2021 NAMEPA’s Annual Conference and Awards Program

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The Future of Shipping

While shipping wrestles with the myriad of changes, it is also facing its future.  What will the regulations look like? The markets? The fleets?  The fuel?  The crew?  The risks?  Join maritime industry professionals for this hybrid event which will explore the many facets of shipping’s future to hear the expectations, aspirations, and rewards. 

Developing Agenda

1400- Welcome and Introduction:  Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA and CEO/President of the Shipowners Claims Bureau (the American Club) 

        Vision for the Future - Moderator: Jonathan Burke, Commercial Manager, Resolve Marine

Future Regulations: RDML John Mauger, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy for USCG

Future Challenges: Jeanne Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Future Fleets: Longji Yiljep, Senior Corporate Development Analyst, Dorian LPG

Future Crew: Thomas J. Franklin, Senior Vice President, Vessel Operations, Fairfield Chemical Carrier

         Future of Cruise Shipping: Donnie Brown, VP Maritime Policy, Cruise Lines International Association

Future Risks: Cynthia Hudson, CEO of HudsonAnalytix

1545- Coffee/Tea Break hosted by American Salvage Association

1615- Leadership Roundtable - Moderator: Jan Hagen Andersen, Business Development Director, DNV Maritime

Cathie Vick, Chief Development and Public Affairs Officer, The Port of Virginia 

Karen Purnell, Managing Director, ITOPF Limited 

Andrew Marshall, CEO, Ecochlor, Inc.

Longji Yiljep, Senior Corporate Development Analyst, Dorian LPG

1715- Chairman’s Wrap Up: Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA and CEO/President of the Shipowners Claims Bureau (the American Club)

1730- NAMEPA Annual General Meeting 

1800- NAMEPA MEP Awards 

Maritime Industry Award: Dorian LPG  

Non-Profit Award: North American Association for Environmental Education  (NAAEE)  

Individual Award: Dr. Karen Purnell of ITOPF  

Environmental Innovation Award: Eochlor, Inc.  

Maritime Seas Education Award: Oceanic  

Ports Award: Port of Virginia  

Seafarers Welfare Award: New England Seafarers 


Joe Hughes, Chairman/CEO & President, American P&I Club

Joe has served as Chairman and CEO of the managers of the American Club, an International Group mutual, for over twenty-five years. Joe also oversees the activities of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., an affiliate of SCB, which operates the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities. In addition, he is a Director of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a Cyprus-based underwriting investment of the American Club. 

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, (NAMEPA), a Director (and former President) of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey and a Director of New York Maritime, Inc. (NYMAR). He also sits on the Classification Committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, the North American Advisory Committee of Lloyd’s Register, and is a member of the National Cargo Bureau. 

An Oxford-educated British barrister by training, Joe spent the first half of his career in the United Kingdom and Norway. Prior to arriving in the United States in 1995, he served as Chairman of the global marine practice of JIB International Ltd., a prominent insurance brokerage owned by the Jardine Matheson Group operating at Lloyd’s of London and across the globe. 

Jonathan Burke, Commercial Manager, RESOLVE Marine

Jonathan Burke is a Commercial Manager for RESOLVE Marine’s global Projects division. Jonathan has over 7 years of Commercial Management experience in the marine salvage industry and has managed the commercial aspects of a variety of complex marine casualties and emergency response projects across the globe.  

Jonathan is responsible for RESOLVE’s Projects division commercial team; responding to tenders and negotiations for Salvage, Wreck Removals, and Marine projects; and maintaining relationships with RESOLVE’s clients and resource partners.  

RDML John Mauger, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG

Rear Admiral Mauger serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, and is responsible for the development of national policy, standards, and programs promoting Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship. Three Directorates carry out the mission: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. Programs include waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control. 

His prior flag assignments include, the Assistant Commandant for Capability, and the Director of Training and Exercises (J7) at U.S. Cyber Command. 

A native of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, RDML Mauger resides in Arlington, VA with his wife, Leah, and two children.

