Building Strategies for Changing Times
The SOCP cordially invites the maritime community to attend the SOCP 2016 Spring Summit. This event will be held at STAR Center, 2 W Dixie Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004 on April 6-7. The SOCP Member Activities and Leadership Meeting and Dinner will begin on April 5.
Mr. John E. Graykowski, former Maritime Administrator will be the Keynote Speaker to kick-off the summit focused on "Building Strategies for Changing Times". Mr. Graykowski has over thirty years of professional experience in government and in the private sector. Currently, John has been working with marine operators and gas suppliers on the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel and he was directly involved in all aspects of the first marine LNG conversion project in the United States.
Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas will be the Keynote Speaker for "Lunch with the Cadets". RADM Thomas serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directorates, Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include: waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control.
A high caliber line-up of speakers have been invited to this information packed 2-day event, which will include the following facilitated panel discussions to help drive future cooperative program development:
- LNG Strategies
- Major Developments and Issues in Maritime Security
- Key Regulatory Developments - Risk and Opportunities
- Safety Data and Performance Measurement for Continual Improvement
- Green Technologies
Mr. Poulsson explained to members that the last Council formed a Work Group to focus on ship finance, capital-bond markets and listings in Singapore. This reason for this decision was a perception that, along with insurance, this was an area where Singapore is not as strong as it should be. Work on this is currently ongoing.
He added that the SSA is playing an integral role on various levels of the national SkillsFuture initiative and it has also chaired the Maritime Manpower Resource Panels (MMRP) on ship agencies and technical management.
In preparation for the mandatory use of a mass flow metering (MFM) system for bunkering in Singapore from January 2017, the SSA has redesigned its existing bunkering courses and launched a
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