Conference Center at MITAGS 

692 Maritime BlVD

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1952

Telephone reservation: (866) 900-3517.  

Group Name: North American Maritime Ministry Association - NAMMA

Group Rate: $154USD+tax single occupancy or $194USD+tax double occupancy (note: rate includes dinner and breakfast costs)

Standard Check-In Time: 3p.m. (luggage storage available before that time)

Standard Check-Out Time: 11a.m. (luggage storage available after that time)

Parking: Free, plenty of parking

Rates include: free WIFI in guest rooms and meeting space, full dinner buffet, full breakfast buffet.

Detailed Schedule

Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM:  NAMMA Board of Directors meeting
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM:  NAMMA Board of Directors meeting

Tuesday, August 14
4:00 – 5:00PM: Registration - CCMT Main Entrance Foyer

5:15 PM: Formal conference opening - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)
Welcome and Introductions - Rev. Marsh L. Drege, NAMMA President
Welcome - Mr. Glen Paine - Executive Director, MITAGS

Prayer - Deacon Paul Rosenblum

5:30PM: Opening Dinner Buffet - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)

6:30 PM: After Dinner Program
Introduction of conference themes - Dr. Jason Zuidema
NAMMA Plenary Session 1 - Board nominees announced
Opening Worship

8:00 PM: Refreshments at Conference Center Bar for purchase

Wednesday, August 15
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Denominational worship (as requested) - Room

7:00 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)

8:00 – 10:00 AM: Registration - Auditorium Corridor

9:00 – 10:15 AM: Session 1 - Daily Announcements - Auditorium
Seafarers’ Welfare: Updates on Legal, Labor, Environmental Factors
Chair - Rev. Mary Davisson - Director and Chaplain, Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center

Capt. Anuj Chopra - Vice President, Americas, Rightship

Douglas B. Stevenson - Director, Center for Seafarers’ Rights, Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey
Barbara Shipley - ITF Inspector, Seafarers' International Union (SIU)

10:15 – 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Session 2  Auditorium
Seafarers’ Welfare: National Perspectives
Chair - Dr. Jason Zuidema
The Honorable Mark Buzby (RADM USN, Ret.)
Administrator, United States Maritime Administration

CAPT Ryan D. Manning - Chief, Office of Port & Facility Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard

​Lyn Harris, COO, NAMEPA

12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch Buffet -  Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)         

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Session 3 - Auditorium
Keynote Presentation
Introduction - Deacon Paul Rosenblum - Chaplain, Apostleship of the Sea, Charleston
RADM William Baumgartner - United States Coast Guard (ret.)
“Navigating government and industry for the welfare of seafarers”

2:30 – 3:00PM: Break

3:00– 4:15PM: Session 4- Auditorium
Seafarers’ Welfare in International Perspective

Chair - Stephen Lyman, Director, Seamen’s Church Institute, Port Newark
Rev. Canon Andrew Wright - Secretary General, Mission to Seafarers
Emily Reiblein - Crowley Liner Services/CMC Labor Relations /  Marine Log
“Seafarers’ Welfare in Crowley Liner Services”
Roger Harris - Executive Director, International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network
“Supporting seafarers’ positive mental health”

Katie Higginbottom - Head of Trust, ITF Seafarers' Trust

4:15 – 4:45PM: Daily Worship - Room: Auditorium

4:45 – 6:00 PM: Tour of MITAGS ship bridge simulators

5:30 PM: Dinner Buffet - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)
Evening - Free time / denominational meetings
7:00 PM - Refreshments at Conference Center Bar for purchase
Thursday, August 16
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Denominational worship (as requested) - Room
7:00 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast buffet - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)
8:00 – 10:00 AM: Registration - Auditorium Corridor

