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February 14-15, 2008

Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel
Houston - Texas - U.S.A.


This conference builds on a previous Mare Forum energy transportation conferences held in Houston in November 2002 and New York in November 2006. 

International and United States energy costs continue to push record high levels, the volume of energy cargoes continues to grow and marine transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, LNG/LPG, coal and other energy products is ever more essential to worldwide availability of energy for domestic and industrial use.

This Forum will examine the financial, regulatory and economic issues that may potentially influence the way in which the energy and maritime industries will attempt to meet demand worldwide with a focus on the United States. 

The dynamic financial, political and economic climates give rise to a number of questions, such as:


  • Are current global energy demand projections realistic?  Have traditional energy sources peaked?  What are potential alternative energy sources and what would be their impact on shipping?  What is the potential of Arctic energy reserves?


  • Do the international energy and maritime industries have the capacity and sufficient available financing to meet global demand?  What is the danger of oversupply of vessel tonnage and its potential impact? 


  • Within the U.S., is there an optimal achievable balance between barges and tankers in the coastwise trade with imported products carried in foreign flag tankers?  Should U.S. energy policy limit the amount of imported energy?  Can U.S. and international vessel manning challenges be met?  How will recent decisions in manning of LNG carriers calling in the U.S. impact the market?


  • Is LNG really the energy source of choice for the future when balanced against available technology and safety, security and environmental concerns?  Is LNG terminal licensing progressing at a rate to meet projected demand?


  • Overall, what are the priority financial, economic and political/regulatory issues most affecting marine transportation which must be managed together by government and the private sector, to meet current and long-term energy transportation needs?


The unique Mare Forum format that emphasizes debate and discussion will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about, debate and influence the resolution of such issues with policy makers from industry and government.


The venue for the Conference will be the Hilton Hotel, Houston, Texas.  The United States is the world’s largest trading nation and consumer of energy resources with Houston as the center of activity for the energy industry as well as an international seaport and center for shipping interests. Here, participants will find exceptional business networking opportunities as well as world class leisure activities.


Joseph J. Cox

President, Chamber of Shipping of America
Conference Chairman


Will Jenkins
President, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.
Chairman, International Marine Transportation Limited


Paul Leand
CEO and Managing Director, AMA Capital Partners LLC, USA


Julian Bray

Editor in Chief, Lloyd’s List


Jannis Kostoulas
Chairman, Mare Forum

  RADM Robert C. North
President, North Star Maritime, Inc.

Stewart Wade
Vice President,





The speakers and discussion panellists

Joseph J. Cox
President, Chamber of Shipping of America
Conference Chairman


Admiral Thad Allen
U.S. Coast Guard

Will Jenkins
President, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.
Chairman, International Marine Transportation Limited

Julie Nelson
Deputy U.S. Maritime Administrator


James Slutz
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Energy

Robert D. Somerville
Chairman and CEO, American Bureau of Shipping

Captain Robert Johnston
Senior Vice President and Head of Shipping Operations


Jonathan P. Whitworth
President and CEO, OSG America


Captain David L. Stanley
Executive VP, Northern Marine Management, USA


Eric H. Namtvedt


Debbie Turner
Director, LNG
B.S. Energy Services


  Paul Bell
Senior Project Broker
Poten & Partners

Robert S. Bowers II
Managing Director
AMA Capital Partners


Bruce Carlton
Assistant Administrator
U.S. Maritime Administration

David Marin
Regional Supervisor for Resource valuation
Gulf of Mexico OCS Region
Minerals Management Service


John F. Spinello
Partner, K&L Gates


Bernard Anne

Managing Director
Bureau Veritas


Dr. Michael Economides,
Professor,Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston
Managing Partner, Dr. Michael J. Economides Consultants, Inc.
Editor-in-Chief, "Energy Tribune"


Kendra Martin
Director - Marine Transportation
American Petroleum Institute, API

RADM Robert C. North
North Star Maritime, Inc.

