“shipping – a four dimensional view”

          •  increasing regulatory requirements      U. S. marine planning      the shipping markets     technology

- A government industry dialogue - 

 

This 8th Mare Forum USA conference builds on the previous Mare Forum conferences held in New York, Houston and Washington D.C. from 2003 to 2013. Representatives from Government and Maritime Industry will discuss, analyze and formulate the priority issues that ship owners and managers, Flag Administrations and Port State Administrations must address to implement  the new and evolving regulatory requirements, in a manner that realizes environmental benefits, but also allows implementation flexibility for ship owners and managers.
 Situation:    Significant international and United States regulations have been agreed upon, have come into force or progressed with respect to implementation over the past year. These include reduction of air emissions, ballast water treatment requirements, the revised Vessel General Permit and the Maritime Labour Convention 2006. In the United States and its coastal waters, under the US National Ocean Policy, commercial shipping is an element of marine planning along with protection of the environment, and development of existing and future offshore energy sources both renewable and non-renewable. International shipping markets have been struggling but are improving in some areas. How does all of the foregoing interact?
Challenge:    Shipowners and managers must ensure compliance with new and evolving regulatory requirements; and, marine planning must provide for shipping routes in coordination with other planning priorities, all in a continuing difficult economic environment. While there are clear environmental benefits, compliance with new regulations creates significant capital costs and additional administrative, maintenance and training costs that must be borne by ship owners and managers. Flag Administrations, Classification Societies and regulatory agencies must expend time and resources to implement and enforce compliance. Implementation aboard ship is a challenge in itself.
Priorities:    Overall, what are the priority issues that ship owners and managers, US Government agencies, Including those that are members of the US National Ocean Council, Flag Administrations and Port State Administrations must address to implement these evolving regulatory requirements in a manner that realizes environmental benefits but also allows implementation flexibility for ship owners and managers and recognizes shipping as a priority ocean use in marine planning.
The Conference Goal:    The Conference Goal will be to develop a consensus on these issues and others as developed by the Conference speakers and attendees. The unique Mare Forum format, which emphasizes debate and discussion, will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about, debate and influence the resolution of these and other questions with senior policy makers from industry and government.
 The Venue:    The Conference will be held at the Westin City Center Hotel, located at 1400 M Street, NW 20005, Washington, DC. The United States is the world’s largest trading nation with Washington, DC as a center of activity for U.S. Government regulatory bodies and international maritime interests. Here, participants will find exceptional business networking opportunities as well as world class leisure activities.
The Conference Committee
Joseph J. Cox President, Chamber of Shipping of America and Conference Chairman
Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
RADM Robert C. North, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) President, North Star Maritime, Inc.
( as of 2014-02-19)
Joseph J. Cox President, Chamber of Shipping of America and Conference Chairman
RADM Joseph Servidio  Assistant Commandant for Prevention U.S. Coast Guard
Jim Watson  President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS Americas
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse Senior Advisor, Ocean Conservancy
Alexandra Anagnostis  President/CEO, Total Marine Solutions
Jeffrey G. Lantz SES, Director of Commercial regulations and Standards U.S. Coast Guard Chairman, International Maritime Organization Council
Clay Maitland Founding Chairman, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)
Dr. John T. Oliver  Senior Ocean Policy Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard
Ryan Albert   Environmental Scientist, Water Permits Division, UA EPA
Phillip A. Brooks Director, Air Enforcement Division, Office of Civil Enforcement, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, US EPA
Captain Kevin Kiefer  US Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Baltimore
RADM Roy Nash   U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
Robert John Flynn President, MJLF & Associates
Jeanne Grasso Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Paal Johansen Vice President and Director of Operations, Americas DNV GL Maritime
Chris Dlugokecki Country Manager USA, RINA USA, Inc.
Rene Zwart USA Operations Manager, Lloyd’s Register
Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President, Rightship
Daniel Hubbard Chief of Maritime Energy and Marine Spatial Planning First Coast Guard District
Bill Gallagher  President, International Registries, Inc. / Marshall Islands Registry (invited)
Captain Tim Close, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.) Director, Safety, Security & Environmental Health, Horizon Lines, Inc.
Daniel F. Sheehan  P.E. session moderator
Cdr Ryan Allain Chief, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Tjitse Lupgens Project Manager, Damen Shipyards
Tom Kirk Director of Environmental Programs, ABS
Jannis Kostoulas President, Mare Forum
RADM Robert C. North, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) President, North Star Maritime, Inc.
Ted H. Burger SSHE Department, Environmental/Hazard Risk Assessment Advisor, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc
Leslie-Ann McGee Programs Director and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Project Director World Ocean Council
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman INTERMEPA
Karen Kokabi Managing Director, Blueship
many others  from Government and industry, to be announced

