National Maritime Council Elects Barker Chairman

At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Maritime Council board of governors unanimously elected James R.

Barker, chairman and chief executive officer of Moore McCormack Resources, Inc., Stamford, Conn., as their new chairman.

Mr. Barker succeeds Paul F.

Richardson of Paul F. Richardson Associates, Inc., Holmdel, N.J., whose term expired. Mr. Richardson served as chairman of the NMC board of governors since the organization's inception in 1971. He will continue to serve with the board.

The NMC governors, top U.S.- flag carrier management, labor, shipbuilding, and government leaders, paid tribute to Mr. Richardson's distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions in the furtherance of the NMC objective of a unified maritime industry working together for a strong, stable United States-flag merchant marine.

Mr. Barker had previously served as chairman of NMC's Executive Committee. Elected to replace him in this position was W.J. Amoss Jr., president, Lykes Bros. Steamship Company of New Orleans, La.

A nonprofit organization, the National Maritime Council has been credited with the creation of a new climate of unity within the entire U.S. maritime industry.

It has also been influential in bringing about the existing labormanagement stability and the developing of a more responsive relationship between the exporterimporter community and the U.S.- flag shipping industry.

Thirty-five chief executives of U.S.-flag ocean carriers, maritime labor unions and shipbuilders meet regularly as members of the board of governors. The United States government is also represented on the board by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime Affairs. In addition, leading traffic executives representing 140 U.S. business firms engaged in foreign trade actively participate in NMC programs as shipper advisors to the NMC.

Through regional activities, the NMC has developed a communication between the maritime industry and the foreign trade community throughout the country, utilizing shipper forums which stimulate a frank exchange of views between shippers at large and the industry. At the same time, the NMC Shipper Advisory Boards have guided the council in seeking solutions to transportation problems affecting U.S. exporters and importers. In turn, shippers have achieved a better understanding of the conditions which influence the service capabilities of U.S.- flag carriers.

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