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Angus Campbell
Director Energy Projects
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)
Angus Campbell
Director- Energy Projects
Schulte Group
Conference Chairman
  

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Angus Campbell was appointed Director – Energy Projects in 2016 to support the achievement of Schulte Group’s business growth objectives in the energy sector, focusing on the development of gas and low carbon energy projects.  Previously, Angus served as Managing Director of BSM United Kingdom, appointed in 2013, and bringing extensive experience with him to the role.  Angus has been in the shipping industry for over 40 years, working at Denholm Ship Management, Seatrain Lines and for 30 years in senior positions at OSG.

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Frank J Coles
Chief Executive Officer
Wallem Group
  
 

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Frank Coles joined 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.  Starting off as a deck officer after 12 years at sea, Frank came ashore as a Master Mariner, received an LLM from Cardiff University, became Operations Director at Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping, CEO of Rydex, then moved to be VP of Business Development for Sperry, COO of Globe Wireless, Director of INMARSAT and CEO of Transas.

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Captain Robert Hughes
Chief Operations Officer
Genco Shipping and Trading


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Captain Robert Hughes has served as Genco’s Chief Operations Officer since January 22, 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in the shipping industry both at sea and ashore, with a focus on vessel and cargo operations, customer relations and strategic planning.  Before becoming their COO, Captain Hughes was employed by one of the largest charterers of dry bulk tonnage, Cargill Ocean Transportation, as the Americas Operations and Global Technical Manager.  He holds a Bachelor for Science degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Molloy College, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, and actively maintains a US Coast Guard Master of unlimited tonnage any oceans license. 

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Americas Lead Ocean Transportation
Cargill
  

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel is Americas Lead Ocean Transportation for Cargill, and 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 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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Carleen Lyden Walker
Chief Evolution Officer
SHIPPINGInsight
  

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Carleen Lyden Walker is the Chief Evolution Officer of SHIPPINGInsight, leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience.  She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic programs thaposition SHIPPINGInsight as the most effective forum for shipowners and solution providers to advance optimization and innovation in the maritime sphere.  In 2015, Ms. Lyden Walker was appointed a Goodwill Maritime Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association)the Connecticut Maritime Association, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, Tall Ships America Foundation, Billion Oyster Foundationand the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation.  Ms. Lyden Walker is also CEO of Morgan Marketing & Communications, Co-Founder/Executive Director of NAMEPAand Founder of both CARIBMEPA and the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.  In 2010 she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard, and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively.  She held a USCG Captain’s license.   

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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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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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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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John D. Noonan
President
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.   

Nikos Petrakakos
Nikos Petrakakos
Director of Investment Banking and Head of Environmental Innovation
Seabury Maritime

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Nikos Petrakakos has focused his career around global shipping, with deep know-how in the commercial, financial, and technical aspects of the industry. Nikos is a go-to specialist for environment and sustainability project finance. Nikos co-founded Ursus Maritime Capital, a specialty finance firm providing turn-key project finance for fuel efficiency retrofits and alternative propulsion for the Maritime industry, and has advised numerous environmental startups. He began his career with Oldendorff Carriers, followed by executive roles at ship managers HART Shipping. Nikos holds an MSc degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ocean Systems Management, and a BSc in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute.

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Cynthia A. Hudson
Chief Executive Officer
HudsonAnalytix
  

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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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Graham Westgarth
Chief Executive Officer
V. Group Limited
  

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Prior to starting his career with V.Group, Graham held various senior executive roles across a career spanning five decades in the shipping industry. His executive roles saw him spend considerable career time with Maersk UK, Teekay Corporation, and GasLog Ltd. Graham also held a number of positions as Director and Chairman of a variety of committees and organisations. Prior to joining V.Group, Graham was a company Director at GasLog Ltd, while also a dedicated member of the HSSE Committee, and Chair of the Operations Executive Group. As well as being a Master Mariner, Graham has undertaken various finance and leadership courses, and is a graduate of the Columbia Senior Executive Development Programme. Graham also holds directorial positions with GasLog Ltd, Seagull AS and Gastrade, and is Chairman of the ABS UK Advisory Committee.

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Sanjam Sahi Gupta
Director 
Sitara Shipping Ltd.


