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Angus Campbell
Director Energy Projects
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)

Angus Campbell
Director- Energy Projects
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
Conference Chairman

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Angus Campbell was appointed Director – Energy Projects in 2016 to support the achievement of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement’s (BSM) business growth objectives in the energy sector, focusing on the development of commercially viable gas supply and energy infrastructure projects.  Previously, Angus served as Managing Director of BSM United Kingdom, appointed in 2013, and bringing extensive experience with him to the role.

Before joining BSM, Angus held the position of Owner/Principal Consultant at CH4 Marine Advisory, a consultancy company dealing with the commercial development of marine transportation related to oil, gas and maritime security.

Angus has been in the shipping industry for over 40 years, working at Denholm Ship Management, Seatrain and for 30 years in senior positions at Overseas Ship Holding Group. Angus’ operational background is specialised on managing dry/wet and gas carriers and his focus is energy transportation.

Lois K. Zabrocky
President & Chief Executive Officer
International Seaways

Lois Zabrocky
President & Chief Executive Officer
International Seaways
Keynote Speaker

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Lois K. Zabrocky has been President and Chief Executive Officer of International Seaways, one of the largest tanker companies worldwide since 2016.  The Company owns and operates a fleet of 48 vessels including 13 VLCCs, 2 Suezmaxes, 6 Aframaxes/LR2s, 11 Panamaxes/LR1s and 10 MR tankers.  Through joint ventures, it has ownership interests in 4 LNG carriers and 2 Floating Storage and Offloading Service vessels.

Before assuming leadership for International Seaways, Lois served as Senior Vice President for OSG’S International Flag strategic business unit with P&L responsibility for commercial management and oversight of fleet operations. Previously she was Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for OSG’s international flag crude, products and gas businesses.

Ms. Zabrocky began her maritime career sailing as third mate aboard a U.S. flag chemical tanker. Ms. Zabrocky holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, holds a Third Mate’s license and has completed Harvard Business School Strategic Negotiations and Finance for Senior Executives.

Richard Pruitt, Carnival Cruise LIne

Rich Pruitt
Vice President- Environmental Operations
Carnival Cruise Line

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Rich Pruitt is responsible for overseeing all onboard and shoreside environmental operations for a fleet of 26 ships deployed in North America, the Caribbean and Australasia.  He also evaluates new technologies, establishes newbuilding specifications, develops company vision and strategic initiatives and sets policy for all sustainability and environmental stewardship activities.

Rich Pruitt is the founder and Principal of RMP Sustainability LLC, providing maritime safety, environmental compliance and sustainability solutions to organizations.

Rich Pruitt also served as Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He was responsible for evaluating new technologies, establishing newbuilding specifications, developing corporate vision and strategic initiatives and setting policy for all sustainability, environmental stewardship, situation/crisis management, injury prevention, maritime safety, and management systems programs for the corporation.  He also served in various other roles at RCL during his tenure from May 2003 until November 2016, including Director, Public Health and leading RCL’s humanitarian relief efforts following the Haitian earthquake in January 2010.

Prior to joining Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Rich served in the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard. From 1980 to 1990, Rich was an Air Force airborne Russian linguist and Airborne Mission Supervisor, assigned to various units and the National Security Agency. He also served in various national security and marine safety positions with the United States Coast Guard from 1990 to 2003.

He has earned an Environmental Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from National Louis University and an Associate’s degree in Russian Interpreting from the Community College of the United States Air Force.  Rich is currently a Guardian Ad Litem in the 17th Circuit and is actively engaged in various industry, charitable and environmental organizations.

Aziz Bamik, GTT North America

Aziz Bamik
General Manager
GTT North America

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Aziz Bamik joined GTT, the leading engineering company in the shipping and storage of LNG and other liquefied gases, in 1999 and has served as General Manager of wholly-owned subsidiary GTT North America (GTT NA) in Houston since its formation in 2013.  Based in Houston, he manages all the activities in the American continents.

