RIVER AND MARINE
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
InterContinental New Orleans
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020
Moderator: 3:30 – 5:00 IN A MARINE PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM,
Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt WHICH DOCTORS MIGHT OR SHOULD I
12:30 – 1:45 Circuit Judge USE AND WHY?
1:45 – 3:15 United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
• What is the difference in treatment, one might
3:15 – 3:30 Panel Members: expect from an orthopedist, occupational
therapist/physician, neurosurgeon, and pain
Judge Nancy Friedman Atlas management/interventionist? What do they all
United States District Court do? When should each expertise be involved?
Southern District of Texas Should more than one be involved?
Senior United States District Judge • When is pain management appropriate? Before
or after surgery or during both periods? Is pain
James E. Mercante, Esq. management sometimes considered or used to
Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante, LLP enhance the value of a claim?
New York, New York
Defense Attorney • Might some plaintiff lawyers increase the cost of
medical expenses and the possibility of
Paul M. Sterbcow, Esq. promoting ligation, by prematurely moving from
Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson an occupational physician to an orthopedist or
New Orleans, Louisiana neurosurgeon, or even “throwing” in the need for
Plaintiff Attorney a pain management/interventionist?
LUNCH • What does it mean to have a herniated disc versus
a bulging disc versus a ruptured disc? How do
THE MARINE PRODUCTS LIABILITY LAW – they come about? Does each present the need for
ITS APPLICATION IN ALL ASPECTS OF surgery? Are these different from one having
THE MARINE INDUSTRY. “degenerative discs”?
• Does maritime products liability law apply to • What is the latest innovative procedures, with
vessel owners, shipyards and vessel repairers? respect to medical treatments for an
invasive/non-invasive surgery for the neck, spine
• Does maritime products liability law apply in and lower back injuries? Can you replace a “bad
both property damage and personal injury cases? disc” with an artificial disc?
• Can contributory negligence be raised as a • What do I want to get out of an occupational
defense to a maritime products liability claim? medicine facility, with respect to hiring and the
initial treatment of the incident?
• What is the interplay between the doctrine of
unseaworthiness and maritime products liability • Is it appropriate or not, for a defense doctor to
law? speak to a plaintiff doctor or vice versa, when the
matter is in litigation?
• What insurance policies potentially cover a
maritime product liability claim? • What rates do we see doctors charge for
depositions and record keeping review, versus
• Are there defenses to a maritime products evaluations (IME) versus court appearances?
liability claim? Why the difference in rates?
• Are punitive damages available under a maritime • How are insurance coverages and deductibles
products liability claim? managed by the doctors and their staff?
• Could maritime products liability be used in a Moderator:
subrogation action? Marc C. Hebert, Esq.
Moderator: Panel Members:
Marc C. Hebert, Esq.
Dr. Kevin Martinez, M.D.
Panel Members: Southern Brain & Spine
Thomas Kent Morrison, Esq. Interventional Pain Management
Phelps Dunbar LLP
New Orleans, Louisiana Dr. Najeeb Thomas, M.D.
Marine Attorney Southern Brain & Spine
Rob Winn Neurosurgeon
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Metairie, Louisiana Dr. Scott A. Tucker, M.D.
Insurance Claims Representative Orthopedic Specialists of New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
KARL C. GONZALES is President of the Greater New GNOBFA committees and in different capacities since
Orleans Barge Fleeting Association, Inc. and Vice 1999.
President of Operations for Plimsoll Marine, Inc.-
Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring, a division of the COOPER MAURICE C. HEBERT, JR., ESQ., Seminar
GROUP of companies. Prior, Mr. Gonzales served as Moderator Emeritus, formerly an attorney with Liskow &
clerk to the Honorable Douglas A. Allen and the Lewis, APLC, retired in 2004, but maintains his license to
Honorable James M. Lockhart, Jr., Judges of the First practice law and engage in special projects, mediation and
Parish Court for the Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana. In arbitration. He graduated from LSU in 1959 with a degree
1981, Mr. Gonzales was hired as Vice President and in Electrical Engineering. He is a professional and
thereafter elected as President of RLB Boat Company, registered Electrical and Environmental Engineer,
Inc. and Mid-Gulf Transportation Company, Inc. both of (Retired) in the State of Louisiana. He graduated from
Harvey, Louisiana. From November 1985 until August Loyola University School of Law in 1966. He served as
2017, Mr. Gonzales was Vice President –Operations and a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Richard Putnam. Mr.
later became Executive Vice President of Gulf South Hebert is admitted to numerous state and federal courts,
Marine Transportation, Inc., a local marine towing including the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Hebert has served
company, and also held those same positions with Gulf on numerous marine educational boards for both industry
South Marine Brokers, Inc., a local marine brokerage and educational institutions. He is a member of the
company. Mr. Gonzales currently serves (appointed) on GNOBFA Advisory Board and was a member of the
several maritime related committees, including the United Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of
States Coast Guard-Lower Mississippi River Waterway Waterways Operators and Shipyards (L.A.W.S.). He has
Safety Advisory Committee (LMRWSAC), United States been a speaker at numerous maritime and law related
Coast Guard-Sector New Orleans- Area Maritime seminars, is the Co-Founder of the River and Marine
Security Executive Committee (AMSC), and as a member Industry Seminar and has served as moderator of all of the
of the United States Coast Guard-Sector New Orleans prior River and Marine Industry Seminars.
