Shipping Executives To Review Maritime Policy At Oakland Conference

Shipping industry leaders will gather at the rim of the Pacific Basin late this month to outline their views on the shape of a progressive national maritime policy at the 3rd Annual Port of Oakland International Transportation Conference Oct. 25 and 26.

The dialogue will involve analysis from a broad range of perspectives of market opportunities in world commerce, practical problems in international cargo movement, and needed changes in U.S. shipping policy.

Keynote speakers during the two-day panel and participant dialogue sessions will include California Congressman Robert L.

Leggett (Dem.-4th District), an outspoken member of the House Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries; Charles I. Hiltzheimer, board chairman of Sea- Land Service, Inc., operator of the world's largest intermodal containership fleet; and Charles D. Baker, president of Harbridge House, Boston, Mass., noted consultant on international transportation and trade. A fourth major speaker is still to be announced.

Panelists outlining market opportunities during the first day's afternoon session—with emphasis on trans-Pacific trade, now America's most important overseas crossroads—will be Richard C.

King, director, Office of International Trade, State of California, Los Angeles; Paul O'Leary, vice president, Connell Bros., San Francisco; Hugo Steensma, group vice president, Bank of America, San Francisco; Robert Gomperts, president, Nordisk, Andelforbund Calif., Inc., San Francisco, will act as moderator.

Discussing the problems faced by shippers and carriers in actual movement of commerce during the second day's activities will be Milan V. Fabry, traffic manager, Sears Roebuck & Company, Chicago, 111.; Jack Scally, traffic manager, General Electric Int'l, New York, N.Y.; Lawrence Cena, president, Santa Fe Railway, Chicago; William B. Hubbard, vice president, American President Lines, Oakland, Calif., in a panel moderated by Ray Velez, chairman, Pacific Coast European Conference, San Francisco.

The afternoon session will include a panel discussion entitled "Necessary Changes in National Shipping Policy." Panel participants are the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Richard J. Daschbach; Ernest J.

Corrado, Chief Counsel of the Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries of the U.S. House of Representatives; Frank S. Merwin, vice president, American Smelting and Refining; Y. Yamanaka, managing director of N.Y.K.

Line in Tokyo, Japan. Moderator of this panel will be Richard K.

Bank, Director, Office of Maritime Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

The 1978 Port of Oakland International Transportation Conference is co-sponsored by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland World Trade Association, The Propeller Club of the Golden Gate, the San Francisco Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region, the National Defense Transportation Association, and the Pacific Traffic Association.

Assisting the chairman, Robert W. Crandall, as vice chairmen of the conference are William Wagstaffe, general traffic manager, Del Monte Corporation; Raymond Velez, chairman of the Pacific Coast European Conference; Stanley P. Hebert, attorney for the Port of Oakland, Richard K. Bank, Director, Office of Maritime Affairs, United States Department of State, and Marvin B. Garrett, Port of Oakland.

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