MARE FORUM USA 2009

MARITIME TRANSPORTATION OF ENERGY

DETERMINING PRIORITIES

IN A NEW FINANCIAL CLIMATE


February 11 & 12, 2009

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

introduction

 

 

BACKGROUND: This conference builds on a previous Mare Forum energy transportation conference, Mare Forum USA 2008, held in Houston in February 2008. At that time, the following “Priorities”, “Situation” and “Challenge” with regard to provision of energy resources both internationally and in the United States were considered by the speakers and Conference participants:

  • “Situation”: International and United States energy costs continue at record high levels; and, 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.”
     

  • “Challenge”: The energy and maritime transportation industries should produce and provide to consumers worldwide, readily available and reliable energy resources at the lowest possible cost, while enjoying a reasonable profit. This must be accomplished in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible manner.”
     

  • Priorities”: 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 Conference speakers and participants validated the “Situation” and indicated that in spite of development of alternative energy sources, fossil fuels will continue to be the largest and most essential component of energy resources. So, maritime transportation of energy must continue to expand to meet growing demand and new sources of oil and gas will continue to be needed.

With regard to the “Challenge”, while last year the necessary vessel tonnage to transport expected increases in energy cargoes and associated financing were viewed as keeping pace with cargo volume and the two highest “Priorities” were deemed to be:

 

  • Port Infrastructure - Terminal Infrastructure for bulk liquids is aging and at risk to other local government waterfront developmental priorities. Waterway development must keep pace with increasing traffic volume and vessel size.

  • Personnel - Adequate numbers of trained and experienced people, both afloat and ashore, to staff the industry are in short supply.

THE “CHALLENGE” AND “PRIORITIES” HAVE NOW DRAMATICALLY CHANGED

Now, as we approach a year since the last Conference, energy costs have risen to even higher record levels and retreated but are expected to remain volatile; and, the financial markets and economic climates have experienced an historic and dramatic downturn and enormous volatility. This gives rise to a series of new issues for discussion and debate:

 

  • Have government and industry progressed in addressing the priorities identified by the Mare Forum Conference in February 2008? How have these priorities now been altered by the world financial crisis?
     

  • Are shipping financial markets now creating fundamental changes in the marine industry, re-shaping its basic economic structure, availability of adequate tonnage, advancement of technology and availability of marine industry personnel?
     

  • Will energy costs surge to new heights?
     

  • Has the increase and then retreat of energy costs altered the “demand dynamics” and climate for shipping and shipping capacity?
     

  • Has interest in LNG peaked or reached a plateau?


The Conference Goal will be to develop a consensus on these issues and others as developed by the Conference speakers and attendees. The unique Mare Forum format, which emphasizes debate and discussion, will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about, debate and influence the resolution of these and other questions with senior policy makers from industry and government.

The Venue for the Conference will again be the Hilton Post Oak 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.
 

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.

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
 

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

Jannis Kostoulas
Chairman, Mare Forum

Helen A. Brohl
Director of the Executive Secretariat,
U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Rear Admiral Robert C. North
President, North Star Maritime, Inc.

Stewart H. Wade
Vice President, American Bureau of Shipping

Robert S. Bowers, II
Managing Director, AMA Capital Partners


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


 


The Speakers and Discussion Panellists:
[as of 4 February]

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

Rear Admiral Brian Salerno
Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety Security and Stewardship
U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Joel R. Whitehead
Commander, Eighth District
U. S. Coast Guard

Vice Admiral Jim Card,
US Coast Guard (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Robert C. North
President, North Star Maritime, Inc.

Helen A. Brohl
Director of the Executive Secretariat,
U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Yvette Fields
Acting Director, Office of Deepwater Ports,
US Maritime Administration

 

Drew Nelson
Lead Negotiator on Greenhouse gas Emissions from International Shipping

Office of Climate Change - US Department of State


Carlin Conner
CEO
TOPS – Texas Offshore Port System

 

Eric H. Namtvedt
President
FloaTEC, LLC

Zach Allen
President
Pan EurAsian Enterprises, Inc.

 

Martin Stopford
Member of the Board
Clarkson

Rajiv Khandpur
Chief, Maritime Transportation Systems Division
US Coast Guard

Chris Wiernicki
President and Chief Operating Officer
American Bureau of Shipping

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

Bob Corbin
US DOE Office of Fossil Energy

David Marin
Regional Supervisor for Resource Evaluation, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region,
U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS)


Richard Ford
Aramco Services

Robin Rorick
Director, Marine and Security
American Petroleum Institute

David St Amand
President, Navigistics, Inc.