Port Coordination Team (PCT). He is a former Vice
President of The Mariner’s Club of the Port of New MARC C. HEBERT, ESQ., Seminar Moderator, is a
Orleans and is active in several other marine-related and senior partner with Jones Walker and practices with the
charitable organizations. Maritime, Corporate, Litigation and Government
Relations groups. He is a member of the GNOBFA
ALAN J. SAVOIE, Seminar Co-Director and past Seminar Committee, Greater New Orleans Port Safety
president of the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Council Chairman 2011, 2016 to 2019 and currently
Association, is Director of Marketing and Business serves as Chair Ex-Officio, serves on the Southern Yacht
Development for Cooper/Consolidated, LLC. He has Club Junior Sailing Activities Committee, serves as Legal
served in many capacities in the marine industry since Counsel to the Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport
1977. Mr. Savoie is formerly co-owner of Marine Centre, Council (Board Member and Vice Chair 2006 to
Inc., Kathryn Rae Towing, Inc. and LSK Towing, Inc., all September 2016), and is certified/trained in Marine
local towing companies. Mr. Savoie has served in Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis
numerous GNOBFA capacities over the years. (SafeMARINER, LLC). From 1995 to 2002, he worked
for the U.S. House of Representatives Government
THOMAS G. GRANTHAM is Vice President of the Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on National
Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association, Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory
Seminar Co-Director, and Continuing Education Affairs and was appointed by U.S. Secretary of
Coordinator. Prior to joining the marine industry in 1990, Commerce Wilbur Ross to serve on the Louisiana District
he served six years in the United States Navy Nuclear Export Council. He also served as an Adjunct Professor
Power Program. Employed by Capital Fleet in 1990, he at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
served as vice president of Capital Fleet until the company from 2002-2005. Mr. Hebert graduated from Tulane
was acquired by Ingram Barge in 2008. Mr. Grantham is University in 1991 with a B.A. in Economics, received his
now a manager of vessel engineering for Ingram vessels J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in New
in the Gulf area. He is a licensed vessel operator and Orleans in 1994, and earned his LL.M. in Environmental
holds a tankerman endorsement issued by USCG. He is a Law from The National Law Center, George Washington
member of East Baton Rouge Local Emergency Planning University in Washington, D.C. in 1996. He is admitted
Committee, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign to practice in Louisiana and Virginia, the District of
War organizations. Mr. Grantham has served on various
Columbia, Federal Court in the Southern District of is a member of the American Bar Association, New
Texas, and before the U.S. Court of International Trade. Orleans Bar Association and numerous other
organizations in the legal field. He is a trial lawyer and
RADM JOHN P. NADEAU assumed the duties as the has litigated numerous cases in both federal and state
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy in July of courts. He has engaged in many mediations.
2017. In this capacity, he leads development of national
policy, standards, and programs to promote Marine JOHN F. KARPOUSIS, ESQ. has been practicing law
Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship. He for over 25 years, and has been a Partner at Freehill Hogan
oversees three Directorates: Inspections and Compliance, & Mahar since 2001. He graduated with a B.A. from
Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Rutgers University in 1990, and received his Juris
Regulations and Standards. The programs under his Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in
leadership include waterways management, navigation 1993. John has tried cases and argued appeals in both the
and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner federal and state courts of New York and New Jersey and
credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty has considerable experience practicing before the United
investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port States Department of Labor and Benefits Review Board.
state control. His previous flag officer assignment was the He is a published author and frequent lecturer on matters
Assistant Commandant for Capability, where he was involving the Longshore Harborworkers’ Compensation
responsible for identifying and providing service-wide Act and Jones Act, and has taught several Continuing
capabilities and developing standards for staffing, Legal Education seminars on Longshore and Jones Act
training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and matters to other attorneys. John works extensively in the
employing forces to meet all U.S. Coast Guard mission area of maritime personal injury law, particularly in the
requirements. Other assignments include Commanding defense of LHWCA lawsuits and compensation claims,
Officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center; Jones Act, marine construction, passenger vessel,
Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, terminal, trucking, and Defense Base Act matters. He also
North Carolina, where he served as the Captain of the handles other marine litigation including marine
Port, Federal On Scene Coordinator, and Officer in insurance coverage disputes and hull and machinery
Charge, Marine Inspection; Chief of Inspections at claims. When not practicing law, John can still be found
Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, Texas; Senior playing lead guitar in Blues Republic (which he co-
Investigating Officer at Activities Baltimore, Maryland; founded while in college in 1989), chasing after his now
and Chief of the Office of Design and Engineering 15 year old son, Aidan, or dreaming about re-opening the
Standards at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. A native of family vineyard in Greece (his “home away from home”).
Saco, Maine, Rear Admiral Nadeau graduated from the
U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science ROBERT A. MILANA, ESQ. has been with Travelers
degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and Major Case Unit since 2015. He has extensive experience
obtained advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering handling all types of marine disputes including, P&I, hull,
and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the liability, recreational marine, cargo and charter party. He
University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Arts is an expert in personal injury Jones Act matters. He is an
degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval SMA Arbitrator, mediation expert and frequent speaker
Postgraduate School and is licensed as a Professional on mediation topics and is the Chairman of the SMA
Engineer in Virginia. His military awards include the Mediation Committee. He worked for AIG from 2004 to
Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast 2014 as Director of Marine Liability; as an attorney with
Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Kirlin, Campbell & Keating (1985-1999, partner) and as
Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and an attorney with London Fischer, LLP (1999-2004,
the Transportation 9/11 Medal. partner). He is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College at
Fort Schuyler and sailed as Third Engineer with MSC.
RHETT E. KING, ESQ. was born on June 25, 1970 in
New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Jesuit High School JUDGE KURT D. ENGELHARDT was appointed by
and graduated in 1988. He thereafter attended Emory President Donald J. Trump to the United States Fifth
University, graduating in 1992 with a degree in History Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, on May
and Anthropology. He thereafter attended LSU and 10, 2018. He was previously appointed by President
received his JD Law Degree in 1995. Mr. King thereafter George W. Bush to the United States District Court for
joined and presently practices maritime personal injury the Eastern District of Louisiana on December 13, 2001,
with the law firm of Strauss and King in New Orleans. He and became Chief Judge to that Court on October 1, 2015,
serving until his appointment to the Fifth Circuit. He and earned her Juris Doctor degree from NYU School of
received a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1982 from Law.