Jeanne Grasso, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Blank Rome LLP

Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner at Blank Rome LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Maritime and International Trade Practice Group.  She counsels vessel owners and operators, charterers, and facilities in connection with regulatory compliance related to the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other agencies, including related to ballast water, emissions, port-State control, and coastwise trade.  Jeanne handles internal and grand jury investigations and defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions; counsels clients on risk mitigation strategies related to environmental incidents; advises on environmental compliance, pollution incident response, and coastwise trade; and conducts training seminars. 

Longji Yiljep, Vice President of Technology, Dorian LPG

Joined Dorian LPG in 2015 as a Corporate Development Analyst, focusing on business and financial analysis. 

Also focused on internal development and fleet optimization projects. 

Holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, and an MSC in Finance from Goldey-Beacom College. 

Thomas J. Franklin, Senior Vice President of Vessel Operations, Fairfield Chemical Carrier

Thomas has been a member of the Fairfield Chemical Carriers Operations team since joining the company in 2004. Today he is the Senior Vice President of Vessel Operations, leading the highly respected Global Operations and Port Captain Teams. Prior to FCC, Thomas sailed as a licensed deck officer on tankers. His time at sea and work as a Chemical Tanker Operator give him an unmatched understanding of the needs of our seafarers and commercial units. In support of the industry, he serves as both the FCC Representative and Treasurer of the International Parcel Tankers Association. Thomas is a graduate of the SUNY Maritime with a B.S. in Marine Transportation. 

Donlad Brown, Senior Associate, Cruise Lines International Association

Donald Brown is Vice President, Maritime Policy at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Washington DC. He develops, presents, negotiates, and implements global industry positions on legislative, regulatory, and policy matters involving security, environmental stewardship and health. He leads delegations to the International Maritime Organization where he represents the global cruise industry during international treaty negotiations and other matters. He is also the designated Secretary to the CLIA Global Committees on Maritime Security Matters and Marine Environment Protection Matters.

Prior to joining CLIA, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard at the rank of Commander. His most recent assignment was to the Office of Maritime & International Law where he provided agency-wide legal counsel to senior officials and federal interagency leaders on transnational maritime threats, with specific expertise in facilitating others to reach agency, national, and international consensus on policy matters. Previous duty assignments include U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, speechwriter and special assistant to the Coast Guard Commandant, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, Rescue Coordination Center Miami and four years of at-sea experience aboard Coast Guard Cutters ESCANABA (1st Lieutenant) and VASHON (Executive Officer).

Donald is a 1993 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Government. In 2003 he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Inter-American Law Review. He has also served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the U.S. Naval Academy for Piracy, Maritime Threats, and the Law of the Sea.

Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix

Cynthia A. Hudson is CEO and founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., a global maritime risk consultancy serving the maritime transportation sector, headquartered in the Philadelphia region in the United States, and with offices across the United States and in Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom. She is a forward-thinking leader in the industry, providing leadership on risk management challenges within the maritime transportation sector including cyber security risk management for shipping, ports, and terminals.  

In 1986, Ms. Hudson founded what became HudsonAnalytix to provide emergency response, maritime project management, and maritime consulting services to maritime transportation interests; oil and energy, vessel owners/operators and insurers for more than 100 oil and hazardous material response incidents. Ms. Hudson led the firm into maritime security for ports and vessels, providing port vulnerability security assessment work at hundreds of ports and facilities worldwide. In 2016, she expanded the HudsonAnalytix cyber security initiative to design and deliver cybersecurity and cyber risk management solutions to maritime clients and provide cybersecurity expertise to governmental agencies. She has created and spearheaded projects such as CyberLogix and PortLogix, both of which are tools providing tailored cyber threat intelligence to senior port and shipping executives around the world. 

Throughout the maritime transportation industry, she is well-known and highly regarded for her work and contributions in her field. In 2016, Ms. Hudson was honored by the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Ports with the Maritime Award of the Americas: Outstanding Women in the Maritime and Port Sector. Ms. Hudson serves on a number of Industry Boards such as the American Caribbean Maritime Association and the Maritime Academy High School in Philadelphia. She is President of WISTA Delaware River & Bay Chapter and a Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). She has been a speaker, panelist, and moderator at conferences across the globe. 

