Captain Amy Beach to Present on United States Coast Guard Safety Priorities at NAMEPA DC Event

WASHINGTON D.C. – May 9th The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER & Benkert Awards is happening in Washington D.C. on May 22ndh in ABS’ office. Joining the distinguished list of speakers and presenters is Captain Amy Beach, Director of Inspections and Compliance for the United States Coast Guard.

Captain Beach assumed duties as Director of Inspections and Compliance in July of 2022. Duties in this role include developing and maintaining policy, standards and program alignment for all prevention activities associated with the safe operation of vessels and facilities. Captain beach al manages policy development and program oversight for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, recreational boating safety, foreign and domestic commercial vessel compliance inspections, international and domestic ports and facilities safety and security, as well as vessel documentation and marine casualty investigations.

Prior to assuming duties as Director of Inspections and Compliance, Captain Beach was Commander for Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah and served in the 9th Coast Guard District Prevention Division. Captain Amy beach graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She earned her commission as an Ensign as a graduate of Officer Candidate School.

NAMEPA is honored to have Captain Amy Beach as a speaker where she will address the Safety priorities including updated from the community on recent measures to protect our nation on critical infrastructure and cyber security protections.

The AMVER awards are given yearly for participation in the program, and in recent years have been included in NAMEPA’s annual Safety at Sea Seminar, this year hosted by ABS. Pennants showing the different anniversary colors can be found aboard ships, company board rooms, reception areas and so much more. Requirements for participation in this program are vessels with 128 days on the AMVER plot calendar year and vessels that have continuous participation in the AMVER program before and after their shipyard period. The colors of the pennants include blue, gold, and purple, each with their own significance.

The William M. Benkert Awards are named for Rear Admiral William M. Benkert who served at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington D.C. as Chief of the Office of Marine environment and Systems. He is remembered as the father of the Coast Guard’s Marine Environmental Protection Program. The Benkert awards are given to companies biennially to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements in marine environment protection in which they have exceeded standard compliance with regulations. Companies eligible for awards are commercial organizations involved in marine transportation, including those who own and operate marine facilities or those engaged in maritime operations.


NAMEPA’s National Maritime Week Events:

Safety at Sea Seminar, AMVER & Benkert Awards   

May 22nd, 1300 – 1700 (Networking working lunch from 1200-1300)

Space is limited, register now by visiting: Safety at Sea Seminar, AMVER & Benkert Awards 

Sponsors for the event to date include ABS, The American Club, Blank Rome, Cargill, Chevron, CLIA, DNV, Fairfield Chemical, International Seaways, Maritime Procurement Services, Navios, the Pasha Group, Port Everglades, and Scorpio Group.

NAMEPA Washington, D.C. – Metropolitan Regional Gathering    

May 23rd, 1000 – 1400  Focusing on Workforce Development

Space is limited, register now by visiting: NAMEPA Washington D.C. Regional Gathering


The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) was launched in 2007.  As 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

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