The United States Merchant Marine has met our country's economic and security needs, in wartime and in peace.
On National Maritime Day, we honor merchant mariners for their dedication to promoting commerce and protecting our freedom.
Industry and governmental leaders discussed issues of the day surrounding keeping seafarers, and passengers, safe at sea. From whistle blowing, to the Maritime Labor Convention, to harbor of safe refuge and seafarer welfare, this seminar highlighted both best practices and opportunities for improvement. The seminar also included a discussion of the newly released RULET program from NOAA dealing with the prioritization of potentially polluting shipwrecks.
The National Maritime Day Dinner & AMVER Awards celebrated the achievements of the merchant marine industry and included the presentation of the AMVER Awards. This year's dinner highlighted the developments in the industry, and recognized the 163 shipping companies who participate in the United States Coast Guard's voluntary AMVER rescue at sea program.
On the Waterfront: the Evolving Role of Port Ministry by the Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele. History and evolution of maritime ministry for port chaplains and others serving seafarers, dock workers, ship owners, and port authorities.