Day 1 - Monday, February 25, 2019

7:45
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45
Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chairs
9:00
Keynote Address on The Paymaster’s Perspective: The Outlook for Marine Insurers in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape of Regulation, Risk and Reward
9:30
International Marine Insurance Market Trends: Analyzing Claims, Coverages, and Liabilities
10:30

Spotlight on Digital Disturbances on the High Seas

Utilizing Blockchain Based Platforms in the Supply Chain to Promote Electronic Verification
11:00
Morning Coffee Break
11:15
Evaluating Potential Domestic and International Liabilities with Remotely Controlled and Autonomous Ships
12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Adapting to Evolving Regulation and Enforcement Initiatives for Vessel Operations
2:15
Understanding the Continued Viability of the Jones Act and Addressing Its Current Obstacles to the Global Shipping Industry
3:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:30
Establishing Effective Procedures for Alternative Dispute Resolution Relative to Marine Insurance Policies
4:30
A View from the Admiralty Bench
5:30
Conference Adjourns to Day Two

Day 2 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:00
Continental Breakfast
8:45
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:00
Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Maritime Disasters: Strategies for Conducting Business in the Difficult World of Maritime Commerce
9:45
In-House Perspectives on the Legalities and Economic Realities of the Shipping Industry
10:45
Morning Coffee Break
11:00

Spotlight on Marine Pollution and Environmental Protection Initiatives: Strategies for Maintaining and Adapting Compliance Programs

Part I: Addressing and Implementing Ballast Water and Sulfur Cap Requirements on the Horizon
11:45
Part II: Tips and Tactics for Implementing Strong Environmental Compliance Plans and Effective Assurances based on Current Enforcement Measures
12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Maritime Personal Injury: Rules Relating to Jurisdiction and Procedures Peculiar to Admiralty and Maritime Law
2:15
Developing Strategies for Avoiding Arrests and Attachments Following OW Bunker
3:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:30
ETHICS & PROFFESIONALISM Think Tank
4:30
Conference Ends

Admiralty and Maritime Boot Camp

Feb 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm

Speakers

Miles C. Thomas
Shareholder
Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard (New Orleans, LA)

Day 1 - Monday, February 25, 2019

7:45
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45
Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chairs

Michael K. Bell
Partner
Blank Rome LLP (Houston, TX)

Gary English
Senior Counsel
Maersk Line, Limited (Norfolk, VA)

9:00
Keynote Address on The Paymaster’s Perspective: The Outlook for Marine Insurers in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape of Regulation, Risk and Reward

Joseph Hughes
Owner, Chairman and CEO
The American P&I Club (New York, NY)

9:30
International Marine Insurance Market Trends: Analyzing Claims, Coverages, and Liabilities

Boriana Farrar
Vice President-Counsel Senior Claims Executive
American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc.

Ted Dimitry
First Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services (Houston, TX)

John A. Miklus
President
American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU)

Conor J. Murray
Head of Global Lines Claims – North America
AXA XL

Moderator:

Krista Fowler Acuña
Partner
Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel LLP (Miami, FL)

This session will provide practitioners with the vital information they need to understand the marine insurance industry’s budding challenges. Points of discussion during this session will include:

  • Evaluating key market trends and drivers
  • Analyzing current challenges to market growth
  • Assessing the effect of catastrophic losses on the insurers’ bottom line

10:30

Spotlight on Digital Disturbances on the High Seas

Utilizing Blockchain Based Platforms in the Supply Chain to Promote Electronic Verification

Christopher Nolan
Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

Distributed ledger technology has disrupted the financial services industry, and is now rapidly changing business on the high seas. The shipping industry is no stranger to technological advancement, but the pace of acceleration has hastened so swiftly, that ship owners are struggling to keep up with these changes. Blockchain has the potential to have sweeping effects on maritime operations, from smart contracts, to cost reduction and increased security to name a few. This session will consider how blockchain technologies can be applied for businesses looking to launch major initiatives. Points of discussion will include:

  • Understanding the elimination of the paperwork and processes embedded within global shipment and trade practices
  • Analyzing the electronic ledger system that allows transactions to be verified
    autonomously
  • Using blockchain technology to improve communication and border administration

11:00
Morning Coffee Break
11:15
Evaluating Potential Domestic and International Liabilities with Remotely Controlled and Autonomous Ships

Susan Dorgan
Specialty Lines Recovery Lead Global Recovery Services
AIG (New York, NY)

Frank J. Gonynor
Senior Claims Adviser
Gard (North America) Inc. (Houston, TX)

We are still years away from widespread adoption of autonomous shipping. However, as autonomous technology is advancing more rapidly than predicted, its adoption by the shipping industry must be buoyed by the governing regulatory agencies, both nationally and internationally. This session will examine the technology fueling autonomous shipping, and consider the future of unmanned vessels as applied to admiralty and maritime claims.

