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Conference 2019

The Annual Conference of the North American Maritime Ministry Association is one of the largest gatherings of maritime ministry agencies and port welfare workers in North America.  Join us and network with those on the front lines of the human relations and seafarer wellbeing efforts in the maritime industry.

In 2019, the Annual Conference of NAMMA will take place in Charleston, SC from August 13-16. Held at the Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Blvd.) in Charleston, SC, this event will attract industry professionals, maritime welfare agencies, their chaplains, and volunteers in North America. The conference provides networking, discussion of important maritime issues, and training.  This year’s conference explores the theme of Connectivity and Connectedness with seafarers and with each other.

NAMMA is a network of more than 50 affiliated agencies and individual members who work for seafarers’ welfare around North American and the Caribbean.

Registration: $450 Member (click here to pay with credit card) / $499 Non-Member (click here to pay with credit card). To download form to pay by check, click here.

Hotel: $129/night + tax – Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, South Carolina 29403 USA – 1(843) 723-3000 – click here to reserve your hotel room. Cut-off date for roomblock: July 14, 2019. Includes: parking, WiFi.

Extra guests: If you wish a spouse or friend to join you for meals,  click here to purchase an extra ticket for the dinner on Tuesday, August 13 ($45 – click here). Click here to purchase an extra ticket for the dinner on Thursday, August 15 ($45 – Click here)Or click here to purchase 3 breakfasts (Wed 14, Thurs 15, Fri 16) and 2 dinners (Tues 13/Thurs 15) ($175 – Click here).

Tourism: For those who wish to arrive early or extend their stay, the special conference hotel rate is available from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18.  More information on the many attractions of Charleston are found at the website of the Charleston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Airport: Charleston International Airport (CHS) – Hotel 12 miles SE of airport. Estimated taxi fare: 30 USD (one way) (Uber and other rideshares also available).

Questions?: executivedirector@namma.org

Sponsor information package – information for sponsors or exhibitors click here

 

General Conference Schedule
(Draft July 15 – minor details may change)

Monday, August 12
(3 PM – 7 PM – NAMMA board meeting)

Tuesday, August 13
(9 PM – 12:30 PM – NAMMA board meeting)
3 PM – Arrival and Registration

4 PMConference Begins
4 PM – 4:45 PM  Conference Opening Session – Auditorium

4:45 – 6:15 PMOpening worship at Grace Church Cathedral (98 Wentworth St.) (buses depart promptly at 4:45 PM and return 6:15 PM)

6:30 PM – Opening dinner (hotel)
Evening – exhibitor setup

Wednesday, August 14
(7 AM – Denominational worship)
7 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast
8 – 10 AM – Registration

9:00 AM – 10:30 AMSession 1Connecting with Industry and LaborAuditorium
–  welcome – James I. (Jim) Newsome II, President & CEO, South Carolina State Ports Authority
– Mark Lester, Information Security, Manager, South Carolina State Port Authority
– Capt. William (Bill) DuTour – (ret.) Maersk Lines
– Corey Connor, ITF Inspector, Charleston

10:30 – 11:00 AM – Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PMSession 2Connecting with Government and Regulatory – Auditorium
– Coast Guard Sector Charleston
– Elisabeth Bertrand, Transport Canada

12:15 – 1:15 PM – Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 PMSession 3Keynote speaker: Protection in a Connected World – Auditorium
Speaker – Frank Abagnale – “Catch Me If You Can”

2:15 – 2:45 PM – Break

2:45 – 4:00 PM – Session 4Workshops

  • Auditorium –Workshop: Keys to Connecting with Seafarers – Panelists – Rev. Gary Roosma (Ministry to Seafarers, Vancouver), Rev. David Reid (SCI Philadelphia), Ken Hawkins (Seattle)
  • Room 2 –Workshop: Fundraising for Seafarers’ Ministry: “Writing a Letter of Support”
    Workshop leader – Jennifer Koenig Breen, Director of Development, The Seamen’s Church Institute, New York

4:00 – 4:30 PM Daily worship – Auditorium

4:30 PM – Free time / denominational meetings

Thursday, August 15
(7:00 AM – Denominational worship)
7:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 AMSession 5 – Connecting for seafarers’ wellbeing – Auditorium
– Hal Ramakers, Brightwell payments, “The cost of disconnection: seafarers’ financial health”
– Tonya Meister, Meister Law, LLC, “Key challenges in Seafarers’ advocacy,”
– Kevin Walker, NAMMA, “Insurance needs for seafarers’ welfare providers: results from a NAMMA survey”
Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 AM – Break

11:00 – 12:00 PMSession 6 Keynote presentation – Auditorium
– Lincoln Paine – Historian and author, The Sea & Civilization – “Connections and Disconnections in Maritime History”

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 PM  Daily worship -Auditorium

1:30 – 2:45 PMSession 7Workshops

  • Auditorium – Workshop: Building training resources to connect with Seafarers
    Introduction and Moderator – Dr. Jason Zuidema
    Presentation of MareTraining and group workshop on training
  • Room 2 – Workshop: Fundraising for Seafarers’ Ministry – “Planning a fundraising event”
    Workshop leader – Jennifer Koenig Breen, Director of Development, The Seamen’s Church Institute, New York

2:45 – 3:15 PM – Break

3:15 – 4:30 PMSession 8  – NAMMA Annual General Meeting – Auditorium – All NAMMA members welcome
(4:30 – 5:00 PM – NAMMA Joint Board Meeting (outgoing and incoming board members)
5 p.m. – exhibitor take down

6:30 – 8:00 PM – Banquet Dinner and special entertainment

Friday, August 11
(7:00 – 8:00 AM – Denominational worship)
7:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 AM Session 9 -Connecting with each other for the benefit of seafarers’ welfare – Auditorium
– Rev. Christoph Ernst, Secretary General, Deutsche Seemannsmission and trustee, ICMA, “Connecting our national and international networks for the benefit of seafarers”
– Rev. Bill Rex, Seafarers’ International House, Philadelphia, “Experiencing the US Coast Guard Auxiliary chaplain program”
– Fr. Andrew Thuraisingam (AOS Canada), “Building capacity of the AoS in Canada”

10:15 – 10:30 AM – Break

10:30 – 11:30 AMClosing SessionClosing Worship – Auditorium

11:30 AM Conference Ends

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