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safety and operational risk in shipping
moderated by carleen lydeen walker, NAMEPA Executive director

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Networking Event: 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Panel Discussion: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

$5 FOR ADULTS (12 AND UP) | FREE FOR MEMBERS, ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS & CHILDREN UNDER 12 | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Today's maritime industry is facing unprecedented change, which increases the risk. How can the industry address its need to make these profound changes and ensure operational efficiency? Expert panelists will explore these areas and more!

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The panel discussion will be moderated by NAMEPA Executive Director Carleen Lyden Walker. Carleen co-founded NAMEPA leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the  commerical maritime industry with over 40 years of experience. She specializes inidentifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of education resources promoting marine environment protection. She works to develop strategic alliances between industry regulators, conservation groups and educators to "Save our Seas". 

In 2015, Ms. Lyden-Kluss was appointed an Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, The National Press Club, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ, as well as a Trustee of American Caribbean Maritime Foundation. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Tall Ships America Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation and the New Era Academy Transportation Technologies Program in Baltimore.

Ms. Lyden-Kluss is also Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, is Chief Evolution Officer of Shipping Insight, Founder of CARIBMEPA and the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.  In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively.  Ms. Lyden-Kluss graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration and is a trained facilitator and media trainer.  She held a USCG Captain’s license. 

 

Panelists:

Niels Aalund serves as an Officer and as Senior Vice President for the West Gulf Maritime Association. His primary responsibility is to advocate on behalf of member companies with local, state, and federal agencies.

 

Gareth Burton   

Gareth Burton is the Vice President of Technology at the American Bureau of Shipping. He began his career with a consulting engineering company before joining ABS in 2001. During his time with the organization, he has held various roles in engineering, business management and product development in the US, Mexico and Singapore. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and execution of the ABS research program. Gareth holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Manchester, England and as Masters' and Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, he has completed the Executive MBA program through Texas A&M University.

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Captain Anuj Chopra serves as the Rightship’s Vice President, Americas. Anuj began his seafaring career as a deck cadet working his way up to Captain and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency, and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Anuj is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute and chairperson of the US Gulf Branch, an active supporter of seafarer welfare as an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at University of Houston, and on the Board (and Treasurer) of NAMEPA - North American Marine Environment Protection Association. Anuj became a member of NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel at the beginning of 2019.

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Keith LeTourneau is a Partner with Blank Rome, LLC. He focuses his practice on maritime and energy transactions and litigation matters including but not limited to contract negotiations and disputes, vessel arrests and attachments, collision and allisions, complex commerical litigation and cargo damage. Keith’s government contract experience includes shipyard bid protests, labor standards disputes, and appeals of contracting officers’ final decisions before boards of contract, as well as solicitation and bid reviews and evaluations. He has also defended document-intensive shipyard and oil rig repair contract disputes. He is co-chair of the Firm’s Blockchain Working Group. He has published recent articles about the industry, specifically as it relates to maritime matters, and presented on Blockchain issues at the Firm’s Litigation Department CLE program in Philadelphia in November 2017. Keith served as a trial attorney for both the U.S. Coast Guard’s Procurement Law Division and the Admiralty Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. He is a retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard. His military service included assignments as a deck watch officer aboard a medium-endurance cutter that engaged in drug law enforcement efforts in the Caribbean Basin and as commanding officer of a Coast Guard patrol boat stationed along the southeast Texas coast. Keith is a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary academic society that recognizes law students, teachers, judges, and lawyers for their scholarly or professional achievements. Keith is ranked by for his work in shipping litigation matters, which notes that clients describe him as a “very steady and thoughtful attorney” and that he is “very studious, measured and looks at the overall structure of a case, and what may happen several steps down the road.”

Captain Douglas Martin is the President and General Manager of SMIT Salvage Americas. He helps to provide emergency response, wreck removal, and environmental care services across the region.

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Kevin P. Walters  of Royston Rayzor for The American Club. Kevin has been practicing transportation law, with an emphasis inadmiralty and maritime law, since 1985. Kevin has handled a wide variety of matters on behalf of vessel owners, charterers and their underwriters including cargo damage and contamination claims, charter party disputes, demurrage claims, collisions and allisions, dock damage,bill of lading disputes, pollution, and the defense of personal injury cases involving longshoremen and seamen. Additionally,  Kevin has significant experience in the exercise of provisional remedies such as arrest and attachment, in both state and federal court as well as in the collection of judgments and arbitral awards generally. He also advises clients on the drafting and interpretation of offshore and other contracts. Kevin also represents NVOCCs, logistics companies and other transportation intermediaries as well marine offshore service providers, energy and oil marketers and distributors and other maritime serviceproviders. Kevin also represents clients in general commercial litigation with a focus on bankruptcy and creditor’s rights and has experience in trade and commodities litigation. Kevin is an experienced litigator, and has tried numerous cases, both jury and non-jury, in Federal and State Courts, and has argued appeals in in both Federal and State appellate courts.

