2017 ASME - US Coast Guard
Workshop on Marine
Technology and Standards

Liaison Capitol Hill,
Washington, DC

October 16-17, 2017



Howard Fireman

Howard Fireman
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President
American Bureau of Shipping Inc. (ABS)

Mr. Howard Fireman, serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at American Bureau of Shipping Inc. (ABS). Mr. Fireman joined the American Bureau of Shipping Inc. in 2013. He is responsible for directing the society's technology resources and overseeing Rule development initiatives, including their strategic alignment with ABS operating divisions. In addition, he leads the Asset Performance Management (APM) and Operational and Environmental Performance (OEP) teams in helping clients meet environmental regulatory requirements and assessing the operational performance, energy efficiency and fuel consumption of new and existing vessel designs. He also serves as the President of ABS Nautical Systems. He served as Vice President of Operational and Environmental Performance at American Bureau of Shipping Inc. He joined ABS from the US Navy, where over the past 35 years he was recognized as a distinguished leader in the areas of ship design, hull form optimization, total ownership cost, systems engineering, design integration, research and development, and operational support. He also served as the Chief Naval Architect and Director of Surface Ship Design and Systems Engineering for the US Navy. Mr. Fireman holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also received a Master's Degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University.

Robin Rorick

Robin Rorick
Group Director, Midstream and Industry Operations
American Petroleum Institute (API)

Robin Rorick is the Group Director of Midstream and Industry Operations at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade association of more than 600 companies, representing all aspects of America's oil and natural gas industry. In his twenty years at API, Robin has worked in various capacities throughout API in Communications, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and Policy Analysis. Additionally, Robin has been involved with each segment of the industry—Upstream, Midstream and Downstream—working on a myriad of issues including climate change, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and fire and safety to name a few.

Currently, Robin is responsible for all energy infrastructure issues for the Institute, including the gathering, processing, storage and transportation (i.e. marine, pipeline, rail and trucking) of oil and natural gas. In addition, he oversees all of the security and emergency response issues. In this latter capacity, Robin is responsible for activities associated with prevention of and response to oil spills and broad crisis management for all segments in the industry. Robin regularly represents the API to the media, at conferences and at other speaking venues.

Robin lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. Robin received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Charles Darr

Charles 'Bud' Darr
Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs
MSC Group

An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr is Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group. He has conducted work in more than fifty countries throughout his career and consistently served in leadership roles for more than three decades.

Having served in the US Navy, US Merchant Marine, and US Coast Guard, as well as being an accomplished ocean yacht racer, Bud's longstanding connection with the sea and ships that sail upon it is both personal and professional.

Bud began his education with the US Navy in Submarine Nuclear Engineering and later furthered his formal education at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he was trained as a Deck Officer and received his undergraduate degree. Later, during his service with the US Coast Guard, he studied law at the George Washington University Law School.

In 2010, he retired from his government career to join the Cruise Lines International Association, where as its Global Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, he led the cruise industry's efforts in a broad range of maritime subject areas, including countless international treaty negotiations, sector-wide policy development, and engagement with government bodies around the world.

Today, Bud is engaged across MSC's divisions in applying his skills toward establishing and developing a central Government Affairs function, based at the Group's headquarters in Geneva. iders of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year.

John P Nadeau

Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy
U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral John Nadeau assumed the duties as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy in July of 2017. In this capacity, he leads development of national policy, standards, and programs to promote Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship. He oversees three Directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control. His previous flag officer assignment was the Assistant Commandant for Capability, where he was responsible for identifying and providing service-wide capabilities and developing standards for staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing forces to meet all U.S. Coast Guard mission requirements. Other assignments include Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center; Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, North Carolina, where he served as the Captain of the Port, Federal On Scene Coordinator, and Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection; Chief of Inspections at Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, Texas; Senior Investigating Officer at Activities Baltimore, Maryland; and Chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. A native of Saco, Maine, Rear Admiral Nadeau graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and obtained advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Virginia. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Transportation 9/11 Medal.

John H. Miller

Workshop Moderator

CDR John H. Miller
US Coast Guard Headquarters
Systems Engineering Division

CDR Miller currently serves as the Chief, Systems Engineering Division for the Coast Guard's Office of Design and Engineering Standards. He is responsible for enhancing the safety and security of the commercial fleet through the development of both policy and standards that address shipboard mechanical and electrical systems. He and his staff actively participate in various national and international standards organizations including ASME, ASTM, IMO, and ISO.

CDR Miller is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also has a Professional Engineer License in Fire Protection Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Previous assignments with the Coast Guard have included tours at the ports of New York, New York; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Morgan City, Louisiana. Commander Miller's military awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Transportation 9-11 Medal, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.

Thomas Pastor

Thomas Pastor
Vice President
Hartford Steam Boiler

Mr. Pastor is currently a Vice-President for Hartford Steam Boiler, Global Inspection and Engineering Services Division. For 23 of his 31 years at HSB, he has managed the Codes & Standards Group. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Connecticut and Indiana, and holds a National Board Commission. His technical expertise is in the area of stress analysis and pressure vessel design.

Mr. Pastor currently serves on several ASME committees; he is Chairman of the Board on Pressure Technology Codes & Standards, Chairman of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) Technical Oversight and Management Committee, Chairman of the BPV Administrative Committee, a member of BPV-VIII (Pressure Vessels) and Subgroup Design and Subgroup General Requirements of BPV-VIII. He has presented over 150 seminars and workshops on ASME Code and pressure vessel design to audiences around the world.