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Day One (October 16)

Safety and Cybersecurity Challenges and Solutions

Moderator: Cole Cosgrove – Vice President, Marine Management, Crowley

Panelist: SafeMTS Update – Todd Ripley, MARAD

Panelist: Cybersecurity with New Technology – Baha Inozu, Sharp Focus, Inc.

Panelist: Company Security Officer Meeting Recap – Christopher Owsianiecki, MARAD

Panelist: Lithium Ion Battery – Eddie Murphy, Program Analyst, Emergency Response Liaison at Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Expand Performance & Retention = Boost Your Bottom Line!

Co-Moderator: Workforce Initiatives and Updates – Sarah Scherer, VP Transportation Institute

Co-Moderator: Boot Camp – John Stauffer, President, Maritime Institute

Panelist: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Jenny Johnson, Maritime Inclusion Partners

Panelist: Retention Strategies Around Mental Health – Allison Clonch, Researcher, University of Washington

Unique Consequences and Impacts of Environmental Regulations

Moderator: Jan Hagen Anderson, Business Development Director, DNV

Panelist: Electrification – David Lee, ABB (invited)

Panelist: Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance – Galen Hon, MARAD

Panelist: Current Environmental Issues – NOAA, BSEE, EPA (invited)

Day Two (October 17)

Evolving and Embracing New Technologies to Improve Performance and Vessel Efficiencies

Moderator: Dustin Varnell, Owner V2 SubSea and U.S. Country Manager, OSBIT

Panelist: Remote Technologies – Ted Lester, Vice President, Certification, REGENT

Panelist: Developing Offshore Wind Space – Kyle Pemberton, SEACOR Marine

Panelist: Subsea Power Cable – Owen Rataj, Business Development Director, Kalypso Offshore Energy

Panelist: National Security Multi-Mission Vessel – Chris Clark, Director of New Construction TOTE Services, LLC

United States Coast Guard

Moderator: Captain Gerard Pannell, Director of Training, STAR Center

Panelist: General Mariner Issues – Mayte Medina, Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing

Panelist: Replacement System (NAVITA) – Charles Bright, Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing

Panelist: Statutory Requirements Related to SASH – Dave Van Nevel, Attorney, Prevention Law

Panelist: Suspension & Revocation – Jason Neubauer, Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis

Popcorn and Chips Panel Review and Discuss Next Steps

Moderator: Robert Sheen, President, Ocean Shipholdings, Inc.

Panelist: Safety and Cybersecurity Challenges – Cole Cosgrove, Crowley

Panelist: Centers of Excellence – MARAD

Panelist: Expand Performance & Retention – Sarah Scherer and John Stauffer

Panelist: Consequences and Impacts of Environmental Regulations – Jan Hagen Anderson

Panelist: Evolving and Embracing New Technologies – Dustin Varnell

Panelist: Regulatory Preparation – Captain Gerard Pannell


SOCP will be building on thirty years of collaboration and innovation experience to explore and discuss new and upcoming innovative technologies affecting vessel operations, including how these will impact, positively or negatively, mariners and mariner availability and inform decision making by both the industry and the regulators.


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30 Years & Beyond - Building the Maritime Workforce of the Future

October 16-17 2023,

MITAGS - Linthicum Heights, MD

Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, US Navy (Ret.) was sworn in as the 20th Administrator for the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration on May 16, 2022. As head of the Maritime Administration, Phillips advises and assists the Secretary of Transportation on commercial maritime matters, to include the movement of goods, supply chain, as well as the U.S. maritime industry, environment and compliance, ports and waterways infrastructure, and strategic sealift. She engages public and private stakeholders in the maritime industry and oversees the U.S Merchant Marine Academy.

Phillips also oversees MARAD’s programs to improve and modernize the nation’s maritime network by administering the unprecedented investment in ports and waterways made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $2.25 billion to be awarded over the next five years through the Port Infrastructure Development Program and $25 million for the America’s Marine Highway Program.

Prior to this appointment, Phillips served as the first Special Assistant to the Governor of Virginia for Coastal Adaptation and Protection, where she built a collaborative, whole of government and community approach to address the impact of coastal flooding across the Commonwealth, including the development of Virginia’s first Coastal Resilience Master Plan.

In particular, she coordinated across Federal, State, local, and other partners to create equitable strategies to address rising waters and climate impact to federal, maritime, and other critical coastal infrastructure assets in Virginia.

Rear Admiral Phillips served nearly 31 years as a surface warfare officer. Her final tour of duty, as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, included the direct oversight of 14 ships and 10 subordinate commands - all the Amphibious Expeditionary Forces on the East Coast of the United States. Earlier, she served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Staff as

Deputy Director and then Director of the Surface Warfare Division. Previous to those positions, she had the honor to commission and command the USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) and to command Destroyer Squadron 28.

Phillips earned a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from The College of William & Mary – Raymond A. Mason School of Business - in 2016. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


SOCP will be building on thirty years of collaboration and innovation experience to explore and discuss new and upcoming innovative technologies affecting vessel operations, including how these will impact, positively or negatively, mariners and mariner availability and inform decision making by both the industry and the regulators.


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16 May 2023 - The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) seeks an Independent Contractor (IC) with SASH subject matter expertise in Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment (SASH) advocate training to work with SOCP’s Achieving a Respectful Onboard Culture (AROC) Project Team to create a training course for SASH Contact in the Maritime Industry. The training is to be developed to meet the requirements for attaining provisional certification from the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). The training should use existing modules that are relevant to the requirements and include additional modules to address the specific requirements of the Maritime Industry. The SOCP has developed a course outline of the training topics. See Exhibit A - Statement of Work for more detailed information and context.

The SASH Contact Training Course created by the IC under this Agreement must comply with Annex 1 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

SOCP requests interested entities to submit their technical and cost proposals electronically by 5:00 p.m. ET, June 09, 2023, to the SOCP Program Administrator at  

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