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Released January 20, 2004


LONG BEACH - The 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.

This year's 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 each year.

This year's symposium is highlighted by Capt. William G. Shubert, maritime administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration, who will be speaking at the keynote luncheon Feb. 18.

"I think 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."

"Capt. 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."

Bradley-Moeller 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" coastwise vessels.

Other speakers 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

Sharing for Commercial Navigation Improvements"; and Steve Blust, chairman, U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, is also scheduled to attend.

"Steve 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."

Donald Allee, 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


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