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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 16, 2018

(Photo: NOAA)

(Photo: NOAA)

NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience.

 
The new members of the panel are:
  • Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La.
  • Retired USCG Capt. Ed Page, executive director, Marine Exchange of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska
  • Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean Observing System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif.
 
Two members of the panel were reappointed:
  • Ed Kelly, executive director, Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey, New York, N.Y.
  • Capt. Sal Rassello, director, nautical operations, Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, Fla.
 
They joined the panel’s 10 current members in February.
 
The panel is seeking five new members for a four-year term that starts January 1, 2019 and runs through 2022.
 
“Improving and maturing the next generation of navigation products and services for increased safety and efficiency of marine transportation is crucial to keep commerce flowing through our nation's ports and waterways,” said Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith, director, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey. “Panel members give NOAA critical perspectives on the needs of the maritime sector which are extremely valuable in our mission to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime navigation.”
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