The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today
announced the appointment of the following individuals to serve on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee
"On behalf of Secretary Ridge, I am delighted to welcome these advisors to our team," said Admiral Thomas H. Collins
, commandant of the Coast Guard. "We look forward to working with the Committee to continue strengthening our efforts to protect our ports and waterways while keeping them open for commerce."
The advisory committee has been established to provide advice to the Department of Homeland Security via the U.S. Coast Guard on matters such as national maritime security strategy and policy, actions required to meet current and future security threats, international cooperation on security issues, and security concerns of the maritime transportation industry as mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
Members of the committee are:
Christopher Louis Koch, president & CEO, World Shipping Council
Joseph H. Langjahr, vice president and general counsel, Foss Maritime Company
Thomas E. Thompson, executive vice president, International Council of Cruise Lines
John C. Dragone, vice president, operating division, Maritrans Operating Company, L.P.
Mary Frances Culnane, manager, San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority
Basil Maher, president and chief operating officer, Maher Terminals
Charles Raymond, chairman, president, and CEO, Horizon Lines
Alice K. Johnson, senior supervisor, PPG Industries, Inc.
Timothy J. Scott, global director, emergency services and security, The Dow Chemical Company
Mark Witten, senior regulatory advisor, Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Business Unit, ChevronTexaco
Robert R. Merhige, III, deputy executive director, Virginia Port Authority
Jeffery Wayne Monroe, director of ports and transportation, Portland, Maine
Lisa Himber, vice president, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River And Bay
Wade M. Battles, managing director, Port of Houston Authority
John Hyde, security and compliance director, Maersk Sealand Inc.
William Eglinton, director of training, Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL CIO
James Stolpinski, president, Local 920, International Longshoremen’s Association
David Halstead, chief, Florida Domestic Security Preparedness, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Theodore Louis Mar, chief, marine safety branch, California Department of Fish and Game
Victor Zaloom, professor and chair of industrial engineering and director, engineering graduate programs and Center for Ports and Waterways, Lamar University