Before assuming this position, he occupied various positions at GTT SA in France, including R&D Engineer, Project Manager, and Director of Business Development.   As Project Manager, for nine years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipbuilding Yards (China, Korea, Japan) with the delivery of approximately 100 LNG carriers, including the Regas-LNGCs, Large and very Large LNGCs for Qatari Projects, etc.   As Director of Business Development, for almost four years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipowners, Charterers, Gas Companies, EPCs, Engineering Companies, Classification Societies, etc.

Mr. Bamik is currently a member of AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), NAMEPA (North American Marine Environmental Protection Association), and Program Committee of the LNG X events, the largest international LNG event.   He is a frequent speaker and contributor to SGMF, SIGTTO, U.S. Coast Guard Senior Executive Forums, and other prominent industry events around the world.

In early 2017 Mr. Bamik was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his advocacy of the safe, clean, and secure transport and use of liquefied gases within the maritime industry.

In February 2018, Mr. Bamik has been nominated as French Foreign Trade Advisor for the French Government.

Mr. Bamik received his degree in Engineering in France.

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh
Chief Technical Officer
Northern Shipping Fund Management LLC

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Ravi Singh has served as Chief Technical Officer of Northern Shipping Fund Management LLC since December 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Singh headed Marine Risk Management at Liberty Mutual, served as Head of Technical Operations for American Commercial Lines, led Americas Marine Management Consulting group at DNV, served as Head of US Operations for ABB Marine & Turbocharging and was a Fleet Manager at Sea-Land. He began his career at sea and sailed for 7 years. Mr. Singh graduated with a degree in marine engineering from the Indian Merchant Marine Academy, earned a Chief Engineer’s license in the U.K., a BSE in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.

Joshua Shapiro

Joshua Shapiro
Chief Operating Officer
Liberty Maritime Corporation

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Joshua Shapiro joined Liberty Maritime Corporation (“LMC”) and Liberty Global Logistics (“LGL”) in 2009 as part of the Operations and Strategic Planning departments.  He was named the Chief Operating Officer of LMC and Executive Vice President of LGL in April 2016.  As Executive Vice President of LGL, Mr. Shapiro is also integrally involved in the ocean transportation and logistics company, overseeing all modes of its diversified point to point logistics solutions including – ocean, trucking, air and rail.  He is a member of the Executive Management Committee which is responsible for the business performance, strategic partnerships and growth strategies of the companies.  He is an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping, the Young Shipping Professionals of New York.

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Captain Mohan Muppidi
Senior Vice President
Fleet Management

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Captain Mohan Muppidi is a Master Mariner who started his sea career with Shipping Corporation of India in 1974.  Captain Muppidi got his command in 1984 and sailed on various types of vessels, tankers, bulkers, and container vessels. He joined OMI in 1988 and sailed till 1992, having had the privilege of being in command of OMI’s ULCC, TT Settebello.  Captain Muppidi moved to the US in 1994 as Port Captain with OMI and reached the position of Vice President Safety and Quality in 2004.  He joined TORM Tankers in 2007 when OMI was sold and subsequently worked with Heidmar.  Since 2012, Captain Muppidi has been with Fleet Management and is currently working as Senior Vice President in Connecticut.

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Jayant K Roy Choudhury
Sr. Director- Strategic Projects
Crowley Shipping

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Jayant K Roy Choudhury has 25 years’ experience in the maritime industry with a strong background in strategic planning, auditing, team leading, quality assurance, project management, regulatory compliance, risk analysis/mitigation, sales support and safety.  Before joining Crowley in 2012, Roy worked with Teekay Corporation, Canada and Great Eastern Shipping, India. His responsibilities at Crowley include Engineering Strategy and selection and procurement of major Capital Equipments.  Roy’s interests include Energy Efficiency and promoting Entrepreneurship.  He has worked extensively on Crude Oil heating procedures for Oil Tanker and co-founded Blue Water Trade-Winds; a leading provider of Crude oil heating consultancy for ship operators. Blue Water Trade-Winds received 2015 Lloyds’s award for Technical Innovation for Crude Oil Heating solutions. Roy is a Marine Engineering graduate of DMET (India) and has a Master’s degree in Business Management from Bauer Collage, University of Houston.