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and received
his law degree from LSU in 1985. Prior to his JAMES E. MERCANTE, ESQ. partner at New York
appointment to the federal bench, Judge Engelhardt was a law firm Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante LLP,
partner with the Metairie, Louisiana law firm of Hailey, heading the firm’s admiralty and transportation
McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, where his practice practice. His group handles nearly all aspects of
included all aspects of commercial transactions and admiralty issues nationwide, including marine
commercial litigation, including real estate, bankruptcy, casualty litigation (inland, ocean marine and yachts),
insurance defense and coverage issues, RICO, contract terminal and transportation issues, marine insurance
disputes, and construction litigation, along with some coverage issues, policy wordings and cargo disputes.
practice in the areas of personal injury litigation and white His team has made law in jurisdictions including,
collar criminal defense work. In 1995, Judge Engelhardt New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Massachusetts,
was appointed by the Governor to serve a four-year term and in two landmark decisions in Washington, DC
on the nine-member Louisiana Judiciary Commission; in obtaining over $11 Million in recoveries for marine
1998, he was elected by his fellow commission members insurers in oil spill cases. A graduate of the United
to serve as Chairman. His work on the Judiciary States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New
Commission has been cited for its excellence by the York, he has sailed as a Merchant Marine officer
Louisiana Supreme Court. In 2004, Judge Engelhardt was aboard ship and tugs. He has been a member (and
appointed by United States Supreme Court Chief Justice current President) of the New York Board of
Rehnquist to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee Commissioners of Pilots for 25 years and a retired as
on Federal-State Jurisdiction, where he served two terms. Captain in the U. S. Navy Reserve. He also serves on
He also served on the U.S. Fifth Circuit’s Committee on the Board of Directors of the Traffic Club of New
Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions, charged with drafting York. A resident of Long Beach, NY, in his spare
and updating jury instructions for use throughout the time, he authors the Admiralty Law column for the
Circuit. He is a member of several professional New York Law Journal and “Sea Trials” column for
organizations including the Advisory Board of the New Long Island Boating World and is called upon often
Orleans Chapter of The Federalist Society; The American as a maritime law expert for Channel 5 Fox News in
Judicature Society; and previously the Board of Directors New York and the Associated Press. His marine
(and past president) of the New Orleans Chapter of the articles can be viewed on the firm’s website
Federal Bar Association. On October 17, 2019, he was “Publications” link.
elected to membership in The American Law Institute. He
is also a Board member and past president of the Cancer PAUL M. STERBCOW, ESQ. is the managing partner
Association of Greater New Orleans. of the New Orleans-based law firm Lewis, Kullman,
Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC. The law firm has a personal
JUDGE NANCY FRIEDMAN ATLAS was appointed injury/wrongful death practice with a particular focus on
to the bench in 1995, sitting in Houston, Texas. She has the areas of maritime and admiralty law, helicopter
been active in the American Bar Association and its accidents, medical malpractice, Seamen’s Protection Act,
Section of Litigation in various leadership roles and on nursing home negligence, products liability and defective
numerous CLE programs. She co-founded the Atlas drug/devices. Sterbcow is past-president of the Louisiana
Intellectual Property Inn of Court in Houston. Judge Association for Justice (LAJ). He served two terms as
Atlas served on the Committee on Judicial Security of the chair of the LAJ Maritime Law Section and was honored
U.S. Judicial Conference from 2005 to 2015, and chaired with the 2010-2011 LAJ President’s Award. In 2017, the
the Committee from 2010 to 2015. Before taking the New Orleans Bar Association named him Maritime
bench, Judge Atlas practiced commercial litigation and Lawyer of the Year. Most recently he was named as one
mediation in New York and Texas. She was a council of the top 50 lawyers in New Orleans and featured in Biz
member of the State Bar of Texas’ Alternative Dispute New Orleans Magazine’s Best Lawyer issue. Sterbcow is
Resolution Section, led the creation of Ethical Guidelines a fellow at The International College of Trial Lawyers and
for Mediators, served as a Director and Treasurer of the the American College of Trial Lawyers. An active
Houston Bar Foundation, and chaired the Texas Higher member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ),
Education Coordinating Board. Judge Atlas graduated he is former chair of the AAJ Admiralty Law Section and
from Tufts University magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,
currently serves on that section’s Executive Committee. DR. KEVIN MARTINEZ, M.D. has practiced
In addition, Sterbcow is a member of the AAJ Admiralty Interventional Pain Management since 2005. A graduate
and Railroad Law sections and is an Eagle-level member of Louisiana State University and Louisiana State
of the AAJ PAC. He is also a bar fellow of the American University School of Medicine, Dr. Martinez completed
Bar Association and a member of the Maritime Law his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at
Association and the Southeastern Admiralty Law LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where he
Institute. A former member of the Board of Directors of earned the Academic Excellence Award. He completed
the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, his fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at
Sterbcow also served as the chapter’s civics liaison. LSUHSC the following year under the tutelage of Charles
Sterbcow earned a B.S. degree in political science from Aprill, M.D. Dr. Martinez is an Instructor for the Spine
Tulane University and a J.D. degree from the Tulane Intervention Society through which he trains his peers in
University School of Law. A frequent CLE speaker, interventional procedures. He is board certified in
Sterbcow has served as a member of program faculties for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation as well as in Pain
LAJ and other state trial lawyers associations, AAJ, the Medicine. He is proud to care for the people of his native
New Orleans Federal Bar Association, Louisiana State New Orleans.
