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NAMEPA Announces United States Coast Guard RDML (Select) Arex B. Avanni as Keynote Speaker at Maritime Operation Seminar  

Houston TX- February 19, 2024 – The North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA) is proud to announce the keynote speaker for Maritime Operations Seminar – “Leaping into the Future: Challenges and Consequences” will be RDML (Select) Arex Avanni, currently Chief of Staff, Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans Louisiana. The event will be held on February 29th at the headquarters of the Houston Pilots. 

RDML (Select) Avanni serves as the District Commander’s primary advisor and coordinators the engagements of the District Staff and oversees Coast Guard safety, security, and stewardship missions from the outer shelf of Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Gulf coast to our nation’s border with Mexico. Before that, he was Commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu from 2019 to 2022.  

“We look forward to hosting RDML (Sel.) Avanni at our event at the end of the month,” stated Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and CEO of NAMEPA. “His extensive background lends itself to our interest in what industry needs to know about future challenges and consequences in marine operations.” 

The NAMEPA event will feature discussions on challenges and consequences on Regulatory, Future Fuels, Digitalization, Workforce Development and Maritime Security. Additionally, there will be updates on activities in Houston benefiting the greater maritime community. 

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

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) 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, visit www.namepa.net  


Photo: RDML (Sel.) Arex Avanni, Chief of Staff, Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans Louisiana  

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