In recognition of National Maritime Day, NAMEPA held its annual Safety at Sea seminar on May 22nd at the National Press Club in Washington, DC featuring industry luminaries who gave their perspective on critical issues in safety today. Speakers included RADM Linda Fagan, CDR Allen Birch, Jon Waldron, Kathy Metcalf, Joe Hughes, Rev. Marsh Drege, James Spear, Jim Elliott, and Cynthia Hudson.
By all accounts, the May 2nd conference, Implementing MARPOL in the Caribbean, was a tremendous success. As Sherice Arman stated, "All the right people to deal with this issue are in the room." Some of our top participants wanted solid outcomes and we satisfied their request.
4th Annual Ballast Water Management Summit, held on March 6-8, 2017 in Long Beach, CA.
For your convenience, you may access the program agendas, speaker contact lists and all available presentations from the conference online (username or passwords are not required):
Main Summit: http://bit.ly/ballast4-summit
Pre-Summit Briefing: http://bit.ly/presummbriefing-ballast4
"Focusing on Solutions" Maritime Event
The maritime industry is experiencing the most aggressive regulatory change in history, with the adoption of a global sulphur cap of .5%, adoption of the ballast water management convention, a roadmap and strategy for greenhouse gases, including mandatory reporting of fuel efficiency by 2019, a NECA proposal for the Baltic and North Seas, restriction of HFO in the Arctic and more! Join your industry colleagues as we "Focus on Solutions" for these and other challenges facing the marine industry.
0830- Welcome and overview- Captain Shearon, Presiding Officer- Houston Pilots and Joe Hughes, NAMEPA Chairman and CEO/President of the American Club
Setting the Stage:
Moterated by Joe Hughes, NAMEPA Chairman and CEO/President of the American Club
1030- Meeting the Future
Moderated by Niels A. Aalund, West Gulf Maritime Association
1400- Strategies for Success
Moderated by Douglas Martin SMIT Salvage Americas Llc.
Defining environmental stewardship- RADM Paul Thomas, USCG
Ports’ Approach to Success- Leah Oberlin, Port of Houston Authority
1530- What’s Next?
How education is adapting to change- Captain Michael Rodriguez- Superintendent, Texas A&M Maritime College
On February 8th NAMEPA joined a sold out crowd at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center world premiere of Ocean Frontiers III by Green Fire Production. It is the third in their series of following the Regional Ocean Action Planning Process in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Both plans were completed in late 2016, including a long public comment period. The plans include impressive data portals with data that had previously been available publicly but in different locations. The portal allows user selection of the various data to be displayed in overlays to better understand how all the various uses of the coastal waters in these areas are being used by man and nature, for industry and recreation. The historic collaboration of shipping, fishing, energy companies, recreational and environmental groups as well as Native American tribes means that we can proactively manage our coastal resources.
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center = https://www.virginiaaquarium.com
Northeast Regional Ocean Action Plan = http://neoceanplanning.org
Northeast Regional Ocean Data Portal = http://neoceanplanning.org/easy-access-to-ocean-data/
Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan = http://midatlanticocean.org/youroceanplan/
Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Data Portal = http://midatlanticocean.org/data-portal/
Wednesday, February 8th
Reception 6:30pm ·
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Free admission & refreshments
RSVP to save your seat: Details and RSVP Here!
Participate in the post-film conversation about the new Mid-Atlantic ocean plan and get your questions answered by our panelists, all of whom are featured in the film:
- Laura McKay - Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
- Joe Atangan - Physical Scientist, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Navy
- Chris Scraba - Deputy Chief, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard
- Matt Gove - Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation
- Capt. Chris Ludford - Owner, Pleasure House Oysters
- Mark Swingle - Director of Research & Conservation, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (moderator)
This event is hosted by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Coastal Zone Management, Virginia Sea Grant, Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Virginia Marine Trades Association, The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Port Authority, Pleasure House Oysters, Virginia Maritime Association, Virginia Conservation Network, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, Elizabeth River Project, Lynnhaven River Now, American Planning Association - Virginia Chapter, Virginia Wesleyan College, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Wild Oceans and Green Fire Productions.
