University of Southern Mississippi's International Port School (IPS)
on the Gulf Park campus has set its slate of speakers for the upcoming
fourth annual Port Symposium.
Port Symposium, "Ports and Ocean Shipping," will be held
Feb. 17-19 at the Oasis Resort and Spa in Gulfport. The Port of
Gulfport is the co-presenter of the symposium with IPS. The Port
of Pascagoula, the Port of New Orleans, and Port Bienville are also
sponsors of the symposium and are actively involved in the program
symposium is highlighted by Capt. William G. Shubert, maritime administrator,
U.S. Maritime Administration, who will be speaking at the keynote
luncheon Feb. 18.
a good testament to the symposium's continued success is in the
quality of speakers," said Melody Bradley-Moeller, IPS administrator.
"They are each leaders in their respective areas of the business."
Shubert's topic, 'Short Sea Shipping,' is a very hot topic in the
industry today and he is the most knowledgeable champion of this
trend for future ocean transportation."
said that one of short sea shipping's key selling components is
to take a lot of existing and increasing truck and rail traffic
off the highways and put it in shallow or "short sea"
include: Angel Rul Gonzales, direction general of Puertos, Mexico,
speaking on the "Status of Mexican Port Development";
James Baldwin, of Forest Lines, speaking on "Capacity and Forecast
for Cargo Ships (Existing and New Construction)"; Donald R.
Allee, executive director and CEO of Mississippi State Port Authority,
speaking on "The Financial Implications of New Environmental
and Security Requirements"; Gary LaGrange, executive director
and CEO of Port of New Orleans, speaking on "New Domestic Port
Alignments - Mississippi River Corridor Initiative"; Dr. James
Fawcett, maritime transportation/seaport specialist, Sea Grant Program,
Wrigly Institute for Environmental Studies, AHF-209, speaking on
"Port-Related Sea Grant Programs"; Stan Harris, first
assistant attorney, U.S. Department of Justice and USAO anti-terrorism
coordinator, speaking on "Port Security Training"; Allen
Dupont, regional director of ports, harbors and waterways with the
Shaw Group, speaking on "Cost Sharing for Commercial Navigation
Improvements"; Debbie Scott-Queenin, regional director of ports,
harbors and waterways with the Shaw Group, will also speak on "Cost
Commercial Navigation Improvements"; and Steve Blust, chairman,
U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, is also scheduled to attend.
Blust comes with an extensive background in ocean carriers and ports,"
said Bradley-Moeller. "Having worked from both public and private
areas of the maritime business, his views will represent all sides
of the maritime community's concerns."
a supporter of the symposium and one of its featured speakers, said
sponsorships and community support make the symposium a viable event.
"I strongly believe that the continued support by our associate
sponsors and participating agencies is a major key to our ongoing
success with the Port Symposium," said Allee. "Without
all of these partnerships, we could not continue to build the symposium's
reputation as a premier annual maritime conference."
For more information
on the symposium and to register, contact Bradley-Moeller at (228)
867-8779 or e-mail her at email@example.com.