Captain Paul Amos was born and raised in Denton, Texas. In 1974, he permanently relocated to the Pacific Northwest where he was employed continuously in the tug and barge industry for 16 years. From 1980 to 1990 he worked as captain on towing vessels on the Columbia/Willamette/Snake River system. He has a wide range of experience on various types of towing vessels but the majority of those years were spent on grain barge tows between Portland, OR and Lewiston, ID.
For the last 28 years Paul has been a Columbia River pilot. As a member of the Columbia River Pilots (COLRIP) he served two years as treasurer and was vice president in 1999. He was re-elected as vice president in 2006. Shortly afterward he became president and served continuously in that position through 2014. He was also deeply involved in developing COLRIP’s AIS-based navigation system and continues to work on improvements to that system. He is currently the chairman of the American Pilots’ Association Navigation Technology Committee, is a past chairman of the Lower Columbia Region Harbor Safety Committee and past president of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.
Paul is married to a sailor, Della, one of the first women to graduate from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. He has three adult children and lives in Vancouver, WA.
Jorge Arroyo is a 33-year member of the US Coast Guard and currently a program and management analyst at the Navigation Technology Branch of the Coast Guard Headquarters; and a subject matter expert in Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and e-navigation. He is also a US delegate to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Navigation Sub-Committee; participant in the development of all the AIS standards published by the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC); member of the Radio Technical Committee for Maritime Services (RTCM) eNAV Steering Group; and, the vice-chair of the eNAV Committee of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
Captain Alain Arseneault is a graduate of Rimouski Maritime Institute in Canada. After being issued a master mariner certificate in 1998, he obtained his first command the following year on a product tanker. His career evolved on the management side for a while as he held a senior management position with a Canadian shipping company. It is during that period that Captain Arseneault pursued postgraduate studies, being awarded an MBA. He then entered the apprentice program on the St. Lawrence River and finally was issued a pilot license in 2005. After gaining 10 years experience and an unlimited class A pilot license on the river, he held various management positions within the Central St. Lawrence Pilot Corporation until he was elected president in 2017.
Fascinated by innovation and new technologies, Captain Arseneault participated in several technical maritime committees within his group and ultimately lead the technical committee of his national association, Canadian Maritime Pilots Association, in addition to being elected national vice-president for the Laurentian in 2017. He participated among others, in the introduction of the latest generation of pilot portable units (PPU) and rate-of-turn generator (ROTG) for his group of pilots. Capt. Arseneault serves on several boards of directors in the maritime industry, he is actively involved in several technology innovation forums as a participant and speaker.
Alain is married and a proud father to a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and lives in Quebec City, Canada.
Captain Wayne Bailey is a 1978 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Upon graduation from the academy, Capt. Bailey’s first two years in the marine industry were spent in tugs on the Delaware and sailing as third mate for El Paso Natural Gas.
In 1980 Capt. Bailey was appointed apprentice pilot with the Pilots’ Association for the Bay & River Delaware. Upon completion of his apprenticeship in 1984, Capt. Bailey served as a state pilot on the Delaware until his retirement in October 2017.
In addition to his now retired Pennsylvania first class state pilot license, he also holds a current US Coast Guard license as third mate with pilotage endorsements for the Delaware.
In 1992 the Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware was the first pilot group in the US to adopt Portable Pilot Navigation Systems (aka PPUs) for its members.
Capt. Bailey was a founding member of the Pilots’ Association Committee that implemented the use of PPUs and he directed the Delaware pilots’ PPU program from 1994 to 2017. Capt. Bailey was also a member of the American Pilots’ Association’s Navigation and Technology Committee from 1996 until 2017, serving as vice-chair of that committee from 2007 until his retirement in 2017.
In 2006, Capt. Bailey completed the training courses for instructors at the MITAGS and became certified as a maritime instructor simulator examiner. Since 2006 he has taught various shiphandling and marine electronics courses as a contract instructor at MITAGS.
Although retired from active piloting on the Delaware, Capt. Bailey continues to teach at MITAGS and works as a consultant for MITAGS with their Marine Facilities Simulation Program.