Note: People with American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification can receive a maintenance credit for this event. Log your credit here
Event contact:Eva Barnett, firstname.lastname@example.org
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JOIN NAMEPA AND MIF FOR AN AUTHOR EVENING WITH
NOVEMBER 17TH, 2016
68 Washington St.
South Norwalk, CT 06854
This book tells one more key part of the big story and is one more piece in the giant puzzle of the history of World War II. Its value for historians cannot be underestimated. Throughout the stories of the attacks by German and Italian submarines on Allied shipping in the water around the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, several consistent themes emerge in Wiberg's thorough accounts.
Prime among them is the heroism of the merchant mariners who time and again put themselves in danger as they performed the critical task of moving supplies, military and civilian, which were vital to ultimate victory. We read of numerous instances of sailors having their ships shot out from under them and then continuously going back to sea and having additional ships torpedoed and sunk. We can also recognize what we know today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was seldom recognized 75 years ago.
Wiberg pays proper credit to the controversial Duchess of Windsor, whose husband was the wartime governor of the Bahamas. Just as she carried out this official duty, this book relates the heartening tales of everyday Bahamians, often poor and on outlying islands, who generously provided for these desperate castaways. Wiberg also acknowledges the heroism of the Axis submariners as he recounts not only their victories but also their deaths as many of the subs were eventually tracked down and sunk.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK
10 N. WATER ST.
NORWALK, CT 06854
Join us for an evening to learn about, discuss and help shape the Long Island Sound Blue Plan – a new State and stakeholder initiative to better guide future uses of the Sound. This is the Blue Plan Advisory Committee's kick-off event to educate and engage the public about the Plan, which is intended to protect the Sound’s natural resources and its traditional human uses such as boating, fishing, recreation and maritime commerce, among others.
Come learn about the Blue Plan process, watch the short documentary Ocean Frontiers II and join the conversation about what the Plan will accomplish. There will be plenty of chances to ask questions, make comments and discover how you can help shape the Blue Plan.
Free & open to the public.
Reception with appetizers and soft drinks at 6:30 PM. Program begins at 7:00 PM.
- Welcome – Dr. Brian Davis, President & CEO, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
- Purpose of the evening – Rob Klee, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)
- Ocean Frontiers II – documentary film screening
- The Blue Plan – Commissioner Rob Klee
- Stakeholders & the Public – Christine Nelson, AICP, Land Use Director, Town of Old Saybrook
- Issues, Visions & Goals for the Blue Plan – Nathan Frohling, Coastal & Marine Initiatives Director, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut
- Audience Input/Q&A Session with Panelists (60 min) – Facilitated by Nathan Frohling, Chair, Blue Plan Stakeholder Engagement Subcommittee
Bill Gardella, Jr. – Board Member, Connecticut Marine Trades Association & Blue Plan Advisory Committee Member
Melissa Gates – Northeast Regional Manager, Surfrider Foundation
Dick Harris – Marine Specialist, Norm Bloom and Son, LLC / Copps Island Oysters
Mike Theiler – Jeanette T Fisheries & Blue Plan Advisory Committee Member
Brian Thompson – Director, Land and Water Resouces Division, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
THE BLUE PLAN
Find out more about the plan: www.ct.gov/deep/lisblueplan
Ocean Frontiers II tells the inspiring story of citizens working together for healthier economies and healthier seas in Rhode Island and the Northeast. In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, comes a modern wave of big ships, offshore wind energy and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut DEEP, Connecticut Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, Connecticut Marine Trades Association, Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut Charter and Party Boat Association, Surfrider Foundation, Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, Norm Bloom and Son, LLC/Copps Island Oysters, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, New England Science and Sailing, Town of Old Saybrook, Harbor Watch (a program of Earthplace) and Green Fire Productions.
DIRECTIONS / PARKING
The Aquarium recommends parking in the Maritime Garage, the municipally owned parking garage located adjacent to the Aquarium's main entrance. There is a minimal after-hours rate. You can find directions and more at http://www.maritimeaquarium.org/visit-the-aquarium/directions.
2016 NAMEPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON CRITICAL LINK BETWEEN SHIPPING AND SOCIETY
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27
The World Maritime Day theme for 2016 is "Shipping: Indispensable to the world". The theme was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society; without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible. Seaborne trade continues to expand, bringing benefits for consumers across the world through competitive freight costs.
But we, the industry, know this; the challenge comes in educating the public about this globally vital industry. How do we get beyond wringing our hands in frustration and move forward on this initiative?