Bar Association and others. His presentations in recent
years have addressed topics such as “Maritime Rights and DR. NAJEEB THOMAS, M.D. is a native of Louisiana
Remedies Revisited,” “Use of Experts,” “Causation and practices in his home city of New Orleans. He
Under the Oil Pollution Act,” and “Punitive Damages in completed medical school and residency at Louisiana
General Maritime Law” (panel discussion). State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
at the world-famous Charity Hospital. Following
THOMAS KENT MORRISON, ESQ. is a partner with residency, a spine fellowship was completed at the
Phelps Dunbar, LLP having joined the firm in 1998 after University of Tennessee in Memphis under the
obtaining his J.D. from Tulane University’s School of directorship of Kevin T. Foley, M.D. Dr. Thomas has
Law. He holds an AV rating, is admitted to practice in all been recognized as a leader in spinal treatments and
of the courts in Louisiana and regularly represents clients innovation, and has lectured on four continents regarding
in jurisdictions throughout the Gulf South. Mr. Morrison advanced spinal procedures. He continues to be an
previously served on the Board of Directors for the New innovator in the spine world, not only in the latest
Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a minimally invasive surgeries, but also in stem cell
member of the FBA, the Maritime Law Association and therapies for regeneration of intervertebral discs. He is
the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He practices currently a managing member for Southern Brain &
in the areas of transportation, energy, maritime law, and Spine, LLC and medical director of Crescent City
general litigation handling cases involving commercial Surgical Centre.
disputes, casualties, torts, cargo claims, collisions,
personal injuries, property damage, and contractual DR. SCOTT A. TUCKER, M.D. is a fellowship-trained
defense and indemnity demands for maritime employers, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon, having completed
vessel owners, longshore employers, energy companies, specialized training with one of the pioneers of Sports
dock and terminal owners and their various underwriters. Medicine, Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Tucker treats all
He also provides representation with respect to coverage orthopaedic injuries, both non-operative and operative.
issues involving a broad range of energy, marine, general He has a special interest in treating sports injuries and
liability, pollution, excess and umbrella insurance degenerative conditions of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.
policies. Mr. Morrison has represented his clients both This includes rotator cuff repairs, labrum repairs, biceps
locally and nationally in state and federal courts in all pain, shoulder instability, as well as primary total and
aspects of litigation. He has considerable trial experience reverse total shoulder replacements. Dr. Tucker is trained
and has handled the resolution of innumerable cases to treat all knee pain, including ligament and meniscus
through private mediation and court sponsored settlement tears, cartilage injuries, patella-femoral joint problems,
conferences. and total knee replacements. He has a special interest in
elbow and ankle arthroscopy, which can be used to treat a
ROB WINN is an Area Vice President at Arthur J. large number of injuries in these areas and is done through
Gallagher and Co. in Metairie, Louisiana. Prior to this small incisions. Dr. Tucker had excellent orthopaedic
position, Mr. Winn was AVP Claims with CNA trauma training at Tulane through the Charity hospital
Insurance, also in Metairie, Louisiana. system and can treat all traumatic orthopaedic injuries.
Dr. Tucker grew up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and
went to the Taft School for high school and then
graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine with
a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He spent two years
working as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes
Center in Boston. After getting married, he and his wife
moved to New Orleans where he attended Tulane Medical
School. Dr. Tucker completed his orthopaedic surgery
residency at Tulane, followed by an orthopaedic sports
medicine fellowship at The Andrews Institute with the
world-renown surgeon Dr. James Andrews, one of the
premiere surgeons for professional and collegiate
athletes. Dr. Tucker worked side-by-side with Dr.
Andrews and focused on mastering arthroscopic
techniques involving all types of shoulder, elbow, knee
and ankle injuries, including Tommy John elbow
ligament reconstruction. Dr. Tucker and his wife live in
uptown New Orleans with their three children.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020
8:30 – 10:15 THE NEW OPERATING ENVIRONMENT FOR Captain Kristi M. Luttrell
HIGH/LOW WATER: WHAT DOES IT MEAN United States Coast Guard
FOR THE BROWN WATER OPERATOR? 10:15 – 10:30 Sector Commander
New Orleans, Louisiana
• What do insurance underwriters need to consider Coast Guard Representative
in today’s operating environment, with respect to
accessing risks and evaluating claims? Kyle J. Smith
Kyle Smith Marine Surveying, Inc.
• What is expected from the U.S. Coast Guard for New Orleans, Louisiana
low versus high water operations of fleets? What Marine Surveyor
is expected from the Army Corps in opening the
spillway and what is its effect on marine BREAK
operators? How does the Army Corps and U.S.
Coast Guard interact on these issues? 10:30 – 12:15 OPERATING ON THE LMR: HOW DEEP
AND SHALLOW DRAFT WORK TOGETHER.
• What might be a fleeter versus a tower’s liability,
when picking up and dropping off barges in • Who are the river pilots and what do they do?
fleets and especially under high water
conditions? What is the potential liability to the • How do the barge lines, fleets, river pilots, and
fleeter or the tower for an incident or breakaway? Coast Guard all work together to manage river
• How does the fleeter or tower handle a potential
sinking or salvage situation, when an incident • What are the best practices for a fleeter, below
occurs at a fleet or while tow is underway? the Port of Baton Rouge?
• What to expect in communication and • What is the role of a river pilot and what
consideration between blue and brown water authority does he have?
• How do fleeting operations work on the inside
• What about permits for fleeting operations and and nearby anchorages?
their effect on navigation (especially in low
water situations) and how it is addressed by the • Where does USCG VTS come into play?
THE MARINE OPERATOR – FACING THE Marc C. Hebert, Esq.
• Hurricanes – Where do I (“tower”) go with my
barges? When do I (“fleeter”) refuse to accept Captain William E. Watson
more barges? Deputy Sector Commander
Marine Sector New Orleans
• High waters, flooding and ice melt New Orleans, Louisiana
• Force Majeure/Act of God Coast Guard Representative
• Involvement of the United States Coast Guard
Louis M. Wattigney, Jr.
and the importance of safety advisories New Orleans Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Assoc.