 

Monday, March  3, 2014
The Westin, City Centre, Washington D.C
08:00 Registration
Opening and Introduction
09:00 Joseph J. Cox President Chamber of Shipping of America Conference Chairman
session 1: The Scene Keynote Speakers Government and Industry Stakeholders
Theme: Senior leaders representing government, industry and environmental stakeholders describe their view of the “Situation” from a broad policy perspective, and potential barriers to meeting the “challenge”.
Session Moderator, Joseph J. Cox President Chamber of Shipping of America, 
Keynote Speakers:
09:10 RADM Joseph Servidio Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy U.S. Coast Guard
Jim Watson President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS Americas
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse Senior Advisor, Ocean Conservancy
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman INTERMEPA
10:10 Discussion and debate between the speakers, members of the discussion panel and audience participants. Discussion panelists:
Alexandra Anagnostis President/CEO, Total Marine Solutions
Jeanne Grasso Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
Captain Kevin Kiefer US Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Baltimore
Cdr Ryan Allain Chief, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Karen Kokabi Managing director Blueship
All conference speakers
10:40 Break
session 2:   Government Perspective – Regulatory Initiatives
Questions to be addressed: How does the regulatory development process consider the impact on shipping markets? • What will be the impact of U.S. Government budget reduction goals on regulatory project implementation and enforcement? • What should be the highest priority international and U.S. regulatory initiatives? • What are the most significant implementation and enforcement challenges experienced to date with the revised VGP that come into force on 19 December 2013? • How are US Coast Guard and US EPA dealing with shipowner requests for ballast water treatment system installation date time extensions? • What is LNG’s potential for emissions reductions? • Are there safety concerns over LNG as an alternative fuel for ships? • What have been the most significant issues associated with the North American and Caribbean ECA implementation and enforcement? • Has ECA fuel switching created maritime safety problems and increased marine casualty and/or oil spill potential? • What is the status of U.S. ballast water treatment system type approval? • Will the U.S. ratify MLC 2006? Since the US is not a party to MLC 2006 have U.S. Flag vessels experienced PSC compliance problems? •Are MARPOL Annex V reception facilities proving adequate for the increased waste that must be put ashore, including bulk carrier cargo hold washings?
11:00 RADM Roy Nash U.S. Coast Guard (ret.) Session Moderator, Moderator’s introduction
Speakers:
11:10 Ryan Albert Environmental Scientist, Water Permits Division, UA EPA: US Environmental Protection Agency – Water – Vessel General Permit
11:20 Jeffrey G. Lantz SES, Director of Commercial regulations and Standards; U.S. Coast Guard; Chairman, International Maritime Organization Council: US Coast Guard – Safety and Environmental Protection 
11:30 Phillip A. Brooks Director, Air Enforcement Division, Office of Civil Enforcement, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, US EPA: US Environmental Protection Agency – Air
11:40 Discussion and Debate between speakers, members of the discussion panel and audience participants. Discussion panelists:
Alexandra Anagnostis President/CEO, Total Marine Solutions
Jeanne Grasso Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
Captain Kevin Kiefer US Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Baltimore
Cdr Ryan Allain Chief, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman INTERMEPA
Karen Kokabi Managing director Blueship
All conference speakers
12:20 Lunch hosted by The Marshall Islands Registry
MIR
session 3:  The Marine Planning
Questions to be addressed: What are the goals and expected benefits from marine planning in the United States? What does the National Ocean Policy say about commercial shipping? What is the status of marine planning in the US? Is marine planning a new regulatory regime? How does marine planning take commercial shipping into account? Who provides the input to marine planning for commercial shipping? What is the process used by the Regional Planning Bodies to set and prioritize goals and objectives? What are the interaction and coordination effort between the National Ocean Council and Regional Planning bodies? What are the sources of information about shipping that are being used for marine planning? What, if any, is the relationship of marine planning to the United Nations World Ocean Assessment?
13:10 Dr. John T. Oliver Senior Ocean Policy Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard, Session Moderator: Moderator’s introduction
Speakers:
13:20 Dr. Sandra Whitehouse Senior Advisor, Ocean Conservancy
13:30 Clay Maitland Founding Chairman, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)
13:40 Daniel Hubbard Chief of Maritime Energy and Marine Spatial Planning First Coast Guard District
13:50 Leslie-Ann McGee Programs Director and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Project Director, World Ocean Council
14:00 Discussion and Debate between speakers, members of the discussion panel and audience participants. Discussion panelists: 
Alexandra Anagnostis President/CEO, Total Marine Solutions
Jeanne Grasso Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
Captain Kevin Kiefer US Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Baltimore
