2018 Annual Seminar - August 1-3, 2018

113th Annual Seminar - August 1-3, 2018 
 Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, LA 

Register online at:  Seminar Registration

Or by mail by downloading and using this form:  Mail in Registration Form

Make your room reservation at the Westin at our group rate of $129 here: GICA Westin  

Room Block has been extended but expires on July 15, 2018. 

DRAFT AGENDA  ·   GICA 113th Annual Seminar

August 1-3, 2018 - New Orleans, LA
Westin Canal Place, New Orleans

                                     All Events in Grand Ballroom, 12th Floor (unless otherwise specified)                         as of  6.18.2018


Wednesday, August 1

8:00-12:00               Golf Tournament  - Tee Time – 8:00 AM – Lakewood Golf Club, New Orleans (Algiers)

2:00 -6:00                 Registration Desk Open – 12th Floor Westin Canal Place

3:30-5:30                 GICA Board of Directors’ Meeting

6:00-7:30                  Welcome Reception (Open Bar and Heavy Hors d’oeuvres) – Plimsoll Club, 11th Floor

Thursday, August 2


7:30                           Full American Breakfast Buffet - Registration Desk Open

First General Session -  


8:00-8:30                 Welcome – Rob Sadler, GICA Board Chairman and Jim Stark, GICA President


8:30-8:45                 Opening Remarks – CAPT Andy Sugimoto, Chief of Staff, Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans, LA


8:30                        Spouses meet in Lobby on 11th floor - Depart for New Orleans area Airboat Swamp Tour event


8:45-9:45                 Industry Washington Perspective – Mike Toohey, President and CEO, Waterways Council Inc.

9:45-10:00               Break 


Second  General Session -


10:00-11:00             GIWW Resiliency – 2017 Hurricane Season Review Panel – USCG, USACE, NOAA


11:00-12:00             USACE Commanders/Operations Panel – Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile District Reps


12:00-1:30               Luncheon  -  Magnolia III Ballroom, 3rd floor -  Keynote Speaker – Waterways Policy Maker

Third General Session


1:30-2:30                 USCG Commanders’ Panel – Sector and Senior MSU Commanders


2:30-3:00 America’s Maritime Partnership – Supporting United States’ Domestic Maritime PolicyMr. Matt Woodruff, President

3:00-3:15                 Break

Fourth General Session

3:15-3:45                 Inland Waterways Users Board Update – Marty Hettel, Vice President, ACBL and IWUB Board Chairman

3:45-4:15                 LNG and the GIWW – Navigation Impacts of New Facilities on the Canal

4:15-5:30                 GIWW Towboat Operators’ Panel

6:00-7:30                 Evening Reception (Open Bar) – Plimsoll Club, 11th Floor

Friday, August 3

8:00-8:30                 Full American Breakfast Buffet


8:15-8:30                 GICA Membership Business Meeting – Election of 2018-2020 Board – Board Chairman, Rob Sadler Presiding

8:30-9:15                 Brownwater Women - The Increasing Roles and Presence of Women on Our Waterways - Panel


9:15-10:15               Virtual Aids / eNav –  David Bear, Eighth Coast Guard District

10:15-10:30             Gulf of Mexico Joint Assessment Team – Ray Newby, Texas General Land Office 

10:30-11:30             GIWW Dredging Panel
      12:00                Adjourn – Safe Travels – SEE YOU HERE AGAIN NEXT YEAR AT OUR 114th  – August 7-9, 2019!

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