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Captain Thomas W. Hudson
Operations Superintendent
Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd.

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Captain Tom Hudson is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. After graduation, Tom sailed on US Flag tankers for over 20 years. Following retirement from the IOMM&P, Tom began working for oil companies primarily in safety and emergency response. Tom’s background includes time as a SIRE inspector and Vetting Manager.

Captain Hudson joined Mitsui O.S.K Bulk Shipping in 2007 and has since represented the company’s interest at forums and with the USCG. Tom’s constant involvement with the US Coast Guard during his long career and his personal contact with the oil companies in Houston mean he can usually find a friendly contact to help solve any issue.

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James C. DeSimone
Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer
New York City Department of Transportation

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Captain James C. DeSimone is employed by the New York City Department of Transportation as Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer of the Ferry Division. Prior to joining the New York City Department of Transportation, DeSimone held senior management positions in the high-speed ferry and towing and transportation sectors of the maritime industry and served on the administration of our nation’s oldest maritime academy. During his seagoing career, he sailed in all shipboard capacities up to and including master and as port captain for various companies and holds a United States Coast Guard License as Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon Oceans.

Ramesh Bhat

Ramesh Bhat
Maritime Technical Director
Mangrove Partners

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Ramesh Bhat is a highly accomplished top executive in the maritime industry with over 39 years of experience specializing in shipbuilding, technical management, operations and crew management. He brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations on any role he serves, and emphasizes strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold actions.

Ramesh Bhat is the Maritime Technical Director at Mangrove Partners, where he is leading the Company’s initiatives of building 6 X Newcastlemax vessels in China and overseeing the Managers of their 9 in-water vessels. He has served as a Chief Technical Officer for a US flag owner / operator where he was the driving force behind streamlining company’s operational processes, reducing costs and negotiating contracts. In his prior experience at US listed Shipping Company, he served as Technical Director where he played a critical role in transforming the company’s assets from 6 Supramax vessels to 56 vessels in a span of 10 years. He played a vital role in managing five offshore teams globally in China, Japan, Singapore, Russia and Myanmar. He was instrumental in building 39 new vessels from Japan and China where he managed and negotiated all aspects of ship building. He was instrumental in starting the company’s in-house technical management department and thus improving ship performance while making it cost effective. In the area of crew management, he scouted for the best of the breed from Ukraine, Myanmar, India, Philippines and the US. In the early 2000s, he was instrumental in starting a US operation for Hong Kong – based Ship Management Company where he focused not only on ship management but also marketing.

Bhat holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Marine Engineering. He also holds an advanced degree of Masters in Maritime Management.

He is a former board member of Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), member of American Bureau of Shipping’s global technical committee and Class NK US owners committee and has been a key note speaker at various conferences. He has also involved in mentoring young maritime graduates and recruits.

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Alex Panagopulos
Founder & CEO
Forward Ships

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Mr. Panagopulos is Chairman and Founder of Project Forward, a Joint Development Project to combat global ship emissions by promoting the adoption of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel. Project Forward has evolved into Forward Ships, a company founded by Mr. Panagopulos with the mission to build, own, and operate the cleanest, and most efficient fleet of cargo ships in the world.  Mr. Panagopulos was honored to be elected and to have served for eight years in the position of Chairman of the High Level Ferry Group of ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Association based in Brussels), and on the Board and as a President of Interferry, the international association representing passenger ferry ship operators worldwide.

