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Date: September 24-26, 2024 in Newark, NJ

Theme: “Serving Seafarers: First Things First”

Introduction: Seafarers’ welfare organizations have displayed remarkable adaptability in addressing ever-evolving challenges. NAMMA’s upcoming 2024 conference – September 24-26, 2024 – aims to empower these organizations in their mission to serve effectively. Over 100 delegates have already registered from both local and international seafarers’ welfare groups and we extend a welcome to partners within the broader maritime community. Falling on September 26, 2024, World Maritime Day carries the theme “Navigating the Future: Safety First!” A novel perspective emerges when we emphasize the word “First.” This shift encourages profound discussions and presentations, touching upon spiritual and inspirational aspects, preparation, core tenets of maritime ministry, professional growth, recruitment, and vision alignment. Panels and workshops addressing institutional priorities in line with the WMD theme remain pivotal. Exploring what takes precedence, our top priorities, may rejuvenate individuals and organizations who feel stuck in routine and foster innovation.

Conference Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Newark Airport, 128 Frontage Rd, Newark, NJ 07114, USA. Room rate: $169USD+tax/night.

Registration: $399 Registration Member. $449 Registration Non-Member.

Schedule (developing)

  • Tuesday 24 September
    • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Registration Booth Open
    • [1 p.m. – Conference Begins]
    • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Sessions 1 and 2
    • 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Off-site group excursion – Port Tour with Sandy Hooks Pilot boat
    • 7:30 p.m. – Dinner (in hotel)
  • Wednesday 25 September
    • [7 a.m. – denominational prayer]
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Sessions 3 and 4
    • 12 p.m – 1 p.m. – Lunch (in hotel)
    • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Sessions 5 and 6 (NAMMA AGM and Updates)
    • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner (in hotel)
    • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Excursion to Newark International Seafarers Center, Daily Prayer, and Reception
  • Thursday 26 September (World Maritime Day)
    • [7 a.m. – denominational prayer]
    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Session 7 and 8
    • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch (in hotel)
    • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Sessions 9 and 10
    • 5 p.m. [Conference Ends]
    • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner (in hotel)
  • Friday 27 September
    • Departures or denominational meetings

Confirmed Speakers

  • Bethann Rooney, Director, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Kierstin Del Valle Lachtman, Secretary General, Liberian Shipowners’ Council Ltd
  • Stephen Lyman, Executive Director, Maritime Association of the Port of NY/NJ
  • Mayte Medina, Chairperson, IMO Maritime Safety Committee and Chief, Maritime Personnel Qualifications Division, US Coast Guard
  • Enrico Esopa, ITF inspector, Coordinator East Coast, USA
  • Hal Ramakers, SVP Global Solutions, Brightwell Payments
  • Sue Dight, Regional Director, The Mission to Seafarers, Australia
  • Dcn. Paul Rosenblum, President, NAMMA and Regional Director, Stella Maris, North America and Caribbean
  • Dr. Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, NAMMA
  • Phil Schifflin, Center for Mariner Advocacy, SCI
  • The Rev’d Mark Nestlehutt, President and Executive Director, The Seamen’s Church Institute
  • Pastor Marsh Drege, Executive Director, Seafarers’ International House
  • Simon Grainge, Executive Director, ISWAN
  • Jay Brooks, Sailors Snug Harbor
  • Ben Bailey, The Mission to Seafarers
  • Keynote presenter – Sr. Monica Clare is a nun at the Community of St. John Baptist, an Episcopal religious order based in Mendham, New Jersey. She is the Superior of the convent and will soon be an ordained priest. She is a trained spiritual counselor specializing in religious trauma, mental illness, and addiction. Before becoming a nun in 2012, she worked as a photo editor in Los Angeles and was a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company. She started her TikTok account, @nunsenseforthepeople, in June 2021, to make people laugh and to demystify life as an Episcopal nun. To her great surprise, the popularity of her TikTok channel has continued to grow and she now has over 179K followers and 1.7M likes. Her forthcoming memoir, A Change of Habit, will be released in September 2024 by Crown and Sugar23 Books at Penguin Random House.


Sponsorship Information

For sponsor payment by check, print the sponsor information page (the last page of the Sponsorship Information document) and mail to: NAMMA, 123 Haven St., PO Box 160, Reading, MA 01867

Conference Program Committee: Jennifer Stewart (Seafarers’ House), Pastor Marsh Drege (SIH), David Hulse (Seafarers’ Friend), Rev’d Chris Moore (Texas Port Ministry), Helen Glenn (Halifax Mission to Seafarers), Jennifer Koenig (NAMMA), Dr. Jason Zuidema (NAMMA)

Sponsors and Partners: The ITF Seafarers’ Trust, TK Foundation, The Mission to Seafarers, The Seamen’s Church Institute, Seafarers’ International House, Sandy Hook Pilots, ICMA

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