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Sanjam Sahi Gupta is Director for Sitara Shipping Ltd. and an Advocate for Diversity in the Maritime Industry. She is a founder member of WISTA India and Board Member of WISTA International. She’s also a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the World Maritime University Malmo, Sweden]. The Sailor Today Magazine awarded her for making WISTA India the ‘Most Promising Association in 2013′. In 2014 the International Womens’ Leadership Forum awarded her “Leading Woman in Shipping Business” and was also awarded in 2014 by SPJIMR Business school as Outstanding Family Business. As an Ambassador of Sailor Society in India she’s committed to Seafarers welfare and,she was a major force in bringing out the “Diversity Handbook” in 2018 along with ISWAN and Anglo Eastern . In May 2018, she was the recipient of the Sandvik Gender Award –for her outstanding contribution and commitment to gender equality. As part of her award she conducted India’s first survey for gathering data on women in maritime. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals awarded her “Woman of the Year 2019” in March 2019. In June 2019 she was invited as part of a High Level panel initiative by The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, comprising a group of world leaders from coastal states committed to ocean action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. This panel will advise 14 heads of government across the world that will drive the transition to a new and sustainable economy for a healthier and weatherier planet. She has been invited by the IMO to speak at various panels and conferences. She has been acknowledged for her role as a change maker -advocating diversity and sustainable shipping. In February 2020, she has been named as one of the top 100 women in shipping by All About Shipping UK. To further her commitment to Diversity in the maritime and Logistics industry she has launched Maritime SheEO to provide D&I solutions to the industry.

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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. 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. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1974 and the University of Michigan. 

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Jason Klopfer
Managing Director
Navig8 Americas 
  
 

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Jason Klopfer is the Managing Director of Navig8 Americas and oversees Navig8 Group’s operations in the United States. In addition to his responsibilities in his current position, Mr. Klopfer played a leadership role in extending Navig8’s global commercial platform and sector expertise to form Navig8 Product Tankers, Chemical Tankers, and Crude Tankers, a predecessor to Gener8 Maritime. Mr. Klopfer was named Chief Operating Officer of Navig8 Product Tankers in 2014. Before joining Navig8 Group in 2012, Mr. Klopfer served as the Managing Director of Poten & Partners. Prior to Poten, Mr. Klopfer was a Vice President at Overseas Shipholding Group. Mr. Klopfer began his career with McQuilling Brokerage Partners as a Shipbroker. 

Michael Parker
Michael Parker
Chairman, Global Shipping, Logistics & Offshore 
Citigroup

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Michael Parker joined Citibank N.A. in London in September 1977 and was recently appointed Chairman of Citi’s Global Shipping, Logistics and Offshore business having been Global Industry Head since 1997 until now. He is also Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking (EMEA) and Chairman Corporate Banking EMEA. Michael was named Marine Money’s Dealmaker of the Year in 2012. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of The Global Maritime Forum. He is Chairman of the drafting Committee of the Poseidon Principles launched in New York June 2019. 

James Thomas
James Thomas
Managing Partner
Thomas Maritime
  

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James Thomas has more than 30 years of financial and investment experience across multiple sectors and geographies.   Having begun his career in the fixed income group at Goldman Sachs in London during the early 1980s, he transitioned to private equity investing in 1989, joining Warburg Pincus in their New York office.   Mr. Thomas was named a partner in 1995 and headed the firm’s biopharmaceutical and medtech practice until 2000.  Beginning in 2016, Mr. Thomas began to actively invest in the international shipping industry through Thomas Maritime International.   He is the majority owner of Ithaca Marine which owns controlling interests in five handy size dry bulk carriers.   

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Jeffrey D. Pribor
Chief Financial Officer 
International Seaways, Inc. 
  
 

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Jeff Pribor joined International Seaways in November 2016. Prior to International Seaways, Mr. Pribor was Global Head of Maritime Investment Banking at Jefferies & Company, Inc. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Maritime Corporation, one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies, from September 2004 to February 2013. Prior to General Maritime, from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and President of DnB NOR Markets, Inc. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and Group Head of Transportation Banking at ABN AMRO, Inc. and predecessor firms. Prior to that, Mr. Pribor was a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at Merrill Lynch. 

Michael Lees
Michael Lees
Chief Commercial Officer 
Ultraclean Fuel (Marine) Limited
  
 

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Michael joined Ultraclean Fuel (Marine) Limited and its associated company Ultraclean Fuel Limited as Chief Commercial Officer. Ultraclean Marine is at an advanced stage of developing a solution for the removal of Sulphur from marine fuel for compliance with IMO 2020 while Ultraclean Fuel is now commercialising its patented technology for the removal of sulphur from diesel, jet fuel and natural gas condensate.  Prior to joining the Ultraclean companies Michael advised companies that had a profile of low emission and/or renewable energy technologies. Michael has 23 years banking experience, and has a BS from University of New England and Master of Business from University of Technology.