Wayne was born, raised, and continues to live in the Philadelphia area. He and his wife, Sue, have two adult children, Allison and Christopher.
Dave Boldt is a sales executive with Marine Learning Systems, a provider of learning management systems to prominent maritime operators across North America and Europe. Dave is a licensed mariner who began his maritime career in the Canadian Coast Guard and went on to work in many industry sectors; towing, salvage, ferries, and cruise, to name a few. With Royal Caribbean International he led accident investigations and created an onboard bridge systems training program that is still in use today. He also designed and oversaw the building of Resolve Maritime Academy’s full mission bridge and engine room simulators. After many years abroad, he returned to his home town of Vancouver, BC and now helps Marine Learning Systems’ clients transform their approach to learning and assessment.
Kip Boyle is a 20-year information security expert and founder of Cyber Risk Opportunities. A former chief information security officer (CISO) for several heavily regulated companies, he previously worked at Expeditors International, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), and was the wide area network security director for the Air Force’s F-22 “Raptor” program. He has been quoted in Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine, and Chief Executive magazine. His book “Fire Doesn’t Innovate: The Executive’s Practical Guide to Thriving in the Face of Evolving Cyber Risks” will be published in January 2019
Nils Haktor is working as a project manager in an expert group for autonomous, remote and/or unmanned ships in the Norwegian Maritime Authority.
Nils Haktor has a master’s degree in marine technology, with specialization in marine cybernetics, from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway.
Mr. George Burkley serves as the executive director of the Maritime Pilot’s Institute (MPI) in Covington, Louisiana. MPI specializes 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. His background includes seven years as an instructor and developer of training programs and technical systems at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Baltimore and twelve years in New Orleans working with ship pilots.
As director of MPI, George has designed and supervised the construction of a fleet of 1/25th scale maritime manned models, and a number of simulation installations, to support pilotage training. He is currently engaged in projects with manned model training and research, hydrodynamic ship modeling, simulation development, electronic navigation systems research, portable piloting units training and various training programs for pilot groups. George is married with three children in high school and resides in Covington, LA.
Bill Cairns is the navigation technology advisor of the American Pilots’ Association (APA), where he is responsible for all technical matters related to pilotage. Prior to his move to APA in 2014, he was 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. Still an active participant on the IALA e-Navigation Committee, he served as the chairman from its creation in 2006 through 2014. Serving on US delegations to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee and NAV, COMSAR, and now NCSR sub-committees, he has led several IMO correspondence and working groups including Pilot Transfer Arrangements, Navigation Bridge Visibility, and LRIT. He retired following 20 years on active duty in the US Coast Guard serving as a commissioned officer in a variety of engineering jobs, including shipboard chief engineer. He holds an MSEE from Naval Postgraduate School, a BS in mathematics from USCGA, and is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He served as a presidential social aide from 1979-1981 and is a life member of the White House Military Aides Association.
Eric Chamberlin assumed the position of vice president, marine services for the Holland America Group on January 1, 2017. He oversees marine operations for the Holland America Group, ensuring safe, efficient, effective and environmentally sound operations for 35 ships. In addition to the oversight of the Princess, Holland America Line and Seabourn fleets, Eric is responsible for the oversight of the fleet operations center, emergency preparedness and response, fuel management and stability.
Eric has been with the Holland America Group for five years working in several positions including being director, fleet FOCUS where he worked to standardize and align processes, procedures as well as improve efficiencies across the fleet operations enterprise. He also was director, HESS management system where he oversaw the development and implementation of the Carnival corporate standard HESS system for the Holland America Group ships. His initial position with Holland America was director, systems management and development where he oversaw the safety and environmental management systems for Holland America Line and Seabourn as well as the emergency preparedness and response for both brands.
Prior to joining Holland America Line and Seabourn in January, 2013, Eric served in the US Coast Guard with more than 28 years of commissioned service, retiring with the rank of captain. Serving both afloat and ashore, he commanded several cutters including the USCGC Mellon homeported in Seattle, WA.
