NAMEPA What the Maritime Industry Needs for the Future Creating Order out of Chaos at WGMA Houston February 28 2019  


What the Maritime Industry Needs for the Future: 
Creating Order out of Chaos

Thursday, February 28, 2019  1200-1800 hrs
West Gulf Maritime Association Offices, Houston, TX

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
1200-1800 hours CDT

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West Gulf Maritime Association Offices 
1717 Turning Basin Drive
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77029

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West Gulf Maritime Association

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Blank Rome Maritime


Fairfield Chemical Carriers



Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation


Scorpio Group


American Bureau of Shippping




GTT North America


HudsonAnalytix a NAMEPA corporate member





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The maritime industry faces an uncertain future.  With increasing regulatory requirements, accelerated technology development, and a changing society, there are no stones being left unturned as industry evolves.  While we cannot control the future, we can certainly play a role in understanding the changes and stabilizing known elements. 

Join industry colleagues as we discuss the implications of change and address action that can be taken now to insulate industry from chaos.



Welcome:  Niels Aalund, Sr. Vice President Maritime Affairs, WGMA

Lunch- sponsored by WGMA


Setting the Stage- Opening Keynotes

  • Finding Stability in a Moving Seascape:
    Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau (The American Club),
    Chairman of NAMEPA

  • What the Next Decade Portends:
    Professor Maria Burns; Director, Logistics & Transportation Policy Program;
    University of Houston

  • What Industry Should Expect:
    RADM John Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy,
    U.S. Coast Guard 
  • Pitfalls to Avoid:
    Keith Letourneau, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Challenges for Shipowners:
    Clayton Wrenn, President & Managing Director, Lightering LLC


Keynote:  Maritime’s Vulnerabilities

Gareth Burton, Vice President- Technology, ABS


Plugging the Leaks in Maritime
Moderator:  Doug Martin, President & General Manager, SMIT Salvage Americas

  • Port Waste Reception Facilities:
    Galia Kaplan, Marine Transportation Specialist, 
    U.S. Coast Guard

  • A Different Perspective on the 2020 Fuel Scenario:
    Dr. R. Vis, Chairman and CEO, Viswa Group

  • Cybersecurity:
    Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix

  • What's on the Horizon for Digitalization/Blockchain
    Darren Shelton, Quality Systems Director, Moran Shipping Agencies

  • AWO Safety Initiatives and Updates on Subchapter M:
    Brian Bailey, Director- Safety & Environmental Stewardship,
    The American Waterways Operators


What Ports are Doing for Environmental Management

Ryan Dixon, Lead Environmental Compliance Coordinator,
Port of Houston Authority


Mid-Afternoon Break- sponsored by DNV GL


What’s in Your Stack? -Emission Mitigation Strategies
Moderator:  Jan Hagen Andersen, Business Development Director,
DNV GL Americas

  • Community impacts:
    Dr. Grace Tee-Lewis, Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

  • Ready for Sulphur 2020?
    J.K. Roy Choudhury; Sr. Director, Strategic Projects; Crowley Shipping

  • Preparing for 2023- CO2 strategies:
    Anuj Chopra, Vice President- Americas, RightShip

  • Alternative Fuels:

    Larry Navin, Director of Government & Public Affairs- Americas/Europe,
    Methanol Institute

    Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America


Wrap-up:  Niels Aalund, Sr. Vice President Maritime Affairs, WGMA

Networking Reception- sponsored by WGMA

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton
Hotel Houston Hobby Airport

8181 Airport Boulevard
Houston, TX 77061
713-645-3000 (M-F, 0800-1630)
855-610-8733 (24 hours)

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