Duncan Hunter to keynote for salvage conference

AUGUST 5, 2013—The American Salvage Association (ASA) and Marine Log are pleased to announce that the Honorable Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will provide the keynote address at the 2013 National Maritime Salvage Conference on September 10, 2013 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington,VA.

Mauricio Garrido, Chairman of the National Maritime Salvage Conference and Expo, and Immediate Past President of the ASA, said, “One of the critical issues for the marine salvage community is responder immunity. Congressman Hunter has been very receptive to our concerns and we look forward to working with him and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee to raise awareness of the importance of marine firefighting and salvage.”

U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will provide the keynote address on the morning of September 10 at the National Maritime Slvage Conference and Expo

“We’re extremely excited that Congressman Hunter will kick off the National Maritime Salvage Conference,” said Jane Poterala, Marine Log Conference Director. “In his short time as Subcommittee Chairman, Congressman Hunter has shown a keen insight and unwavering support for the maritime industry.”

A biennial executive event, the National Maritime Salvage Conference focuses on the critical issues of marine salvage, wreck removal and firefighting.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Weathering the Storm.”  On September 10-11, the conference will include sessions on new regulations for Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (VRPs); environmental salvage; liability exposure and responder immunity; OFAC restrictions on salvage operations; incident management during salvage operations; effective communications; contracting; the U.S. Coast Guard BOA System; salvage response to natural disasters; and the challenges ahead of megaships, Arctic salvage, personnel and regulations.

On September 12, there will be a session on managing expectations of discrete stakeholders in a salvage response operation, and a tabletop training exercise.

Besides Congressman Duncan Hunter, other notable speakers will include Rob Grool, Seaspan Shipmanagement LTD; Jon Waldron, Blank Rome; LCDR Brian Moore, USCG; CAPT John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Center, U.S. Coast Guard; and Lisa Symons, NOAA.

To see the complete program, including a list of speakers, and to register online, visit the Events page at www.marinelog.com.

Marketing Opportunities
Organizations interested in enhancing their visibility in the shipping, insurance, and marine casualty response markets should consider becoming a tabletop exhibitor or a sponsor at the National Maritime Salvage Conference & Expo. For more details, contact Jane Poterala at (212) 620-7209, jpoterala@sbpub.com