The Future of Marine Fuels Conference: President of TOTE, Builder of new LNG-fueled ships, and more to speak at the Marine Fuels Conference

  • by BPC Staff
  • on October 3, 2014
Presented by The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Cargo Business News Parrott, President, TOTE
Jonathan Parrott is the president of Totem Ocean Trailer Express. After ten years sailing in trade routes around the world, Parrott joined TOTE in 1992 as the Chief Mate of the SS Northern Lights. In 1994 he joined Stevedoring Services of America as the General Manager for Sea Star Stevedore, which manages cargo loading and discharge for TOTE. In 2002 Parrott returned to TOTE as the Alaska general manager and was promoted to vice president/general manager, then vice president of commercial before being named president of the company in 2009. In 2011 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood named Parrott a member of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). MTSNAC is a chartered, non-federal body whose purpose is to advise the Secretary of Transportation on Marine Transportation System (MTS) issues including the effective use and expansion of America’s Marine Highway, port development and development challenges.
The Future of Marine Fuels Conference is co-sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Southern California Gas Company, Cargo Business News and The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. Information and registration materials regarding the conference can be found at:

Quick facts
The busiest maritime shipping hub in the Americas – San Pedro Harbor.
December 4, 2014, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, California

The Future of Marine Fuels Conference is hosted, and presented by The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Cargo Business News.

To gather, and share information regarding compliance with the new rules that govern the use of low-sulfur vessel fuels scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015, plus the opportunities and obstacles for the use of LNG as an ocean-going vessel fuel.

The 2015 U.S. Emission Control Areas (ECA) Fuel Requirements
The North American Emission Control Area (ECA), adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requires large ships to reduce emissions when operating within a zone extending 200 miles from the coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The initial sulfur limits on ocean-going vessel fuels in the ECA were implemented in 2012, with the next phase going into force on January 1, 2015, that will require a further 90 percent reduction in the sulfur content of marine fuels from the 2012 requirements.  In addition to the requirements of the international treaty, the conference will explore questions of availability and cost of complying with these new requirements.
LNG’s Potential as a Marine Fuel
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being considered as a possible alternative to heavy fuel oils on ocean-going vessels.  There are already a number of lines ocean carriers that are considering or have ordered LNG powered vessels expected to go into service on the west coast of the U.S.  The conference will focus on the opportunities, logistics, and obstacles for the use of LNG as a vessel fuel, including potential regulatory oversight.

Primary conference demographic:
Maritime industry leaders, Port Authorities, fuel providers, engine manufactures, and government officials

Contact Us
Future of Marine Fuels Conference Staff Contact Information
For all general conference information:
Christie Daigle
206-324-5644 ext. 222
and / or
Laura Williams
For event content and speaking opportunities:
TL Garrett
For sponsorship information:
Peter Hurme
206-324-5644 ext. 233

For additional information including agenda and sponsorship opportunites,
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