Joe Angelo



Mr. Joseph J. Angelo is currently the deputy managing director for the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO).  He joined INTERTANKO in January 2005 when he became the director of regulatory affairs and the Americas located in their Arlington, Virginia regional office.  From January 2011 to July 2012, he was the managing director of INTERTANKO as part of a long term leadership succession plan.

Mr. Angelo is a 1971 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  He began his career with the US Coast Guard in 1977 and was assigned to various positions of greater responsibility until 1992, when he became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES).  In 1995 he became the first Coast Guard director of Standards for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, a position he held until his retirement from the US government in January 2005.
Since 1980, Mr. Angelo has been a key negotiator and the head of numerous delegations for the US to major maritime safety and environmental protection committee meetings and conferences at the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with international maritime affairs.

Mr. Angelo has received two Presidential Distinguished Executive Service Awards, one from President Clinton in 1999 and the other from President Bush in 2004.  In addition, he was the recipient of the 2003 Chamber of Shipping of America’s RADM Halert C. Shepheard Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Merchant Marine Safety.  Mr. Angelo is also one of a few graduates of the US Merchant Marine Academy that have received two Outstanding Professional Achievement Awards from the USMMA Alumni Association, one in 1991 for his work at the US Coast Guard and the second in 2011 for his work at INTERTANKO.


Paul Beggs

Holland America Group


Paul Beggs is the nautical director with Princess Cruises, a part of the Holland America Group.

Paul is a master mariner with more than 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, starting off has a P&O Group cadet, sailing on a variety of ships before joining P&O Containers when it was still operating as OCL.

After 12 years on containerships it was time for a change and he transferred to P&O Cruises but sailed exclusively on the Princess ships. In 1999, with a young family and a true love of cartography it was an easy choice to move from the ships to the Princess office and take care of all things nautical.

In addition to his duties within the Holland America Group he also represents the cruise industry on nautical matters through CLIA at international organisations including IMO and IHO, plus he remains active with the ICS and was part of the team that produced the 5th Edition of the Bridge Procedures Guide.


Chuck Benton

Team Augmented Reality, Inc.


Chuck Benton is the founder, president and CTO of Team Augmented Reality, Inc., an innovative smart phone app development firm. Chuck started out in the flight simulator business, and in 1981 started writing computer games, including ‘Frogger’ and what became the 'Leisure Suit Larry' series.  In 1987, Chuck was lured back into the simulation business by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, at which time he formed Technology Systems, Inc. a pioneering group within the networked simulation industry.  His team developed the first globally deployed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system, and many other now commonplace designs that were based upon emerging network capabilities.  Chuck’s patents include several in the area of augmented reality and have spawned new products that are used within the US military.  Chuck’s system integration background, coupled with experience in navigation as an aircraft pilot and USCG licensed master, has led to his most recent focus, the application of emerging smart-phone capabilities to enhance safety and situational awareness.  This is now being applied to enhance maritime safety with a focus on small vessels.


Joel Box



Joel is the sales director for GateHouse-Maritime and is based out of Tampa, FL. He has worked in the maritime industry for over two decades focusing on Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, electronic charting systems (ECS) and electronic chart production. Joel has been employed in both government and commercial sectors during his career in various roles including chart standards development, chart production process development, commercialization of chart products, product management, and business development. Joel has a bachelor of environmental studies degree from the University of Waterloo, and has been employed in the maritime industry since 1993.


George Burkley

Maritime Pilots Institute


Mr. George Burkley serves as the executive director of the Maritime Pilots Institute (MPI) in Covington, Louisiana. MPI is a pilot-owned, membership non-profit specializing in training, research and technical projects for maritime pilots. The school operates both electronic simulation and physical modeling training and research facilities. George is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy and completed his master’s work at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He served as an aviator in the US Naval Reserve and sailed for Masters, Mates and Pilots as a ship’s officer. He is married with three children in high school and college and resides in Covington, Louisiana.


RADM Mark Butt

US Coast Guard, Thirteenth District


Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt serves as the commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which spans across the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.

