Experts to Discuss Turning Vessel Operations "Green"

The upcoming PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2008 will host of panel of government and industry experts to discuss:

Sales and Marketing: Can You Turn Your Passenger Vessel Business Into a Green Business . . . and Should You? - Panelists include:

  • Christopher J. Miller, Senior Policy Advisor on Energy and Environmental Issues, Office of US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) -- responsible for Senator Reid’s environment policy issues and served as professional staff and senior policy advisor on the US Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works handling climate change, the Clean Air Act, and energy and environmental technology issues.

  • Brian W. King, P.E., Vice President, Engineering, Elliott Bay Design Group -- Expert on major re-powering and ship modifications, passenger ferries and has extensive project management experience.

  • Dan Yates, President, American Waterways, Inc. - operates three dining cruise boats-Portland Spirit, Willamette Star and Crystal Dolphin

The PVA Convention at MariTrends, February 2 -- 5, 2008, Chicago Hotel and Towers offer a mix of General Sessions, featuring high-level business speakers, nearly 50 educational sessions and separate industry conferences targeting the Dinner Boat, Ferry, Excursion, and Overnight Cruise markets. In addition, the convention includes the MariTrends 2008 exhibit floor featuring the products and services of vendors and suppliers supporting the passenger vessel industry.

As a featured panelist, Miller will provide a federal legislative perceptive based on Senator Reid’s strong support of environmental protection and fight for improvements to our major environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and Superfund that have made the country’s waterways safer for recreational and commercial uses and reduced harmful air pollution.

The PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2008 also offers many networking events and opportunities to get involved in setting the direction of the passenger vessel industry. To register for the convention or for complete information regarding conference content, exhibiting and sponsorship, visit http://www.passengervessel.com/annual_convention.aspx.

  • About the Passenger Vessel Association

The Passenger Vessel Association is the national association representing the interests of owners and operators of dinner cruise vessels, sightseeing and excursion vessels, car and passenger ferries, gaming vessels, private charter boats, whale watching and eco-tour vessels, day-sailers and windjammer sailing vessels, overnight cruise ships and amphibious DUKW. PVA members operate U.S. Coast Guard certificated, Canadian Coast Guard or state inspected vessels. The passenger vessel industry carries more than 200 million passengers each year. Visit PVA on the Internet at: www.passengervessel.com.