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.


Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003 

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The Evolution and devolution of oil trading
Presented by paul mazzarulli

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:00 - 7:00 pm




The pressentation will discuss the parallel developments in the commercial oil industry and related chartering models. It begins with the colonization of producer nations (mainly by the British and Dutch) to Independence movements in the Middle East, Africa, and South America. It then follows the corresponding change in oil trading from a strictly term-driven process to a spot market emerging in the early 1970s to the commoditization of oil in the following decade and beyond. The shipping industry has evolved from a pure supply chain function with major oil company owned tonnage to a primarily term-charter market (thanks to the emergence of Greek and Norwegian independent owners after World War II). It then continued to a spot-driven market and is now back to a contract-driven market (thanks to indices such as the FFA market and The Baltic Exchange).

Over the course of his 25+ years in the industry, Paul Mazzarulli has been a ship broker, oil market analyst, FFA broker and trader, operations specialist, and market development expert in derivatives, biofuels, and freight. He is currently the U.S. representative for The Baltic Exchange, an organization with 275 years of history as the commercial center of marine information. Originally founded in 1744 as a coffee shop, The Baltic Exchange has evolved over the decades to a trading floor, and now in the post-open-outcry era, is a data & information provider. The Baltic produces over 60 different freight route assessments per day, covering dry bulk, tankers, containers, and LPG / LNG. They also provide indices for vessel sale & purchase valuation, scrap rates, and offer services for dispute resolution and trade facilitation.

Houston Maritime Museum
2311 Canal Street, Suite 101 | Houston, Texas 77003 


"A formidable looking pile of iron boilers and machinery": reconstrucTing the civil war gunboat uss westfield
PRESENTED BY justin parkoff, ph.d.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum


USS Westfield belonged to an unusual class of civilian vessels that the Navy converted during the American Civil War to serve in the Union’s blockade of Confederate southern ports. Originally built and operated as a double-ended ferryboat, the vessel was purchased by the Navy from the New York Staten Island ferry service. Westfield served as the flagship for the West Gulf Blockading Squadron’s operations along the Texas Gulf Coast. The vessel last saw action in 1863 at the Battle of Galveston where it ran aground and was blown up by its crew to keep the vessel out of Confederate hands. In 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) orchestrated Westfield’s recovery in advance of their operations to deepen the Texas City Channel. Archaeologists recovered approximately 8,000 artifacts during the salvage operation including a 9” smoothbore Dahlgren cannon. The USACE sent these artifacts to the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University where the artifacts underwent conservation and study. In May, 2014, the Houston Maritime Museum hosted a presentation on the Westfield during the conservation phase of the project. Now complete, this follow up presentation will describe the seven year project and how numerous components of the vessel were physically reconstructed and placed on permanent display at the Texas City Museum.

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