safety and operational risk in shipping
moderated by carleen lydeen walker, NAMEPA Executive director

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Networking Event: 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Panel Discussion: 6:00 - 7:00 pm




Today's maritime industry is facing unprecedented change, which increases the risk. How can the industry address its need to make these profound changes and ensure operational efficiency? Expert panelists will explore these areas and more!

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The panel discussion will be moderated by NAMEPA Executive Director Carleen Lyden Walker. Carleen co-founded NAMEPA leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the  commerical maritime industry with over 40 years of experience. She specializes inidentifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of education resources promoting marine environment protection. She works to develop strategic alliances between industry regulators, conservation groups and educators to "Save our Seas". 

In 2015, Ms. Lyden-Kluss was appointed an Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, The National Press Club, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ, as well as a Trustee of American Caribbean Maritime Foundation. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Tall Ships America Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation and the New Era Academy Transportation Technologies Program in Baltimore.

Ms. Lyden-Kluss is also Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, is Chief Evolution Officer of Shipping Insight, Founder of CARIBMEPA and the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.  In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively.  Ms. Lyden-Kluss graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration and is a trained facilitator and media trainer.  She held a USCG Captain’s license. 



Niels Aalund serves as an Officer and as Senior Vice President for the West Gulf Maritime Association. His primary responsibility is to advocate on behalf of member companies with local, state, and federal agencies.


Gareth Burton   

Gareth Burton is the Vice President of Technology at the American Bureau of Shipping. He began his career with a consulting engineering company before joining ABS in 2001. During his time with the organization, he has held various roles in engineering, business management and product development in the US, Mexico and Singapore. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and execution of the ABS research program. Gareth holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Manchester, England and as Masters' and Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, he has completed the Executive MBA program through Texas A&M University.

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Captain Anuj Chopra serves as the Rightship’s Vice President, Americas. Anuj began his seafaring career as a deck cadet working his way up to Captain and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency, and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Anuj is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute and chairperson of the US Gulf Branch, an active supporter of seafarer welfare as an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at University of Houston, and on the Board (and Treasurer) of NAMEPA - North American Marine Environment Protection Association. Anuj became a member of NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel at the beginning of 2019.

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Keith LeTourneau is a Partner with Blank Rome, LLC. He focuses his practice on maritime and energy transactions and litigation matters including but not limited to contract negotiations and disputes, vessel arrests and attachments, collision and allisions, complex commerical litigation and cargo damage. Keith’s government contract experience includes shipyard bid protests, labor standards disputes, and appeals of contracting officers’ final decisions before boards of contract, as well as solicitation and bid reviews and evaluations. He has also defended document-intensive shipyard and oil rig repair contract disputes. He is co-chair of the Firm’s Blockchain Working Group. He has published recent articles about the industry, specifically as it relates to maritime matters, and presented on Blockchain issues at the Firm’s Litigation Department CLE program in Philadelphia in November 2017. Keith served as a trial attorney for both the U.S. Coast Guard’s Procurement Law Division and the Admiralty Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. He is a retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard. His military service included assignments as a deck watch officer aboard a medium-endurance cutter that engaged in drug law enforcement efforts in the Caribbean Basin and as commanding officer of a Coast Guard patrol boat stationed along the southeast Texas coast. Keith is a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary academic society that recognizes law students, teachers, judges, and lawyers for their scholarly or professional achievements. Keith is ranked by for his work in shipping litigation matters, which notes that clients describe him as a “very steady and thoughtful attorney” and that he is “very studious, measured and looks at the overall structure of a case, and what may happen several steps down the road.”

Captain Douglas Martin is the President and General Manager of SMIT Salvage Americas. He helps to provide emergency response, wreck removal, and environmental care services across the region.


Kevin P. Walters  of Royston Rayzor for The American Club. Kevin has been practicing transportation law, with an emphasis inadmiralty and maritime law, since 1985. Kevin has handled a wide variety of matters on behalf of vessel owners, charterers and their underwriters including cargo damage and contamination claims, charter party disputes, demurrage claims, collisions and allisions, dock damage,bill of lading disputes, pollution, and the defense of personal injury cases involving longshoremen and seamen. Additionally,  Kevin has significant experience in the exercise of provisional remedies such as arrest and attachment, in both state and federal court as well as in the collection of judgments and arbitral awards generally. He also advises clients on the drafting and interpretation of offshore and other contracts. Kevin also represents NVOCCs, logistics companies and other transportation intermediaries as well marine offshore service providers, energy and oil marketers and distributors and other maritime serviceproviders. Kevin also represents clients in general commercial litigation with a focus on bankruptcy and creditor’s rights and has experience in trade and commodities litigation. Kevin is an experienced litigator, and has tried numerous cases, both jury and non-jury, in Federal and State Courts, and has argued appeals in in both Federal and State appellate courts.


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