Ship Operations Cooperative Program Spring Meeting Scheduled in Panama City, Panama

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) is extending an invitation to maritime industry representatives to attend their Spring meeting in Panama City, Panama, March 31 - April 2, 2009. The event will be hosted by the International Maritime University of Panama and the Panama Canal Authority.

The agenda includes discussion panels on the comprehensive review of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention and STCW Code, Piracy and Security issues and solutions, Green Ships and Facilities operations, Panama Canal operations and expansion, and maritime training and educational opportunities in Panama.

Additional topics include updates and discussions on projects such as the SOCP’s Mariner Education Coalition and Job Hazard Analysis Development activities, Best Practices for Lube and Fuel Oil Analysis and Training/Course Standardization and Nationally Standardized Safety Metrics discussions.

For specific details and logistic information, login at and click on the “Attend Events” link. There will be a nominal registration fee of $100 for non-members. Panelists and Presenters are exempt from this fee.

Event sponsorship and/or exhibit opportunities are also available. Please contact Ram Nagendran, via email at or telephone at (240) 605-7429, if you would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor.

SOCP is an industry-government partnership that was formed in 1993 to share resources in the development and evaluation of technologies to advance shipboard safety, training, reliability and productivity for its members in an effort to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. maritime industry.

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