Industry colleagues, regulators, conservationists and educators broadened the discussion on how to communicate the value proposition of the marine industry to the public. What is the message, what are the instruments we need, and how do we deploy them? How does this benefit your company, your bottom line, and the industry at large?
AGENDA (links to presentations in blue)
- Welcome & Opening Remarks: Joe Hughes- Chairman, NAMEPA; Chairman & CEO, Shipowners Claims Bureau
- SHIPPING- INDISPENSABLE TO THE WORLD
- Value Proposition of Shipping: Joe Hughes- Chairman, NAMEPA; Chairman & CEO, Shipowners Claims Bureau
- Regulatory Impacts on Shipping- Benefiting Shipping's CSR Profile: Joan M. Bondareff- Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP
- The Practicalities of Sustainability: Jan-Willem van Den Dijssel- Americas Lead, Cargill Ocean Transportation Americas
- Environmental and sustainable Shipping in 2025: Jan Hagen Andersen, P.E.- Business Development Manger, DNV GL
- The Financial Rewards of CSR: Susan McPherson- Founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies
- Connecting with the Public on Sustainability through Partnerships: Dr. Sandra Whitehouse- Senior Advisor: Consultant, Ocean Conservancy
COMMUNICATING THE VALUE OF SHIPPING TO THE PUBLIC: Group Discussion
- SENIOR LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
- MODERATOR: Clay Maitland- International Registries, Inc.
- Captain Anuj Chopra- Vice President, Americas, RightShip
- Ronald Tursi- President, TBS Ship Management; Executive Vice President, TBS Ocean Logistics
- Captain Linda Y. Bunn- JAGC, U.S. Navy, Ocean Policy Advisor in the NOC Office, National Ocean Council
- Michael Webber- CFA, Senior Analyst, Managing Director, Shipping, Equipment Leasing & Marine MLPs Equity Research, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
- Nicky Pappadakis- Chairman Emeritus, INTERCARGO
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER: RADM Linda Fagan- Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, & Capability U.S. Coast Guard
- 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
- AWARDS DINNER
Thursday, October 13
Hilton Houston Post Oak
• Presentations - 10th Mare Forum USA 2016
The 10th Mare Forum USA 2016 conference was very successful with very interesting topics, presentations, high quality speakers, panelists and very stimulating discussions.
WGMA & NAMEPA Joint Luncheon Meeting
Tom Kirk is currently the Director, Environmental Performance for ABS located at the corporate headquarters in Houston. The Environmental Performance team is a part of ABS Global Marine organization. Tom leads a team that promotes ABS' environmental performance activities and provides guidance in support of environmental classification, certification and statutory survey work worldwide. He has represented ABS on the IACS delegation to IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee meetings as well as intercessional meetings on reducing greenhouse gasses. Most recently Tom has been appointed as a private sector advisor to the US delegation to MEPC.
Immediately prior to this assignment, Tom served as the Vice President of Engineering for ABS Pacific, stationed in Busan. Tom began his career with ABS in New York City. Over the past 30+ years, Tom has held numerous engineering and management positions in ABS offices in the US, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Tom received his undergraduate degree after completing the dual license program from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. He earned a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University.
In partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals around the globe, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup engages people to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris and change the behaviors.
Walking along the beach it seemed as though we’d been done with our clean up very quickly and with very little to clean up, but with 31 volunteers we collected almost 21 pounds of garbage after just 20 minutes! Much of the debris was found by the closed for the season concession building but there were still many items found in the sand and near the water. We input our data into the Ocean Conservancy’s CleanSwell app that can be downloaded onto smartphones from the iTunes store for free.
Although September 17th is the official “International Coastal Cleanup Day”, NAMEPA is working with other groups to schedule more beach and streamside clean ups through October. Almost 75% of plastics in the ocean comes from land-based sources - that’s you and me! Let’s work together to prevent this by reducing our use of plastics, recycling them when we do, and participating in clean ups whenever we can."
If you are interested in starting your own beach cleanup with NAMEPA’s help please reach out to M.Hogue@namepa.net
August 31st, 2016
EAST 64TH AND 5TH AVE. THE THEATER IS THE TO RIGHT / NORTH OF THE ARSENAL BUILDING
SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP REQUIRED: NYSEASCAPE@WCS.ORG
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED.