Rear Admiral Butt graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1982 and holds a master of science in aeronautical structures from Purdue University. He reported for flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in 1984 and earned his wings as Coast Guard Aviator No. 2397.

Rear Admiral Butt’s command tours include commanding officer of the Coast Guard Group and Air Station Humboldt Bay in Northern California as well as the commanding officer of Air Station Detroit, Michigan. He served as the first commanding officer of the Asset Project Office (APO) and as the commanding officer of the Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC) in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to his operational assignments, Rear Admiral Butt served as the chief of the office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41), was the director at the Mission Support Integration Office (DCMS-5), served as the assistant commandant for Capability (CG-7), and most recently served as deputy commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capability located at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.


BIll Cairns

American Pilots’ Association


Bill Cairns is the navigation technology advisor of the American Pilots’ Association (APA). Prior to his move to APA in 2014, he served as senior technology advisor in the Office of Navigation Systems at US Coast Guard Headquarters and also served in the offices of Communications and Maritime Domain Awareness. He was the chairman of the IALA e-Navigation Committee from its creation in 2006 through 2014 and still participates there. Serving on US delegations to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee and NAV and COMSAR Sub-Committees, he has led several IMO correspondence and working groups including Pilot Transfer Arrangements, Navigation Bridge Visibility, and LRIT. He served 20 years on active duty in the US Coast Guard as a commissioned officer in a variety of engineering jobs, including shipboard assistant engineer and chief engineer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the White House Military Aides Association.


Capt. Dan Dietrich

C/P Kodiak Enterprise


Daniel Dietrich is a third generation fisherman born in Westport, WA and now resides in Gig Harbor, WA.

He started fishing for salmon and albacore tuna with his father in the summer during his school years, and in 1979, upon completion of school, began fishing in earnest. He first sailed to Alaska in 1981 where he participated in the Dungeness crab and salmon seine fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. Then in 1985 it was on to the Bering Sea where, for the next three years, he fished for brown and red king crab and for opilio (snow) crab. In 1988, he switched to the pollock trawl industry working on the deck on the 225 ft. factory trawler US Enterprise. During the ensuing years, he acquired his wheelhouse documentation, and since 1995 he has been mate and now captain of the 275 ft. factory trawler Kodiak Enterprise which is owned by Trident Seafoods of Seattle. The Kodiak Enterprise spends most of its time fishing pollock in the Bering Sea, but also for two or three months a year it fishes for Pacific whiting off of the Washington and Oregon coasts.


David Fox

US Coast Guard, Sector Puget Sound


Although David is now retired from active duty, he served in the US Coast Guard for more than 34 years as a security specialist. In that capacity he worked for the captain of the port for Southeast Alaska and the captain of the port for Puget Sound. Currently, he works as a civilian with the Coast Guard, Sector Puget Sound in the Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Division with his primary role being the coordinator for the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) and the Port Readiness Committee. The committees consist of more than 170 members from federal, state and local agencies and port partners, representing more than 40 different port and law enforcement offices.


Russell Holmes

US Coast Guard Navigation Center


Captain Russell Holmes assumed command of the US Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) in July 2015. Under his leadership, NAVCEN provides nationwide differential GPS augmentation signals, monitors the nationwide automatic identification system (NAIS), ensures commercial vessel compliance with Long Range Identification Tracking (LRIT) requirements, publishes maritime advisories and navigation information services, manages the Coast Guard’s electronic chart portfolio, and coordinates investigation of civilian GPS outage reports to enhance the safety, security, and efficiency of US waterways. He serves as deputy chair of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) that exchanges information between GPS users world-wide and US government authorities.


Michael Hoppe

Traffic Technologies Centre of the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration


Michael Hoppe received his diploma as a radio engineer in 1990. Since 1991 he has been working for the Traffic Technologies Centre within the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration. He is responsible for the field of radio navigation systems for maritime and inland waterways applications. Michael Hoppe is a member of various national and international working groups dealing with development and standardization of integrated PNT systems. Since 1998 he has been a member of the IALA Radio Navigation Committee and since 2006 a member of the IALA eNavigation Committee. At present he is acting as vice chair of the PNT WG within the IALA eNavigation Committee.


