The Business of Ship-Port Appearance Agreements

The Business of Ship-Port Appearance Agreements

Appearance contract negotiations can be overly complicated and time consuming.  Complexities of liability and indemnification seem to please only the lawyers.  Balance between dockside appearance and day-sail requirements deserves review.  This session will be an open discussion aimed and simplifying this necessary business process and will be led by experienced representatives from port, ship, legal, and insurance communities.


Bert Rogers, Executive Director, American Sail Training Association

Bert Rogers

Currently Executive Director of the American Sail Training Association, Bert’s seafaring career began in 1978 when he joined the brigantine Romance, under Capt. Arthur Kimberly. His intention was to stay three weeks. These weeks lasted almost three years, during which the ship circumnavigated the globe. While underway, Bert was named ship’s sailmaker.   More important, his two years before the mast set a course for becoming bos’n, rigger, mate and captain aboard many future sailing school vessels including Regina Maris, Sea Cloud, Elizabeth II, Mayflower II, Lindo/Alexandria and finally the Spirit of Massachusetts. Between 1985 and 1993 Bert captained and directed programs aboard the Spirit of Massachusetts at the beginning of her school ship career. He then transitioned to SAIL Adventures in Learning in Maine for three years. While with SAIL, he oversaw the purchase and refit of the schooner Harvey Gamage. In 1996, Bert and ASTA board member Alix Thorne joined forces to acquire Harvey Gamage and run her out of a new organization, the Schooner Harvey Gamage Foundation. SHGF was renamed Ocean Classroom Foundation when they purchased additional schooners Spirit of Massachusetts (2000) and Westward (2003).

 Patti Lock, TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Director

Patti Lock

Patti has worked the marketing side of special events for over 30 years, and has focused on tall ships and maritime festivals for the last ten years. She has worked extensively with Niagara, Pride of Baltimore II, S/V Denis Sullivan and the HMS Bounty for port appearances in the Great Lakes, developing ports and their festivals along the way.  She has extensive maritime festival experience:  Huntington Cleveland Harborfest, 2001, 2003 and 2006, BayLake Bank Tall Ships® Green Bay 2003 and 2006, TALL SHIPS®CHICAGO 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, Sail San Francisco 2002 and is working on the return of the tall ships to the Pacific Coast for the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2011. 
Gene McKeever, Allen Agency Insurance and Financial

Gene McKeever, Allen Agency

Gene has been a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1980 as well as a licensed insurance agent and consultant. He has qualified as an expert witness in ocean marine insurance. Gene has also been a “subject matter expert” chosen by the State of Maine Insurance Department to help evaluate and write questions for the State insurance producer tests. He has done seminars annually for his ocean marine clients as well as for the US Coast Guard and the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
  Gene and the Allen Agency are officially endorsed as ASTA insurance agents for vessel insurance, land based insurance, directors and officers coverage plus crew health insurance.  He is the chairman of his town’s harbor committee. Gene is also the in house educator for the Allen Agency’s 62 employees. In 2008 he was chosen by the Maine Marine Trades Association to present the inaugural course of the Owner operators College (OOC) as well as presenting a half day session in October of 2010 entitled “Insurance 101: at the Marine Systems Training Center. Gene is an instructor for The American Boatbuilders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) teaching emergency preparedness. Gene has also taught ocean marine insurance to staff of Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) and Acadia Insurance Company. He is a monthly contributor to the national industry publication WorkBoat Magazine with a column called “Insurance Watch”.

  Mike Rauworth, Cetrulo and Capone, LLC, Maritime Law


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