Shipping and Offshore Industries Sector Conferences and North American Marine Awards Dinner



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For Immediate Release

North American Shipping and Offshore Industries Head to Houston for

Sector Conferences and North American Marine Awards Dinner

HOUSTON, January 17--  The world’s energy capital of Houston will be the host next month for significant events surrounding the maritime and offshore industries.  NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) along with the WGMA (West Gulf Maritime Association) is holding a conference on February 19th entitled “Winds of Change in Shipping”.  The next day, February 20th, NAMEPA is partnering with NOIA (National Ocean Industries Association) to present the “Winds of Change in Offshore Oil and Gas”.  Adding even more luster to this period is the inaugural Lloyd’s List North American Awards Dinner on February 19th, where winners of 17 categories will be presented.

The “Winds of Change in Shipping” conference features changes in regulations, the impact of LNG on shipping, the changing face of ship finance, education and training excellence, and shipowners’ response to change.  Key speakers include Christopher Wiernicki of ABS, Scott Bergeron of LISCR, Jeffrey Pribor of Jefferies, Rich Pruitt of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Phil Morrell of TOTE Services, John Hatley of Wartsila, Tony Teo of DNV GL, Robert Goolsby of Kirby, RADM Kevin Cook of the USCG, Julie Gascon of Transport Canada, Thomas Damsgarrd of Spielthoff, Jeanne Grasso of Blank Rome, Dr. Sandra Whitehouse of Ocean Conservancy and Captain Anuj Chopra of Rightship.  The conference will be opened by Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman of NAMEPA and Niels Aalund, Senior Vice President of WGMA and Lloyd’s List Editor Richard Meade will be the day’s Moderator.

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Following the conference will be the inaugural Lloyd’s List North American Marine Awards Dinner during which maritime and offshore companies and individuals will be recognized for excellence in their sectors.  It will be the first-ever industry-wide event of its kind for the North American marine community with 17 categories and nearly 70 finalists.  The only award known at this point is the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be given to Robert Somerville, former Chairman and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping.

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On February 20th, NOIA and NAMEPA will present the “Winds of Change in Offshore Oil and Gas”, featuring discussions on changing global opportunities and operational challenges.  Gary Siems of Stone Energy will give an update on decommissioning, RADM Kevin Cook will discuss regulatory challenges followed by Allyson Anderson of BSEE who will address enforcement.  Jim Wicklund of Credit Suisse will provide an overview on “oceans” of oil and gas, followed by NOIA President Randall Luthi discussing industry’s prospects and RADM James Watson of ABS on Class and Offshore.  Jim Delgado of NOAA is the luncheon keynote speaker.  The conference will be opened by Dick Alario, Chairman of NOIA and President/CEO of Key Energy Services.

Information for the Winds of Change in Offshore Oil and Gas can be found at

Media contact:  Carleen Lyden-Kluss  +203 255 4686

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