Frank Coles CEO Wallem Group

Frank Coles
Chief Executive Officer
Wallem Group

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Frank Coles is known as a disruptor and visionary business leader, who has been leading the maritime industry into the new technology-driven world.  Starting off as a deck officer after 12 years at sea Frank came ashore as a Master Mariner.  He read for a LLM in Legal Aspects of Maritime Affairs from Cardiff University, Wales.  In 1995, Frank started as an Operations Director at Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping.  During this period Pacific Basin had invested in Rydex, the leading company at the time in email software for maritime communications.  Frank became CEO of Rydex while continuing in the operations role with PB.  During 1998-1999, Frank was a Vice President Business Development at Sperry Marine. In 1999, Frank took on the role of Chief Operating Officer at Globe Wireless, where in 2003 he had been appointed CEO, President, and board member.  Between 2011 and 2014 Frank worked at Inmarsat. Joining as a Director in 2011, by the end of the year, Frank had been promoted to President of the newly formed Inmarsat Maritime business unit.  In 2015, Frank Coles became the CEO of Transas, a world leader in high-tech equipment, software and system integration for the maritime industry. Transas was acquired by Wartsila Corporation in May 2018.  After the transaction was complete, Frank left Wartsila.  Frank was headhunted to join the Wallem Group as Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. He has set an agenda of renewing the brand, and a path and vision for Wallem to be the leading provider of technology-driven maritime solutions in a customer-centric and transparent manner.  Frank is a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. He also is a trustee of the Nautical Institute as well as a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

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Randee Day
Chief Executive Officer
Goldin Maritime LLC

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A maritime professional with over 35 years of restructuring experience, Randee Day has been designated one of the world’s most influential global maritime executives. She has expertise in restructuring, executive leadership, corporate governance and maritime finance.  She serves as a Senior Advisor to Goldin Associates and Chief Executive Officer of its maritime asset management affiliate, Goldin Maritime LLC.

Randee has extensive experience managing shipping entities and orchestrating deals relating to distressed shipping portfolios, including various classes of vessels and other maritime assets.  Notably, she advised General Maritime Corp., one of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil tanker companies, on its restructuring in bankruptcy.  She was previously the interim CEO of DHT Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded owner/operator of crude oil tankers, and before that, Head of Maritime Investment Banking at the Seabury Group, CEO of her own advisory firm, Day & Partners, Inc., and Division Head of JP Morgan’s Shipping Group.

Randee has sat on the Boards of Directors of TBS International, Ltd., Ocean Rig ASA, Excel Maritime and Eagle Bulk.  In these positions she served on numerous committees, including as Chair of Audit (DHT) and Governance (DHT and Eagle Bulk).

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Gavin Allwright
Secretary General
International Windship Association

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Gavin Allwright is the Secretary of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by academia, NGO’s and seafarers is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy and finance work streams, requiring regular attendance at IMO, OECD and EU meetings and sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Gavin has presented at over 100 international fora, including CMA, SMM & Green Ship Technology along with regularly chairing the Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blue Week each year. He was also the coordinator for the ground breaking ‘Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit at COP23 in Bonn in 2017. His work extends to being an active non-executive board member for the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and he is a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden among others.

He has worked closely with the Oceania Centre for Sustainable Transport (now Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport) on the development of a sustainable shipping network in the South Pacific and gained extensive knowledge of the small vessel sector from his work as the Commercial Director for the Greenheart project, a not-for-profit organisation he joined in 2005, designing a zero-emissions, sail/solar electric cargo vessel for least developed regions.

Gavin holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries. He has contributed to numerous studies, projects, books and articles on alternative propulsion solutions and helped coordinate and contributed to the UN-affiliated IRENA technical brief – Renewable Energy Options in Shipping and most recently was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.

