DC Chapter to Explore Maritime Security & International Trade

May 15, 2024 | Chapter Spotlight

The NDTA Washington DC Chapter invites you to attend its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 11:30 AM. The event will take place at the Crowley Offices in Alexandria, Virginia. During the event, Rear Admiral James Watson, USCG (Ret.), will discuss implications of maritime security and international trade.

Rear Admiral James Watson (USCG Ret.)

Rear Admiral James Watson (USCG Ret.)

Former Senior Vice President of the American Bureau of Shipping Global Government Services, a distinguished leader in maritime safety and engineering, and co-author of ZERO POINT FOUR: How U.S. Leadership in Maritime Will Secure America’s Future

“After World War II over half the world’s ocean-going commercial ships flew the U.S. flag. Today, it is less than 0.4%”


RADM Watson (USCG Ret.) will join us to discuss how the recent disruptions in global supply chains, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have highlighted the pressing need to evaluate the implications of maritime security and the U.S. dependency on international trade. Zero Point Four offers a compelling framework for assessing this reliance, providing invaluable insights for NDTA readers grappling with the intricacies of maritime security.

RADM Watson brings a wealth of expertise to the discussion, drawing from his distinguished career in the maritime industry’s public and private sectors. His leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of the American Bureau of Shipping Global Government Services and key regulatory positions such as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the US Department of the Interior and Director of Prevention Policy for Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship at the US Coast Guard, underscore his depth of knowledge and experience. With academic credentials encompassing a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from USCGA and advanced degrees in Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Strategic Studies, Mr. Watson offers a robust understanding of maritime operations and regulatory frameworks.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Time: 11:30AM – 12:30 PM

Registration: $35.00 (includes light lunch and refreshments)

Click here to register 

Location: Crowley Offices – Ground Floor Conference Center

Address: 2461 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria VA

Parking: Available for an $8 flat rate across the street from event location, or at an hourly rate in the AMC theater parking lot.

Metro Access: Eisenhower Metro Station (Yellow line)

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