NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


January 31, 1996

(Washington, DC) -- Many of the nation's top experts on technological advances in maritime navigation and communications and how they impact safety will highlight a two-day public forum near Washington, D.C. on Mar. 6 - 7.

The forum, sponsored by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will consist of three panels of experts presenting the latest information on a wide range of areas including:

"The NTSB wants to make sure this new technology adds the maximum margin of safety to marine transportation," said NTSB Member John Hammerschmidt, who will chair the forum. "The goals of this forum are to disseminate information on advanced electronic navigation and integrated bridge systems, the adequacy of government and industry oversight and proper crew training to use new equipment."

Experts making presentations and answering questions include representatives from shipping companies, manufacturers of navigation equipment, members of classification societies, U.S. Coast Guard, International Maritime Organization, Electromechanical Commission, National Marine Electronics Association, Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services and maritime training institutions.

After panel members make presentations, they will be questioned by NTSB officials, other panelists and the audience.

The public forum will be held at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Virginia (near Dulles Airport). A $100 fee covers all sessions on both days, a transcript of the proceeding and a banquet on the evening of Wednesday, Mar. 6. For more information and registration forms, contact the NTSB Marine Division, (202) 314-6450/6455, fax: (202) 314-6454.

Media contact: Office of Public Affairs
(202) 314-6100

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