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8th Mare Forum USA 2014
“shipping - a four dimensional view”

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

- A government industry dialogue - 

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.