Recreational Boaters - April 12-14, 2013
Maritime piracy targeting sailboats and yachts is a burgeoning industry with an extensive history worldwide and a deep economic impact. Due to this unfortunate growth and presence, professionals and enthusiasts in all aspects of recreational boating and trade should be aware of how this can affect their business and safe transit through international waterways and oceans. The Centers of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology and Global Trade & Supply Chain Management, in partnership with the Northwest Maritime Center, are hosting a two-day summit to build this awareness and help business professionals, boaters, and educators understand the regulations, technology and training used, and how to mitigate or avoid circumstances that would put their boats, families, and crew in danger. According to data from the European Union’s counter piracy mission (EU NAVFOR), maritime hostages are held for more than seven months with huge ransoms being demanded for release. In the past few years, pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean have attacked approximately 12 yachts, with crews being taken to Somalia. The intent is not to create panic or fear, but to ensure preparedness and an understanding of techniques pleasure craft can use to avoid high-risk areas where pirates are known to operate.
The audience for this event includes (not limited to) boaters, shippers, recreation yachting related businesses, insurance brokers and underwriters, international lawyers, educators, and industry professionals interested in learning more.
Cost is $275 ($325 after March 1, 2013)
Registration will open February 1, 2013 - limited to 200 people.
For more information call 360.385.3628 x106