Southern Yacht Club
105 North Roadway, NOLA
August 10-11, 2023

about the event

Date: August 10 – 11, 2023

Location: Southern Yacht Club (105 North Roadway, NOLA) 

Cost:  Members and Members of the US Coast Guard are FREE.  Non-member cost is $150 which must be paid with online registration.

Hotel Accommodations:   For those interested, rooms are blocked at the Marriott Metairie Lakeway on 9-11 August at a discounted rate of $139 for standard and $159 for upgrade. $15 valet parking applies. Additional nights can be booked at the discounted rate if available. CLICK HERE  to book your group rate for Marine Compliance Alliance. The booking cut-off is 9 July.


August 10th

0830-0900-Welcome and Introduction-District Eight Commander (TBD)

0900-0930- D8 ISE/DD & Other Sub M Expectations-Consistency of Approach Across Zones-CAPT Moore, Jill Bessetti

0930-1000- Sub M Shipyard Impacts-Shipyard Panel-Bill Foster (McGinnis), Anthony Lujan (Southwest), Eric Crabtree (James Marine), Eric Bollinger (Bollinger); Moderator-Josef Vlach


1015-1100- Sub M TPO Panel-Lee Nelson (iTOW), Jason Soutiere (ABS), Ken Lamph (TVIB), Rob Keister (Sabine). Moderators-JoAnn Salyers (Salyers Solutions) & Eric Brumfield (FMT)

1100-1130- Understanding ABS Rules for Structure and Repairs (ABS)

1130-1230-Lunch; Meet/Greet Coast Guard Leaders-Sector NOLA

1230-1300- Compliance-Things to Consider Under Admiralty Law-Marc Hebert, Jones Walker Law Firm

1300-1330-Seafarer Wellness and Rights-Phil Schifflin, CAPT, USCG (ret.) (SCI)

1330-1400- Merchant Mariner Credentialing-CAPT Bradley Clare (NMC)


1430-1500- Chartering and Designated Person Ashore-Lee Nelson (iTow)

1500-1530- Common Audit/Survey Trends and Corrective Action Loop-(TVIB)

1530-1600- Post-Accident Damage Surveys and Novel Designs (Sabine)

1600-1700-MCA Org Updates/Policy/LL and Best Practice-Executive Director and Board of Directors

1700- Adjourn

1700-1900- Reception at Southern Yacht Club (105 North Roadway, New Orleans, LA 70124)

August 11th

0800-1200-Qualified Individual Training (Forefront Emergency Management)