Jones Act Shipping Forum 2017


Sailing into a new era

The Jones Act Shipping Forum will tackle the key themes in markets facing a moment of change.

Regulatory experts will discuss the new reality in Washington and how the Trump administration might impact the trades protected by the Jones Act.

Shipowners will discuss their outlook for the Jones Act tanker, containership and offshore vessel markets, and shipyards will discuss the prospects for new orders after delivery of the wave of tanker newbuildings.

And financial experts will discuss the latest development in financing, restructuring and other money matters.

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Speakers confirmed include:

Mark H. Buzby, Administrator, US Maritime Administration
Matthew J. Cox, Chairman and CEO, Matson
Pål Lothe Magnussen,
President & CEO, American Shipping Company
Robert Grune, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Petroleum Services, Crowley Maritime
Samuel A. Giberga,
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Hornbeck Offshore Services
Morten Arntzen,
Executive Chairman, Team Tankers & senior shipping industry advisor, Macquarie Specialised Investment Solutions
John J Reilly
, Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Clay Maitland, Chairman, MMPC
Jonathan Waldron, Partner & Chair, Maritime & International Trade Practice Group, Blank Rome
Charlie Papavizas, Chair, Maritime and Admiralty Practice, Winston & Strawn
Boriana Farrar, VP - Business Development Director, The American Club
Tom Allegretti,
Chairman, American Maritime Partnership
Brad Berman,
Head of Shipping-Americas, Norton Rose Fulbright
John F. Imhof Jr.,
Partner, Seward & Kissel
Randee Day,
Chief Executive, Goldin Maritime
Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen,
Chief Operating Officer, HMS Global Maritime
Matt Thomson,
Head of Transportation & Logistics, RBC Capital Markets
Mark Whatley,
Senior Managing Director, Evercore
Lance Gurley,
Managing Director, Blackhill Partners
Jorge Romero,
Of Counsel, K&L Gates


  • Mark H. Buzby

    Mark H. Buzby


    US Maritime Administration

    Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association, a position he has held since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013 with over 34 years of service.

    A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the US Navy in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University in Strategic Studies and International Relations respectively.

    Buzby commanded destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and Joint Task Force GUANTANAMO BAY. As a junior officer, Buzby served in USS CONNOLE (FF1056), USS ARIES (PHM 5), USS YORKTOWN (CG 48), USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) and USS SHILOH (CG 67) primarily in operations and combat systems billets. In 1985, he was the Atlantic Fleet Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year.

    Ashore, he served on staffs of SIXTH Fleet, US Fleet Forces Command, the Navy staff, and the Joint Staff. Buzby served as the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command from October 2009 to March 2013.

    Buzby’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.

  • Matthew J. Cox

    Matthew J. Cox

    Chairman & CEO


    Matthew J. Cox is Chairman and CEO of Matson, Inc. He became CEO in June 2012, and served as President from 2008 to 2017. Cox is responsible for overseeing the entire Matson organization, which includes Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (ocean transportation), Matson Logistics, Inc. (logistics) and Matson Terminals, Inc. (terminal operations in Hawaii). He also serves on the board of directors of Matson, Inc. In addition to his Matson responsibilities, Cox is on the board of SSAT, a stevedoring joint venture in which Matson owns 35 percent.

    Cox joined Matson in June 2001 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. In 2005, he became executive vice president and chief operating officer. He had a key role in the start up of Matson's China – Long Beach Express in 2006.

    Prior to Matson, Cox had 15 years of experience in the transportation industry, 12 of which were spent at American President Lines, Ltd. (APL). From 1999 to 2001, he held executive posts at Distribution Dynamics, Inc., a provider of outsourced logistics, inventory management and integrated information systems based in Danville, California; he was the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer at the time he joined Matson. From 1987 to 1999, Cox held positions of increasing responsibility at APL, covering both financial and operational aspects of the company, including vice president, refrigerated container market; managing director, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent Region Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and director, financial support services.

