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Two members of Congress and three admirals will be presenting their ideas on how the U.S.-flag maritime industry sails forward for the rest of this decade and beyond when the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO meets March 8-9, 2012, near Orlando, FL. They are among the 13 speakers from government, business and military who will address the board.

U.S. Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) will speak Friday, March 9. RADM Mark H. Buzby, commander of the Military Sealift Command; RADM Wendi Carpenter, president of SUNY-Maritime; and RDML Michael S. Devany, director of NOAA’s Marine and Aviation Operations Center, will address the body Thursday, March 8.

The audience will include labor officials and maritime business representatives.

The sessions will take place in the Ireland Room of the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, 1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake

Buena Vista, FL. MTD President Michael Sacco will call the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. (EST) each day.

In addition to Buzby, Carpenter and Devany, the other scheduled speakers for Thursday, March 8, include Paul Anderson, CEO of the Jacksonville Port Authority; Joseph Angelo, Managing Director of INTERTANKO; Barry Holliday, Managing Director of the Dredging Contractors of America; and Captain Andrew McGovern, President of the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association.

Besides Grimm and Richmond, those slated to speak before the MTD Executive Board on Friday, March 9, are AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Robert Mitchell, CEO of Atlantic Wind Connection; Michael Stotz, President and Managing Director of the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation; and Jon Whitlow, International Transport Workers’ Federation Seafarers’ Section Secretary.

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is composed of 23 international unions and 21 port maritime councils in the United States and Canada representing 5.5 million working men and women.