Winston & Strawn maritime partner Charlie Papavizas, based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, was among the speakers during the 2009 Global Maritime Information Sharing Symposium, titled "Streamlining Maritime Information Sharing" that was held September 15-17, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
The Symposium focused on aligning government outreach to the maritime industry, and bringing the industry's perspective into government policy.
Mr. Papavizas spoke on "Armed Security Pitfalls" during the part of the conference that discussed increasing maritime industry involvement in policy making. In his presentation, Mr. Papavizas examined the increase in pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden located between Somalia and Yemen, including those on the M/V Maersk Alabama and M/V Liberty Sun. The presentation discussed the legal impediments, government focus and current developments in piracy, such as the hurdles that U.S. flag ship owners continue to face in arming their vessels.
Other topics for discussion at the Symposium included:
- Industry and government perspectives on the state of global maritime awareness
- Industry and government issues and concerns with maritime information sharing
- Changing frameworks: interconnecting maritime centers into a global grid
- Changing Perceptions: increasing industry and government dialogue points