• The legal ramifications of all of the above Metairie, Louisiana
River Pilots Representative
Alan J. Savoie David Abney
Director of Liquid Vessel Operations
Panel Members: American Commercial Barge Lines
Barge Line Representative
R. Keith Jarrett, Esq.
Liskow & Lewis 12:15 – 1:30 LUNCH
New Orleans, Louisiana 1:30 – 3:00
Defense Attorney HOW DO U.S. COAST GUARD POLICIES,
CIRCULARS AND REGULATIONS AFFECT
Victor A. Landry III THE INDUSTRY?
GIWW Operations Project Manager
United States Army Corps of Engineers • Policy letters, NVICs, Circulars, and
New Orleans, Louisiana Regulations, when is one used versus the other
Government Representative and why? What do they mean and what is the
legal effect of one over the other?
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020
• What new policies are being considered or will • What is my potential liability for a cyber-
be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard out of incident? What damages can be recovered
Washington that will affect operators? against me from third parties? How real is it that
this could happen?
• How do major marine casualties and events,
whether they occur in the U.S. or worldwide, • Must a cybersecurity program be part of my
affect regulation and force changes TSMS, under Subchapter M?
• What is the impact on insurance and risk Marc C. Hebert, Esq.
assessment for companies and insurance
underwriters? Panel Members:
Moderator: Robert Guidry, CCIE
Marc C. Hebert, Esq. Global Data Systems, Inc.
Panel Members: Industry Security Representative
Captain Wayne R. Arguin Jill Bessetti
United States Coast Guard United States Coast Guard
Director of Office of Emerging Policy Eighth District Towing Vessel Coordinator
Washington, D.C. New Orleans, LA
Coast Guard Representative Coast Guard Representative
Captain Philip C. Schifflin Joey Sylvester
United States Coast Guard Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Deputy Sector Commander Metairie, Louisiana
Sector New Orleans Marine Insurance Broker Representative
New Orleans, Louisiana
Coast Guard Representative Karen Bolton
Captain William E. Watson New York, New York
United States Coast Guard Industry Security Representative
Deputy Sector Commander
3:00 – 3:15 Marine Sector New Orleans
3:15 – 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana
Coast Guard Representative
SUBCHAPTER M AND CYBERSECURITY –
WHERE DO THE TWO COLLIDE AND WHAT
ARE YOUR LIABILITIES?
• How are insurers evaluating risk in the new
operating environment of both Subchapter M and
• How are risks determined and premiums
established in the marine insurance markets?
• What endorsements, riders, and exclusions can I
expect on my policy? What do I really need to
ensure complete coverage?
• Where does the Coast Guard stand with its draft
NVIC on cyber risk/security? What outreach and
education is being undertaken for the benefit of
• What is considered to be the industry standard
for cybersecurity? Is it NIST? What other
industry standards exist?
R. KEITH JARRETT, ESQ. is a shareholder of Liskow 17 sub-units, including multi-mission stations, patrol
& Lewis and its former managing partner. He handles boats, and Aids to Navigation cutters and teams. These
litigation, primarily in the fields of Energy and units conduct a wide range of activities, including search
Maritime. Mr. Jarrett graduated from the U.S. Merchant and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, marine
Marine Academy in 1980, afterwards serving on environmental protection and commercial vessel safety
merchant vessels for two years. He graduated from operations. The Sector New Orleans area of
Tulane Law School in 1985, summa cum laude, where he responsibility, which includes the Louisiana and
was a member of the Tulane Law Review and Order of Mississippi gulf coast, connected wetlands, bayous and
the Coif. After law school, Mr. Jarrett clerked for Judge tributaries (including the Mississippi River from Baton
Alvin E. Rubin of the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf)
Appeals, and then joined Liskow & Lewis. He has tried is among the largest, busiest and most complex coastal
lawsuits involving vessel collisions, well blowouts, and port areas in the United States.
personal injuries and death (maritime and land-based), oil
spill liability, vessel construction, indemnity and KYLE J. SMITH is President and Owner of Kyle Smith
insurance, and many others. Mr. Jarrett has also handled Marine Surveying, Inc., a New Orleans based marine
matters before federal agencies, including OSHA, the surveying company. Mr. Smith has spent over 27 years
Chemical Safety Board, and the Coast Guard. He is a in the maritime industry, specializing in a variety of fields
member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the including regulatory issues, United States Coast Guard
Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, and the Southeastern inspection, vessel construction and repair, as well as
Admiralty Law Institute. cargo, barge and container inspections. He has extensive
experience as an expert witness and litigation consultant.
VICTOR A. LANDRY III is currently the Gulf Mr. Smith first began his career working in the family
Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) Operations Project business, T. Smith & Sons, a stevedore company on the
Manager, Operations Division at the New Orleans Mississippi River. He attended Spring Hill College and
District, US Army Corps of Engineers. As the then went on to sail in three America's Cup campaigns,
GIWW Operations Manager, he is responsible for and Olympic Trials before returning to New Orleans to
directing the operation and maintenance of the work for Breit Marine Surveying, Inc. After 10 years, Mr.
GIWW shallow draft waterway and 6 navigation Smith started Kyle Smith Marine Surveying, Inc., where
locks. He is also the Operations Division he continues his maritime career. Kyle serves as a board
representative for the District EOC for emergency member of The Propeller Club of New Orleans. He is a
events. In 2001, Victor joined the New Orleans member of The National Association of Marine
District. Aside from his current position, Victor has Surveyors, The Mark Twain Club, The United States
been assigned to various positions within the Coast Guard Auxiliary and The New Orleans Board of
District, including Construction, Project Trade.
Management and the Hurricane Protection Office.
