Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM EST

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Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa 
Carretera A Chankanaab Km 6.5
Zona Hotelera Sur,
77600 San Miguel de Cozumel
Cozumel 77600

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Nina Quaratella 
North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) 

Conference hotel

Book at the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa and ask for the NAMEPA event rate starting at $185/night!

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Wartsila a NAMEPA corporate member

North American

World Maritime Day

Every year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates the maritime industry by supporting a series of events around the world which highlight the value of the marine transportation and ports industry.  For the past 11 years, World Maritime Day has been observed in North America, rotating between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

This year’s theme is “Our Heritage- Better Shipping for a Better Future”.  This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.

This year’s World Maritime Day North American Observance will be held in Cozumel, Mexico with workshops conducted on November 13th followed by an all-day conference on November 14th.  Topics will range from port and shipping collaboration, to port waste reception facilities, MARPOL compliance, air quality and community programming.

“During these disruptive times, we expect great interest in the many changes occurring in the industry, especially in this region,” stated Alejandro Trillo of TGM and NAMEPA Board Member.  “We need to thoroughly understand the shifting dynamics in order to work collaboratively in building a better future.”

The event will be opened with a video commendation address provided by Secretary General Kitack Kim of the IMO.  Other topics include MARPOL compliance, tools for compliance, navigating change, and a port leadership roundtable featuring representatives from Mexican, US and Caribbean ports. 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities please view this presentation or contact Gail at g.nicholas@namepa.net.

Developing Agenda

November 13th- Workshop

1400 -  Formation of CARIBMEPA to “Save Our Seas” 


  • Alignment of goals for the organization
  • Structure and growth
  • Bylaws
  • Outline of opportunities
  • Capacity building
  • Signing of MOU/LOI

1900 -  Welcoming Dinner- Hosted by AIP Quintana Roo

November 14th - Conference Program

0900- Welcome- Governor of Quintana Roo, remarks delivered by Alicia Ricalde, Director General, API Quintana Roo and the Mayor of Cozumel, Pedro Oscar Joaquin Delboui

0930- Opening Remarks— Master of Ceremonies: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA

  • IMO- Commendation address by IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim
  • Secretariat of the Navy – Vice Admiral Jorge Sainz
  • United States Coast Guard- CAPT Jason Neubauer
  • Director General of Port Management and Promotion, CPyMM, SCT, Mexico - Fernando Gamboa Rosas

1100- Coffee Break

1130- MARPOL Compliance- Moderator: Alejandro Trillo, TGM and NAMEPA Board Member

  • Compliance in Ports – Jorge Duran Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)
  • Rigor required for Sustainability- Capt. Anuj Chopra, Rightship
  • Going beyond compliance- Rich Pruitt, Carnival Cruise Lines

1300- LUNCHEON Keynote: A Vision for the Future of Shipping and Ports

Introduction by Jorge Duran – Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

  • Fernando Gamboa Rosas – Director General of Port Administration and Development, CPyMM, SCT, Mexico

1430- Tools of Compliance: Environment, Safety, Security – Jorge Duran – Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

  • Rich Pruitt, Vice President Environmental Operations, Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Alejandro Trillo, COO, TGM
  • SEMAR representatives

1530- Coffee Break

1600- Looking at the future- Navigating Change Moderator: Captain Anuj Chopra, RightShip and NAMEPA Board member

  • What Owners Believe- Carlos Rodriguez Carmona, Operations Manager, BSM Shipping
  • Cybersecurity for ports and ships- Andrew Baskin, Vice President, Global Policy and Trade, Hudson Analytix
  • Future Workforce- Captain Mario Alejandro Camacho Vidal, Pilots of Mexico

1700- Plenary Discussion - Moderator: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA

  • Oceanic Awakening – David Gonzalez, General Manager Latin America and Caribbean – Marine Solutions, Wartsila

1800- Closing Remarks