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Session 5 - Daily Announcements - Auditorium
Internships and Training: Best Practice
Chair - Chaplain Michelle DePooter - Montreal Ministry to Seafarers
Ciara Flowers, Assistant Director of Internship Programs, Johns Hopkins
“Internship Programs: Current Developments and Best Practice”
Ken Hawkins, Director, Mission to Seafarers, Seattle
“Interns for seafarers’ welfare: strategy for success”
Andrew Cameron, Communications and Membership Assistant, American Association of Port Authorities
“Lessons from an internship for service in the maritime industry”

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 11:55 AM: Session 6Auditorium
Keynote Presentation
Introduction - Dr. Michael Skaggs 
Dr. Wendy Cadge, Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University
“Religion at the Edge: Chaplaincy in the Hidden Spaces”

11:55 AM– 12:00 PM: Prayer for Lunch: Bishop Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch, Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)                                 

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Session 7 - Auditorium
Workshop: ministry and diverse cultures
Chair - Deacon Dileep Athaide, Chaplain, Apostleship of the Sea Vancouver
Dr. Mary T. O’Neill, Board Chair, National Association of Catholic Chaplains
“Respect for Human Dignity: The Anchor in a Sea of Difference”

2:15 – 2:45PM: Break

2:45 – 4:30 PM: Session 8- NAMMA Annual General Meeting - Room: Auditorium
Elections of Board & Officers
NAMMA Business and Updates - President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Executive Director’s Report, Committee Updates
Daily Worship
(4:30 – 5:00 PM: NAMMA Joint Board Meeting - Outgoing and Incoming Board Members)

5:00 PM: Dinner Buffet - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)

6:30 – 8:30 PM - Port tour Baltimore

Friday, August 17
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Denominational worship (as requested)

6:30– 9:00 AM: Breakfast buffet - Room: Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Session 9 - Salon 1-2 (Dining Area)
Closing Remarks and Daily Worship - Rev. Marsh Drege, Dr. Jason Zuidema

10:00 AM: Conference ends

10:00 AM - 6:30 PM - Optional excursion: Washington, D.C. 

The 2018 NAMMA conference will be one of this year's largest and most diverse gathering of seafarers' welfare providers in the world.  With participation by members from a variety of backgrounds and diverse experience, this conference will encourage further work and equip for better work. 


Please contact us for more information: 


$299 - Click here for Member Regular Registration 

$399 - Click here for Associate and Non-Member Regular Registration 

$199 - Click here for one-day registration for Wednesday, August 15 only

$20 - Click here for Transport for optional excursion to Washington, DC 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 17

To Pay by Check:


P.O. Box 460158

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Click here to download registration form.

Conference Introduction and Registration

NAMMA Conference 2018


Linthicum Heights, MD - Aug. 14-17

"Port Ministry at the Margins"


Complimentary shuttle bus pickup from the BWI airport: If a guest wants to use the complimentary MITAGS shuttle from the BWI airport, they will need to call the front desk after they have retrieved their bags from baggage claim. The front desk number is 410.859.5700. Once they have called the front desk and provided the airline that they flew in on, the front desk will tell them which pick up zone to proceed to. At the conclusion of the conference, for departure from our facility using our shuttle back to the airport, there is a sign up sheet at the front desk of the hotel and the shuttle runs every 30 minutes. 

General Schedule for NAMMA Annual Conference 2018

(see detailed schedule below)

(Monday, Aug. 13 - 7 p.m.-8:30p.m. - NAMMA Board of Directors Meeting)

(Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - NAMMA Board of Directors Meeting)

Tuesday, August 14

- 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Registration open

- 5:30 p.m. - Opening Dinner

- 7 p.m. - First Plenary Session

Wednesday, August 15

- a.m. and p.m. - sessions

- evening - free time / denominational meetings

Thursday, August 16

- a.m. and p.m. - sessions

- p.m. - Second Plenary Session

- evening - Baltimore harbor tour aboard the mv "Raven" 

Friday, August 17

- 9 a.m. - closing session

- 10 a.m. - conference End

- 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Optional excursion: Washington, D.C. - transport to and from Washington - $25 (pay with the link here)

(Please contact NAMMA Executive Director for more information on schedule and additional pricing -

Call Today: (514) 993-6528