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May 22

2024 Safety at Sea Seminar, AMVER & Benkert Awards

This National Maritime Week, join NAMEPA and the United States Coast Guard as we discuss Safety at Sea, and honor our respected awardees of the prestigious AMVER & Benkert Awards on May 22, in Washington, D.C.

This seminar is designed to bring industry and governmental leaders together to discuss concerns about safety and strategies.

ABS Offices
80 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
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May 22, 2024 12:00pm - May 22, 2024 05:30pm

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$150.00 - $200.00

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 - Jack Kammerer, Executive Director-US DoT Maritime Administration


United States Coast Gaurd Safety Priorities 


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


  • How US Leadership in Maritime will Secure America's FutureRADM 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 SecurityRich Delpizzo, Director Globals 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


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