Cdr Ryan Allain Chief, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman INTERMEPA
Karen Kokabi Managing director Blueship
All conference speakers
session 4:  Regulatory Initiatives, Marine Planning and Market Realities – The Industry Perspective
Questions to be addressed: What is the business impact of the implementation of ballast water treatment requirements, MLC 2006, ECA and further emissions reductions and the revised Vessel General Permit? • What regulatory requirements are proving the most difficult to implement? • Is there adequate regulatory synergy where two agencies have overlapping responsibilities such as USCG and EPA with ballast water management? • Should implementation schedules for U.S. and international ballast water treatment be revised to recognize the economic impact and availability of U.S. type approved treatment systems? • Is Marine planning adequately considering commercial shipping needs? • Is commercial shipping adequately represented in the planning process underway by the Regional Planning Bodies and decisions being made by the National Ocean Council? • Is commercial shipping finding it increasingly difficult to “navigate” around higher marine planning priorities? • Is use of LNG a viable alternative to reduce emissions? • Are there safety concerns over LNG as an alternative fuel for ships? • What have been the most significant issues associated with the North American ECA implementation and enforcement? • Given new strict limitations on discharge of shipboard generated garbage overboard under revised MARPOL Annex V, have waste reception facilities proven adequate? • Have waste reception facilities shown capacity to receive bulk carrier cargo hold wash water with cargo residues? • What should be the highest priority international and U.S. regulatory initiatives?
14:40 Bill Gallagher President, International Registries, Inc. / Marshall Islands Registry (invited) Session Moderator: Moderator’s introduction
Speakers:
14:50 Captain Tim Close, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) Director, Safety, Security & Environmental Health Horizon Lines, Inc.: : The Container Ship Sector Perspective 
15:00 Ted H. Burger,SSHE Department, Environmental/Hazard Risk Assessment Advisor, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.: The Tanker Sector Perspective
15:10 RADM Robert C. North, U.S. Coast Guard (ret) Board member, Genco Shipping and TradingThe Dry Bulk Carrier Sector Perspective 
15:20 Robert John Flynn President, MJLF & Associates:  Shipping Markets Outlook – Supply and Demand 
15:30 Discussion and Debate between speakers, members of the discussion panel and audience participants. Discussion panelists: 
Alexandra Anagnostis President/CEO, Total Marine Solutions
Jeanne Grasso Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
Captain Kevin Kiefer US Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Baltimore
Cdr Ryan Allain Chief, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman INTERMEPA
Karen Kokabi Managing director Blueship
All conference speakers
16:10 Break
session 5:  The Classification Society Perspective and Technology Innovations – The Ship of the Future 
Questions to be addressed: What new regulatory requirements are proving the most difficult to implement by Class acting as Recognized Organizations for Flag Administrations? •What are the most promising technologies available to reduce carbon emissions? • What is the potential for CNG fuel for shipping? • What environmentally friendly new ship concept designs are being developed by class? What is an “Eco-ship”? • Is it practical? • Are classification societies prepared to approve exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) under MARPOL Annex VI for both SOx and NOx? Carbon? • How will class implement the IMO EEDI in class rules and on behalf of flag administrations? • Is class prepared to provide “statements of compliance” for non-party flags for MLC 2006 and the Ballast Water Management Convention after entry into force?
16:30 Daniel F. Sheehan P.E.President, Session Moderator: Moderator’s introduction
Speakers:
16:40 Tom Kirk Director of Environmental Programs, ABS
16:50 Paal Johansen Vice President and Director of Operations, Americas DNV GL Maritime
17:00 Chris Dlugokecki Country Manager USA, RINA USA, Inc.
17:10 Rene Zwart USA Operations Manager, Lloyd’s Register
17:20 Tjitse Lupgens Project Manager, Damen Shipyards
17:30 Discussion and Debate between speakers, members of the discussion panel and audience participants. Discussion panelists: 
Alexandra Anagnostis President/CEO, Total Marine Solutions
Jeanne Grasso Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Capt. Anuj Chopra Vice President – Americas Rightship
Captain Kevin Kiefer US Coast Guard Commanding Officer, Sector Baltimore
Cdr Ryan Allain Chief, Environmental Standards Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
George Tsavliris Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group and Chairman INTERMEPA
Karen Kokabi Managing director Blueship
All conference speakers
session 6 Conclusion – A Focused Agenda for Policy Makers – Prioritization of Issues – The Four Dimensional View
Conference Chairman, Session Chairmen and Conference participants synthesize and prioritize the issues discussed to develop a list of priorities for government and industry to address together concerning the Conference “Challenge”.
18:00 Open discussion where Moderators of Sessions 1-5 discuss the results of their panels between themselves and the participants and recommend prioritization of issues developed during the Conference
18:30 Closing reception hosted by The Marshall Islands Registry
MIR
19:30 End

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