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Safety at Sea- National Maritime Day Seminar and AMVER Awards Reception

May 22 @ 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm

1330-1400:  Check-in and Registration
1400-1730:  “Safety at Sea” Seminar
1730-1930:  AMVER Awards Reception

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As we celebrate National Maritime Day by reflecting on the role the maritime industry plays economically and globally, join us as we bring industry and governmental leaders together to discuss concerns about safety and strategies for meeting them in a rapidly changing shipping environment:

  • What are shipping’s safety highs & lows?
  • What is the pulse of safety in shipping?
  • What are the cruise industry’s latest safety and environmental initiatives?
  • What are the challenges facing shipowners?
  • What are the safety lessons from the salvage community?
  • What are the legal hot buttons in shipping today?
  • What do companies need to do to double-down on cyber security?
  • How to put the needs of the mariner front and center?

Following the seminar will be a reception for the participants of AMVER, honoring merchant ships that volunteer to be available for maritime emergency response.




1400 Opening and Welcome:
Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA, Chairman & CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau (The American Club)


What are Shipping’s Safety Highs and Lows?
Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA, Chairman & CEO of Shipowners Claims Bureau (The American Club)


Taking the Pulse on Safety:
RADM John Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard


The Cruise Industry’s Latest Initiatives on Safety and the Environment:
RADM Brian Salerno, Senior Vice President Maritime Policy, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)


What Shipowners are Facing in Today’s World:
Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America


Legal Hot Buttons in Today’s Shipping Arena:
Jeanne Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome


1600 Doubling-down on Cyber Security:
Andrew Baskin, Vice President Global Policy and Trade, HudsonAnalytix


Safety Lessons from the Salvage Community:
Jim Elliott, President, American Salvage Association


Updates on Third Party Oversight for Shipping:
Captain Matt Edwards, Office Chief for Commercial Vessel Safety, U.S. Coast Guard


Putting the Welfare of the Mariner Front and Center:
Rev. Marsh Drege, President, North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA)

1715 Event Wrap-up
1730 AMVER Reception

AMVER Awards Presentation:
U.S. Coast Guard

1930 Adjourn




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Downtown Washington, DC

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Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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For more information, contact Jane or Lyn at or 203-255-4686




ABS is at the forefront of marine and offshore energy innovation. In a constantly evolving industry, ABS assists owners and operators with tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so the marine and offshore industries can operate with greater levels of safety, security and responsibility.



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.




The American Salvage Association was created as an association of professional salvors in order to provide an identity and assist in professionalizing the United States marine salvage and firefighting response capability. By doing so, the ASA has helped to improve marine casualty response in North American coastal and inland waters. The ASA also educates government, industry and the general public about the role of the marine salvor in protecting life, the environment, and property from the consequences of the perils of water transportation. To achieve these goals the ASA promotes cooperation among its members to assure an effective, successful response in major incidents.




Blank Rome Maritime is one of America’s largest law firms. With more than 500 attorneys serving clients across the globe, Blank Rome is an international law firm representing businesses and organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entities. Blank Rome helps its clients in all aspects of their businesses. 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.



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 promote the cruise travel experience.


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.



HudsonAnalytix helps you navigate business competitively. We keep trade flowing while protecting your people, your investment and our environment. We are an international marine consultancy guiding the world’s leading maritime companies. Our comprehensive services, global knowledge and depth of expertise enable us to help our clients meet their regulatory, commercial and operational needs efficiently, effectively and profitably.



Navios Maritime (NYSE: NM) (“Navios”) 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 48 vessels totaling approximately 5.1 million deadweight tons.

Navios South American Logistics Inc. –subsidiary of “Navios”- consists of a transshipment port/storage facility in Uruguay, an upriver port facility in Paraguay and a well-established barge and cabotage business for wet and dry products.

The Navios Group of companies includes Navios Maritime Partners, LP (NYSE: NMM) and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA). As a total, Navios Group controls 107 vessels (owned and long term charted-in) and about 11.4 million deadweight tons (73 dry bulk vessels = 7.6 million dwt and 34 tanker vessels = 3.6 million dwt).



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.



Established in 2012, SHIPPINGInsight is a multi-pronged industry engagement platform focusing on fleet optimization and innovation to support the maritime industry as it experiences accelerated change.  In addition to a weekly news/opinion outlet, the signature feature of SHIPPINGInsight is its annual fleet optimization and innovation conference held in October in North America.   The event provides a forum for shipowners and solution providers to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in facing the transformation of the industry. The 2019 event is taking place Oct. 15-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.



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