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Cosmo King
CEO & Co-Founder

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Cosmo King is the CEO and co-founder of Seattle based ioCurrents, the leading real-time predictive analytics platform for the maritime industry. The company’s platform, MarineInsightTM, analyzes and transmits vessel equipment data in real time to help operators prevent machinery failures, reduce maintenance costs, increase fuel efficiency, and minimize downtime.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the tech industry, King has worked at various tech companies, honing his expertise on system automation for storage and cloud products.  Before launching ioCurrents, King was part of the original engineering team at Isilon Systems as they grew from startup to a global storage industry leader acquired by EMC. King is an industry expert in cloud computing, distributed systems, data storage, and security. Having grown up on the Chesapeake Bay and now calling the Pacific Northwest home, King was inspired to start ioCurrents after working with geospatial IoT and sensor data and seeing the benefits that edge analysis technology could provide to the maritime industry.

King enjoys spending his spare time on the water with his family, having fully restored his vintage Coronado 41 sloop “Northern Lights.”

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Gregory A. Dolan
Chief Executive Officer
Methanol Institute

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Greg Dolan has held a variety of senior management positions with the Methanol Institute over the past 23 years. In June 2014, he was appointed as permanent CEO of the global methanol industry trade association , after serving as Acting CEO for four years. Mr. Dolan manages MI’s offices in Washington, Singapore, Brussels and Beijing, while directing international governmental relations, media relations, public education and outreach efforts. He has presented papers on methanol-related topics at more than 100 international conferences, authored magazine articles, and written book chapters on the methanol industry. Mr. Dolan came to MI after spending a decade in a variety of public information positions in New York State, with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Department of Transportation. Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University, and did extensive post graduate work in Political Communication at the State University of New York-Albany.
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Joseph Gross
Manager Dry Cargo Vessel Operations
d’Amico Shipping USA

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Joseph Gross joined d’Amico in December 2013. A US Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner, he has nearly 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore.  Coming ashore in 1997, he spent two years working in vessel operations at Charles R. Weber Company, followed by eleven years there as a spot tanker broker.  From 2010 until 2011, he worked as a dry cargo broker at John F. Dillon & Company, and from August 2011 to December 2013 as a ship broker on the projects desk at Maersk Broker America, Inc.  Mr. Gross has been the President of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) since 2016. 

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Kevin Humphreys
General Manager – Merchant & Gas Carrier Segment Sales

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Kevin Humphreys is General Manager for Merchant & Gas Carrier Segment sales at Wärtsilä, Inc. where he has held various positions for the past seven years.  Kevin has 25 years of experience as a senior executive and manager in a variety of fields including private equity and venture capital backed start-ups, OEM, software, international shipping, and government. Before entering the private sector, Kevin was a Special Agent with The Federal Bureau of Investigation, sailed as a licensed chief engineer in the merchant marines, and served as an officer in the US Naval reserve.  Kevin is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering systems, holds a Chief Engineers License Unlimited steam and diesel, and has a Master of Arts degree in the Philosophy and Theology of Science from Biola University.  


Martin Krafft
Vice President, Shipowning and Technical Services

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Martin is a Master Mariner and Marine Engineer by profession and has sailed on Tall Ships, Container Vessels and Tankers. He came ashore in 2002 to join Columbia Shipmanagement, where he progressed up to Commercial Director and where he was involved in all corporate matters and all departments in a phase of significant fleet growth In 2014 Martin joined Fednav Ltd., Canada’s largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group. As Vice President, Shipowning and Technical Services, Martin is responsible for Fednav’s growing, 65+ strong fleet.  He holds a M.Sc. in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering from HAW Hamburg, a business degree from AKAD Leipzig and an LL.M. from University of Saarland. Martin is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s High Potential Leadership Program.

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Jeffrey G. Lantz
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards (CG-5PS)
U.S. Coast Guard

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Jeff Lantz is Director, Commercial Regulations and Standards for the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship. His responsibilities include the development of U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies and overseeing U.S. initiatives in the development of international maritime safety, security and environmental protection standards. 

In addition, Mr. Lantz serves as the U.S. Head of Delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee, and various sub-committees. In this position, he represents the US position on numerous regulatory issues within the international commercial maritime industry including piracy and maritime security, green house gas emissions, human element, ballast water management, and passenger vessel safety. Mr. Lantz has also been elected and currently serves as the as the Chairman for the IMO’s Council, the organization’s second highest governing body. 

