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The Voice Of

America's Towing & Barge Industry

The American Waterways Opera- tors, the national trade association of the inland and coastal tug and barge industry, will hold its annual meeting and spring convention on

April 4-5, 1991, at the Ritz-Carlton

Hotel in Washington, D.C. All AWO members, including directors, desig- nated representatives, alternates, committee members, directors emeritus, and other individuals from AWO member companies are encouraged to attend the spring convention. Qualified representa- tives of tug and barge industry com- panies or shipyards who are inter- ested in AWO membership may at- tend the meeting by special arrange- ment by contacting AWO headquar- ters.

Founded in 1944, AWO repre- sents an industry that operates a fleet of over 7,500 coastal tugs and inland river towboats, and over 30,000 barges. AWO's member com- panies, more than 300 in all, are located along the banks of all major

U.S. waterways, and on the shores of the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf


Several hundred key towboat and barge industry leaders are expected to attend the spring convention, which will provide an excellent op- portunity for members to be briefed on pertinent issues confronting the association and the industry, and to more deeply involve themselves in the ongoing efforts of AWO. Along with the usual convention activities, there are several other events planned.

Of particular interest, the Ameri- can Waterways Shipyards Confer- ence will hold a seminar on "Envi- ronmental Compliance in the 90s—

For Small and Medium-Sized Ship- yards," Wednesday, April 3, from 1- 5 p.m., the afternoon prior to the convention. The seminar will pro- vide registrants with an overview of

Federal environmental regulations and will focus on such issues as the

Clean Air Act, pending legislation in the 102nd Congress, understanding liabilities and penalties, storm water drainage, hazardous waste disposal, and enforcement of EPA hazardous waste requirements, among other is- sues. Registration for this seminar is separate from the convention.

On Thursday, April 4, the follow- ing AWO committees and confer- ences will meet: Legislative, Regula- tory, Health, Safety and Training,

Public Affairs, and AWSC. The an- nual meeting, featuring the election of association officers, will take place from 5-6 p.m., followed by a reception from 6-7:30 p.m.

On Friday, April 5, 1991, the day gets underway with a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. with guest speaker Robert M. Teeter, presi- dent of Coldwater Corporation, a consulting and research firm spe- cializing in public opinion analysis and public affairs. Mr. Teeter served as senior adviser to the Bush

For President campaign, where he developed and coordinated re- search, policy development, speech writing and advertising. Following the campaign, Mr. Teeter served as Co-Director for the Office of the

President-Elect. He continues to work with President Bush and se- nior members of his administra- tion.

The board meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, with a dis- cussion of key industry issues and association initiatives including the 1991 membership development pro- gram, an update on working groups involved in developing positions on key operational issues, environmen- tal initiatives, a briefing on the

Inland Waterways Users Board, and other matters. This meeting also marks the first full meeting with

AWO's newest conference, the Tow- boat & Harbor Carriers Confer- ence.

For further information about the

AWO Annual Meeting and Spring

Convention, call Angela Todd, as- sistant vice president membership and events planning, at (703) 841- 9300. 20 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News

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