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Sergio M. Garcia
Regional Business Development Manager
DNV GL – Maritime
  
 

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Sergio Garcia is a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer who has been working 34 years in the Maritime and Oil & Gas industries.  Mr. Garcia has worked in shipyards and classification societies in various production and managerial roles.  His career has taken him around the globe, from South America to North America to West Africa. In 2000, Mr. Garcia began working for DNV GL as a surveyor then operations manager and is presently Regional Business Development Manager for Maritime Americas.

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James R. Lawrence
Chairman
Marine Money, MTI Network (USA) Inc. 
  

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Mr. Lawrence is Chairman of the publishing company Marine Money, celebrating its 33rd Anniversary this year, which produces, the monthly magazine Marine Money, the weekly on-line report Freshly Minted, the bi-weekly on-line report Marine Money Asia, the newsletter International Ship Registry Review, and the directory Official Guide to Ship Registries.  Marine Money conferences are held in every major shipping center in the world bridging capital and the international maritime industry, with 19 forums worldwide held in 2019.

Jim Lawrence is a founding Partner, along with Patrick Adamson in London, of the MTI Network, the leading global public relations firm specializing in maritime crisis communications.  The MTI Network has offices in 23 countries around the world.

MTI provides a round the clock response team to handle media relations in the event of any marine or transport related incident likely to attract unfavorable attention from the press, television, radio or online services. MTI currently provides crisis cover for over 10,000 vessels from 400 shipping companies, including tankers, gas carriers, bulkers, container, passenger ships, ports, terminals and aircraft.

Mr. Lawrence began his career in the maritime industry with Lloyd’s of London Press, managing that company’s North American business from New York City. He is on the Board of the Seamen’s Church Institute in New York.

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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 industryDr. Sterling has an S.B. from MIT, an M.S. from Northwestern and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from MIT Sloan SchoolMarsoft 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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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.  Rich is the founder and Principal of RMP Sustainability LLC, providing maritime safety, environmental compliance and sustainability solutions to organizations. Rich also served as Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  Prior to joining RCL, Rich served in the United States Air Force as a Russian linguist and Airborne Mission Supervisor and in the United States Coast Guard in various national security and marine safety positions.  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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Joe Hughes
Chairman & CEO Shipowners Claims Bureau (SCB)
Chairman, NAMEPA
  

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Joe has served as Chairman and CEO of the managers of the American Club, an International Group mutual, for nearly twenty-five years. Joe also oversees the activities of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., an affiliate of SCB, which operates the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities. In addition, he is a director of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a Cyprus-based underwriting investment of the American Club. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), and a director (and former president) of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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Marina Hadjipateras
Co-Founder & General Partner
Trail Mix Ventures
  

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Marina Hadjipateras is the co-founder and General Partner at Trail Mix Ventures. Previously, Marina was VP of Investor Relations for Dorian LPG, during which time, Marina was a key participant in taking her family’s 150-year old shipping company public in 2014 (NYSE: LPG, mkt. cap: $560M). She restructured Dorian and oversaw talent, PR and IR, accepting the Tanker Company of the Year award. Marina serves as vice chair of the INTERTANKO Environmental Committee, is a Board member of NAMEPA, and is also a member of the Athens Innovation Committee. In 2018 Marina received the NYOT Innovators and Disruptors award for venture capital.

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Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
Chief Executive Officer
DNV GL – Maritime
  
 
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Alistair Johnson
Owner/Designer
Dasivedo Design
  
 

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After completing his degree in Anthropology at University College London in 1982, Alistair Johnson did post graduate research work in an inner-city area of south east London on leisure provision for young black men. In 1986, Alistair began running, overhauling, and upgrading the family lettings business while caring for his Mother’s foster children.  In 1994, Alistair produced and directed a short film, Just Ten, for Carlton Television and The Arts Council which was broadcast in 1995.  In 2008, a discussion with a shipping lawyer about the early Tig Rig design and the key mechanical safety overrides led to nearly a decade of drawing and design.  Alistair’s hard work has been realized with a solid patented protected design which is being engineered for the prototypes to be sea trialled in the first Tig Rig installation. 

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Captain Anuj Chopra
Vice President
Americas, RightShip
  
 

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Anuj leads the RightShip team for the Americas region.  He 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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