Vice Admiral Pekoske Delivers Message at C-PORT Conference


Vice Admiral Pekoske Delivers Message at C-PORT


C-PORT, Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing, the national association for the Marine Assistance Industry, welcomed Vice Admiral David Pekoske to present the Keynote Address at the 23rd Annual C-PORT Conference.  Pekoske spoke to nearly 100 marine assistance operators regarding a number of topics all with the theme of safety and service for the boating community.  “The interaction of the Vice Admiral with the C-PORT members was invaluable,” remarks Tina Cardone, Executive Director, C-PORT.  Terry Hill, C-PORT Chairman adds, “The message conveyed by the Vice Admiral was one that reflects the continuing growth and development of the marine assistance industry and the U.S. Coast Guard partnership.”


The Annual C-PORT Conference was held January 25-January 27, 2010 at Arlington, VA. “This Conference was titled ‘Capitol View of the Marine Assistance Industry’”, remarks Cardone.  “Holding the Conference in the Washington DC area allowed us the opportunity to host many government officials.”  Topics discussed at the C-PORT Conference encompassed US Coast Guard regulations and SAR (Search and Rescue) policy; NSARC (National Search and Rescue Committee) and how C-PORT membership and the Coast Guard can benefit; EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations; NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) relationship; boating safety initiatives; training and more.


C-PORT was founded in 1985 to act as a liaison between the marine assistance industry and public agencies and organizations involved with boating safety, marine assistance, marine salvage and other marine-related operations.  The association was created in part to afford a means of cooperation with the government in matters of national concern; to provide an objective, self-regulating body for the marine assistance industry; and to promote, through legislative, regulatory, and governmental initiatives, the maintenance and expansion of the marine assistance industry.  For more information, contact C-PORT at (954) 261-2012 or visit www.cport.us.





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