World Maritime Day Observance Set for Sept. 29 (9/26)


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For Immediate Release

Contact: Father Sinclair Oubre, (409) 749-0171


MARAD’s Chief Council will give keynote at World Maritime Day Observances


Bringing the reality of piracy to the forefront


People from throughout the Gulf Coast are gearing up for the Sept. 29 World Maritime Day observance at the Port Arthur International Seafarers’ Center. The daylong conference on international piracy will kick off at 9:00 a.m.


The keynote address will be given by Denise Krepp, Chief Council of the United States Maritime Administration. Ms. Krepp, who formerly served as the Chief Council to the House Homeland Security Committee, will share MARAD’s perspective on international piracy, while at the same time, giving the participants insights into policies that MARAD offers to US-flagged ships sailing through pirate-infested waters.


In addition to Ms. Krepp, other maritime experts will be sharing their perspectives with participants.


Representing the shipowners’ perspective will be Joe Cox of the Chamber of Shipping of America. Cox has worked in the maritime industry for more than 40 years and is the U.S. shipowner representative to the International Labor Organization in Geneva.


Representing the Coast Guard will be Robert Gauvin, executive director of piracy policy and technical advisor for the office of vessel activities. Gauvin is presently responsible for long range projects of national and international concerns involving U.S. and foreign vessel commercial operations.


According to the web site Oceans Beyond Piracy, the human cost of piracy has continued to grow. In 2010, some 4,185 seafarers were attacked by pirates; 1,090 seafarers were held hostage; and 515 seafarers were used as human shields.


Registration is now underway for this fact-filled conference. For more information and to register visit




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