  • Understanding the groundwork and services that will design and operationalize remotely controlled vessels
  • Evaluating the economic benefits autonomous vessels boast
  • Considering the legal obstacles to autonomous shipping
    • Appreciating the safe manning necessities applicable to vessels

12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Adapting to Evolving Regulation and Enforcement Initiatives for Vessel Operations

Kathleen Charvet
Director
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith

Conte Cicala
Partner
Clyde & Co US LLP (San Francisco, CA)

Katharine F. Newman
Senior Counsel – Maritime
ConocoPhillips (Houston, TX)

The shipping industry must navigate a tempestuous labyrinth of domestic and international regulations governed by various agencies. From the U.S. Coast Guard, to the Federal Maritime Commission, to the Environmental Protection Agency (and its state counterparts), to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to the Internal Revenue Service, to the Office of Foreign Assets Control, to the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and State, to the International Maritime Organization, and regional port authorities throughout the globe. It is easy to see why an up-to-date compliance program is paramount to the health of an organization This session will help you:

  • Recognize the key challenges for shipping emissions regulations in 2019 and beyond
  • Analyze safety legislation before Congress in the wake of El Faro
  • Identify the implications of the “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” plan

2:15
Understanding the Continued Viability of the Jones Act and Addressing Its Current Obstacles to the Global Shipping Industry

Michael K. Bell
Partner
Blank Rome LLP (Houston, TX)

Joseph A. Devall
Partner
Deutsch Kerrigan, L.L.P. (New Orleans, LA)

Mike Nicaud
Senior Counsel
Hornbeck Offshore (Covington, LA)

Jonathan W. Thames
Partner
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (San Francisco, CA)

The Jones Act was enacted in 1920 to maintain a strong merchant marine force for purposes of national security. The law affords national shipping companies with substantial fortification from foreign competition. However, the Act has also hindered the shipment of disaster relief supplies as was the case with Hurricanes Sandy and Maria.

This session will consider the impact of protectionist constructs in the 21st century, and corresponding business positions in response to legislative actions to bear the brunt of trade tariffs and cabotage rules. Points of discussion will include:

  • What the repeal of the Jones Act would mean for the maritime industry, as it relates to national security and commerce.
  • What policy proposals might be beneficial in producing a U.S. ship-building and shipping industry that is globally competitive
  • Insights as to why the government affords governance support for maritime cabotage trades that favor domestic ships

3:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:30
Establishing Effective Procedures for Alternative Dispute Resolution Relative to Marine Insurance Policies

André J. Mouledoux
Member
Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett LLC

Marcus R. Tucker
Partner
Phelps Dunbar LLP (Houston, TX)

Hon. Thomas W. Snook (Ret.)
Former Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Coast Guard Arbitrator-Mediator
Snook Dispute Resolution (Coral Gables, FL)

The lion’s share of marine insurance policies includes confidential arbitration clauses under the rules of an ADR. This panel will examine the typical ADR scenario in the world of marine claims. Points of discussion will include:

  • Examining the use of ADR in the marine arena
  • Reviewing a typical liability policy dealing with insurance defense, indemnity third party claims, and resolution
  • Analyzing insurance coverage disputes between insurer and insured
  • Pinpointing best ADR practices, including:
  • Drafting an ADR clause
  • Selecting the right Arbitrator
  • Appreciating the importance of a Preliminary Hearing
  • Learning how to reduce costs
  • Understanding the flexibility of the process

4:30
A View from the Admiralty Bench

Hon. Carl J. Barbier
District Judge
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)

Hon. Walter Brudzinski
Chief Administrative Law Judge
U.S. Coast Guard (New York, NY)

Hon. David Hittner
District Judge
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston, TX)

Moderator:

Marios J. Monopolis
Partner
Simms Showers LLP (Baltimore, MD)

Distinguished jurists having experience with Admiralty and Maritime matters will examine decision-making practices in these cases and provide sage advice for both in-house attorneys and their outside counsel. These judges will discuss the impediments to resolving such complex contests and offer insights to your most unyielding dilemmas.

5:30
Conference Adjourns to Day Two

Day 2 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8:00
Continental Breakfast
8:45
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:00
Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Maritime Disasters: Strategies for Conducting Business in the Difficult World of Maritime Commerce

Kenneth G. Engerrand
President
Brown Sims (Houston, TX)

Alexander C. Papandreou
Supervising Counsel, Enterprise Contracts Law Group
Chevron Upstream

Escalating trade wars, higher fuel costs, and growing regulatory burdens are only some of the mounting concerns for shipping industry executives. For example, maritime disasters like the Deepwater Horizon are capable of causing the complete shutdown of an industry. During this session, we will explore these disruptions. Points of discussion will include:

  • Responding to a trade war
  • Making the necessary updates to all existing sales contracts to:
  • Define force majeure
  • Allow for renegotiation when there is a change in circumstances
  • Consider international arbitration
  • Understand choice of law and jurisdiction
  • Preparing for disaster, tragedy, and consequential disruption

9:45
In-House Perspectives on the Legalities and Economic Realities of the Shipping Industry

Gavin R. Black
Corporate Counsel
Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc. (Providence, RI)