Jan Hagen Anderson, Business Development Director, DNV

Mr. Andersen has over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry with a focus on propulsion systems and machinery.  He has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and started his career at a marine engineering and service company in Seattle.  He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Washington State. 

In 2005, he joined DNV in the Machinery Section of the Maritime Technical Advisory Group based in Norway.  The Advisory group provides consultancy and non-class support services to ship owners, ship yards, manufacturers, designers and other stakeholders.  In 2010 he moved to the DNV office in Houston, Texas and is currently a Business Development Director for DNV GL Maritime, Region Americas.  In this role, he is focusing on alternative fuels, environmental compliance, energy efficiency, and novel technologies in shipping.    

He is a member of the SNAME M-16 Panel on Propulsion Shafting and is on the North America Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) Board of Directors. 

Cathie Vick, Chief Development & Public Affairs Officer, Port of Virginia

Cathie J. Vick is the Chief Development & Public Affairs Officer at the Port of Virginia, where she oversees Economic Development, Government & Community Relations, Sustainability and Environmental, and the Maritime Incident and Emergency Response team for the 3rd largest port on the East Coast.   

Prior to her service at the port, she served as Deputy Director for Energy Policy in the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, where she served Gov. Bob McDonnell in implementing energy policy initiatives in the Commonwealth.  Before that, she worked as Director of Government Relations for Virginia Natural Gas, where she handled advocacy, the company’s civic and charitable donations, and its conservation programs. She also advocated on behalf of private companies while with the Vectre Corporation, where she worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds.  

Cathie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication from James Madison University, a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary. 

Cathie serves on various Boards, such as Optima Health, the Alliance, TowneBank VB Executive Board, LEAD Hampton Roads and Virginia Clean Cities among others. Ms. Vick has been named by Inside Business as one of the region’s Top 40 under 40 in 2005 and Top Women in Business in 2010. Cathie resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, Kevin, and their four children. 

Dr. Karen Purnell, Managing Director, ITOPF

Dr Karen Purnell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry with a PhD in Chemical Physics from Bristol.  She joined ITOPF as a Technical Adviser in 1994 and, having found the perfect environment in which to combine her strong principles of science-based decision making, objectivity and service to the maritime community, she moved through the ranks, becoming Managing Director in 2009. During her career with ITOPF, Karen has attended several major oil spill incidents in many different countries including the SEA EMPRESS, in the UK in 1996, the PRESTIGE in Spain in 2002 and the TASMAN SPIRIT in Pakistan in 2003. She has contributed to several environmental damage assessment processes, including the COSCO BUSAN incident in the USA. Prominent amongst her achievements is the expansion of ITOPF's capability to respond to spills of HNS (Hazardous & Noxious Substances). 

In her role as Managing Director her focus is to ensure that ITOPF is recognised as the leading provider of objective technical advice on accidental ship-source pollution through delivery of its five key services.  She is also Chairman of ITOPF's Board of Pension Trustees. 


Andrew Marshall, CEO, Ecochlor

Andrew Marshall joined Ecochlor in 2019 as VP of Business Development before transitioning to the position of CEO. He has been instrumental in reshaping the International Sales Team as well as transforming the core of the Ecochlor business and growth strategy to include product lines and collaborations with other companies offering environmentally sound products. He led the EcoOne™ Type Approval task force, a filterless and hybrid BWMS that recently received IMO Type Approval. 

With more than 30 years’ experience in developing and launching emerging technologies, Andrew is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of international business development.  


Our Sponsors

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design, construction and operation. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.  From its world headquarters in Houston, ABS delivers survey and engineering services and solutions to clients through a network of local representatives working from more than 200 offices in 70 countries. For more information, go to https://ww2.eagle.org/en.html 


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. For more information, go to http://www.american-club.com/. 