NEW YORK'S MARINE WATERS ARE BUSY! MORE THAN $200 BILLION IN CARGO PASS THROUGH THE PORT OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY ANNUALLY, MAKING IT THE BUSIEST PORT ON THE EAST COAST. SHIPS BRING THIS CARGO FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, FERRIES TRANSPORT COMMUTERS TO AND FROM WORK, AND RECREATIONAL BOATERS ENJOY THESE WATER WAYS.AT THE SAME TIME, HUNDREDS OF SPECIES OF MARINE FISHES, SEA TURTLES, SEABIRDS, AND MARINE MAMMALS INCLUDING HUMPBACK, FIN, AND OTHER THREATENED WHALES DEPEND ON AND MIGRATE THROUGH THESE SAME WATERS.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING EXPERTS FROM THE MARINE INDUSTRY-LED NONPROFIT, NORTH AMERICAN MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, NY STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, AND THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY. PANELISTS WILL DISCUSS HOW LOCAL WHALE RESEARCH AND SHIPPING INITIATIVES CAN HELP MITIGATE IMPACTS TO MARINE WILDLIFE THROUGH NEW REGIONAL PLANNING EFFORTS.
Join NAMEPA at Patagonia of
Westport to celebrate our efforts in the local community,
supporting environmental stewardship.
Fare for this happy hour event includes Patagonia
Provisions salmon and beer poured by the Black Hog Brewing
Company. Suggested $5.00 donation for beer. Patagonia will be selling Aluminum cups for $10.00, and will have two give-a-ways valued at $250 and $450 in merchandise!
Representatives from the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be at the event to discuss our work in the community.
87 Post Road East
Snack, enjoy a cold one and learn how you can support environmental stewardship in your community!
“Trading in U.S. Waters | Ensuring a Culture of Environmental Compliance” - a Posidonia Conference Program Event – will take place on June 9, 2016 at 10.30-14.30 hours, at Metropolitan Expo Center Seminar Room 1.
This highly specialized seminar is the result of the combination of the “Trading in U.S. Waters” and “Ensuring a Culture of Environmental Compliance” Seminars, designed to assist the local shipping community and maritime stakeholders to acquire a fully integrated approach to U.S. requirements for vessels visiting US ports.
The Seminar is organized under the Auspices of the Embassy of the United States of America in Athens, by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), in full cooperation with the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the Int’l Propeller Club of the United States, Int’l Port of Piraeus.
This informational event will explore the regulatory challenges and opportunities presented when trading ships to the United States. Regulations and their enforcement will be partnered with shipowner experience and various compliance strategies. The United States presents some unique challenges which will be addressed during this seminar.
2016 National Maritime Day Seminar-Safety at Sea
Geoffrey R. Cooper, Master of Environmental Management Candidate, Duke University
On May 23, in celebration of National Maritime Day, NAMEPA convened a gathering of government officials, industry leaders, and nonprofit advocates at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The loss of the El Faro and its 33 crew members was a haunting reminder to all participants of how sacred life is and how important the seminar topic—safety at sea—is to the maritime industry.
The regulatory update from RDML Paul Thomas of the U.S. Coast Guard highlighted the ongoing debate over the competitiveness of the U.S.-flag privately-owned fleet, the failures leading up the loss of the El Faro, the implementation challenge of Subchapter M for the Coast Guard, the IMO approval of draft interim guidelines on cyber risk-management strategies, and the increased attention on environmental issues like ballast water discharge and vessel emission levels. Regulatory burden and uncertainty was a theme throughout the event and speakers stressed the need for smart regulations. While the vast majority of the maritime industry operates above and beyond compliance standards, there is a small minority of offenders that act in a negative way that forces increased regulations. But the frustration from the industry towards regulation is due to the conflict caused by varying levels of governance starting from international standards down to specific port requirements. Caught in the middle of these conflicts is the seafarer, and it is the seafarer that must be at the considered throughout the regulatory process. Reverend Marsh Drege of the Seafarer’s International House said it clear and simple when he said, “We all care about the seafarer.”
This is a time of enormous progress, and with that progress undoubtedly comes increased regulation. The goal of every ship owner is to move cargo from Port A to Port B, and regulations need to create a system that enables this goal to be reached in a safe, secure, and sustainable way that takes into account the realities of doing business. Captain Jack Hearn of the American Professional Mariners Association relayed the advice to “be careful, be ready, and be safe.”