Mr. George H. Detweiler, Jr, retired from the US Coast Guard with more than 20 years of service. His military career included two tours afloat and a tour as commanding officer of a LORAN station in Italy. He returned to the Coast Guard as a civilian marine transportation specialist in the Marine Transportation Systems Directorate at USCG Headquarters.
He is a member of the US delegation to the International Maritime Organization’s Subcommittee on navigation, communication and search and rescue. His major projects have included conducting the Right Whale and Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Studies, creating ships’ routing measures including the first Russian Federation – United States joint proposal on routing measures in the Bering Sea and Strait, conducting tribal consultations, and reviewing offshore renewable energy installations (OREIs) proposals.
Mr. Detweiler works closely with the Coast Guard’s Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) on safety of navigation issues, including COLREGS and the Inland Navigation Rules and the development of best practices for Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS). Mr. Detweiler has been a panelist at many alternative energy and UMS workshops.
Cato Eliassen has the role of product manager for the business area Navigation and Infrastructure in Kongsberg Seatex. He was a project manager from 2002 to 2015 and has mainly been working with AIS products, navigation products, DGPS reference stations and corresponding infrastructure projects around the globe. He was educated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (MSc) and at the RNoN Naval Academy. He served in the Navy for nearly nine years. The last two years as a squadron leader and lieutenant-commander for the HSC Combat Boats in the RNoN.
Peter was born and raised in New England and attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy, graduating in 1990. Upon graduation he began a seagoing career with ARCO Marine/Polar Tankers. He sailed in their fleet for 16 years, including 7 years as master.
Peter joined Tampa Bay Pilots Association in 2006 and is still active as a pilot.
He is an adjunct professor at STAR Center in Florida, and teaches ship handling and BRM-P.
Captain James L. Haley was born on Mare Island in San Francisco Bay, but grew up in Houston, Texas from the age of three. He has pursued water sports throughout his life including surfing, diving, sailing and fishing. After his acceptance to Texas A&M University, he changed his major from marine biology to marine transportation three weeks into his freshman year. Upon graduation in 1975, he sailed on sea-going tugs for one year, and then spent the next 14 years on tankers with Exxon Shipping Co, the last 5 years as master on several different tanker types. For the past 29 years Jim has been employed as a pilot by Jacobsen Pilot Service in Long Beach, California. He was one of several Long Beach pilots that worked with ARINC to develop and beta test the “Pilotmate” Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) system, one of the first independent PPUs.
Throughout his career he has been active in the industry, serving on Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) from 2003-2012, and as chairman, secretary and treasurer of Nautical Institute’s US West Coast branch. He has also worked as a consultant and expert witness testifying in arbitration tribunals and state, federal and international courts on many major maritime cases, being admitted as an expert in piloting, navigation, ship handling, tanker operations and regulatory matters. Currently, in addition to piloting, Jim is responsible for Jacobsen’s PPU systems and related shoreside servers and is working with NOAA on their test project for high resolution biENC bathymetric charts.
Jim is married to Michelle, his wife of 26 years, and has 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren, and lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA.
Commander (CDR) Olivia Hauser is the chief of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey’s Pacific Hydrographic Branch. The branch is responsible for reviewing hydrographic data for data integrity and quality which in turn determines its suitability for application to the nautical chart. CDR Hauser has been a NOAA corps officer for more than 14 years, where her various positions have developed her expertise as a hydrographer and a professional mariner. Previous positions include being a member of, followed by leading, NOAA’s Hydrographic Systems and Technologies Branch, which tests and evaluates emerging technology for transition to the NOAA hydrographic fleet. CDR Hauser was recently executive officer of NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson, surveying multiple ports on the eastern seaboard. One highlight of her time on Thomas Jefferson was surveying in response to the destruction of Hurricane Maria, reopening 18 port facilities and repairing three critical tide and weather stations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. She has navigated NOAA ships in waters on the East coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska.
Olivia is an American Congress on Surveying and Mapping certified hydrographer, a qualified senior watch officer on NOAA ships, and has a master’s degree in oceanography from the University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies
Dr Mark Hayden is the owner and developer of the SEAiq Pilot navigation software for marine pilots. SEAiq Pilot is used by thousands of pilots around the world. Mark has more than 35 years of experience in software development. Previously, he was a researcher at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Systems Research Center. He was a founder and president of Ventura Networks which developed software based on his PhD to improve reliability of cellphone calls and adopted by Ericsson in their cell phone switches. He was a founder and chief software officer at LeftHand Networks which developed data storage products and was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Mark initially developed SEAiq Pilot while circumnavigating the world with his wife aboard their sailboat.