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. For more information, go to http://www.americansalvage.org/ 

The American Waterways Operators is the national advocate for the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry, which serves the nation as the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most economical mode of freight transportation. AWO members operate on the rivers, coasts, Great Lakes, and harbors of the United States, moving vital commodities safely, reducing air emissions, water pollution, and highway congestion, protecting homeland security, and providing family-wage jobs for tens of thousands of Americans. AWO promotes the long-term economic soundness of the industry and works to enhance its ability to provide safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible transportation.

With more than 600 attorneys serving clients across the globe, Blank Rome represents businesses and organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entities around the globe. 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. 

Blank Rome Maritime Flyer

Cargill’s ocean transportation is a leading freight-trading business which provides bulk shipping services to customers across the globe. Founded in 1956, Cargill commands the highest level of operational expertise which ensures the sustainable and efficient management of its 650-strong fleet. Cargill has a unique market perspective able to combine first-class operations with expert trading in both physical and financial freight markets.  

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, known as ClassNK or NK, is a ship classification society, independent third party, with non-profit status. The Society is actively engaged in a growing range of ship related activities and services aimed at contributing to promoting the protection of human life and property at sea as well as protection of the marine environment.

In addition to its classification survey activities, ClassNK conducts surveys on behalf of third parties including State administrations, offers technical services for offshore structures and onshore plants construction projects, accommodates requests for appraisals and engineering consultation, conducts research and development in various ship-related fields; provides quality-assurance certification of suppliers, and verifies the safety management systems of ship-management companies and ships.

The Head Office is located in Tokyo and in Chiba, Japan, and there are branch offices at the major Japanese and overseas cities throughout the world. As of the end of Sep 2021, the Society had 9,145 ships totaling over 265 million g.t. under class. This figure represents approximately 20 percent of the world merchant fleet currently under class. For more information, go to https://www.classnk.com.

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 www.claymaitland.com

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. For more information, go to https://cruising.org/

CLIA's Little Book of Facts PDF

DNV 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. 

DNV Maritime Forecast PDF

Dorian LPG is a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs.  Dorian LPG currently owns and operates 22 modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, USA, London, United Kingdom and Athens, Greece. http://dorianlpg.com/ 

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. For more information, go to https://fairfieldchemical.com/ 

Fairfield Chemical Carriers PDF

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. For more information, go to http://hudsonanalytix.com/  

HudsonAnalytix PDF

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.

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (“Navios”) (NYSE: NM) 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 56 drybulk vessels totaling approximately 6.0 million deadweight tons.   

Resolve Marine provides innovative response, recovery, and compliance solutions that solve our client’s problems while safeguarding the environment. Operating across the globe from strategically positioned offices, depots, and warehouses, Resolve’s owned and managed assets ensure marine insurance companies, shipowners, offshore operators, and global governments benefit from response teams who strive to protect client assets and marine environments. Resolve’s salvage experience and technical expertise translates into regulatory leadership as a USCG approved OPA 90 SMFF, China SPRO, USCG approved OPA90 APC Alaska and state-approved NTV NVCC (1-Call Alaska) provider.  


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. For more information, go to www.scorpiogroup.net 

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 www.smit.com.

United Bulk Carriers is part of Hartmann Group, Leer Germany, our affiliate Intership Navigation in Limassol , Cyprus which is the Ship owning division for UBC ships as well as crewing and technical management is a founding member of CYMEPA, which was the second MEPA after HELMEPA, the Greek association where it all started. Intership Director , Mr. Dieter Rohdenburg is also a long-term board member of CYMEPA. Our Mission is a company- wide mission, to be a leading provider of reliable shipping services that exceed stakeholders expectations.

Since 1968, the West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) represents the interests of over 200 members comprised of steamship owners, operators, agents along with stevedoring, and terminal companies located in all Texas ports and the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana.   The West Gulf Maritime Association negotiates and administers various multiemployer collective bargaining agreements with the ILA in West Gulf ports.  The Association also liaises with various governmental entities throughout the West Gulf.  Further, it provides a Daily Industry Update Report useful in providing members with important maritime information.  The West Gulf Maritime Association is an active advocate for the maritime industry. For more information, go to http://www.wgma.org/  

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