CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE
2019 CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE
Ed is the President of RTCM, a non-profit standards organization to enable radio communications, navigational, and electronic systems to help make oceans and waterways safe, secure, and pollution free. Prior to RTCM, Ed provided consulting services on a broad range of maritime domain awareness projects including the design, acquisition, and implementation of systems, shipboard systems, including satellite and HF communications systems. The projects included establishing coastal surveillance stations and command centers with HF, VHF and satellite communications, radar, AIS, drones and camera systems in over 40 worldwide locations. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years with command experience afloat and ashore including field and headquarters experience with Vessel Traffic Services. Ed holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, respectively.
Secretary – Fred Pot
Mr. Pot has over 20 years’ management experience with ship owning companies including Matson Navigation Company, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. Early in his career he was Managing Director of a ship weather routing company in the UK. Later he started a company that developed and introduced AIS receivers for pleasure boats.
Mr. Pot specializes in managing ITC projects turning general user requirements into detailed system specifications (including data modeling), managing systems development, operational testing, user training and implementation.
Mr. Pot has over 15 years’ experience with developing standards for the maritime industry. He was a Member of the Technical Advisory Group to USCG during development of AIS, INS and Secure LAN standards participating in several IEC Working Groups. Early in the development of e-Navigation, he rendered high-level system design services to the Chair of IMO’s Correspondence Group on e-Navigation and, as an Industrial Member of IALA, is currently involved in development of Guidelines for a Common Shore-based System Architecture for VTS authorities and is leading a group that is developing a Guideline that will streamline vessel shore reporting (e-Navigation Service MSP8 “Vessel Shore Reporting”). He has attended many IALA’s ENAV Committee meetings and workshops. He presented papers at two plenary sessions.
Mr. Pot has attended the annual e-Navigation Underway International Conference in Copenhagen/Oslo since 2012 and presented papers at three of the conferences. He has been responsible for the Conference Program for AIS and e-Navigation Conferences for over 10 years. He currently acts as Secretary of the Steering Group for the e- Navigation Underway (North America) series of conferences.
Mr. Pot has written several articles for CompuShip and the Digital Ship and presented papers at two Digital Ship Conferences (Cyprus and Rotterdam). He also attended two CIRM Conferences (Cyprus and Annapolis) and several RTCM conferences and presented a paper at one of them.
Mr. Pot holds Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford University in California, USA.
Specialties: Represent industry at international standards organizations, develop and evaluate ITC architecture and (cyber) security plans, lead international project teams, analyze general user requirements that adhere to IMO/IEC Standards and IALA Guidelines, data modeling and system design, manage system development, operational testing and implementation.
Captain John Betz, Los Angeles Port Pilot
Captain Betz was raised near Los Angeles, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cal Maritime Academy in 1976 and then sailed for Chevron Shipping Company in positions ranging from Able Seaman to Master and Alaska Pilot.
Captain Betz has worked as a Port Pilot for Los Angeles Pilot Service since 2002 and has been a member of the Los Angeles Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee since 2004. He is currently the Vice-Chair of that committee and he chairs the Committee’s Navigation Safety Subcommittee.
He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law in 1996 and a Masters degree from Cal Maritime in 2015. Captain Betz has authored papers and involved himself with emerging technology in maritime piloting and development of best maritime practices.
Ms. Helen A. Brohl, Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS)
Helen A. Brohl was appointed as the first Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) in July 2006 by US DOT Secretary Norman Mineta. Maritime transportation oversight and interest within the US Federal government is spread throughout many authorities, departments and budget line items. As a career Senior Executive, Ms. Brohl manages the CMTS partnership, established under Presidential Directive in 2004 and authorized in 2012, that joins over 25 Federal agencies to address our Nation’s waterways, ports and intermodal connections. Working with senior political, military, and civilian leaders in the Federal government, Ms. Brohl directed the development and Cabinet-level approval of the first-ever National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System to improve the MTS for capacity, safety and security, environmental stewardship, resiliency, and financing.
During her tenure, the CMTS has engaged in a number of dynamic issues, including Federal infrastructure financing and investment, system performance measures, navigation technology integration and coordination, and integration of marine transportation issues into the President’s Ocean Policy and National Export Initiatives. Ms. Brohl was directly instrumental in the development of the CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS, the CMTS response to the National Ocean Policy, the CMTS National Strategy for e Navigation, and a marine transportation policy for the U.S. Arctic
From March to September 2012, Ms. Brohl was detailed by USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood to the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY, to facilitate the development of the USMMA Strategic Plan 2012-2017, which was issued August 1, 2012.