 

Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003 

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The Evolution and devolution of oil trading
Presented by paul mazzarulli

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:00 - 7:00 pm

$5 FOR ADULTS (12 AND UP) | FREE FOR MEMBERS, ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS & CHILDREN UNDER 12 | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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The pressentation will discuss the parallel developments in the commercial oil industry and related chartering models. It begins with the colonization of producer nations (mainly by the British and Dutch) to Independence movements in the Middle East, Africa, and South America. It then follows the corresponding change in oil trading from a strictly term-driven process to a spot market emerging in the early 1970s to the commoditization of oil in the following decade and beyond. The shipping industry has evolved from a pure supply chain function with major oil company owned tonnage to a primarily term-charter market (thanks to the emergence of Greek and Norwegian independent owners after World War II). It then continued to a spot-driven market and is now back to a contract-driven market (thanks to indices such as the FFA market and The Baltic Exchange).

Over the course of his 25+ years in the industry, Paul Mazzarulli has been a ship broker, oil market analyst, FFA broker and trader, operations specialist, and market development expert in derivatives, biofuels, and freight. He is currently the U.S. representative for The Baltic Exchange, an organization with 275 years of history as the commercial center of marine information. Originally founded in 1744 as a coffee shop, The Baltic Exchange has evolved over the decades to a trading floor, and now in the post-open-outcry era, is a data & information provider. The Baltic produces over 60 different freight route assessments per day, covering dry bulk, tankers, containers, and LPG / LNG. They also provide indices for vessel sale & purchase valuation, scrap rates, and offer services for dispute resolution and trade facilitation.

Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003 

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topgun: the u.s. navy fighter weapons school
Presented by Yarko "J.J." Sos

Tuesday,  January 21, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 pm

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The United States Navy Fighter Weapons School is the formal name of “TOPGUN.” TOPGUN was made famous in a 1986 movie; and, will again, be center stage in an upcoming sequel. The movies, while entertaining, do not accurately portray the TOPGUN program, which is a school to educate pilots on ways to teach advanced tactics. Yarko “J.J.” Sos ran the TOPGUN training program from 1998-2000 and will share his experience as an instructor. The presentation will go into detail about the evolution of aircraft bombing over the last 80 years, the influence of precision weapons, and the ways that “effects-based” mission planning has greatly improved the efficacy of aerial bombardment. J.J. will also share personal “war stories” from Desert Storm and lessons learned “the hard way.”

Yarko J.J. Sos served as a fighter pilot for over 22 years in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. J.J. retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel, commanding the 119th Fighter Squadron, NJANG. He amassed more than 4,000 flight hours in F-14s, F/A-18s, and F-16 fighter jets. In retirement, he became one of the founding members of Check-6 International, a performance leadership company comprised exclusively of military veterans. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University-Camden. He resides with his wife and family in Houston, Texas.

Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003 

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Darwin aboard the beagle: a naturalist's journey
Presented by dr. scott solomon

Wednesday,  February 12, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 pm

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In 1831, Charles Darwin was invited to join the HMS Beagle as the ship's naturalist for a trip around the world. For the next five years, the Beagle surveyed the coast of South America, while Darwin explored the continent and islands. He filled dozens of notebooks with observations on animals and plants and collected thousands of specimens for further study. Darwin’s experiences during his five-year journey aboard the HMS Beagle led him to develop a theory that would transform our understanding of life on earth. In this talk, we will consider what Darwin actually observed, how his journey influenced the development of his theory of evolution by natural selection, and how our understanding of evolution has changed since his lifetime.

Scott Solomon teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biosciences at Rice University. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where his research examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. Dr. Solomon often speaks and writes about science at schools, museums, churches, science cafés, TEDx events and other venues and has appeared on radio and television. He is the author of Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution (Yale University Press) and a lecture series called “What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution” available through The Great Courses and Audible.com.

Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003 

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one thousand u.s. navy destroyers from 1902-2020
Presented by Bennett "dean" fisher

Saturday,  January 11, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am

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The first automotive torpedo was developed in 1866. These weapons were rudimentary, but showed success when a group of small, maneuverable torpedo boats attacked a capital ship from many directions. By 1890, improvements by Robert Whitehead resulted in torpedoes with a range of 700 yards at 9 mph. The Whitehead torpedoes, besides self-propelled, maintained a straight path using a gyroscope. Some navies responded by developing and making ships designed to attack these torpedo boats. U.S. Assistant Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt wrote during the 1898 Spanish-American War that the Spanish torpedo boat destroyers were the only threat to the Navy. Congress agreed and authorized the construction of 16 destroyers. Thirteen Bainbridge-class destroyers were commissioned during 1902-1903, as the country’s first destroyers. The 1,000th American destroyer was commissioned in 2016.

David Fisher served on the Mahan-class USS Preston (DD-379), which was sunk November 14, 1942 in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal. His son, Bennett “Dean” Fisher, asked his father at about age four, “Daddy, what did you do in the War?” His father would never elaborate. After his father’s death, Dean researched his 1940-1946 military career and compiled a history for his mother and three younger siblings. His great interest in military history can be traced to this point. He now coordinates a Senior Veterans’ group at a Houston YMCA and released a self-published book in February of 2019 on 30 WWII Pacific Theater stories. His book, “WWII, Pacific Theatre: Extraordinary Stories of Heroism, Victory, and Defeat,” will be given away as a door prize.

Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003