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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Roy Choudhury

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.

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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.

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