He is a recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s CAPTAIN WILLIAM E. WATSON assumed the role
Bronze Order of the De Fleury Medal. After of Deputy Sector Commander in June of 2018. His
graduating from the University of Louisiana at previous operational tours include serving as
Lafayette in 1991, Victor began his professional Commanding Officer at Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles,
career in Lafayette with a consulting firm. Victor Louisiana, from 2012 to 2015 where he oversaw all
returned to New Orleans where he worked for a local maritime safety, security, and environmental response
consulting firm both designing and overseeing missions throughout Southwest Louisiana. From 2010 to
private and public sector projects, prior to his career 2012, he served as Executive Officer at Marine Safety
with the Corps. Vic is happily married and has 4 Unit Texas City, Texas with oversight of operations
children. His wife, Beth and sons Colin, Chase, throughout the ports of Galveston, Texas City and
Christian and Carson. The Landry family resides in Freeport, Texas. He also served as Executive Officer at
New Orleans, Louisiana. Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Ohio from 2005 to 2007
and deployed to Joint Field Office Baton Rouge in support
CAPTAIN KRISTI M. LUTTRELL is the Commander of Hurricane Katrina and Rita Rescue and Recovery
of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans and is responsible for Operations in 2005. From 1997-2000, he served as Port
managing the operational performance and readiness of Operations Officer at Marine Safety Office New Orleans.
Captain Watson’s staff assignments include serving as
Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland
Security from 2015 to 2017. From 2007-2010, he served DAVID ABNEY is the Director of Liquid Vessel
as Governmental and Organizational Liaison on the Coast Operations for American Commercial Barge Lines
Guard’s Congressional Affairs Staff and from 2001-2005, (ACBL). Prior to that he held a position as a Marine
he served as the Eighth District Budget Officer. Captain Superintendent with ACBL.
Watson holds a Master of Science in National Security
Strategy from the National War College in Washington, CAPTAIN WAYNE R. ARGUIN reported to Sector
D.C., a Master of Business Administration from Loyola New Orleans as the Sector Commander in July 2016. His
University, New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as a Master previous operational assignments include Deputy Sector
of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Biology Commander, Sector New Orleans (2014-2016),
from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Executive Officer of Marine Safety Office Memphis, TN
Captain Watson also completed a Fellowship at the and Prevention Department Head at Sector Lower
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI for Mississippi River (2004-2008) where he coordinated
National Security and Foreign Policy in Washington, waterways management, vessel inspections, mariner
D.C. Captain Watson’s military awards include the licensing and marine casualty investigations on the Lower
Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Mississippi River and its tributaries. In 1994, Captain
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), the Coast Guard Arguin earned his Marine Inspection qualifications at
Achievement Medal (3), the Outstanding Volunteer Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads and served as
Service Medal and the Armed Forces Service Medal. senior marine inspector performing commercial vessel
and cruise ship inspections at Marine Safety Office
LOUIS M. WATTIGNEY, JR. is the Vice President Tampa, Florida (1996-1999). He was also assigned to
of the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots USCGC HARRIET LANE (WMEC-903) as a student
Association. Captain Wattigney has forty-five (45) engineer and Damage Control Assistant (1992-1994). His
years of experience working on the Mississippi staff assignments include Executive Officer, Hull
River. In 1980, he obtained an unlimited pilot license Division Chief and Salvage Engineering Response Team
plus masters of rivers from the USCG. Captain (SERT) Leader at the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety
Wattigney served on the Board of Examiners of the Center (2010-2014). He was responsible for the
New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots under evaluation and approval of vessel structures, stability, fire
Governor Mike Foster’s administration from 2000- protection systems and coordinated salvage engineering
2001 and under Governor Bobby Jindal in 2013. support to the Coast Guard Captains of the Port (COTP)
Captain Wattigney served from 2001 to 2013 as pilot and Federal On-Scene Coordinators (FOSC) in response
investigator of accidents. Captain Wattigney to a variety of vessel casualties. In 2008, he was assigned
attended the University of New Orleans. He attended to Coast Guard Headquarters on the Executive Staff of the
the National Transportation Safety Board Academy Deputy Commandant for Operations. Captain Arguin
in Ashburn, Virginia, and completed a forty-hour served as the Staff Director for the National Incident
course in Marine Accident Investigation. He has Commander throughout the Coast Guard’s historic
continued his marine education since becoming a response to the Deepwater Horizon casualty, supporting
NOBRA Pilot by attending numerous schools daily White House and Cabinet-level briefings on the
including the Maritime Institute of Technology and nation’s response effort and also coordinated international
Graduate Studies, Seafarers Harry Lundenberg offers of assistance with the Department of State. In
School of Seamanship, Maritime Pilots Institute, 2001, Captain Arguin was assigned to Coast Guard
Martin International, Houston Marine, and Delgado Headquarters, Office of Design and Engineering
Community College. Captain Wattigney serves as a Standards. During this period, he was involved in
pilot instructor at the Maritime Pilots Institute, developing standards for high speed, novel craft and
assisting in the training of Apprentice Pilots. Captain coordination of the Coast Guard’s Risk Based Decision-
Wattigney serves on numerous boards in the Making initiative. He also served on the U. S. delegation
maritime industry along the Mississippi River to the International Maritime Organization’s Design and
Corridor. Captain Wattigney is 62 years old and Engineering Subcommittee to support development of
resides in Belle Chasse, Louisiana with his wife international standards for Wing-in-Ground effect craft
Catherine. and cruise ship design standards. Captain Arguin is a 1992
graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and
Marine Engineering and in 2001, he earned a Master of
Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine JILL BESSETTI is the USCG’s Eighth District Towing
Engineering from the University of Michigan. Vessel Coordinator. She is responsible for Subchapter M
implementation and unit coordination for over half of the
CAPTAIN PHILIP C. SCHIFFLIN reported to Sector Nation’s towing vessel fleet. Jill is homeported in New
New Orleans to serve as its Deputy Sector Commander in Orleans, but her responsibility spans across 26 states of
July 2012. His previous operational tours include serving the Eighth Coast Guard District. In addition to serving in
as the Response Department Head at Sector Mobile from this civilian capacity, Jill is also a LCDR in the USCG
2008-2011 where he oversaw Search and Rescue, Law Reserves and has 17 years of unformed service in both the
Enforcement and Pollution Response operations for active and reserve components of the USCG. She has
Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. served in a variety of roles including Facility Branch
During this tour he also served in the Mobile, AL Incident Chief, Domestic marine inspections, Port State Control
Command Post during the Deepwater Horizon response and currently as the Emergency Preparedness Liaison
as its initial Operations Section Chief. From 2002-2005 Officer for FEMA Region VI.
