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National Waterway Conference To Hold

Annual Meeting In New Orleans

Event Scheduled For September 26-28

Some 400 business, civic and waterway leaders are expected to participate in the National Water- ways Conference's 1990 annual meeting when the organization will mark its 30th anniversary. The meeting is scheduled for September 26-28 at the Inter-Continental Ho- tel in New Orleans.

The program includes six panel discussions, two luncheons, and a banquet as well as several break- fasts, special reports and business sessions. There will also be a water- ways exhibition, an opening recep- tion and a spouses tour. "We are planning a timely and informative program examining is- sues of importance to the entire waterways industry," said NWC chairman Berdon Lawrence. "We will be exploring such topics as waterborne commerce trends, eco- nomic growth projections, environ- mental challenges, waterway policy changes, financing constraints and navigation funding prospects—each of which is crucial to the barge and towing industry and to waterway shippers."

Mr. Lawrence is president of

Coal is one bulk commodity that is shipped via the nation's waterways.

Hollywood Marine, Inc., a major barge carrier moving petroleum and petrochemicals on the Gulf Intra- coastal Waterway.

Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Kelly, Di- rector of Civil Works for the Army

Corps of Engineers, will discuss the status and outlook for the nation's navigation system, which his agency is charged with planning, construct- ing and maintaining.

Wetlands management, which di- rectly affects ports, terminals and waterfront industrial sites, will be assessed in a luncheon speech by H.

Leighton Steward, who is chair- man, president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Land and

Exploration Company. He is chair- man of the National Wetlands Co- alition, an organization which is seeking balance in the nation's envi- ronmental and economic goals.

The meeting program will open

Thursday morning, September 27 with the annual report of NWC president Harry N. Cook. Mr.

Cook will review the status of the waterways industry.

Several other waterway organiza- tions have scheduled meetings in conjunction with the NWC conven- tion. Included are the Arkansas Wa- terways Commission, which will hold one of its regular monthly ses- sions in New Orleans; the Inland

Rivers Ports & Terminals, Inc., which has scheduled a board meet- ing; and the U.S. section of the Per- manent International Association of

Navigation Congresses (PIANC).

At a PIANC-sponsored breakfast,

Robert D. Davinroy of the Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District, will describe a new technique for con- structing underwater weirs to con- trol Mississippi River flows at sharp river bends. His paper on this sub- ject recently won an international award.

The National Rivers Hall of

Fame, which is located at Dubuque,

Iowa, plans to present its achieve- ment award, the highest honor bes- towed by the organization, to a former NWC officer at the opening luncheon.

The Propeller Club of the Port of

New Orleans will cosponsor the closing luncheon on Friday, Sep- tember 28. The club's president is

Capt. Henry G. Joffray, presi- dent of Joffray Maritime, Inc., will speak at the luncheon.

Spouses attending the NWC con- vention will be treated to a tour of two Mississippi River plantation homes, Houmas House and Notto- way Plantation, where lunch will be served. The tour leader will be Mrs,

Edward S. (Pat) Reed.

For the second year, the NWC

Annual Meeting will include a wa- terways exhibition. Space has been reserved for a total of 17 booths, which are being offered to marine manufacturers, suppliers and serv- ices.

The exhibits will be located in the convention foyer just outside of the

La Salle Ballroom in the Inter-Con- tinental Hotel. The area will also be utilized for annual meeting registra- tion and for coffee breaks.

For registration or exhibition in- formation and an annual meeting package, contact the National Wa- terways Conference, Inc., 1130 17th

Street, Northwest, Washington,

D.C. 20036; telephone: (202) 296- 4415; or fax: (202) 835-3861.

The annual meeting registration fee on or before September 7 is $225. After that date, the fee is $260.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Inter-Continental Hotel at a special rate of $98 single or $108 double, plus tax, but the cut-off date on reservations is August 25.• 24 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News

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