Invitation to attend the launch of the first US open registry

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of the first United States open registry being held on February 1, 2022 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC beginning with a networking lunch at 12:30EST followed by the program at 1:30EST.  The program, a Revitalization plan for US Maritime Trade, Commerce, and Strategic Competition, will be headlined by Ambassador John D. Negroponte, the first U.S. Director of National Intelligence and former Deputy Secretary of State; the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Honorable Albert Bryan, Jr.; and President Eric R. Dawicki of the Northeast Maritime Institute.  Governor Bryan and President Dawicki will then participate in the signing of a historic agreement between the U.S. Virgin Islands and Northeast Maritime Institute memorializing the establishment of the United States Virgin Island open ship registry.

The event is being hosted by Northeast Maritime Institute – Center for Ocean Policy and Economics (COPE) who developed the Revitalization Plan.
Following initial remarks, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Jeremy Greenwood, a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Strobe Talbott Center on Security, Strategy, and Technology. Panel participants include Stephen Flynn, PhD, Founding Director of the Center for Global Resilience at Northeastern University, leading Homeland Security advisor under the Bush and Obama administrations, and global expert on supply chain resilience; Admiral James Watson, Northeast Maritime Institute Trustee and former Director of Prevention Policy for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship at the United States Coast Guard and the first Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the US Department of Interior; Captain Anuj Chopra, Co-Founder & CEO of FNI ESGPlus; Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association and Captain John Konrad, Founder and CEO of gCaptain.

Additional commentary will be provided by Nishan Degnarain, former Chairman of the World Economic Forum – Global Agenda Council on Oceans; Jonathan Kempe, Verifai Australia; and Dr. Sal Mercogliano, PhD, Campbell University. Remarks from all are expected to cover topics such as decarbonization of shipping, capital investment in new technologies, supply chain security, transparency in shipping, economic growth opportunities, the status of the US maritime industry, US national security interests, and more.

Due to COVID restrictions, attendance is limited.  Please notify me if you wish to attend in person.  For those who wish to attend remotely, please register by clicking here.  To learn more about the Plan, go to Revitalization Plan for US Maritime.

This is a signature moment in global shipping; please don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.

Best regards,