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Celebrate excellence and advance industry standards at NAMEPA’s 2024 Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER & Benkert Awards. This distinguished event, part of National Maritime Week, brings together maritime professionals dedicated to fostering safety and sustainability in our industry. Engage in enlightening discussions on pivotal topics such as digitalization, cybersecurity, decarbonization, mariner welfare, and the seafarer shortage. Then, conclude the day with the prestigious AMVER & Benkert Awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding contributions to maritime safety and environmental stewardship.

The past year has seen an acceleration of events that could compromise maritime operations, and therefore global trade.  From geopolitical aggression and mechanical failures to cyber intrusions; from climate mitigation to mariner well-being, safety has to be at the forefront of our ecosystem. Join us as we reflect and examine the many facets of Safety at Sea!

Date: May 22, 2024

Location: ABS Office, 80 M Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Developing Agenda

1200-1300: Networking Luncheon

1300: Welcome - David Walker, VP Global Government Services, ABS

Opening Remarks on Balancing Risk in Challenging Times - Joe Hughes, Chairman of The American Club and Chairman of NAMEPA

Opening Keynote Speaker - Mr. Jack Kammerer, Executive Director-US DoT Maritime Administration 

1330: Setting the Stage - Dana Merkel, Partner, Blank Rome

United States Coast Guard Priorities 

What's Being Discussed at This Week's IMO Maritime Safety Committee - Donnie Brown, Senior Vice President, Maritime Policy, CLIA

How US Leadership in Maritime will Secure America's Future - RADM James Watson, USCG (Ret.), Co-Author ZERO POINT FOUR- How US Leadership in Maritime Will Secure America's Future

1345: Challenges and Opportunities -  Led by Jan-Willem van den Dijssel, Americas Lead at Cargill, Inc. Ocean Transportation

Digitalization and Cyber Security - Rich Delpizzo, Director Global Government Services, ABS

Decarbonization and Safety

Mariner Welfare 

Seafarer Shortage

1530: Coffee Break 

1600: AMVER and Benkert Program 

Remarks by Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant, USCG

1700: Closing Remarks - Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA and The American Club



ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design, construction and operation. Focused on the safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to provide solutions that drive sustainability, optimize performance and increase operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

From its world headquarters in Houston, ABS delivers survey, engineering and advisory services and solutions to clients through a network of local representatives.


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. April 2023 Newsletter.


Blank Rome Maritime is one of the largest maritime practice groups in the United States and is supported by an even broader Transportation Industry Group that brings considerable depth and experience to the myriad litigation, regulatory and transactional issues facing the maritime industry.  With more than 650 attorneys serving clients across the globe, Blank Rome represents businesses and organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entities around the globe. 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; government contracts; 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. For more information, go to “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2023. View the September issue of Blank Rome Maritime's newsletter, Mainbrace.


Cargill’s ocean transportation is a leading freight-trading business which provides bulk shipping services to customers across the globe. Founded in 1956, Cargill commands the highest level of operational expertise which ensures the sustainable and efficient management of its 650-strong fleet. Cargill has a unique market perspective able to combine first-class operations with expert trading in both physical and financial freight markets.


Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. We believe affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy is essential to enabling human progress. Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas; manufactures transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives; and develops technologies that enhance our business and the industry. We aim to grow our traditional oil and gas business, lower the carbon intensity of our operations and grow new lower carbon businesses in renewable fuels, hydrogen, carbon capture, offsets and other emerging technologies. More information about Chevron is available at 


Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice for the industry as the leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster safe, healthy, and sustainable cruise operations; tourism strategies that maximize the socio-economic benefits of cruise travel; and technologies and innovations that protect and preserve our planet.


DNV is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges. 

Dorian LPG is a liquefied petroleum gas shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently owns and operates 22 modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, USA, London, United Kingdom and Athens, Greece.


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. Brochure.


International Seaways' mission is to exceed its customers’ expectations. We know that every stakeholder is a customer. We do this by understanding our customers’ needs, and by understanding our own business and challenging ourselves to constantly seek improvement.  We transport energy safely and efficiently though diligent and environmentally compliant operations of well-maintained assets by well trained and dedicated crews. 


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At MPS, we create and implement innovative solutions for MARPOL related waste streams, consistent with a comprehensive sustainability strategy and a circular model based on the methodological framework of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, as well as national and international standards that prevent pollution in the maritime industry. We are implementing tools and processes to track and reduce emissions along our entire value chain and at every step of our services. This will be achieved by using the most efficient technologies available to maximize recycling, promote a circular economy and minimize energy consumption, giving vessels the opportunity to measure and reduce their scope 3 emissions. 

Our vision is to incorporate our circular economy and decarbonization model throughout the world through strategic global partnerships. With the right leadership and correct sustainable practices, the waste generated by 30 million cruise passengers and seafarers from more than 50,000 merchant ships, will contribute to the net zero transition our planet urgently requires. 


Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (“Navios Partners”, NYSE: NMM), is a leading US publicly listed marine transportation company that owns and operates dry bulk, container and tanker vessels.  Navios Partners has a modern fleet of 177 vessels, across three segments with 15+ different types of vessels and an average age of 9.8 years. 

Navios Partners is committed to being a leader in sustainability and is continuously working towards this commitment by striving to measure and reduce emissions and waste, aiming to achieve ‘Zero Incidents’, and always focusing on operating ethically, compliantly and transparently.


Established in 1947, The Pasha Group is a family-owned, third-generation diversified global logistics and transportation company that provides ocean transportation for containers and rolling stock between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii; port processing services for finished and privately owned vehicles; stevedoring for vehicles, breakbulk and container cargos; auto hauling services with its truck fleet throughout the contiguous U.S.; domestic and international relocation services; and international logistics management for general commodity and project cargoes. American Ship Review 2024 - Ship of the Year - Janet Marie, Pasha Hawaii’s new LNG-powered containership enters service


As one of Florida’s leading economic generators, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise homeports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving energy products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. Port Guide.


Scorpio Group is a global provider of marine transportation services. Scorpio Tankers Inc. and ENETI Inc. own product tankers and wind mill installation vessels 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. For more information, go to

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