Mr. Lantz retired from active duty with the Coast Guard at the rank of Captain in 2001 after numerous assignments in marine safety, including Chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards and Commanding Officer of the Marine Safety Center. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1974 and the University of Michigan in 1978, where he obtained advanced degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering. 

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Captain Alexander N. Soukhanov
Director Moran Cyber
Moran Shipping

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Alex is the Director of Moran Cyberwhere he leads capability that offers industrial cybersecurity solutions and testingindustrial cyberisk advisory, and strategy development to improve safety and security of commercial ship and port operations and logistics.  Moran’s cyber capability is built upon a foundation of IT and information security integration with the business of shipping, port operations, finance, and the global supply chain.  Alex is a master mariner and a state harbor pilot in Massachusetts and is also Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, with 25 years of service.

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Jason Kelly
Co-Founder of SeaAhead, Executive VP
Moran Shipping

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Jason Kelly serves as Executive Vice President of Moran Shipping Agencies and is a co-founder of Sea Ahead, a startup bluetech incubator.  An active member of the maritime community, Jason volunteers with ASBA (Treasurer), the Chamber of Shipping of America, the Dean’s Advisory Council, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Chair, Providence Harbor Management Commission, and member, Mystic Aquarium President’s advisory board.  Jason holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics and a Bachelor of Business from Boston College.  Jason is a passionate advocate for commercial shipping and smart-ocean planning, strongly supporting industry best practices in safety, security, and environmental stewardship. 

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Americas Lead Ocean Transportation

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel is an accomplished trader and business leader with over 20 years’ experience in the maritime trading industry. In his current role, Jan-Willem is responsible for the general management of Cargill’s business across the Americas.  Jan-Willem joined Cargill in 1996 as a grain trader in Santiago de Chile within the Latin America business unit. Later, he successfully held trading roles in Cargill’s global corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in Miami, Florida.  In 2004, Jan-Willem moved to the Panamax desk of Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business in Geneva, Switzerland before he became manager of the Americas Handy desk.  In 2011, Jan-Willem joined the New Jersey office as Americas Commercial Manager. In 2014, he was promoted to his current role of Americas Lead.  In January 2018, Jan-Willem was named as Cargill’s board representative of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association. 


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Rajan Vasudevan
CEO and Founder
OceanManager, Inc. 

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Rajan Vasudevan has served as the CEO and Founder at OceanManager Inc. since 2011.  OceanManager is a leading maritime software solutions company with innovative products that streamline vessel management and help our customers enhance safety, improve efficiency and reduce costs. OceanManager‘s comprehensive suite of products and services deliver technical management, HSEQ, vessel tracking, regulatory compliance and ship-to-shore communications.  Rajan has over two decades of entrepreneurship and technology consulting across industries. He holds engineering graduate degrees from Stanford University and undergraduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD). 

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Dr. Ram Vis
Chairman and CEO
Viswa Group

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Dr. R. Vis is first a Marine Engineer and has a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master in Internal Combustion.  He is on the Roster of Experts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a Consultant to the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration – Federal Government of USA), and a member of CIMAC Working Group for Heavy Fuels and Lube Oils and ASTM D2 Committees.  Dr. Vis has personally inspected over 4,000 ships as a Classification Surveyor, has had many publications in highly regarded journals, and is globally referred to as the “bunker guru”.  After his career with American Bureau of Shipping, he worked as a scientist with NASA for 6 years before starting Viswa Lab and now Viswa Group. 

