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July 29, 2009

Liberty Marine CEO to speak at Countering Pirates conference

Simmons-Boardman Conferences is pleased to announce that Philip J. Shapiro, President and CEO of Liberty Maritime Group, will be the luncheon speaker for Marine Log's Countering Pirates, a one-day intensive conference scheduled for Sept. 16, 2009 at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Liberty Maritime Corporation is the ship manager for the Liberty Sun, the U.S.-flag dry bulk ship attacked by Somali pirates [see video above] days after the dramatic release of Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama

In recent testimony before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Shapiro urged the U.S. Government to adopt more active measures to protect U.S.-flag ships from pirates.

Said Shapiro: "We greatly appreciate the response of the Navy to the Liberty Sun incident, and we are very grateful to both the DOD and the EU for the cooperation we have received to date. But responding after the fact is not, in our view, the most effective means of protecting the very few U.S.-flag vessels transiting the pirate danger zone."

Shapiro will talk about the lessons learned by Liberty Maritime during his luncheon address.

Simmons-Boardman Conferences is a unit of Simmons-Boardman Publishing, publisher of Marine Log magazine.

To learn more about the conference, click here.


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