    Cox serves on the board of First Hawaiian Bank and the Standard Club. He is also a member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, Inc. and the Shidler College of Business Advisory Council at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Cox has a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the University of California, Berkeley and is a certified public accountant; he is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

  • Pål Lothe Magnussen

    Pål Lothe Magnussen

    President & CEO

    American Shipping Company

  • Robert Grune

    Robert Grune

    Senior VP & GM Petroleum Services

    Crowley Maritime

  • Samuel A. Giberga

    Samuel A. Giberga

    Executive VP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

    Hornbeck Offshore Services

  • Morten Arntzen

    Morten Arntzen

    Executive Chairman

    Team Tankers

  • John J. Reilly

    John J. Reilly

    Senior Partner

    Squire Patton Boggs

    John Reilly is a trial lawyer with more than 35 years' experience. John serves as lead counsel in federal trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States involving antitrust, price-fixing conspiracies, monopoly, commercial and real estate disputes, RICO actions and class actions, as well as arbitrations in both US and global forums. In addition, John has been an arbitrator and counsel in numerous arbitrations involving commercial disputes, international disputes and New York Stock Exchange proceedings, including several FINRA arbitrations of claims relating to securities and other investments. He has also advised and counseled clients regarding joint venture arrangements in several industries, including airline and shipping, and with respect to re-sale price maintenance programs, as well as in grand jury antitrust investigations into the shipping industry. He has also served as a monitor in the New York City Integrity Monitoring Program and in the NY/NJ Port Authority Monitoring Program.

  • Clay Maitland

    Clay Maitland



  • Jonathan Waldron

    Jonathan Waldron

    Partner & Chair, Maritime & International Trade Practice Group

    Blank Rome

  • Charlie Papavizas

    Charlie Papavizas

    Chair, Maritime & Admiralty Practice

    Winston & Strawn

  • Boriana Farrar

    Boriana Farrar

    VP- Business Development Director

    The American Club

  • Tom Allegretti

    Tom Allegretti


    American Maritime Partnership

  • Brad Berman

    Brad Berman

    Head of Shipping-Americas

    Norton Rose Fulbright

  • John F. Imhof Jr.

    John F. Imhof Jr.


    Seward & Kissel

  • Randee Day

    Randee Day

    Chief Executive

    Goldin Maritime

  • Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen

    Paul 'Chip' Jaenichen

    Chief Operating Officer

    HMS Global Maritime

    After a decorated career with the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Jaenichen joined HMS Global Maritime on January 12, 2017. In his role as COO, Captain Jaenichen will be responsible for ensuring that HMS Global Maritime excels in every facet of transportation, safety and security, and mechanical operations, as well as ensuring that the company continues to produce industry leading financial results while bringing new ideas and ways of doing business that improve satisfaction and team member involvement.

    Prior to joining HMS Global Maritime, Captain Jaenichen was appointed by President Obama and served as Maritime Administrator since July 2014. He previously served as both Deputy and Acting Maritime Administrator from 2012 to 2014. Captain Jaenichen was a career naval officer, who retired after 30 years as a nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. His final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy from 2010 to 2012.

  • Matt Thomson

    Matt Thomson

    Head of Transportation & Logistics

    RBC Capital Markets

  • Mark Whatley

    Mark Whatley

    Senior Managing Director


  • Lance Gurley

    Lance Gurley

    Managing Director

    Blackhill Partners

  • Jorge Romero

    Jorge Romero

    Of Counsel

    K&L Gates

    Mr. Romero is in the Finance, Transportation, and Restructuring and Insolvency practice groups. He has extensive experience in international and domestic U.S. financial transactions in the maritime industry, focusing on asset-based structured financings and related capital markets transactions. In that context he has represented borrowers, lessees, hedge funds, and institutional investors and banks. He has also represented shipping company debtors and creditors in restructurings and bankruptcies.

    Mr. Romero’s commercial experience includes a broad variety of contracts and transactions involving maritime assets, such as bareboat and time charters, contracts of affreightment, shipbuilding contracts, vessel sale and purchase agreements, and contracts for private marine security services, and related regulatory matters.

    An important part of Mr. Romero’s practice focuses on advising investors and target companies on compliance with U.S. maritime laws relating to ownership and operation of vessels, such as the Jones Act and similar laws.

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