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Daniel Rodgers
Partner and Head of Office
Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Dan is a partner in the finance group and head of the firm’s New York office. Dan’s practice involves a broad scope of finance work ranging from asset-based lending and project structured financings (including bilateral and syndicated loan facilities, letter of credit and guarantee facilities, and restructuring work) to lease financings and US capital markets transactions. His diverse client base includes financial institutions, borrowers, participants in lease transactions, and issuers of debt and public and private equity. Dan has a special focus on transactions in the shipping and offshore industries, in which capacity he also advises on matters of Marshall Islands and Liberian corporate and maritime law and Vanuatu maritime law, including issuing opinions. He is recognized as one of the leading shipping finance lawyers in the USA by legal directories Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Legal 500 US. In 2019, Chambers reported he was “a significant figure in the business”.  Dan received his J.D. degree from Tulane University and his A.B. degree from Dartmouth College.   

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John D. Noonan
Binnacle Maritime

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Jack Noonan is a maritime industry professional with 40 years’ experience.  He was CEO of Chembulk Tankers, from which he retired in December 2017.  He subsequently formed Binnacle Maritime LLC to provide consulting services within the shipping and related maritime services industry.  Prior to Chembulk, Jack worked for Stolt-Nielsen, Sound Tanker Chartering, and Clipper Group.  Following graduation from the US Merchant Marine Academy, he sailed with the US Flag Tanker Fleet of Texaco, advancing his USCG License to Chief Mate.  In 2017, Jack was recognized by the Connecticut Maritime Association as Commodore, its highest honor for its annual shipping industry symposium.  Additionally, he was named Alumnus of the Year by his alma-mater the US Merchant Marine Academy.   


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Captain Anuj Chopra
Vice President Americas

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Anuj leads the RightShip team for the Americas regionHe began his seafaring career as a deck cadet working his way up to Captain and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency, and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 

Anuj is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute and chairperson of the US Gulf Branch, an active supporter of seafarer welfare as an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at University of Houston, and on the Board (and Treasurer) of NAMEPA – North American Marine Environment Protection Association. Anuj became a member of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel at the beginning of 2019. 

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Wajdi Abdmessih
Seahawk  Services

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Wajdi Abdmessih, President of Seahawk Services, has 25 years’ experience in fuel oil testing and inspection.  He has personally analyzed hundreds of thousands of fuel oil samples from across the world, troubleshooting hundreds of fuel problems and effectively help fuel oil management/operator on navigation problematic fuels. He has worked on fuel blending and was the first to analyze and report on the 0.10% sulfur fuel quality before it became available in the market January 2015 and now working on 0.50% Sulfur fuel blends where he blends/analyze more than 400 samples.  

Wajdi created internal methodology to detect problematic fuels which assist fuel purchaser management in deciding to use or reject the fuel.  He has published papers on fuel quality, presented at many international fuel conferences, and assisted with many legal dispute cases as an expert in fuel oil testing and handling. His laboratories have been trusted by many companies as the referee laboratory for quality dispute.


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Arlie G. Sterling
President & Co-Founder
Marsoft Inc.

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Arlie G. Sterling, as President and co-founder of Marsoft Inc., leads the development and commercialization of Marsoft’s decision support and risk management services for the maritime industry. Dr. Sterling has an S.B. from MIT, an M.S. from Northwestern and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from MIT Sloan School. Marsoft prepares clients for the lending and investment decisions they face in this volatile and cyclical industry by signaling the key risks and structural changes and the potential impact of geopolitical instability. Marsoft is developing a platform aligned with the Poseidon Principles to report on the implications of climate change for earnings and values and how shipowners can best respond

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Cynthia Hudson
Chief Executive Officer

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Cynthia A. Hudson is CEO and founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., a global maritime risk consultancy serving the maritime transportation sector, including port and cyber security, headquartered in the Philadelphia, US and internationally from Piraeus to Jakarta.  Well-known and highly regarded throughout the maritime transportation industry for her work and contributions in her field, Ms. Hudson was most recently honored by the Organization of American States (OAS) InterAmerican Committee on Ports with the 2016 Maritime Award of the Americas: Outstanding Women in the Maritime and Port.  Ms. Hudson serves on a number of industry boards and is President of WISTA Delaware River & Bay Chapter and a Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). 


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