Meeting 21st Century Maritime Challenges in the U.S. Arctic
A Virtual Seminar Held September 8th, 2021
Event co-sponsored by Alaska Chadux̂ Network and North American Marine Environment Protection Association.
Watch the seminar here!
SUMMARY OF EVENT
The Arctic is truly the world’s ultimate frontier, a convergence of multipolar governance, unique climate, and unprecedented challenges. As the U.S. Arctic continues to become more accessible and traversed, it is critical stakeholders have a holistic understanding of the region and issues affecting policy.
This special seminar included subject matter experts in the maritime industry and US Arctic policy sharing their knowledge on current and new technologies and operational advances furthering the collective strategic goals of those who live and operate in the challenging US Arctic.
This informative event, held September 8th, 2021, helped address a series of topics, including a key address focusing on the role of the U.S. Arctic in national policies; current issues being confronted by stakeholders in the region; and future challenges. Three-panel discussions provided focused information on unique opportunities & threats in the U.S. Arctic, today’s operating challenges in the dynamic U.S. Arctic Region, and adapting strategies to rapidly evolving U.S. Arctic maritime activities. This seminar brought together expert insight from across the maritime sector, Arctic specialists, and government officials.
Presentations graciously shared by our distinguished panelists can be found below.
Welcome and Program Overview— Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/Executive Director, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)
Introduction of Keynote Speaker – RADM Duncan Smith, USCGR (Ret.), President, Smith Advocacy Group LLC
Keynote – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) [Invited]
“The role of the U.S. Arctic in national policies; current issues; future challenges”
Unique Opportunities & Threats in the U.S. Arctic. Panel
Moderator: Dr. Mike Sfraga – Director, Polar Institute, The Wilson Center
- The Honorable Kevin Meyer – Lt Governor, State of Alaska
- Rear Admiral Nate Moore – U.S. Coast Guard Alaska District Commander
Today’s operating challenges in the dynamic U.S. Arctic Region
Moderator: Buddy Custard – President and CEO, Alaska Chadux̂ Network
- Commissioner Jason Brune – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
- Bud Darr – EVP Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, Mediterranean Shipping Company
- Major General Randy “Church” Kee, USAF (Ret) – Senior Advisor, Arctic Security, U.S. Department of Defense & Commissioner, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Adapting strategies to rapidly evolving U.S. Arctic maritime activities
Moderator: Rachel Kallander – Managing Partner, Kallander & Associates
- The Honorable Mead Treadwell – Chairman & CEO, Qilak LNG, former Alaska State Lt Governor, and former Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
- Sean Thomas – VP Crowley Maritime
- *Gail Schubert, President & CEO, Bering Straits Native Corporation – Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gail Schubert was unable to participate in the event, however, she welcomes any questions or comments, and can be reached via email HERE.
U.S. Arctic maritime challenges & opportunities in context with international conventions & initiatives
- Michael Kingston – Managing Partner, Michael Kingston Associates, International Maritime Organization Consultant on Polar Issues and Fishing Vessel Safety / IUU Fishing, and Special Advisor to the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group
Closing remarks – Carleen Lyden Walker
Join us for a special seminar where subject matter experts in the maritime industry, the U.S. Arctic, and U.S. Arctic Policy will help you understand the exciting new technologies, operation advances, and frameworks to advance collective strategic goals the Arctic will bring to the forefront.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Chadux̂ Network
Commissioner Jason Brune
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Charles (Bud) Darr
Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group
Rachel Kallander, J.D.
Managing Partner of Kallander & Associates, Founder & Executive Director of Arctic Encounter
Maj Gen Randy “Church” Kee USAF (Ret)
Senior Advisor, Arctic Security, U.S. Department of Defense & Commissioner, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Managing Director, Michael Kingston Associates, IMO Consultant, Special Advisor to PAME
Honorable Kevin Meyer
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Rear Admiral Nathan A. Moore
United States Coast Guard Alaska District Commander
Ms. Gail R. Schubert
President & CEO, Bering Straits Native Corporation
Dr. Mike Sfraga
Director, Polar Institute // Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program
RADM Duncan Smith, USCGR (Ret.)
Smith Advocacy Group LLC, Founder
Sean P. Thomas, PMP
Vice President of Crowley Maritime
Honorable Mead Treadwell
Chairman CEO, Qilak LNG, former Alaska State Lt Governor, and former Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Carleen Lyden Walker
Co-Founder/Executive Director, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA)
Primary Event Sponsors
Alaska Chadux̂ Network is an industry-led and funded nonprofit organization headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Its mission is to provide regulatory compliance for vessels and facilities with federal and state oil spill prevention and response requirements while advancing innovative solutions to the unique challenges of operating in Alaska and the U.S. Arctic region.
The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led 501(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Weston, Connecticut. Its mission is to preserve the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students, and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake, and river resources.