AWO Spring Convention and Barge-In
The 2015 AWO Spring Convention attracted more than 200 AWO members to the nation's Capital. The annual event included a day of meetings to discuss priority industry issues and the Annual Membership Meeting, which culminated in the election of new leadership of the AWO Board of Directors, including Chairman David Sehrt, Ingram Barge Company; Vice Chairman Jim Farley, Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC, and Treasurer Peter Stephaich, Campbell Transportation Company.
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM Paul Zukunft was the keynote speaker at the Board of Directors meeting. He discussed his priorities for the Coast Guard, including thwarting transnational criminal networks, safeguarding U.S. interests in the Arctic, implementing an effective cybersecurity strategy and facilitating the American energy renaisaance.
The 13th Annual AWO Barge-In set a record for both the number of AWO members participating and the number of meetings with Congressional offices. Over 150 AWO members met with 187 lawmakers and staff, pressing for support of the Jones Act, enactment of vessel discharge reform legislation, and a reliable inland waterway system that allows commerce to move unimpeded while ensuring high standards of environmental protection.
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