Mark earned his BA and PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University, respectively.
Tyler Hohman is the chief operating officer of Talen-X, an organization specializing in PNT performance, requirements, testing, integration and threat mitigation. Hohman’s career has focused on GNSS simulation and threat mitigation technologies. Prior to Talen-X, Hohman worked as a lead engineer at PreTalen developing PNT solutions and becoming proficient in NAVWAR testing/mitigation.
Hohman received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Dayton and has attended The Ohio State University in pursuit of his master’s degree.
Captain R William (Bill) Hughes III was born in Astoria, Oregon where his father worked as a ferry captain. After the Columbia Bridge construction started the family moved back to Washington State where the family bounced around between the different ferry routes. Bill worked on family-owned tugs and excursion vessels while going to school and spent some time working in the galley while attending college. Starting work for Washington State Ferries (WSF) in 1980, he received his mates & pilots license in 1984 and masters license in 1990.
With the installation of the new line of radar systems in the fleet in 1994, his keen interest in the units landed him in the position of familiarizing the entire fleet and producing videos and manuals for operational references. Since 1998, his role continues to expand including training, operations, construction, and design as well as 24/7 fleet equipment failure response and remedies, liaising with vessel, vendor and regulatory personnel in all aspects of e-navigation for WSF. He continues to oversee design and installation aspects of the navigational systems; refining maintenance guidelines and schedules; equipment and service contracts; and interfacing and researching developing technologies, with team members Captain Doug Sowdon and Captain Rob Rothschiller, to steer WSF through the evolving world of e-navigation.
Bill lives in Bremerton, WA with his wife Deborah and has two sons Phillip and James.
Kelly is currently the sales manager for Trelleborg navigation and piloting in the US and Canada.
Prior to his work with Trelleborg, Kelly owned VEI Technologies for 25 years, manufacturing ECDIS computers and displays, and he was a project manager and the director of service for North and South America with Transas.
Michael Klein-Ureña heads marine and offshore business development for western North America at Lloyd’s Register (LR). Recently, he has focused on LR’s data and digital innovations, including autonomous shipping and underwater noise mitigation. Prior to his current role, Michael headed business development for SanSailTEC LLC, focusing on projects involving LNG and gas-to-power in the Caribbean and Latin America. His other specialties include energy efficiency and hull maintenance optimization. He holds a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from Webb Institute.
Sean is the director of maritime affairs at the Chamber of Shipping of America and has more than 15 years of experience in maritime operations and policy. He sailed as a deck officer on various types of ships worldwide and after coming ashore, held positions as director of marine safety and standards at Maersk Line, Ltd; manager of security and audits at the Liberian Registry; and regulatory development manager for the US Coast Guard.
Sean is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and holds active merchant mariner licenses and various lead auditor certifications. He was appointed to the USCG Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (NAVSAC) and serves on the National Fire Protection Agency’s Committee on Gas Hazards. He also sits on the international industry roundtable cyber security working group that developed the “The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships” and previously served on the Maritime Security Advisory Committee at US State Department and as chairman of the National Safety Council’s Waterborne Transport Group.
Denise LaDue serves as the Inland Electronic Navigational Chart (IENC) program manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). She is responsible for overseeing the production, updates, and maintenance of all IENCs produced by the USACE. Denise works closely with the USACE eHydro team and is responsible for providing IENC overlays of bathymetric survey data to the US Coast Guard to aid in the placement of buoys on US inland waterways. She also serves as one of the co-chairs of the Inland ENC Harmonization Group (IEHG), the international technical expert group responsible for the development of a world-wide standard for Inland ENC production. The IEHG works closely with representatives from committees and working groups associated with the International Hydrographic Organization in the development of S-100 compatible standards.
