Recapping Revitalizing the Maritime Industry Conference: Requirements & Realities

By Jack O'Connell 2012-12-18 09:59:45

On May 7th and 8th 2012 the Maritime Executive hosted Revitalizing the Maritime Industry: A Maritime Forum at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT) in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The forum served as the beginning of a national campaign to jumpstart the American maritime sector. America’s marine highways have been underutilized for decades due to failed federal policies and inadequate funding mechanisms.

Today, while the infrastructure is in place, U.S. vessel operators, shipbuilders, training institutions and port authorities have been overlooked as vital assets in the U.S. economic recovery plan. Much more can and should be done to rebuild America’s industrial base and generate much needed jobs, and the Maritime Executive is committed to leading this agenda.

Day 1: May 7, 2012

John Graykowski, Principal, Maritime Industry Consultants, & Former Deputy & Acting Administrator of MARAD kicked off Day 1 of the conference, highlighting the need for this discussion and the importance of the future of the U.S. maritime industry.

“This country cannot exist and cannot sustain itself without a merchant marine.”

Panel 1: Requirements & Realities: Do we have the resources to make America’s Marine Highway a reality? What are the major challenges?


Charlie Papavizas, Partner, Winston and Strawn LLP



Roger Bohnert, Deputy Associate Administrator, Intermodal System Development, MARAD



Joseph Cox, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America



Session 1 Question & Answer 


Paul Bea, Principal, PHB Public Affairs




Mark Yonge, President & CEO, Intermodal Marine Lines, LLC 



Session 2 Question & Answer 


Click here to watch full video coverage of Day 1’s first panel.  To see all the videos and presentations and to learn more about future conferences visit our Conference page available from the home page of www.maritime-executive.com


Conference Ends with Call to Action


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