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NAMEPA’s Safety at Sea and AMVER Awards Event in Washington DC

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Joe Hughes

NAMEPA’s Annual Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER Reception being held on National Maritime Day

Event highlights challenges for mariners and companies

May 11, 2017 The American Club’s Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced the lineup for this year’s “Safety at Sea” seminar being held on May 22nd at the National Press Club in Washington DC beginning at 1330hrs for registration.  The seminar will be followed by the United States Coast Guard AMVER Awards Reception.

“Never before has the issue of safety been such an important issue for the maritime industry amid a myriad of changes,” stated Hughes.  “NAMEPA’s goal for this event is to help identify strategies for the industry to navigate through these complicated waters.

The seminar will feature the Chamber of Shipping’s President and CEO, Kathy Metcalf; CyberLogix’ Cynthia Hudson to address cybersecurity; the Rev. Marsh Drege of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) on seafarer welfare, RADM Linda Fagan of the USCG plus others from industry.

Following the seminar will be the AMVER Awards.  The Amver Awards Program was inaugurated in 1971 to recognize those vessels which regularly participate in the Amver system. Extremely favorable response from the merchant shipping industry around the world to the idea of annual Amver awards has ensured the continuance of the program.

Amver award materials provide worldwide exposure and favorable publicity for the program. Ships flying the various colored Amver pennants are a constant reminder on the oceans of that ship and company’s commitment to safety at sea. Prominent display of Amver Certificates, found in company boardrooms, corporate office reception areas and on the bulkhead of a ship’s bridge or wardroom, attest to the prestige accorded with these awards.

The Awards program also assists in retaining ships already participating in the program, and assisting in the recruitment of new ships by way of a tangible expression of appreciation.

The presentation of Amver awards serves as an instrument of our nation’s foreign policy, as United States embassies and consulates around the world use the occasion to arrange a ceremony or reception to express the appreciation of the United States Government to government and industry officials of a host nation for the voluntary participation of its ships in this humanitarian program.

To register, or for more information, please go to www.namepa.net/events.

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: www.namepa.net

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