Gary English
Senior Counsel
Maersk Line, Limited (Norfolk, VA)

Moderator:

Marc C. Hebert
Partner
Jones Walker LLP (New Orleans, LA)

Seasoned corporate counsel from across the country will discuss how they manage admiralty and maritime claims and litigation and determine trial candidacy. These in-house attorneys will categorize the obstacles to resolving such complex challenges and also evaluate the economic considerations prior to trial. During this session, points of discussion will include:

  • Examining how corporate counsel manages risk mitigation
  • Reviewing compliance challenges from various regimes and regulatory frameworks
  • Selecting and working with outside counsel to enhance the client-attorney relationship
  • Achieving efficiencies with reduced budgets and smaller staffs

10:45
Morning Coffee Break
11:00

Spotlight on Marine Pollution and Environmental Protection Initiatives: Strategies for Maintaining and Adapting Compliance Programs

Part I: Addressing and Implementing Ballast Water and Sulfur Cap Requirements on the Horizon

Daniel Carr
Assistant General Counsel
Stolt-Nielsen (Houston, TX)

Utsav Mathur
Attorney
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Houston, TX)

Captain P.J. McGuire (ret.)
Senior Coast Guard Liaison, U.S. Department of State
U.S. Coast Guard

Carleen Lyden Walker
Co-Founder/Executive Director
The North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)

Moderator:

Allen Black
Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP (Washington, D.C.)

It is unavoidable…ships generate various forms of waste as they journey from point A to point B. Their ballast tanks can introduce invasive species of marine life into the ecosystem and their passengers and crew produce sewage. The industry must do its part to preserve and maintain the marine environment, while avoiding penalties as well. This session will address:

  • New requirements from the International Maritime Organization’s on sulfur caps and related economic consequences
  • The ballast water regulations and the looming cost of compliance

11:45
Part II: Tips and Tactics for Implementing Strong Environmental Compliance Plans and Effective Assurances based on Current Enforcement Measures

John C. Cox
Owner
Law Offices of John Cox (Oakland, CA)

James Sanislow
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Noble Drilling Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)

  • Analyses of current trends in MARPOL enforcement
  • How to fortify your MARPOL compliance program under APPS and PWSA
  • Auditing current safety management systems and risk minimization tools to ensure that they adequately protect your business
  • Exploring practical examples of third-party assurance services to optimize reporting practices

12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Maritime Personal Injury: Rules Relating to Jurisdiction and Procedures Peculiar to Admiralty and Maritime Law

Kalliopi Michalopoulou
Director, Claims & Insurance
Guardian Navigation Services Inc. (Scarsdale, NY)

Miles C. Thomas
Shareholder
Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard (New Orleans, LA)

  • Reviewing recent claims and common dangers that lead to personal injuries
  • Analyzing the vessel owner’s or operator’s duty of care
  • Examining statutory liability and general maritime law
  • Establishing jurisdiction and filing of maritime personal injury claims

2:15
Developing Strategies for Avoiding Arrests and Attachments Following OW Bunker

Keith W. Heard
Partner
Lennon, Murphy & Phillips LLC (New York, NY)

Christopher Raleigh
Member
Cozen O’Connor (New York, NY)

Bruce G. Paulsen
Partner
Seward & Kissel LLP (New York, NY)

The OW Bunker tale continues to sail through the Second Circuit causing disorder in the shipping industry with respect to acceptable attachment processes. Above all else, the case exemplifies the need for owners to take every step imaginable to avoid allowing any lien for bunkers attached to its vessel. During this session, points of discussion will include:

  • Reviewing the Second Circuit’s demand for specific information on assets and whether it will impact Rule B attachments nationally
  • Understanding the appellate courts’ analyses of lien rights and repercussions throughout the country

3:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:30
ETHICS & PROFFESIONALISM Think Tank

Jason Harris
Partner
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Wilmington, NC)

Erik D. Garza
Associate General Counsel
American Bureau of Shipping

This session will provide you with best practices for managing effective investigations, as well as considering ethical dilemmas that arise during admiralty and maritime proceedings.

4:30
Conference Ends

Admiralty and Maritime Boot Camp

Feb 27, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm

$600

Speakers

Miles C. Thomas
Shareholder
Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard (New Orleans, LA)

What is it about?

Whether you’re a new practitioner or you’re a young professionals making a transition to an in-house role, this boot camp will provide you with a crash course on the conceptions and theories in Maritime and Admiralty law. Led by industry thought leaders, the boot camp will analyze aspects of the practice such as personal injury claims, including, Jones Act, maintenance and cure, portions of the Longshore Act as well as commercial aspects of maritime law such as vessel seizures, arrests and more. It will also address the emerging epidemic of the lack of succession planning, and provide attendees with a checklist for expected transitions. Attend this boot camp and fill your tool box with the following “how to” skills:

  • Defend against enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions
  • Approach the array of international, federal, state, and local environmental regulations
  • Evaluate cross-bored and domestic transactions for vessel and corporate finance
  • Assess Bankruptcy, tax, insurance and reinsurance considerations