NAMEPA Focusing on Solutions in Today Maritime World Houston Texas Maritime Event 2018


"Focusing on Solutions in Today's Maritime World"

Wednesday, February 28, 2018  8:00am-5:00pm
West Gulf Maritime Association Offices, Houston, TX

Date & Time:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8:00am to 5:00pm CDT

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

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Jane Seyer,
Lyn Harris,


Hosted By:

West Gulf Maritime Association

Sponsored By:


American Bureau of Shippping

The American Club P and I celebrating 100 years of service

Blank Rome Maritime

HudsonAnalytix a NAMEPA corporate member

lightering llc

Scorpio Group


For information on Sponsorship,
contact Gail Nicholas:

Join industry colleagues as we explore “Focusing on Solutions in Today’s Maritime World”.  Never since the change from sail to steam, and from coal to oil has the maritime industry experienced such profound changes.  In this round, though, the changes are being compressed into less than a decade.

With the low sulphur mandate coming in 2020, and the greenhouse gas pathway being developed leading up to 2023, shipping is being faced with challenging, and immediate, decisions.

Join us as we address these issues, along with the risks posed by cyber threats, the impacts of autonomous shipping, and the changing educational landscape.



Continental Breakfast and Check-in


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

Setting the Stage- Opening Keynotes

  • Industry resilience in sustainability: 
    Joe Hughes, CEO the American Club, Chairman of NAMEPA
  • The future of shipping:
    Tracey Gunnlaugsson, President & CEO, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.
  • Emission regulations- expectations & enforcement:
    RADM Paul Thomas; Commander, Eighth District; US Coast Guard 


Fuels for the 21st Century
Moderator:  Doug Martin, President & General Manager, SMIT Salvage Americas

  • Feasibility of LNG as fuel:
    Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America
  • Investing in LNG:
    Alexander Panagopulos, Founder & CEO, Forward Ships
  • How competitive are scrubbers:
    Dr. Ram Vis, Director, Viswa Labs
  • Fuel transitioning:
    Jan-Willem van den Dijssel, Americas Lead Ocean Transportation, Cargill
  • The energy transition, implications for maritime transport:
    Jan Hagen Andersen, Business Development Manager, DNV GL


Mid-Morning Break


The Future Mariner
Moderator:  Ole Chr. Schroder, Director of Environmental Compliance, Scorpio Group

  • Emotional stability:
    Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, NAMMA
  • Tooling the future mariner:
    RADM Mike Rodriguez, USMS; Superintendent; Texas A&M Maritime Academy
  • Ensuring the health of the mariner:
    Gordon Cooper, Global Business Development Director, Future Care
  • My expections!:
    Student from the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Graduate Program


Lunch and Keynote Speaker:  
Eduardo Campirano, CEO & Port Director, Port of Brownsville


IOT & Digitalization – Benefits and Risks

  • Mitigating cyber risks:
    Cynthia Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, HudsonAnalytix
  • Cyber insurance coverage: 
    Boriana Farrar; VP, Business Development Director North America,
    Sr. Claims Executive,Counsel;
    The American Club
  • Digital transformation: 
    Per Ostman, Director of Marketing, Veson Nautical
  • Extracting wisdom from Big Data: 
    Anuj Chopra, Vice President, RightShip Americas


Mid-Afternoon Break


Ships of the Future- Autonomous & more
Moderator:  Niels Aalund, Sr. Vice President Maritime Affairs, WGMA  

  • Regulating autonomy:
    Jon Waldron, Partner, Blank Rome
  • Failsafe propulsion- the autonomous ship:  
    Kevin Humphreys, Business Development Manager- Americas, Wartsila
  • Compliance verification on an autonomous ship:
    Dr. Xiaozhi (Christina) Wang, Vice President Global Engineering and Technology, ABS 


Shipowner Reflections Roundtable
Moderator:  Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder & Executive Director, NAMEPA


Wrap up

Hotel Information

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855-610-8733 (24 hours)

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