For a list of previous WISTA International Conferences, please click here.




2014 WISTA USA AGM:  In 2014, the New Orleans Chapter hosted the WISTA USA AGM in mid-May.  More than 80 WISTA USA members, distinguished speakers, and guests gathered at the Monteleone Hotel for the customary WISTA USA business meeting, followed by presentations focused on the subject of "The Mississippi - Backbone of America:  The Infrastructure Crisis."  Our speakers included representatives from both government and private industry. Please click on the links below to view the agenda and available speaker presentations.  Event photos are available here.


AGM Agenda


Admiral Kevin Cook, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard


Col. Richard Hansen, Commanding Officer, New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Gary LaGrange, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans


Spencer Murphy, Vice President of Risk Management, Canal Barge Company



2013 WISTA USA AGM:  Our Pacific Northwest Chapter (which comprises Alaska, Washington, and Oregon) hosted the 2013 WISTA USA AGM in Seattle.  Over 50 members and guests attended the event and lively speaker series that focused on "Pacific Northwest:  Gateway to the Arctic."  Please click on the links below to view the AGM materials and selected presentations; also, event photos are available here.


AGM Agenda and sponsor list


Speaker bios


Jeanne Grasso, WISTA USA President's presentation


Karin Orsel, WISTA President's presentation


WISTA Washington, DC Metro Chapter presentation


WISTA NOLA Chapter presentation


WISTA Houston Chapter presentation



2012 WISTA USA AGM:  Houston, TX

2011 WISTA USA AGM:  Washington, DC

2010 WISTA USA AGM:  Fort Lauderdale, FL

2009 WISTA USA AGM:  Petaluma, CA


2008 WISTA Conference:  In 2008, WISTA USA had the very great honor of hosting the WISTA International Conference in New Orleans in mid-October.  Nearly 300 WISTA members, speakers, and guests from around the world gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the historic French Quarter for this event, which focused on WISTA's mission of "Raising the Profile - Reducing the Footprint" of the shipping industry.  Please click on the links below to view the AGM materials.






Speaker bios




Plenary Session:  Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws and the Marine Industry


Lana Pettus, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section:  Vessel Pollution Enforcement



Regulatory / Legislative Developments Panel:


*  RADM William D. Baumgartner, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Coast Guard


Dabney Hegg, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation; Subcommittee on Surface Transportation & Merchant Marine


Foreign Investment in the United States (joint presentation by all panelists)


Seafarer Issues Panel:


Captain Tom Laird, American Maritime Officers:  US Crews on Foreign-Flag Ships


Mike Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to the President, Masters, Mates & Pilots:  Criminalization of Shipping from the Seafarer's Perspective


Port Congestion and the Environment Panel:


* Dabney Hegg, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation & Merchant Marine:  Port Security and the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)


* Kathleen Bailey, Port Sector Liaison, Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation Sector Strategies Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:  Ports and the Environment


Raising the Profile and Corporate Social Responsibility Panel:


* Carleen Lyden-Kluss, President, Morgan Marketing & Communications - Moderator's Presentation


* Carla S. Limcaoco, Vice-Chairman Executive Managing Director, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc.


Lois K. Zabrocky, Senior Vice President and Head of International Product Carrier Strategic Business Unit, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.