California Maritime Leadership Symposium, Sacramento, May 12-14, Report
- Dear Members and Friends,I was fortunate to be able to attend all the sessions of the California Maritime Leadership Symposium in Sacramento, May 12-14.Speakers came from throughout California and the nation.Sponsors numbered about a dozen. I am most appreciative to one of them for covering my $140 registration fee.The six page agenda may be found at http://www.calmitsac.org/images/Event_Calendar.pdf. It provides an outline of what transpired and shows the sponsors. Please visit it and get back to me if you should have questions.Here are just a few impressions:Maritime commerce shoreside in the USA is definitely a "partnership" between the public and private sectors. But what isn't lately? With government funding for port improvements and security come federal, state, and local mandates.Overriding everything are health concerns for humans and wildlife - especially the monitoring, control, and gradual reduction of harmful emissions. GOING GREEN is the phrase - developing and implementing green technologies. All sorts of emission laws and regulations are being enforced - something like thirty plus agencies providing guidance on how things are going to be done to get cargo on and off a ship and on its way to destinations near and far. Cleaner fuels is the mantra for everything in and around the docks. Electrical power from somewhere else is encouraged.I could go on at length. Just an example, no way rainwater may be allowed to run off tarmac untreated. It needs to be filtered. As it flows into catchment devices, it picks up all sorts of pollutants from emissions and equipment. Just one - copper - drinking water standards for may not contain over eight parts per billion particles; for fish the standard is two parts per billion!To get just about anything constructed at a port there is a delay of three or more years while approvals are obtained. Nothing is streamlined or expedited. California ports compete against ports in other states on the West Coast and Gulf domestically and foreign competion from Mexico and Canada. Panama indicates it will widen the canal; that too if it becomes a reality will affect shipping to and from California ports.The Pacific Merchant Marine Council or the Navy League will not be bucking the way things are going. We too desire healthy conditions for humans and wildlife. The council will take its cues from the League, http://www.navyleague.org/public_relations/news-releases/010409-press-release-Maritime-Policy-Statement-2009-2010.html, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA), http://www.pmsaship.com.The California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference, http://www.cmanc.com, turned 50. There was a reception in its honor in the Capitol Rotunda basement and a Senate Proclamation presentation in the Senate chamber.The symposium ended with a meeting of the California Marine & Intermodal Transportation Advisory Council (CALMITSAC), http://www.calmitsac.org; as you may recall we have a CALMITSAC seat with voice and vote. Council member Capt. Bob Dockendorff continues on as chairman for another year.This report does not do justice to all that transpired. Recordings of the proceedings are to be posted at http://www.calmitsac.org. I will keep a lookout for news of this event and let you know what others had to say.Phelps
Sorry for post http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS/message/434. It was not what I sent. I deleted it from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS; still it was sent.
Here is what I wanted to send. A report on the Symposium. It was picked up by the Navy League Public Relations:
Rerport on 9th Maritime Leadership Symposium
gCaptain.com - by john.denham
Noted was the lack of any presentation by the City/County of San Francisco and a not noticeable representation of the U.S. Merchant Marine, although the U.S. Navy League, Merchant Marine Council was represented.
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Report on 9th Maritime Leadership Symposium
May 26th, 2009 - by john.denham -
PORT AND HARBOR MANAGERS MEETING
A gathering of 132 maritime and related afficionados of the California ports, harbors and maritime facilities met in Sacramento on the 12-14 May and were exposed to political, bureaucratic and professional views on the business of directing, managing and surviving in today¡¯s economic and environmentally challenging environment.
Sponsoring this specialized professional symposium was big player CHEVRON, the ports of LA/LB, San Diego and the U.S. Propeller Club and also supported by the Ports of Humboldt Bay and Santa Cruz who joined with a dozen other involved contributors.
Bunked down at the luxurious Hyatt hotel, in the shadow of the state capitol the 2 ¨ö day 9th California Maritime Leadership Symposium informed the crowded assembly to an inside view of the daily, annual, short and long term operations for California¡¯s eleven sea ports. Dave Hull, the CEO of Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District and chairman of the California Maritime and Navigation Committee (CMANC) a major sponsor, introduced the attendees to a time more exciting than ¡°24¡È on Monday night TV.
The first morning sessions were dedicated to panel discussions by over a dozen practicing experts that reviewed California¡¯s proposed new water laws and regulations, emission laws and regulations and proposed habitat and species protections laws effecting the ports, harbor and waterways of California.The afternoon sessions complemented the morning¡¯s effort with more experts discussing ¡°greening¡± strategies for inland and off shore waters. The day ended with the feeling that wildlife and the environment were well taken care of and the ports and harbors would compensate.
Day two started with Senator Alan Lowenthal, Senate Transportation Committee, explaining the political difference between fees and taxes; it is just money until you try and spend it. He urged the audience to communicate ideas and concerns to their representative and announced that the 11% legislature confidence rating was not very encouraging. Thereafter, the day¡¯s panels provided informative responses to the previous day¡¯s doubts with detailed explanations of profiles of California ports and harbors and their needs.
The late afternoon session was concluded with an analysis by Steve Heminger of the federal Metropolitan Transportation Commission and fellow member Tom Skancke explaining the possible distribution and guidelines for stimulus funds for the national transportation system initiated by President Eisenhower. The critical need for an improved national transportation system was explained and the lack of funding and support emphasized.
After two days, one is left with several thoughts:
1. Elected officials are concerned and aware but not knowledgeable.
2. The solution of the environment-economic situation is viewed as stimulus money.
3. Government looks to funding as a pinata.
4. There is relief coming, but it is not on the horizon in California.
5. The environment has priority over economics.
6. There are plans for almost everything, but they are on hold until situations improve or stimulus funds arrive.
7. There are newly invented words and acronyms for every problem.
8. There is, and always will be, conflict between local, state and federal solutions.
9. No symposium will succeed without at least one reception; more is better.
10. The major impediment to improved operations is congestion.
Noted was the lack of any presentation by the City/County of San Francisco and a not noticeable representation of the U.S. Merchant Marine, although the U.S. Navy League, Merchant Marine Council was represented. Any attendee claiming continuous education credits should be granted 2 units.
--- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS" <pmmc@...> wrote:
Dear Members and Friends,
I was fortunate to be able to attend all the sessions of the California Maritime Leadership Symposium in Sacramento, May 12-14.
Speakers came from throughout California and the nation.
This report does not do justice to all that transpired. Recordings of the proceedings are to be posted at http://www.calmitsac.org. I will keep a lookout for news of this event and let you know what others had to say.