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 "Focusing on Solutions" 
Maritime Event

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017  8:00am- 5:00pm  Deer Park,TX

Date & Time: 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

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Houston Pilots Conference Facility
203 Deerwood Glen Drive
Deer Park, TX 77536

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Cari Edwards
Events Director
North American Marine Environment Protection Association
203 255 4686



















Event Information

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.


Developing Agenda

0800-0830 - Registration and Coffee

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

Is Sustainability Profitable? - Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil

What society expects from the marine industry- Chris Wolfe, EDF

The changing role of the mariner– Dr. Jason Zuidema, NAMMA


1000-1030- Coffee/tea

1030- Meeting the Future

Moderated by Niels A. Aalund, West Gulf Maritime Association

Environmental Compliance Challenges for the future- Jon Waldron, Blank Rome

The new fuel paradigm – Dr. Vis, Viswa Lab

Vessel maneuverability and the use of ULSFO- Captain Charlie Tweedel, Sabine Pilots

Kevin Humphries, Wartsila

How does the use of LNG promote CSR- Aziz Bamik  - GTT

Safety and expertise in the LNG arena- Cmdr. Jason Smith, USCG


1200- Lunch- overview of Houston Ship Channel and pilot’s role in Sustainability


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

Update on Ballast Water Management - William Burroughs, ABS

How ports are promoting sustainability- Captain Anuj Chopra, RightShip


1500-1530- Coffee/tea


1530- What’s Next?

How education is adapting to change- Captain Michael Rodriguez- Superintendent, Texas A&M Maritime College

A Case Study on San Jacinto basin – Dr. Rupa Iyer, University of Houston

NAMEPA’s CSR vision – Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA


Group discussion



Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77061

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 Hotel Code-HOUHODT
Group Code-NAM
Arrival/Departure Date-02/19/17-02/24/17

North American Marine Environment Protection Association NAMEPA