he served as the Surface Operations Officer at Group/Air
Station Corpus Christi supervising 3 patrol boats, a JOEY SYLVESTER is the Regional Director of
construction tender, 3 multi-mission stations and 3 Aids Specialty Programs at Gallagher. In addition to his work
to Navigation Teams. He commanded the patrol boat as a producer assisting public k-12s, municipal
CGC Point Arena, homeported in Norfolk, VA, from governments, state governments, and public housing
1992 to 1994; and served as the Operations Officer of the authorities, Joey focuses his time on Cyber placements for
buoy tender CGC Sweetgum, homeported in Mobile, AL Gallagher’s Mid-South region. His particular area of
from 1990 to 1992. Captain Schifflin’s staff tours have expertise is related to Cyber emerging risks in critical
included assignments to The Office of Maritime and infrastructure and other heavy industries. Joey has also
International Law at Coast Guard Headquarters where he developed Gallagher-exclusive products focused on
led the Prevention Law Division (2005-2008), terrorism, violent acts, and disaster recovery. In that role,
Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic Legal he is responsible for all aspects of new insurance product
Division (1999-2002) and as a controller at the Fifth development, from creation to completion, including the
District Command Center (1994-1996). Captain Schifflin development of applications, quoting and binding
graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a coverage, the publication of marketing material and
Bachelors of Science in Math and Computer Science in deploying internal and external communications. He also
1990. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Marshall- serves as liaison to Lloyd’s underwriters. Joey brings a
Wythe School of Law and a Masters of National Resource deep understanding of organizational culture and
Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for psychology to his clients in the public sector and is a
National Security and Resource Strategy. frequent speaker and author on risk management and
ROBERT GUIDRY, CCIE has over 20 years of
combined electronics, computer programming and IP KAREN BOLTON has worked in the IT industry her
communications experience, Robert brings to Global entire career. She joined Nettitude in April 2017, and
Data Systems the experience needed for the planning and brought with her extensive experience in developing
design, installation, and support of IP communications strategies, driving sales, managing clients, operations and
systems. Primarily focused on LAN/WAN technologies, developing talent. Karen’s previous role was as Managing
security, and data center design, Robert is also involved Director (Sales & Relationship Management) of Marsh
in IP Voice and Wireless communications. Prior to his ClearSight; leading their global sales, account
arrival at GDS, Robert worked as the network management and professional services organization,
administrator for an Internet Service Provider providing providing risk management solutions to some of the
Internet connectivity to over 10,000 customers. He also world’s largest corporations. Based in New York, Karen
spent nine years in the United States Air Force, working is responsible for leading Nettitude in the Americas, in
with electronics systems and the associated programming addition to being the Chief Marketing Officer for the
of electronic test stations. Robert is a Certified Cisco Nettitude group. Her goal is to continue to grow and
Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and now serves Global Data develop the Nettitude brand, realizing the strategic vision
Systems as Chief Technology Officer, where he focuses to be a global leader in research led cybersecurity
his team on design, delivery and installation of our services. Karen’s passion centers around helping
products and services to our customers. organizations understand the cyber risks facing their
business and advising them on developing strategies to
protect against it.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 BREAKFAST BUFFET Findlay, Ohio
8:30 -12:15 Industry Representative
MOCK JURY PRESENTATION IN
MARITIME LITIGATION Julia Moore
UK P&I Club/Thomas Miller
Friday’s session will involve a mock jury Jersey City, New Jersey
presentation on a hypothetical case, similar to a case Insurance Claims Representative
that those in the maritime industry confront regularly.
R. Jefferson Tillery, Esq.
The presentation will begin with comments from a Jones Walker, LLP
jury consultant, and then opening/closing statements New Orleans, Louisiana
from the plaintiff’s attorney, and then a defense Attorney for the Plaintiff
attorney, and rebuttal by the plaintiff’s attorney.
Fifteen (15) real life jurors will be empaneled and Kelley Tobin
these jurors will be given jury instructions at the end Tobin Trial Consulting
of the presentation. The jury will then deliberate in Houston, Texas
another room, and the audience will watch and listen Jury Consultant
via video and audio feed.
Wayne G. Zeringue, Jr., Esq.
Two in house lawyers from the marine industry will Jones Walker, LLP
then explain how they use this process to assist them New Orleans, Louisiana
in identifying the issues that a jury may think is Attorney for the Defendant
important and in evaluating the case. The audience
will get to understand how a real-life jury trial
operates, what jurors think about and consider during
deliberations, how jurors evaluate and perceive
maritime employers, why jurors feel certain ways
about certain issues, and how this process can be
useful in evaluating maritime cases and facilitate
OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE:
• WHAT IS THE COST AND HOW MUCH
MAY BE PAID BY THE MARINE INSURER?
• WHAT TYPES OF CASES ARE THE RIGHT
ONES FOR THIS PROCESS?
• DOES THE JURY REACH A VERDICT?
• IS IT CONFIDENTIAL, AND WOULD YOU
EVER REVEAL THIS TO THE OTHER
SIDE, IN SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS?