Stewart Wade
Vice President

Rear Admiral (Lower Half) James A. Watson
Director of Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard

General Maritime Management

William R. Gallagher
President, International Registries, Inc.


Julian Bray
Editor in Chief, Lloyd’s List

Geir Sjurseth

Managing Director and Global Head of
DVB's Offshore Support Group


C. Tobias Backer
Director - Head of Shipping for the Americas
Energy, Commodities & Transportation
Fortis Merchant Banking

Tim Protheroe
Lloyd's Register Americas


Jannis Kostoulas
Chairman, Mare Forum

David St. Amand
Navagistics Consulting

Richard E. Ford
Aramco Services Company

Bruce Richards
Moran Towing Corp

Bill Gray
President, Gray Maritime

Richard Plant
International Organization of Masters
Mates and Pilots

Blaine Collins
Managing Director, DNV Americas


Stephen M. Gumpel
Area Manager North America
Germanischer Lloyd

George Chalos
Partner, Chalos, O’Connor & Duffy


Daniel F. Sheehan
PE, Ship Manager


Ronald K. Kiss
President emeritus of Webb Institute
Former President of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers


Todd Grove
Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff, ABS 


Eric Larsson
Director, Center for Maritime Education,
Seamen’s Church Institute of NY-NJ


Various representatives of

Oil Companies

and more to confirm...



U.S. Coast Guard - U.S. Department of Energy · U.S. Maritime Administration - American Petroleum Institute, API - Aramco Services Co. - SeaRiver Maritime, Inc - International Marine Transportation Limited - BP - Marathon Petroleum Company LLC - BP Shipping (USA) - FloaTEC, LLC - Teekay Shipping - Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.(OSG) - AET, Inc. Limited - Maersk Gas Carriers - Moran Towing Corp. - Navigistics Consulting - Maersk Line, Limited - BG Group - Rigdon Marine Corporation - Koch Supply & Trading, LP - AMA Capital Partners LLC - Man Diesel North America, Inc - United Ocean Services - Barber International (USA) - Wallem Ship Management - Moss Maritime Inc. - Atlantic Trading & Marketing Inc. - Sonangol USA Company - Excelerate - Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk shipping USA - L&R Midland, Inc.- SeaOne Maritime Corp. - KIRBY
- Laurin Maritime - Chamber of Shipping America - Crowley Maritime Corporation - Northern Marine Management, USA LLC - Braemar Seascope Ltd. - ABS - Bureau Veritas - US Minerals Management Service - Chalos, O'Connor & Duffy, LLC - Det Norske Veritas - DVB Bank - Bell, Ryniker & LeTourneau - F ortis Merchant Banking, Energy Commodities & Transportation - Germanischer Lloyd - Ship Equip AS - American Maritime Officers - Gray Maritime Co. - International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots - International Registries, Inc./ Marshall Islands Registry - Jacq Pierot Jr. & Sons - K&L Gates - Korean Register of Shipping - Lloyd's List - Lloyd's Register Americas, Inc. - Mare Forum - Military Sealift Command - Minerals Management Service - North Star Maritime, Inc - Poten & Partners - Rightship - Faststream Recruitment - Seamen's Church Institute - State University of New York Maritime College - The Maritime Executive - University of Houston - Energy Tribune - US Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston - VT Halter Marine - Wavespec Ltd. - Webb Institute - Texas A&M University at Galveston - Wikborg Rein & Co. Shanghai -  CHARLES R. WEBER CO., INC - ORIX USA - Welder Leshin LLP - McQuilling - KVH Industries, Inc - Blank Rome LLP - SEACOR OCEAN TRANSPORT - TRICO MARINE SERVICES  - Port of Houston Authority - Calhoon Meba Engineering School - BENCKENSTEIN & OXFORD LLP - Skaugen PetroTrans Inc - Lloyds TSB Bank Plc - Elliott Bay Design Group - Sea NG Corporation - Nourse & Bowles LLP - Seacor Holdings Inc. - Megafleet Towing - Hornbeck Offshore - and others....