Tuesday, April 26, 2011

National Maritime Day Recognizes US Amver participants

One year after the Gulf oil spill, and amid daily reports of piracy and needless accidents at sea, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be offering a seminar “Environmental Intelligence in Shipping:  Safety at Sea, featuring an emergency preparedness & response regulatory update, as well as a panel on piracy, STCW update, and terminal access for seafarers.  The seminar will take place on May 23rd  at the National Press Club in Washington DC commencing at 3:00pm.  The seminar is intended to commemorate National Maritime Day, which is held on May 22nd to honor merchant mariners.

Panelists include (to date): VADM Brian Salerno, USCG; Clay Maitland, International Registries Inc. (Marshall Islands), RADM Robert North (Ret.), North Star Maritime; Jonathan Waldron, Blank Rome LLP; Greg DeMarco, ExxonMobil; the Rev. Mary Davisson, Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center; the Rev. Canon James Von Dreele, Seamen’s Church Institute-Philadelphia; Mauricio Garrido, American Salvage Association.

“NAMEPA designed this seminar to be both informative and participatory so that the risk of an event such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recurring can be reduced” stated NAMEPA Chairman Clay Maitland.  “We must also look at seafarer welfare.  Piracy is on the rise.  Lifeboat safety hook failures are on the rise.  Seafarer fatigue is on the rise.  The seminar will explore strategies and realities to mitigate future risks.”

The cost to attend the seminar is $50 for NAMEPA members ($75 for non-members. Please contact Rose Lambert for reservations or call +203 255 4686.  Admittance is by reservation only and is limited.

The seminar will be followed immediately by the National Maritime Day Dinner and Amver Awards where 77 shipping companies will be recognized.  The honored guest will be Congressman Frank LoBiondo.  Request more information from Rose Lambert .

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