Capt. Prash Karnik

Holland America Group


Captain Prash Karnik has been part of the maritime industry, working both onboard ships and ashore for over 30 years. He started his career at sea in 1979 on cargo ships and oil tankers tramping worldwide. In 1987 he joined the cruise industry with Royal Caribbean International where he served in ascending capacity for 16 years. In 1996 he received his first command on the cruise ship M/S Viking Serenade. In 2005 he came ashore as the deputy director of nautical operations with Holland America Line and then director marine operations for Seabourn Cruise Lines, for Holland America Group, where he is responsible for operational support of the company’s ultra-luxury cruise ships in nautical and safety functions. He is deeply engaged in nautical training programs for the navigation officers. He holds a BS degree in business, ISO 9001 lead auditor, company security officer, maritime instructor, and FEMA Incident Command System certifications. Prash is an executive committee member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and a member of the American Society for Quality.


Rik Krombeen

Pacific Maritime Institute


Christine Klimkowski is an instructor and curriculum developer at MITAGS-PMI's West Coast campus. After graduating from SUNY Maritime College in 2001 she sailed on deep draft container ships and Ro-Ros for 8 years. Her last cargo ship was TOTE's M/V Midnight Sun. She teaches many courses as well as the full slate of "Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch" courses, including bridge resource management. She has continued to ship and upgrade while teaching. She upgraded to unlimited master in 2015. Her last ship was the R/V Thomas G Thompson, sailing as chief mate.


Rik Krombeen

Holland America Line


Rik started working in the merchant marine industry in 1983 on board one of Holland America Line’s former N class ships, which is also when he became interested in a professional seafarers career. He subsequently attended the nautical academy in Amsterdam from 1983 until 1988 after which he continued college in Rotterdam for a degree in marine operations/economics, and he now holds a master mariners license and a bachelor’s degree in marine operations.


He sailed with Holland America Line from 1989 until 1991 as a junior deck officer and then joined the off- shore industry where he obtained a full dynamic positioning certificate. In 1993 he came back to passenger ships, starting with North Sea Ferries and was promoted to staff captain on large cruise ships in 2000.


Rik returned to Holland America Line in 2002 where he was promoted to captain in 2007. In 2011 he became the director nautical operations, and he still takes command of ships every so often to fill in and stay in touch with sea life.


Dermot Loughnane

Tactical Marine Solutions


Dermot Loughnane has the experience of 14 years at sea combined with 20 years in shore positions in the shipping industry and the marine operations of oil and gas companies. He is a Master Mariner, and holds both a MBA and a post graduate diploma in shipping management (DMS). Dermot’s executive experience includes a position as managing director of Teekay Australia and CEO of Skaugen PetroTrans, a ship lightering company. Earlier he managed the marine department of Petro Canada.

For the Arctic he has a background in Arctic operations both from the sea as an ice pilot and from the management of ice class ships ashore.

Presently he runs Tactical Marine Solutions (TMS), a company specializing in commercial and operational ship management. TMS also comprises a consultancy specializing in shipping feasibility for the Arctic and improving the operational performance of shipping companies.

He is a past board member of the Australian Shipowners Association, Australian Maritime Defense Council and Shipping Australia and chair of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.


Daniel M. Meidenbauer

Johns Hopkins University


Daniel M. Meidenbauer is a member of the senior professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has nine years of experience performing engineering analysis with specific expertise in cyber systems engineering, electro-mechanical equipment development, reliability improvement, and naval systems integration both with JHU/APL and with the US Navy. He has been a key technical lead on maritime cyber risk analysis efforts at JHU/APL for the last two years and is heavily involved in cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructure cyber strategy. Prior to working at JHU/APL, Dan worked in design, development, and engineering work related to Navy nuclear propulsions systems as part of NAVSEA 08, Naval Reactors. He has received a master’s degree in engineering management (systems engineering focus) from Old Dominion University, a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and is a graduate of the Bettis Reactor Engineering School at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.


Peter Philips

Philips Publishing Group


Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express, Pacific Fisheries Review and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast.

In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter is the immediate past president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users. Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a BA in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.


