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North American World Maritime Day Cozumel

November 13, 2018 - November 14, 2018


2018 North American World Maritime Day Observance

November 13-14, 2018

Every year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates the maritime industry by supporting a series of events around the world which highlight the value of the marine transportation and ports industry.  For the past 11 years, World Maritime Day has been observed in North America, rotating between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

This year’s theme is “Our Heritage- Better Shipping for a Better Future”.  This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.

This year’s World Maritime Day North American Observance was held in Cozumel, Mexico with workshops conducted on November 13th followed by an all-day conference on November 14th.  Topics ranged from port and shipping collaboration, to port waste reception facilities, MARPOL compliance, air quality and community programming.

To view photos from the event, visit the NAMEPA Facebook Page @MarineProtection.

To download/view presentations, click on the hyperlinks in the agenda




November 13th- Workshop

1400 –  Formation of CARIBMEPA to “Save Our Seas” 


  • Alignment of goals for the organization
  • Structure and growth
  • Bylaws
  • Outline of opportunities
  • Capacity building
  • Signing of MOU/LOI

1900 –  Welcoming Dinner- Hosted by AIP Quintana Roo, sponsored by SSA Mexico


November 14th – Conference Program

0900- Welcome- Governor of Quintana Roo, remarks delivered by Alicia Ricalde, Director General, API Quintana Roo

Additional Welcome – Lic Pedro Oscar Joaquin Delboui, Mayor of Cozumel

0930- Opening Remarks— Master of Ceremonies: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA

  • IMO- Commendation address by IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim
  • Secretariat of the Navy – Vice Admiral Jorge Sainz
  • United States Coast Guard- CAPT Jason Neubauer
  • Director General of Port Management and Promotion, CPyMM, SCT, Mexico – Fernando Gamboa Rosas

1100- Coffee Break

1130- MARPOL Compliance- Moderator: Alejandro Trillo of TGM and NAMEPA Board Member

1300- LUNCHEON Keynote: A Vision for the Future of Shipping and Ports

Introduction by Jorge Duran – Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

  • Fernando Gamboa Rosas – Director General of Port Administration and Development, CPyMM, SCT, Mexico

1430- Tools of Compliance: Environment, Safety, Security

Moderator: Jorge Duran – Secretary of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP)

  • Rich Pruitt – Vice President Environmental Operations, Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Vice Admiral Jorge Sainz – Secretariat of the Navy
  • Alejandro Trillo – Co-found of TGM

1530- Coffee Break

1600- Looking at the future- Navigating Change Moderator: Captain Anuj Chopra, RightShip and NAMEPA Board member

  • What Owners Believe– Carlos Rodriquez Carmona, Operations Manager for BSM Shipping
  • Cybersecurity for ports and ships– Andrew Baskin, Vice President, Global Policy and Trade, Hudson Analytix
  • Future Workforce- Captain Mario Alejandro Camacho Vidal, Pilots of Mexico

1700- Plenary Discussion – Moderator: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA

  • Oceanic Awakening – David Gonzalez, General Manager Latin America and Caribbean – Marine Solutions, Wartsila

1800- Closing Remarks



Thank you to our sponsors!



November 13, 2018
November 14, 2018
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