Denise is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA in geography and from Nazareth College of Rochester (NY) with a MS in elementary education. She has worked as a cartographer for the USACE since 1996 and prior to that worked for the Defense Mapping Agency.
David Lewald is a navigation systems and aids to navigation specialist for the US Coast Guard. He served for 30 years on active duty in the USCG with 25 of those years spent afloat aboard numerous cutters in all positions including command. He has been a USCG civilian employee since his retirement in 2014. David’s responsibilities include advisory and consultative services to USCG programs and managers on a broad range of navigation matters that involve legacy and future state technology. He serves as an advisor and subject matter expert to the director of marine transportation systems on digital and electronic navigation matters and systems, including electronic chart systems (ECDIS\ECS), automatic identification system (AIS), integrated navigation systems (INS), integrated bridge systems (IBS), navigation sensors (e.g. radar, GPS, etc.), and electronic aids to navigation. David serves as a navigation systems technical expert to standards development organizations such as International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)(vice chair of the IALA-ARM Committee), Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), and Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM).
Commander Per Skov Madsen was born in 1965 and joined the Royal Danish Navy in 1987. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in 1998.
Commander Madsen’s military education includes a Naval tactical course in 2003 and the Danish Defense Staff course in 2010. He is a seaman and surface warfare officer. His assignments include tours in small combatants but most of all in Arctic patrol ships, and thus he has great experience in Arctic operations. He has served on numerous surface ships of the fleet, having commanded five. He was commanding officer of the HDMS Knud Rasmussen during the building and testing phases in 2008 and 2009. Shore appointments include being the only staff officer and section chief at the Danish Naval Home Guard from 2012 to 2017. He took up the position as commanding officer of the HDMS Ejner Mikkelsen on August 1, 2018.
Per Skov’s interests include sailing, fishing, hunting, Arctic affairs, friends and family, and voluntary work as chairman of a landowners’ association and a waterworks. He is married to IT project manager Lone and has three sons.
Darrell McCauley is the president of Bowditch Navigation. He has more than 20 years of software and electronics experience. Prior to Bowditch, Dr. McCauley worked at Raven Industries for 12 years, directing design efforts in aerospace, agriculture, and marine navigation.
He has degrees from Texas A&M and Purdue, research experience with the National Science Foundation and Cornell University, and an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT. He is registered as a professional engineer.
Dr. McCauley resides in Austin, Texas. He enjoys time reading classic literature, psychology, and whatever his 9 kids are reading.
Captain/RDML (select) McPherson is the chief of staff of the Coast Guard Thirteenth District headquartered in Seattle, where he directs more than 2,000 Coast Guard men and women responsible for executing Coast Guard missions throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Captain McPherson has 29 years of service including nearly 12 years cumulative sea time aboard six cutters, including commanding officer of cutters Midgett, Vigorous and Baranoff. Staff assignments included chief of the Response Division (DR) and chief of the Enforcement Branch (DRE) for the Coast Guard Seventh District in Miami, press assistant to the commandant of the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., chief of Strategic Communications in the Headquarters Office of Governmental and Public Affairs, public affairs officer for the Atlantic Area/Fifth District in Portsmouth, Virginia, and an assignment to the Seventh District Tactical Law Enforcement Team (D7 TACLET) in Miami, Florida.
In addition to his regular duties, Captain McPherson was assigned to several joint and interagency unified commands in response to national contingency operations. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was responsible for leading public affairs efforts for all Coast Guard forces within the Atlantic Area and US Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic. In 2002, Captain McPherson deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (JTF GTMO) Joint Information Center in support of Global War on Terror (GWOT) detention operations. Captain McPherson also served as press secretary to the principal federal official for disaster response and recovery operations in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast in 2005.
A native of Bradley Beach, New Jersey, Captain McPherson graduated with honors from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1989 with a bachelor of science degree in management. Captain McPherson earned a master of arts degree in public relations from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His personal awards include six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals (with “O” device), two Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with “O” device), one Navy Commendation Medal, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.
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.
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.
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.
