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.
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-years old girl and a 14-years old boy and lives in Quebec City, Canada.
Jorge Arroyo is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1980 and in the subsequent thirteen years served as a commissioned officer with assignments and duties in recreational boating safety, search and rescue, vessel traffic management, polar icebreaking, ship and shore-side operations. He was project officer in more than two dozen regulatory projects including the 1986 Summer Olympic yachting events and US vessel traffic service rules.
After a five year hiatus, he returned to the US Coast Guard as a civil servant in 1999 and is currently a program and management analyst in the Office of Navigation Systems at USCG Headquarters in Washington, DC and the USCG’s regulatory project officer and subject matter expert for Automatic Identification System (AIS) and e-navigation. He is also a US delegate to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Navigation Sub-Committee and chair of its Drafting Group of the IMO AIS Aids to Navigation Guideline; a member of various navigation working groups of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) and Radio Technical Committee for Maritime Services (RTCM); and past vice-chair of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (AIS) working group, and current vice-chair of the IALA e-Navigation Committee.
Mr. Arroyo obtained a bachelor of science from the University of Illinois, juris doctor from DePaul Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and has sailed the seven seas and made land-fall on every continent.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Svein David Medhaug is an experienced project manager employed at the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), where he has been responsible for e-navigation since 2009. Mr. Medhaug’s responsibilities include representing the NMA on e-navigation correspondence groups within the IMO. He has also lead the work titled: “Guidelines for harmonized display for navigation information received via communication equipment” in IMO. Medhaug is also project manager for all work relating to digitalization and automation and is in charge of the work with autonomous and remote vessels at the NMA, an area which is central to Norway’s proactive stance regarding innovation and promoting a more sustainable, safer and cleaner marine industry. With a background as deck officer on both oil and LNG tankers in the Norwegian merchant fleet, Medhaug has hands on experience and a very strong interest in innovation and new technology.
“Automation is already creating a revolution and will continue to do so. The shipping industry is going through a transformation and crucial to this is how we manage this transition smoothly and safely”
– Svein David Medhaug.
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.
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.