Cliff Johnson
Vice President Commercial, United Maritime Group


Captain Kevin Coyne
Vice President, Quality and Compliance
General Maritime Corporation

Captain Anuj Chopra
President
Anglo-Eastern (Houston) LLC

 

Captain John Hill
Operations Control Director
Heidmar, Inc.

Paul Slater
Chairman & CEO, First International Corp
Senior Managing Director, Griffin Holdings Group LLC

 

Megan McCurdy
Poten & Partners


Bill Gray
Gray Maritime
 

Bernard Anne
Managing Director
Bureau Veritas


Robert S. Bowers, II
Managing Director, AMA Capital Partners

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

Harris Antoniou
Managing Director
Energy, Commodities & Transportation
Fortis

William R. Gallagher
President, International Registries, Inc.

Jannis Kostoulas
Chairman, Mare Forum

Captain Eric Larsson
Director, Maritime Education, Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey

Richard Plant
Int’l Organization of Masters Mates and Pilots

Capt Robert Fay
International Registries – Marshall Islands

Maritime Academy Cadet Perspective
Texas A & M Cadet

Michael Chalos

Tim Protheroe
Senior Vice President
Lloyd’s Register

Steve Gumpel
Area Manager North America
Germanischer Lloyd

 

Stewart H. Wade
Vice President
American Bureau of Shipping


Blaine Collins
Vice President & Regional Manager
Det Norske Veritas

 

Konstantinos Daskalopoulos
Vice Consul
Consulate General of Greece

Kelly Curtin

Division Manager - Nautical Science Programs

USMMA - Global Maritime & Transportation School

 

Timothy Cullen
Texas A & M Cadet


 

 

 

Representatives from the following companies and institutions are registered for the conference:
[as of 3 feb 2009]


U.S. COAST GUARD - U.S. MARITIME ADMINISTRATION - U.S. COMMITTEE ON THE MARINE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM - U.S. DOE OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY - SKAUGEN PETROTRANS - TEEKAY - AET INC. LIMITED - ALARIS COMPANIES, LLC - MITSUI O.S.K. BULK SHIPPING (USA), INC - ANGLO-EASTERN (HOUSTON) LLC - ARAMCO SERVICES CO. - BP SHIPPING (USA) - AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE - CRESCENT TOWING CO. - TRANSGAS SHIPPING - TRICO MARINE SERVICES - GRUPO PROTEXA - BG LNG - EXCELERATE ENERGY - FLOATEC, LLC - TOPS, TEXAS OFFSHORE PORT SYSTEM - GENERAL DYNAMICS - NASSCO - GENERAL MARITIME CORPORATION - CHAMBER OF SHIPPING AMERICA - GMATS - CUPPER AMERICAS - UNITED MARITIME GROUP - FIRST INTERNATIONAL CORP - KIRBY CORPORATION - LAURIN MARITIME - NAVIGISTICS CONSULTING - NORD SUED SHIPPING INC - PANEURASIAN ENTERPRISES, INC. - SEACOR MARINE - POTEN & PARTNERS - RIGHTSHIP - HARBOR DOCKING & TOWING CO., LLC - HEIDMAR, INC. - SEACOR HOLDINGS INC. - VT HALTER MARINE - ABS CONSULTING - AMA CAPITAL PARTNERS - DVB BANK - SHIPPING DIVISION - BELL, RYNIKER & LETOURNEAU - MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE - GRIFFIN HOLDINGS GROUP, LLC - FORTIS BANK - GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL LLP - BLANK ROME, LLP - BUREAU VERITAS - CHALOS, O'CONNOR & DUFFY, LLC - AET (SHIPMANAGEMENT) PTE. LTD. - AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING - CONSULATE GENERAL OF GREECE - DELOITTE FINANCIAL - DET NORSKE VERITAS - DVB TRANSPORT (US) LLC - GERMANISCHER LLOYD - GRAY MARITIME CO. - HELLENIC COAST GUARD - INDEPENDENT MARITIME CONSULTANTS - INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY - INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS - INTERNATIONAL REGISTRIES, INC./ MARSHALL ISLANDS REGISTRY - LEGALY MARINE GROUP - LLOYD'S LIST - NATIONAL RESPONSE CORPORATION - LLOYD'S REGISTER - LLOYD'S REGISTER AMERICAS, INC. - NAUTICAL SCIENCE PROGRAMS USMMA - GLOBAL MARITIME & TRANSPORTATION SCHOOL - UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON -  - NORTH STAR MARITIME, INC. - SHIP EQUIP - WELDER LESHIN LLP - WORLD FUEL SERVICES - ENERGY TRIBUNE -  GULFMARK OFFSHORE INC -
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