The Council of American Master Mariners, Inc.

Event Chairman
Captain Dan Jordan
captjordan@mastermariner.org

Venue
Marriott Hotel Logo

Portland Marriott City Center
520 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
www.marriott.com

Professional Development Conference

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Maintaining a Viable American Merchant Marine in the 21st Century

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Welcoming Remarks by

Captain Daniel J. Travers
Commander, Sector Columbia River, U.S. Coast Guard

Captain Daniel J. Travers, USCG Columbia River Sector Commander

Captain Daniel J. Travers assumed the duties as the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in June 2014. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Sector, which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. Headquartered in Warrenton, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River, the Sector spans the southern half of Washington, all of Oregon and most of Idaho and includes 465 miles of navigable rivers, 420 miles of coastline, 33 ports and 12 river bars. He leads nine sub-units with 1,050 active duty, civilian, reserve and auxiliary personnel, and serves as Captain of the Port, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. Full Bio

Featured Speakers

Mr. Michael J. Rodriguez
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration
―CAMM #3101-A

Mr. Michael J. Rodriguez, MARAD

Coming to MarAd most recently from the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, he brings 35 years of public and private maritime industry experience to MarAd. A 1979 USMMA graduate, he sailed for 17 years as a deck officer before serving shoreside at MM&P and as professional staff for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Full Bio

Captain David C. Gommo
Military Sealift Command, Port Captain West

Captain David Gommo, Military Sealift Command

Captain David Gommo graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation he was employed by MSC Atlantic Bayonne, NJ. In MSC, he worked his way up the licensed deck ranks to Master in 2006.

Gommo has served on a wide variety of MSC ships to include UNREP Oilers, Cargo Ships, Oceangoing Fleet Tugs and was recently selected to be the plankowner Master on the newest expeditionary fast transport, USNS Yuma (T-EPF 8) which is expected to be delivered to MSC in January 2017.

Gommo was selected as the MSC Port Captain West in January 2016 and serves in that role from the MSC Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. His awards include the Department of Defense Superior Civilian Service Award, 2010 and MSC Mariner Award of Excellence, 1996 and 2001.

Captain Marc Bayer
Senior Director, Shipping Operations, Tesoro Maritime Company
―CAMM #2774-RU

Captain Marc Bayer, Tesoro

Captain Marc Bayer is responsible for the day to day marine operations, marine assurance, and loss control for Tesoro.

Captain Bayer is a 1982 graduate of the California Maritime Academy. He began his career in the oil patch working as a deck officer on supply boats and anchor handling tugs in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea. He sailed as a deck officer in all ranks on tankers and spent the final three years of his career at sea as Master on O.B.O.s before coming ashore with BP in 1992. Full Bio

Captain Dr. John A.C. Cartner
International Maritime Lawyer, Author
―CAMM #2574-RU

Captain Dr. John A.C. Cartner

Captain Cartner is well-versed in maritime law and criminalization of seafarers. His current Maritiem TC seies, Conversations with Cartner, He co-authored The International Law of the Shipmaster and its companion book Defending Against Pirates: The International Law of Small Arms, Armed Guards, and Privateers. He practices maritime law domestically and internationally. He holds an unlimited USCG Master’s license and was a master under charter in the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command on jet fuel carriers and master of container and tank vessels commercially.

Captain Donald J. Marcus
International President, IOMM&P
―CAMM #3110-RU

Mr. Don Marcus, IOMM&P

Captain Don Marcus is a professional mariner who was elected President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) in January 2013. During his seagoing career he sailed in all Licensed Deck Officer capacities, from Third Mate to Master, aboard U.S.-flag ships in international trade. Captain Marcus is a staunch advocate for the American Merchant Marine and America's working families. Full Bio

Ms. Crescent Moegling
Northwest Navigation Manager, NOAA Office of Coast Survey

Crescent Moegling, NOAA Office of Coast Survey

Crescent Moegling is the Northwest Navigation Manager stationed at NOAA's Western Regional Center in Seattle, Washington. Her region includes Washington, Oregon and the Pacific Islands. Her career began as a field hydrographer aboard the NOAA Ship Whiting. She later managed hydrographic survey contracts and data archive at headquarters, then later led a team of physical scientists at the Pacific Hydrographic Branch. Her expertise in all aspects of nautical chartings brings a unique technical perspective to stakeholders in her region. Full Bio

Captain J. Michael Murphy
National VP, Government Relations, American Maritime Officers Union
―CAMM #3092-RU

Captain Michael Murphy, AMO

Captain J. Michael Murphy is a graduate of California Maritime Academy. He spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring as Captain. Captain Murphy then joined Maersk Lines, where he commanded five ships over 16 years before coming ashore. As an elected official, Captain Murphy works closely with the many government agencies that regulate the maritime industry, he represents the union in meetings with members of Congress. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Transport Workers Federation in London. Full Bio

Mr. John Parrott
Chief Operating Officer, Foss Maritime

Mr. John Parrott, Foss Maritime

Mr. John Parrott joined the Foss executive team as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in December 2015. Parrott comes to Foss from sister company, TOTE Maritime Alaska, where he served as President for sixteen years. In his new role as Foss’ COO, Parrott is responsible for overseeing key operating divisions, developing and delivering on strategic plans, and optimizing day-to-day operations through implementation of best practices throughout the organization. Full Bio

Captain Oscar E. Prada
Marine Superintendent – US/PAL/Shuttle Fleet, Chevron Shipping

Captain Oscar E. Prada, Chevron Shipping

Oscar Prada is the Marine Superintendent for the US, PAL, and Shuttle fleet – a position he assumed in February of 2013, after sailing 23 years with Chevron. The four U.S. vessels are predominantly Jones Act Trade vessels while the two PAL (Pacific Area Lightering) vessels support the transport of crude oil from VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers) off the southern California coast to Chevron’s refineries in El Segundo and Richmond. The two shuttle tankers are similar to the PAL vessels in that they support specific area operations. However, these vessels are dynamic position capable. Captain Prada oversees the daily operations for this fleet. Full Bio

Agenda ― Draft

Agenda subject to change.

0800Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Check-in
Meeting Room
0900Opening Remarks-Introductions
Representative, CAMM Columbia River
Invocation
Chaplain, Father Oubre
0910 Captain Daniel J. Travers
USCG sector Commander Sector Columbia River
Welcome and opening remarks on the role of USCG in maintaining a safe and competitive U.S. Merchant Marine
0920 Captain Oscar E. Prada
Marine Superintendent – US/PAL/Shuttle Fleet, Chevron Shipping
0940 Captain Marc Bayer #2774-RU
Senior Director, Shipping Operations, Tesoro Maritime Company
1000Coffee Break
1020 Captain Gerard Pannell #3124-RU
AMO Star Center Staff, U.S. Delegate to IMO, American Maritime Officers Union
1040 Ms. Crescent Moegling
Northwest Navigation Manager, NOAA Office of Coast Survey
1100 Captain Dr. John A.C. Cartner #2574-RU
International Maritime Lawyer, Author
1130Lunch Break
Meal provided and served in meeting room
1300 Mr. John Parrott
Chief Operating Officer, Foss Maritime
1320 Captain David C. Gommo
Military Sealift Command, Port Captain West
1340 Captain Donald J. Marcus #3110-RU
International President, IOMM&P
1400 Mr. Michael J. Rodriguez #3101-A
Deputy Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration
via Skype with Q&A
1500Coffee Break
1520Captain Robert Loken
Director Pacific Northwest Gateway, Alaska, Guam, and Hawaii;
MARAD
Open Discussion
1600Adjourn

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