunities; The cost of noncompliance.

Click here to read an article from Seatrade Global about the event.

Speaker Presentations:

Jeanne Grasso – The Cost of Non-Compliance: Regulatory and Enforcement Challenges

Jeff Lantz – USCG Environmental Regulations

Lindsay Malen – Salvors: Partners in OPA 90 Compliance & More

Paal Johansen – There Are No Shortcuts to Compliance

Scott Groves – Zero Pollution Solutions for Age Old Problems

Check out these two Maritime TV reports from Posidonia 2014 in Athens, Greece via “Bobble-Head” Cam, featuring NAMEPA co-founders Clay Maitland and Carleen Lyden Kluss!


DNV GL Forum: Future of Shipping in the Arctic – The New Risk Frontier

Click here to see presentations from the event.


“Safety at Sea” National Maritime Day EIM Seminar and AMVER Awards Dinner: May 22, 2014, Washington, DC

Industry and governmental leaders discussed issues of the day surrounding Safety at Sea. This seminar was designed to highlight both best practices and opportunities for improvement.

Industry leaders celebrated the achievements of the merchant marine industry, and the presentation of the AMVER Awards. This year’s dinner highlighted the developments in the industry, as well as recognized the shipping companies who participate in the United States Coast Guard’s voluntary AMVER rescue at sea program. Click here to view the National Maritime Day websiteClick here to view the event website.

Speaker Presentations:

Joseph Hughes: Insuring Safety Risks


NAMEPA EIM Seminar: “Marine Debris in the Environment”

April 17th, 2014, San Francisco, California

The seminar was held at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. The purpose of NAMEPA Seminar Series is to bring together stakeholders in the marine community to discuss concerns and actions that address marine environment protection. The goal of these discussions is to create greater awareness of the issues and the work that is being undertaken to mitigate potential problems, and to foster collaboration amongst stakeholders. Thank you to all of our attendees!

Speaker presentations:

Greg Stump: Regulatory Framework

Jon Waldron: Legal Framework

Daniel Porter: Wreck Remediation

Sherry Lippiatt: Impacts of Marine Debris on the Seas

Seaberry Nachbar: How Students and Schools are Learning from Litter

Connecticut Maritime Association Shipping 2014

March 17-19, 2014, Stamford, CT

NAMEPA exhibited at the CMA Shipping 2014 conference and exhibition March 17-19th. For more information about the event, click here. 

“Preserving New York’s Marine Heritage”
March 6, 2014, New York, NY

Presented by NAMEPA, DCMC and the Wildlife Conservation Society. We were excited at the prospect of bringing different users of the port together to recognize its significance, and also how we can synchronize our goals to make sure that it gets the attention it deserves! The goal of the event was to focus attention on the importance of the many uses of the Port of New York/New Jersey and explore pathways of communication to fully utilize, yet conserve, the Port. Thank you to DCMC, WCS, all of our attendees and Reed Smith for hosting! 


With the new year comes change in offshore oil and gas. Industry colleagues to explored the “Winds of Change in Offshore Oil & Gas” in Houston on February 20th at the world famous Houstonian. Industry leaders, regulators and more addressed the changes we will be experiencing as we strive to advance commercial interests in offshore oil and gas to make 2014 safe, productive and profitable. Click here for videos from the event. Click here to see the agenda. Sponsors for this event:

1 – Dick Alario, NOIA – Winds of Change in Offshore Oil & Gas  

2 – James Wicklund, Credit Suisse, Winds of Change in Offshore Oil & Gas

4 – RADM James Watson, ABS Americas – Challenges & Solutions for Offshore Frontiers: How Far Can We Go?

5 – Johanna Polsenberg, Wildlife Conservation Society – Oil and Gas in Conservation Seascapes

6 – Capt. David Nicols, USCG – Winds of Change in Offshore Oil & Gas

7 – Allyson Anderson, BSEE -Environmental Protection on the OCS

8 – Erik Wiik, Aker Solutions ASA – Arctic Technology

9 – Jeanne Grasso, Blank Rome – Managing Risk in a Changing Regulatory Environment

10 – Charlie Williams, Center for Offshore Safety (COS) – Risk Management & Safety Offshore

11 – Gary Siems, Stone Energy – Decommissioning: Winds of Change in Offshore Oil & Gas



“Winds of Change in Shipping”
February 19, 2014, Houston, TX

With the new year comes change in shipping. Industry colleagues to explored the “Winds of Change in Shipping” in Houston on February 19th at the world famous Houstonian. Industry leaders, regulators and more addressed the changes we will be experiencing as we strive to advance commercial interests in shipping to make 2014 safe, productive and profitable. Click here to see the agenda. Click here to read an article about the conference from Guidry News. Click the link for Christopher J. Wiernicki’s, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, talk:Impact of Changing Regulations on Global ShippingClick here for videos from the event.

Speaker Presentations:

1- Prof. Maria Burns, Texas Southern University – Global Economy and the Shipping Industry: Forecasting the Market

2 – Christopher Wiernicki, ABS – Impact of Changing Regulations on Global Shipping

3 – Julie Gascon, Transport Canada – World-Class Tanker Safety System & Arctic Initiatives

4 – Christian Mollitor, LISCR – Changing Regulations: Implementation

5- Jeanne Grasso, Blank Rome – Changing Regulations and Legal Implications

6 – Jeffrey Pribor, Jeffries LLC – Shipping Cycles and U.S. Equity Capital Markets

7 – Tony Teo, DNV-GL – Changing Role of LNG

8 – John Hatley, Wartsila – Changing Role of LNG: The Business Case for LNG Marine Fuel

9 – Langley Meek, GDF Suez – The Changing Role of LNG

10 – Phil Morrell, Tote – LNG: Looking Ahead

11 – Aunj Chopra, RightShip – Changing Role of LNG

13 – Dr. Joan Mileski, Texas A&M University – Grooming the Next Generation for Maritime Transportation and Logistics

14 - Johanna Polsenberg, Wildlife Conservation Society – Common Ground and Shared Goals Toward a Sustainable Future

Lloyd’s List North American Awards 2014
February 19, 2014, Houston, TX

Lloyd’s List is adding North America to its stable of international shipping awards. Click to view the  LLoyds List Awards North America document. Click here to go to the website for more information about the event, including nominations, sponsorship and judging. NAMEPA and FedNav are the proud recipients of the Environment award! 

NAMEPA’s Challenges: A Two-Part Interview with Clay Maitland

Part One: “Our marine environment faces threats from overexploitation of resources, coastal development and oil spills, but perhaps the biggest concern to its health is global climate change.” Click here to read the article on the Research Europe website.

Part Two: “We consider it our responsibility to bring regulators and the regulated together for constructive dialogue and planning. What is important is the work of the International Maritime Organization (the United Nations maritime agency), the current negotiations on air emissions, and the domestic legislation of the North American nations themselves — not to mention their member states and provinces — in helping to achieve our objectives.” 

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