NAMEPA Announces Initial Speakers for Houston Marine Operations Event “Leaping into the Future: Challenges and Consequences in Maritime Operations”

HOUSTON, TX – January 18, 2024 — The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is holding its annual Houston Maine Operations Seminar,  “Leaping into the Future: Challenges and Consequences in Maritime Operations” on February 29th, 2024 at the headquarters of the Houston Pilots in Houston from 1300 to 1700hrs. Hosted by the Houston Pilots, the seminar is designed for companies and industry leaders to take a closer look at the industry’s evolving challenges  and the related consequences.

NAMEPA is proud to announce that Captain Matt Glass, the Second Officer of the Houston Pilots will welcome the delegates and kick off the discussion during the Regulatory Challenges and Consequences panel. He will be joined by NAMEPA’s Chairman, Joe Hughes of The American Club, Keith Letourneau, Partner, Blank Rome and Alejandro Trillo, CEO Maritime Procurement Services. The discussion of Future Fuels will be presented by Onur Semiz, Principal Engineer ABS Technology who will be joined by other panelists.

Other confirmed speakers include David Cummins, President, and CEO of Blue Sky Maritime Coalition who will speak on Digitalization Challenges and Consequences – Benefits and Opportunities. Additionally, NAMEPA’s own Education and Outreach Director Molly Dushay  will speak on “Workforce Challenges and Consequences – Houston we have a problem!” Carleen Lyden Walker, Managing Partner, The Maritime Accelerator for Resilience (“MAR”) will conclude the conference discussion with Geopolitical Challenges and Consequences.

Sponsors of the event (to date) include ABS, The American Club, Blank Rome, Cargill, Chevron, DNV, Dorian LPG, Fairfield Chemical Carriers, HudsonAnalytix, Maritime Procurement Services, Navios Maritime partners L.P. and Scorpio Group.

To register for the conference and view the latest agenda details, visit: 2024 Marine Operations Seminar – NAMEPA

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) was officially launched in 2007. NAMEPA is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources.  For more information, go to

Photo:  Keith Letourneau, Partner Blank Rome

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