Captain Jorge Viso was elected president of the American Pilots’ Association (APA) in 2016. Prior to being elected APA president, Captain Viso served in numerous other leadership positons, including vice president of the APA’s South Atlantic States; vice president, then president of the Florida State Pilots’ Association; and chairman of the Tampa Bay Pilots’ Association.
After completing an enlistment in the US Coast Guard (1978-81), where he served aboard two cutters and advanced to quartermaster second class, Captain Viso earned an appointment to the US Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point. He graduated from King’s Point in 1985 with a degree in marine transportation and nautical science. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve and was licensed as third mate of steam and motor vessels by the US Coast Guard. He served as a pilot in the ports of Tampa Bay, Florida from 1990 through 2016. Prior to becoming a state-licensed pilot, Captain Viso briefly served aboard harbor tugs, before sailing deep sea on chemical, product and crude oil tankers. In addition to his Florida State pilot license, he holds US Coast Guard credentials as master of steam and motor vessels (limited tonnage) and chief mate of steam and motor vessels (unlimited tonnage). He also holds a federal first class pilot endorsement for the waters of Tampa Bay and its tributaries.
Captain Viso also served as chairman of the APA’s Navigation and Technology Committee (NAVTECH) from 2002 until taking office as APA president. As NAVTECH chairman, Captain Viso not only facilitated dialog among the nation’s professional maritime pilots on portable pilot units (PPUs) and other navigation technology matters, he also worked with local and federal officials on navigation policies and infrastructure support, wrote numerous articles in maritime trade journals, and was a frequent speaker at national and international navigation technology and pilotage conferences.
In addition to various leadership positions held within national, state and local pilots’ associations, Captain Viso served as vice chairman of the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners, executive board member of the Harbor Safety and Security Committee of Tampa Bay, and as an instructor at the Maritime Institute of Training and Graduate Studies (MITAGS), as well as at the Maritime Pilot’s Institute (MPI).
Captain Viso is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Coast Guard Public Service Commendation, the US Coast Guard Certificate of Merit, and the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Captain Viso, born in Illinois, was raised in Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Ana Maria, have three children, Alexandra, Jorge, Jr. and Daniella.
The American Pilots’ Association is the national trade association of professional ship pilots. Its membership is composed of more than 50 groups of state-licensed pilots, comprising over 99% of all state pilots in the country. All three groups of United States registered pilots in the Great Lakes are also APA members. There are approximately 1,200 individual pilots in the APA member pilot groups. The APA was established in 1884 to protect and improve the state pilotage system, to maintain the highest possible professional standards for licensed pilots in the United States, and to promote navigation safety.
Paul’s experience in the maritime industry spans more than 40 years. He graduated from Maritime Institute, “De Ruyter”, in Flushing, The Netherlands in 1978 and acquired his unlimited master’s license in 1986 after gaining the required sea-time. A sea-going career of 11 years on the passenger ships of Holland America Line was followed by 15 years as area sales manager at Radio Holland USA, during which time he was involved in the implementation of various new navigation and communication technologies on board ships. Paul joined Transas in 2005 and was appointed sales director. The development of on-board, shore-based and simulation solutions however has always retained his interest and the recent acquisition of Transas Marine by the Wärtsilä Group has proven to only amplify this through Wärstilä’s Smart Marine initiatives and the drive towards digitalization of the entire marine industry.
Ed Wendlandt was elected to the position of president of RTCM in September 2018. He manages the standards development and informational organization with a primary goal of enabling radio communications, navigational and electronic systems to make the oceans and waterways safe, secure, pollution free and effective for work and play. RTCM’s leadership and members are involved meaningfully in all significant aspects of maritime telecommunications, electronics and navigation systems and participate in all deliberations having an impact on them. RTCM members in effect have “a seat at the table” during all significant policy deliberations.
Prior to joining RTCM, Ed provided consulting services in the maritime domain with a focus on acquiring and establishing coastal stations and central command centers for monitoring and communicating with ships and boats in more than 40 locations around the world. Ed also served in the US Coast Guard for more than 20 years with command experience both afloat and ashore before retiring from the vessel traffic services section of Coast Guard Headquarters.
Ed holds an MS in computer science from the University of Central Florida and a BS in mathematics from the US Coast Guard Academy.