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Facing the Decade of Decarbonization

October 24, 2019   |   Hornblower Infinity*, Pier 40   |  New York, NY

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NAMEPA’s Annual Marine Environment Protection Conference and Awards Dinner enabled the industry to not only look to the future in its examination of “Facing the Decade of Decarbonization”, but also to test the temperature of industry leaders in its Leadership Roundtable and celebrate the success of many sectors of the maritime community.

The opening of the conference featured remarks by RDML Rich Timme, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy for the US Coast Guard, who advised the delegates of what he sees coming down the channel in the next ten years in terms of regulations.  This was followed by speakers addressing the topic of decarbonization in the maritime industry.  Gareth Burton led the discussion reviewing the parameters for decarbonization, with Andreas Kastad Hundven of DNB giving an overview of the newly released Poseidon Principles.  Michael Clare of Blank Rome helped delegates understand what the legal framework looks like for decarbonization, with James Rhodes of International Windship Association providing a glimpse of technologies which would help propel its success.  International Seaways’ Lois Zabrocky shared their strategies for moving their company towards decarbonization, including a glimpse of how they are measuring emissions today.

The Leadership Roundtable, led by Cynthia Hudson of Hudson Analytix, discussed what their top issues of attention were for the coming decade (spoiler alert- the environment), and what they envision the industry adopting in order to meet the “social license to operate”.  Lois Zabrocky was joined by Transport Canada’s Donald Roussel and the Port of Los Angeles’ Chris Cannon in analyzing actions, and tools, for achieving gains in industry’s environmental performance and efficiency.

The NAMEPA Marine Environmental Awards Dinner featured 5 of the students who won the joint ASA/NAMEPA Science Fair Awards, along with recognition of Lois Zabrocky as an Individual, and International Seaways as a company, who have contributed to protecting the marine environment, as well as the Port of Los Angeles, Transport Canada and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for Governmental Agencies, the Global Maritime Forum for non-profit, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy for maritime education.  A new Congressional Award was given to Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) for their work on the Save our Seas Part 2 bill. 

The evening ended with NAMEPA’s “Year in Review” video, created by Lisa Piastuch and featuring Angela Camera.  Next year’s event will be held on October 29th.


1300   Registration

1400   Opening and Welcome:  Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau (The American Club), Chairman of NAMEPA

  • What Is on the Regulatory Horizon:  RDML Richard Timme, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG

1430   Facing the Decade of Decarbonization:  Moderated by Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA

1545   Mid-Afternoon Break

1615   Leadership Roundtable:  Moderated by Cynthia Hudson, Founder & CEO, HudsonAnalytix

  • Lois Zabrocky, President & CEO, International Seaways
  • Donald Roussel, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Safety and Security, Transport Canada
  • RADM Jack Buono, Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Oivind Lorentzen III, Director, Global Maritime Forum
  • Christopher Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles

1715   Conference Wrap Up and Reflections:  Joe Hughes, Chairman & CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau (The American Club), Chairman of NAMEPA

1730   NAMEPA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

1800   2019 NAMEPA Awards Reception and Dinner

2130   Adjourn


ABS is at the forefront of marine and offshore energy innovation. In a constantly evolving industry, ABS assists owners and operators with tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so the marine and offshore industries can operate with greater levels of safety, security and responsibility.



The American Club’s mission is to provide its Members with a broad and financially secure range of P&I and related insurance services which most effectively meet the imperatives of their day-to-day business and which are delivered in an attentive, efficient, courteous and fo­cused manner.




The American Salvage Association (ASA) was created as an association of professional salvors in order to provide an identity and assist in professionalizing marine salvage and firefighting response capability. The ASA strives to ensure open communication and cooperation with regulatory authorities that result in prompt, effective response, meeting regularly with various federal and state agencies to exchange views on the improvement of salvage and firefighting response in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Sea. The ASA also interfaces with vessel owners and their underwriting interests as well as various public interest groups to facilitate a better understanding of all views and assure a successful and protective response when required in the future. Issues of safety, insurance, increased training, adequate salvage assets, and responder immunity are high on the ASA agenda. The ASA and its members are committed to working together in a cooperative manner.

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Blank Rome Maritime is one of America’s largest law firms. With more than 500 attorneys serving clients across the globe, Blank Rome is an international law firm representing businesses and organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entities. Blank Rome helps its clients in all aspects of their businesses. The Firm’s practices cover areas including business tax; commercial and corporate litigation; employment benefits and labor; financial services; bankruptcy and financial restructuring; government relations; health law; intellectual property; maritime, international trade and procurement; matrimonial; privately held and emerging companies; product liability; public companies and capital formation; public finance; real estate; trusts and estates; and white collar, internal and government investigations. Blank Rome also represents pro bono clients in a wide variety of cases and matters




Established in 1975, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience.



DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


Fairfield Chemical Carriers is committed to being the chemical tanker operator of choice in its selected markets; to providing its customers with top quality and reliable service – creative, proactive, and always client focused; to maintaining the highest standards for safety and efficiency in the operation of its fleet; and, above, all, to conducting all its activities professionally, ethically and in a socially responsible manner.



Genco Shipping & Trading Limited is a leading provider of international seaborne drybulk transportation services. We transport iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Our wholly owned modern and diverse fleet of dry cargo vessels consists of Capesize, Panamax, Ultramax, Supramax and Handysize vessels that provide an essential link in international trade.



Hornblower’s mission is to create amazing experiences, from private events and public dining through to sightseeing and beyond, with quality, attention to detail, first-class service and innovative products.



HudsonAnalytix is a US-based international business risk solutions company providing expertise and support to the world's leading commercial shipping, ports and terminals, oil and gas, finance, insurance, manufacturing, and government sectors. HudsonAnalytix provides risk management solutions to the maritime sector galvanized by more than 30 years’ experience. Our comprehensive services, global insight, and depth of experience enable our clients to meet their regulatory, commercial and operational needs efficiently, effectively, and profitably.



International Seaways is committed to the very best operating practices and the highest levels of customer service and operational efficiency.  Industry leading Environmental, Social and Governance practices are part of our core culture.  The Company stands on a solid financial foundation ready to support the business and provide for agile opportunity seeking and well-timed growth.


Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968.  Clay has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for 40 years and is now a managing partner of the company, which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry–the third largest registry in the world.  He is President of the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands (TCMI), the statutory Maritime Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  Prior to the year 2000, Clay held similar positions with regard to the maritime administration of the Republic of Liberia. For more information, go to



Morgan Marketing and Communications is a client-based, retained maritime marketing and communications agency committed to providing its clients with the highest quality professional marketing and communications services available. Our mission is to partner with our clients to meet their needs, and exceed their goals.


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Navios Maritime (NYSE: NM) (“Navios”) is a global, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and logistics company focused on the transport and transshipment of drybulk commodities including iron ore, coal and grain. Navios was created in 1954 by US Steel to transport iron ore to the US and Europe. Since then, Navios has diversified geographically and expanded the scope of its business activities such that Navios currently controls 48 vessels totaling approximately 5.1 million deadweight tons.

Navios South American Logistics Inc. –subsidiary of “Navios”- consists of a transshipment port/storage facility in Uruguay, an upriver port facility in Paraguay and a well-established barge and cabotage business for wet and dry products.

The Navios Group of companies includes Navios Maritime Partners, LP (NYSE: NMM) and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA). As a total, Navios Group controls 107 vessels (owned and long term charted-in) and about 11.4 million deadweight tons (73 dry bulk vessels = 7.6 million dwt and 34 tanker vessels = 3.6 million dwt).


RightShip is the world’s leading provider of ship vetting services to the petroleum and dry bulk shipping sectors, with 300+ customers across 40+ different counties.

RightShip’s online vetting platform, RightShip Qi, leads the maritime industry in providing a range of online safety, environmental and operational risk assessments to more accurately identify the safest and most efficient vessels in the supply chain. Housed within Qi is RightShip’s 5 star Risk Rating, which provides members with sophisticated, real-time vetting insights and enhanced reporting capabilities.

Also within Qi and enjoying significant uptake amongst charterers, shipowners, financial institutions, insurers and ports, RightShip’s GHG Emissions Rating compares a vessel’s theoretical CO2 output to other ships of a similar size and type using an A-G rating scale. This is complimented by Carbon Accounting and opportunities to offset carbon emissions.

With offices in London, Melbourne and Houston, RightShip provides customers with 24/7 access and assistance to help maintain the safety and environmental sustainability of their fleet.

As the Carbon Offset Sponsor for this event, RightShip obtains measurements for the carbon emissions generated by delegates in their travel to the conference as well as the operational activity of the conference itself.  Carbon credits are then purchased to offset the emissions, classifying the event as carbon-neutral.

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Scorpio Group is a global provider of marine transportation services.  Scorpio Tankers Inc. and Scorpio Bulkers Inc. own product tankers and bulk carriers respectively.  Scorpio Services Holding provides services to Group companies and third parties including pooling and technical management.  Scorpio has its principal offices in Monaco and New York.


SMIT Salvage is able to provide assistance to ships in distress (emergency response (OPA-90), wreck removal, environmental care and consultancy) anywhere in the world and at any time. It does this by operating out of four locations which are strategically situated in relation to the main international shipping routes: Rotterdam, Houston, Cape Town and Singapore.In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the offshore energy sector including sub¬sea, heavy transport, lifting and installation (through Boskalis Offshore and Dockwise) and towage and salvage (through SMIT). Boskalis operates over 1,100 marine units in around 75 countries across six continents.For more information, go to

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