• DO JURORS GET PAID?
• WHERE DO YOU DO THIS?
• DOES THE OUTCOME ACCURATELY
REFLECT THE EXPECTED AND ACTUAL
OUTCOME AT TRIAL OR IS IT JUST ISSUE
• DOES THE OUTCOME TRULY HELP THE
MARINE INSURER AND THE
DEFENDANT IN ASSESSING POTENTIAL
DAMAGES AND WHAT A JURY WILL DO?
Marc C. Hebert, Esq.
John C. Califf, Esq.
JOHN C. CALIFF, ESQ. is a Senior Attorney at research and jury selection processes. As a jury
Marathon Petroleum Company LP. He graduated from consultant she has specialized in jury communication
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in issues on hundreds of cases involving products liability,
Aviation Maintenance & Management. He is a certified securities, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets,
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic and an Instrument contract and insurance disputes, legal malpractice, oil &
Rated Pilot. He graduated from the University of Dayton gas litigation, toxic torts, employment discrimination,
School of Law with a JD. He was admitted in NY in 1986 probate and family law, nursing home negligence,
and in Ohio in 2005. He also graduated from New York personal injury, maritime, employment, wrongful death
University with an MBA in Finance. He has practiced law and medical malpractice. Prior to starting her own firm,
for 35 years, primarily on the defense side for various she served for seven years as full-time Trial Research
aviation defendants, manufacturers of heavy equipment Director for Moriarty & Associates, P.C. She is a member
and machinery, and more recently with various litigation and past Education Committee chairperson of the
matters on behalf of MPC LP. His experience includes a American Society of Trial Consultants.
wide array of wrongful death and serious personal injury
cases. While briefly in private practice he tried several WAYNE G. ZERINGUE, JR., ESQ. has more than 30
civil and criminal cases to juries or the bench. years of experience in admiralty and maritime, oil and
gas, construction, products liability, and environmental
JULIA M. MOORE is a Vice President at Thomas litigation. He represents oil companies, exploration and
Miller (Americas) Inc., managers for the UK P&I production companies, builders, owners, barge lines,
Club. Before joining Thomas Miller, Ms. Moore towing companies, marine fabricators, shipyards,
practiced law for over 25 years, handling a wide variety construction companies, product manufacturers, blue-
of maritime and insurance coverage matters, including water shipping interests, offshore service companies, and
work as assistant general counsel at a New York based underwriters and insurers. Wayne handles a wide variety
insurer. Most recently, she was a partner at McLaughlin of admiralty and maritime litigation, including vessel
& Stern, LLP in the firm’s maritime and litigation collisions and allisions, contract and charter party
departments. Ms. Moore is a member of the Maritime disputes, and property and economic damage cases
Law Association and editor of the Marine Insurance involving construction and repair of fixed offshore
Committee’s Newsletter. platforms, marine terminals, docks, ships, towboats,
barges, and offshore service vessels. He litigates all types
R. JEFFERSON TILLERY, ESQ. is a partner with the of personal injury matters relating to operations on
New Orleans law firm of Jones, Walker. His practice for vessels, offshore platforms, and marine facilities,
the past 26 years has focused primarily on the areas of including Jones Act claims, asbestos, silicosis, and toxic
maritime personal injury and collision matters, general tort matters. His practice includes drafting, negotiating,
litigation and marine insurance coverage disputes. Mr. and interpreting vessel construction contracts, charter
Tillery served as an instructor of maritime law at the parties, master service agreements, work orders,
University of New Orleans, Paralegal Institute for 12 indemnity agreements, and labor agreements, as well as
years. He earned his law degree from Louisiana State interpretation and construction of insurance policies,
University in 1986 where he was a member of the including general liability, builder’s risk, hull and
Louisiana Law Review and graduated Order of the machinery, protection and indemnity, charterer's liability,
Coif. Mr. Tillery is a member of the Louisiana State Bar and maritime employer's liability coverages. In his
Association and the Maritime Law Association and is a construction practice, Wayne has represented builders
regular speaker at maritime seminars and programs and owners in trials involving change orders, liens, plans,
around the country. Mr. Tillery has been recognized specifications and scope of work, design issues, unpaid
annually since 2010 in The Best Lawyers in America in retainage, cost overruns, delays, liquidated damages,
the section for Admiralty & Maritime Law and also listed surety bonds, constructive total loss, and maritime arrest.
in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Louisiana Super Lawyers Wayne has engaged in energy litigation involving oil, gas,
in the area of Transportation/Maritime. and mineral leases, drilling contracts, mineral servitudes,
and joint venture agreements. He has defended legacy
KELLEY TOBIN, President of Tobin Trial Consulting, suits involving claims of environmental contamination
is a research and communications professional who has exploration and production sites, and crude oil storage
worked in the legal field since 1990. She assists civil trial properties. He has defended tire manufacturers in the
lawyers with witness preparation, the development of United States and abroad and has litigated a variety of
case themes and the execution of comprehensive jury land-based and maritime products liability suits. Wayne
was one of the lead attorneys on Jones Walker’s trial team
that obtained dismissal of an oil field tool manufacturer in
the multi-district litigation that arose out of the blowout
of the Macondo Well in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico. Prior to law school, Wayne obtained a business
degree in petroleum land management and worked as a
landman. Wayne has lectured at seminars directed to
industry and insurance groups and in continuing
education courses. He has assisted as a practitioner in trial
advocacy courses at Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law and has taught maritime law as an adjunct
professor in Tulane University's paralegal studies
See you next year in New Orleans
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Seminar: April 22, 23, & 24, 2020 InterContinental New Orleans
Reception: April 21, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm 444 St. Charles Avenue, NOLA 70130
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Seminar – If paid on or before March 22, 2020: $725.00 | If paid after March 22, 2020: $825.00
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