For the previous ten years, Ms. Brohl was the Executive Director of the U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Association, where she worked with NOAA and Congress to build the Great Lakes Water Level Observation Network, a lakes-wide system of real-time water and atmospheric observations provided directly to the mariner. This quality-controlled system of measurements assists “boat drivers” in monitoring the conditions in which they must operate the vessel safely and efficiently.
She also previously served for six years as the President of the National Association of Maritime Organizations, directing the collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection (and legacy INS) and the US Coast Guard to develop the maritime operational regulations under the Marine Transportation Security Action of 2002 and related post-9/11 legislation. The outcome was the development of a joint “notice of arrivals” system between the two Federal agencies, which significantly eased the burden of increased reporting requirements in a post 9/11 environment.
Additionally, Ms. Brohl served four years as the national coordinator for the Marine Navigation Safety Coalition, which encompassed over 60 maritime-related companies. The Coalition successfully improved the 300-year backlog of charts and surveys for our navigable waterways, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar increase in funding to the National Ocean Service and reduction in backlog by 100 years. Ms. Brohl also served as the Director of Marketing and Government Affairs for the Illinois International Port of Chicago, where she developed a competitive new barge terminal to successfully address that growth niche market. In addition, she served as a key team member of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, USDOT in the implementation of first-ever trade development missions to Europe, Scandinavia, and North Africa. Ms. Brohl was awarded a John Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship in 1983, where she served with Congress as professional staff with the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee.
Ms. Brohl was appointed in 2010 and reappointed in 2014 by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works as a Commissioner of the US Section of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, received the Secretary of Transportation Safety Award in November 2015, and was named Woman of the Year in Maritime for Policy by the Organization of American States in April 2016.
Ms. Brohl has a coastal geology degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and a Masters in Science from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, in Great Lakes Land and Water Use Policy. She is currently an alumni mentor with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and sits on the board of the Women’s Aquatic Network, which she co-founded 30 years ago. She is married and has two grown children.
Rear Admiral M. EDWARD GILBERT, USCG, retired is President of Gilbert & Associates, Inc., a consulting service in coastal security and vessel traffic systems, and maritime and public safety telecommunications systems. He serves as a member of U.S. Delegations to various international maritime and telecommunications organizations. He led these delegations while on active duty. He is vice chair of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services.
Admiral Gilbert had a 35-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, culminating in his final assignment as Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District where he led all Coast Guard operations in the Southwestern U.S. and its maritime regions. Previous assignments included service as operational commander for Coast Guard commands including a patrol boat in Viet Nam and as Resource Director/Comptroller, overseeing the preparation, defense and execution of the Coast Guard’s Budget. He also served as Director of Telecommunications.
While serving as operational commander for the West Coast of FL, he led recovery efforts for two all-encompassing emergencies—the sinking of the USCG Cutter BLACKTHORN with the loss of 23 lives and collapse of one span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge cause by a ship collision that resulted in the loss of 55 lives. Both accidents caused major disruptions in Tampa Bay and extensive recover efforts.
Admiral Gilbert graduated from the Army War College, and he holds a B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a B.S. from the U.S. Navy Post-Graduate School, and an M.S. in Telecommunications from George Washington University.
Ms. Natasha McMahon, National Manager of Aids to navigation & waterways, Canadian Coast Guard
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Captain Robert G. Moore, FNI, USCG (Ret) -North American Secretariat
Robert G. Moore retired in 2002 as President of Coastwatch, Inc., a maritime consulting firm specializing in the application of technology to coastal zone management, with particular emphasis on vessel traffic management. He has more than 40 years of experience in maritime and international affairs. He is a master mariner and a retired U. S. Coast Guard officer with a background in ship operations and marine navigation. During his Coast Guard career Captain Moore served at sea for fifteen years, commanding four ships including two polar icebreakers. Ashore, he served as Military Readiness/Operations Program Manager in the Coast Guard, represented the United States at international conferences, managed multination navigation systems and, seconded to the State Department, was an advisor to the Government of Somalia in maritime law enforcement, the interdiction of contraband and suppression of piracy.
Captain Moore’s consulting assignments and publications cover such subjects as coastal defense and security, vessel traffic management, command and control systems, and surveillance. He served as a member of the Marine Board’s Committee on Maritime Advanced Information Systems and the Transportation Research Board’s Committee evaluating Display of Automatic Identification Systems (The Marine Board and Transportation Research Board function as elements of the National Academy of Sciences).
He has a Bs in Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and received Continuing Education from the U.S. Naval War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.