Julie Powell



Julia Powell is the deputy chief, for the Office of Coast Survey Development Lab, and represents the United States on various standards committees in the development of the standards related to electronic navigational charts. She is chair of the IHO’s S-100 working group that is working on next generation navigation products such as under-keel clearance management, high resolution bathymetry and other integrated products.


Joe Raymond

US Coast Guard, Sector Puget Sound


Captain Joe Raymond serves as the commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, the Joint Military Intelligence College, and the Naval War College. He has served on four cutters, commanding two, and previously served as the commanding officer of Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Georgia. Captain Raymond came to Sector Puget Sound from Coast Guard Congressional Affairs in Washington, DC where he served first as the Coast Guard's liaison to the US Senate and then as the deputy chief of Congressional Affairs.


Capt Scott Smith

US Coast Guard


Captain Smith assumed his current duties as the chief of the Office of Navigation Systems for the US Coast Guard in July of 2015. His office is responsible for policy and program oversight for marine spatial planning, vessel traffic services, visual aids to navigation, electronic aids to navigation, automated identification systems, marine safety information, navigation regulations and COLREGs.


Captain Smith began his career at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. After earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a commission in the US Coast Guard in 1990, he was assigned to the US Coast Guard cutter BRAMBLE home ported in Port Huron, Michigan. His subsequent afloat assignments include executive officer of USCGC SUNDEW, and commanding officer of USCGC ANACAPA and BRISTOL BAY with CG BARGE 12001 in Detroit, Michigan. His most recent operational assignment was the commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter MACKINAW (WLBB-30), our nation’s largest and most technologically advanced domestic icebreaker home ported in Cheboygan, Michigan.


Captain Smith’s most recent assignment was as the deputy director, marine transportation systems management. The directorate is responsible for a wide variety of navigation safety and security functions including aids to navigation, domestic and polar ice operations, waterways management, marine spatial planning, aids to navigation and permitting for bridges that span navigable waters. In addition to his duties as deputy director, Captain Smith led the development of the Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy Implementation Plan in order to identify actions necessary to meet requirements in both the 2013 National Strategy for the Arctic Region and the Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy.


Captain Smith holds a master’s degree in business administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His decorations include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals and seven Coast Guard Commendation Medals.


Mike Sollosi

US Coast Guard


Mike Sollosi has served in the US Coast Guard since 1976 as a commissioned officer and as a civil servant. In the beginning of his Coast Guard career he worked in the aids to navigation field, including service on buoy tenders in the North Atlantic and Alaska. He is now chief of the Navigation Standards Divisions in Coast Guard Headquarters. In this capacity he has responsibility for vessel traffic services policy, navigation equipment standards and the navigation rules. He served as a member of the US delegation to the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Navigation Subcommittee for several years and was elected chairman of the subcommittee for five years. Mr. Sollosi has more than 20 years of experience in the operation, administration and management of vessel traffic services, with service ranging from watchstander to program director, including the chairmanship of the VTS Committee within the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities.


John Stone

US Coast Guard


Commander John Stone serves as chief of the Navigation Technology and Risk Management Division at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He is responsible for electronic aids to navigation and enhanced marine safety information policy, and waterways risk analysis and management. Commander Stone has served the US Coast Guard for more than 19 years, primarily within the aids to navigation program. He has been stationed aboard four aids to navigation and ice breaking cutters, most recently as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay on the Great Lakes.

He holds a bachelor of science in operations research from the US Coast Guard Academy, and an MBA and master of science in computer science from the University of Rhode Island. He co-chairs the Committee on the Marine Transportation System Future of Navigation Integrated Action Team, and is a member of the IALA Electronic Navigation (ENAV) committee. Commander Stone is the Coast Guard's Future of Navigation Project team lead.


Brian Tetrault

US Army Corps of Engineers
CMTS Future of Navigation Interagency Action Team


Brian Tetreault is a navigation systems specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center. He has worked on projects to develop and implement shore-based navigation information systems to improve safety, efficiency, and reliability of inland and coastal waterways. He is a US representative to national and international e-navigation-related bodies, including the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM), and is the co-chair of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, served in the Coast Guard for 22 years at sea and ashore, and holds an Unlimited 2nd Mate and a 1600 Ton Master license.