The U.S. maritime industry is at a tipping point. From January, 2012 to May, 2016, the U.S.-flag privately-owned fleet declined 27% to a near record-low 79 vessels. Not only does this translate to a loss in 2,400 jobs, but barring any drastic changes, the number of vessels, crumbling infrastructure, and the decline in the number of mariners threatens the ability for the U.S. to project our troops anywhere in the world and sustain any type of serious military engagement. But Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen reminded the crowd that the American story began as a maritime story. So much of our history, culture and prosperity is because of the maritime industry, but now is the time to make the right decisions and act to insure the long-term future of the maritime industry.
1400- Opening and Welcome- Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman NAMEPA
Regulatory Hot Topics- RADM Paul Thomas, USCG
Legal Perspective Today- Jonathan Waldron, Partner, Blank Rome
Shipowners Concerns in Today’s Times- Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America
1530- Coffee Break
View From the Bridge: What Keeps Mariners Awake at Night- Captain Jack Hearn, American Professional Mariners Association
National Maritime Day Address -Paul “Chip” Jaenichen- Maritime Administrator, US Department of Transportation
Following the Safety at Sea Seminar, NAMEPA hosted the annual Amver Awards Ceremony also at the National Press Club. Amver, a program sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide to by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. 922 U.S. managed ships earned AMVER awards in 2015 and more than 70 people gathered to celebrate their commitment to safety at sea and honor the Captains and crews of these vessels. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft gave the keynote remarks speaking about the tradition of mariners helping those in distress at sea and encouraging vessels owners to continue to participate in the program, noting how vital it will likely be in areas newly opened to navigation such as the Arctic. AMVER Director Benjamin Strong and the Commandant then personally presented the Amver awards to vessels with representatives present at the ceremony, thanking and congratulating each recipient for their commitment to safety at sea.
April 5th, 2016 to April 6th, 2016 - Narragansett, RI
University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and 11th Hour Racing invite you to continue the discussion from previous Green Boat workshops held in 2012 and 2014. Green Boats and Ports for Blue Waters III is a two day national workshop to facilitate communication between academia, governmental agencies, and private industry about the current environmental sustainability of ships, boats and ports and develop recommendations for sustainable operation of existing and future ships, ports and other marine facilities.
Click here for general information on the CMA Conference 2016
Thank you for stopping by our booth! We hope to see you again at next years event!
The maritime industry faces continual regulatory change as it strives to reduce its impact on the marine environment. NAMEPA members, in particular, are committed to “Save our Seas”, but this approach is not without its hurdles. Complex regulations require support to insure understanding and competence and to devise an appropriate strategy for each company.
Join your industry peers at a program entitled “Pathways to Sustainability”, which is designed to be a guide for navigating through the myriad of regulations leading to compliance.
0730-0800 Arrival on campus
0800-0830 Registration and Continental Breakfast
0830 Welcome: Jack Buono, President and CEO, SeaRiver Maritime
Opening Remarks: Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman, NAMEPA
0845-0930 On the Horizon- Moderator: Clay Maitland, NAMEPA
Global Projections for Shipping: Professor Maria Burns, University of Houston
Regulatory Outlook: Capt. Verne Gifford, USCG
Legal Hot Spots: Keith Letourneau, Blank Rome LLP
0930-1030 Technologies of the Future- Moderator: Tim Curl, Nature Group
1030-1100 Coffee break
1100-1200 Post COP21: Impact on Shipping- Moderator: Carleen Lyden-Kluss, NAMEPA
What happened in Paris?: Captain Kevin Coyne, LISCR
How Industry can Respond- Anuj Chopra, Vice President, Americas, RightShip
Luncheon Keynote- U.S. Energy Outlook : Jim Muschalik, Vice President, Global Marine Commercial and Development, SeaRiver Maritime
1300-1400 Campus Tour
1400-1600 Pathways to Sustainability- Senior Leadership Roundtable
Moderated by Christopher Bastis, CEO, Seagroup, Inc.
- Ole Chr. Schroder, Scorpio Tankers
- Denise McCafferty, Director Environmental Programs, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
- Eric Clarke, Director—Marine Operations, Noble Drilling Services, Inc.
- Nicholas D. Stillman, Managing Director, Clarksons Platou Securities
- RADM James Watson, President, ABS Americas
1600 Closing comments- Jack Buono, President SeaRiver Maritime