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Nearly 500 Vessels being Recognized by the USCG for their Voluntary Participation in AMVER
Focus on Safety at Sea reaches New Imperative
WESTON, CT - May 10, 2023- Nearly 500 vessels from 141 US-based shipping entities will be recognized next week at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA) annual Safety at Sea and AMVER recognition event being held at the AGU Conference Center in Washington DC on Thursday May 18th, announced Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and CEO of NAMEPA.

NAMEPA’s Safety at Sea program will feature an opening address from RDML Wayne Arguin, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, who will outline what the USCG considers its chief priorities on safety. This will be followed by an in-depth look at the Mechanics of Safety, moderated by Scorpio Group’s Ole Chr. Schroeder, with presentations on “Safety and Decarbonization” delivered by Richard Delpizzo of ABS, “Importance of a Safety Culture” as seen by Cynthia Hudson of HudsonAnalytix, with Blank Rome’s Bill Bennett addressing “Updates on the Regulatory Aspects of Safety”. After a brief break, proceedings will resume looking at the Implications of Change on Safety led by Rich Mason of Critical Infrastructure presenting on “The Centrality of Maritime Security”, followed by SMIT Americas President, Doug Martin discussing “OPA 90’s role in Safety”. CLIA’s Jennifer Williams will address “Action on Workforce Development and Training” and the Reverend Paul Rosenblum of NAMMA delivering an update on mariner welfare.

Presenters will be joined by The American Club’s Joe Hughes- Chairman of NAMEPA and INTERMEPA- along with Diana Shipping’s CEO Semiramis Paliou- Chairman of HELMEPA and Vice Chairman of INTERMEPA- as they along with industry colleagues participate in the discussion of “Safety at Sea” in these pivotal times. A major element of the event is the presentation of the AMVER Awards by Vice Commandant Steven Poulin for industry voluntarism and commitment to Safety at Sea to the recipients present. This year, nearly 500 vessels from 141 entities are enrolled in the program and expected to be present for the event.

Sponsors of the event include American Bureau of Shipping, Alaska Chadux Network, The American Club, Blank Rome, CLIA, Dorian LPG, Fairfield Chemical Carriers, HudsonAnalytix, International Seaways, OPA 90 Forum, The Pasha Group, Port Everglades, Scorpio Group, and Tidewater.

For more information, or to register, please go to 2023 Safety at Sea Seminar & AMVER Awards - NAMEPA The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students, and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake, and river resources.  Visit us at:




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1300: Registration 

1330: Welcome and brief description of AGU  Billy Williams, EVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of AGU (American Geophysical Union)

1335: Welcome - Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA and The American Club 

1340: Coast Guard Priorities on Safety - RDML Wayne Arguin, Asst Commandant for Prevention Policy, United States Coast Guard

1355: Session 1: Mechanics of Safety
Moderator: Ole Christian Schroder, Director Environmental Compliance, Scorpio Group

  • Safety and Decarbonization - Richard Delpizzo, Director of Global Government Services, ABS 
  • Importance of a Safety Culture - Cynthia Hudson, CEO HudsonAnalytix
  • Updates on the Regulatory Elements of Safety - Bill Bennett, Co-Chair, Transportation Industry Team and Partner in Maritime & International Trade Practice Group Blank Rome 

1500: Coffee/Tea Break 

1520: Session 2: Implications of Change on Safety
Moderator: Carleen Lyden Walker, CEO and Co-Founder, NAMEPA

  • Centrality of Maritime Security - Rich Mason, President and Chief Security Officer, Critical Infrastructure LLC 
  • OPA 90's Role in Safety - Doug Martin, President OPA 90 Forum and SMIT Americas 
  • Action on Workforce Development and Training - Jennifer Williams, Vice President for Maritime Policy, CLIA 
  • Mariner Welfare in the Spotlight - Paul Rosenblum, NAMMA President 

1630: Closing Remarks - Joe Hughes, Chairman of NAMEPA and The American Club

1640: The Importance of the AMVER Program and Safety in Shipping - Semiramis Paliou, CEO, DIiana Shipping, Chairman of HELMEPA and Vice Chairman of INTERMEPA

1700-1900: AMVER Awards

1705: Admiral Steve Poulin, Vice Commandant USCG

1715: AMVER Awards Presentation- Bejamin Strong, Director, AMVER Maritime Relations

1800: Closing Remarks and photos, AMVER Reception


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