Juergen Troegl



Juergen Troegl works for the Austrian waterway management company viadonau. He has worked for more than 15 years in the development and introduction of services to improve safety and efficiency of inland waterway transport (River Information Services – RIS). He leads the RIS development initiatives in Austria and is actively involved in projects and working groups on mainly a European, as well as a global, level. Juergen is the Austrian representative in the European Vessel Tracking and Tracing Expert Group and a member of the Inland Navigation Commission (InCoM) and related working groups of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC). Since 2009 he has followed and supported the introduction of RIS on the US inland waterways.

Juergen has an MSc in telecommunication engineering.


Capt Jorge Viso

American Pilots’ Association


Capt. Jorge J. Viso has served as a pilot in the ports of Tampa Bay, Florida since 1990. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, he sailed on petroleum tankers prior to piloting. Capt. Viso is currently chairman of the American Pilots’ Association (APA) Navigation and Technology Committee and APA vice-president for the South Atlantic region.

Capt. Viso has served as chairman of the Tampa Bat Pilots’ Association and as president of the Florida State Pilots’ Association (2003-2007). Besides piloting vessels in Tampa Bay, he currently facilitates training at Maritime Pilots’ Institute and Maritime Institute of Training and Graduate Studies, which includes bridge resource management for pilots, marine electronics and PPU integration.


Capt Matthew Walter

US Coast Guard


LCDR Walter works for the Coast Guard Headquarters’ Office of Navigation Systems as a program manager for navigation equipment carriage regulations.  His current portfolio includes: domestic implementation of SOLAS ch V regulations, implementation of the 2004 CGMTA mandating e-charts, the proposed rulemaking regarding integrated navigations systems on tankers and caretaker of the COLREGS and Inland Navigation Rules.

He has seven years of sea time; operations officer in CGC Valiant (Miami Beach, FL), executive officer in CGC Neah Bay (Cleveland, OH) and commanding officer in CGC Biscayne Bay (St. Ignace, MI). His shore-side tours have all been inside Coast Guard command centers where he directed mission execution for all eleven Coast Guard statutory missions.


John Veentjer

Marine Exchange of Puget Sound


Captain John Veentjer, USCG (ret), has been the executive director of the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound since January 1, 2007.  John is also the chair of the Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee (PSHSC), a member of the Puget Sound Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC), a member of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, a member of the General Committee for the Northwest Associations of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) and on the board of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society.  John is a native of Portland, Oregon, a 1969 graduate of Benson Polytechnic High School and a 1973 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy.  His Coast Guard assignments include:  Coast Guard Cutter Tupelo, a buoy tender out of Astoria, Oregon; commanding officer, Long Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN) Station Sitkinak, Alaska; Port Safety and Security Branch in the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland, Ohio; Marine Safety Office/Group Portland, Oregon; two consecutive assignments at Coast Guard Headquarters; chief, vessel inspections and then executive officer of Marine Safety Office Puget Sound; commanding officer of Marine Safety Office/Group Philadelphia where he was captain of the port and officer in charge of marine inspection for the Delaware River region; and chief, Marine Safety Division, Thirteenth Coast Guard District, Seattle.  John retired from the Coast Guard at the end of 2001 after serving 28 plus years as a commissioned officer. 


Alan Weigel

Blank Rome LLP


Alan Weigel is Of Counsel in the law firm of Blank Rome LLP in New York. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial and insurance litigation and arbitration, with particular emphasis on the maritime industry. Mr. Weigel represents clients in a wide variety of both domestic and international maritime, commercial, and insurance matters, including vessel collisions, groundings and oil spills, vessel arrests, charter party disputes and cargo damage claims.

Mr. Weigel is a 1979 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a 1987 distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Postgraduate School. During his twenty year career as a submarine officer in the United States Navy he developed skills as both a deck officer and engineer, as well as in deep ocean search and salvage. He commanded a deep submergence vehicle and served ashore in a variety of staff positions.