Washington Marriott
Washington, D.C.
September 30 & October 1, 2003

The legislative and regulatory burdens on shipowners have never been higher—and the deadlines for coming into compliance have never been tighter. Meantime, prosecutors continue to be ready to bring criminal charges against shipowners—and to seek harsh penalties.

Among the top issues currently on the maritime regulatory and legislative agenda are security and tankers.

Shipowners, national leg

islatures, and enforcement agencies are hurrying to put into effect the requirements of last December’s IMO diplomatic conference on maritime security. The deadline for compliance set by that conference is July 1, 2004. But many administrations are seeking compliance by the earlier deadline of December 31, 2003.

Shipowners are having to cope not only with meeting the requirements of ISPS (the International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code), but with national regulations that sometimes exceed or broaden the IMO requirements.

And since the loss of the tanker Prestige off the Spanish coast, the industry has to gear up for new European Union requirements on matters such as double hulls. Currently, work is underway at IMO to extend the European requirements worldwide.

Meanwhile, nothing else that was in the regulatory works has gone away!

MARITIME LEGISLATION, REGULATION & POLICY is an intense, specialized two day conference that gives shipowners and those who work with them an opportunity to meet with legislators, regulators, and enforcement authorities to find out exactly what’s on the regulatory agenda--at the international, regional, U.S. state, and local level.

The conference features top level, authoritative speakers who are well qualified to give an inside view of what has been going on recently in legislative and regulatory circles. As a result, delegates will not only get a broad overview of regulatory changes ahead, they will also get insights into how best to deal with some likely compliance headaches.

The conference will also look at what steps vessel owners can--and should--take to preserve their legal rights.

An important element of the conference is that adequate time has been built into the program for questions, discussions, and networking with other members of the shipowning, regulatory, and enforcement communities.



The conference fee of $725 includes admission to all conference sessions, luncheons, and the cocktail reception as well as the Marine Log MARITIME LEGISLATION, REGULATION & POLICY conference documentation on CD-ROM.


The Washington Marriott Hotel has set aside a block of rooms at $179 single/double for attendees at MARITIME LEGISLATION, REGULATION & POLICY. These will be held until 30 days prior to the conference; those reserving after that date will depend upon room availability. We suggest that you contact the hotel directly (202) 872-1500 for room reservations. You will receive room confirmation directly from the Washington Marriott Hotel.