advanced information systems, including service with General Electric Company and the Chrysler Corporation. He is currently chair of the American Association of Port Authorities Information Technology Committee and is a member of the Executive Board of the U.S. Customs Automation Advisory Committee. He has a B.S. degree in mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Robert G. Moore is president of Coastwatch, Incorporated, a maritime management and consulting firm involved in the design of vessel traffic service (VTS) systems. The firm has developed VTS design requirements for 23 U.S. ports. Previously, he was a career officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. As chief of military readiness, he was responsible for service-wide security, contingency and defense planning, and training. Capt. Moore also has broad international experience. He was the U.S. State Department advisor to the government of Somalia and served in London as deputy commander, U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe. Capt. Moore's extensive experience with VTS systems includes visits to major VTS systems in Europe and service as the U.S. observer to the international committee that developed the traffic separation schemes for Dover Straits and the North Sea. He also played a leading role in the 1991 Port Needs Study, a study for the U.S. Coast Guard that identified U.S. ports that require VTS systems. Capt. Moore has a B.S. degree in engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
J.S. Niederhauser is an active marine pilot and past president of Puget Sound Pilots. He is the pilot representative to the Port of Tacoma project for the computer simulation of large container ship navigation in the Blair Waterway. He holds an unrestricted pilot license for Puget Sound waters from the U.S. Coast Guard and the state of Washington and is a member of Masters, Mates, and Pilots and the American Pilots Association. Previously, Capt. Niederhauser spent 19 years with Foss Maritime Company, where he gained sea experience on ocean, coastal, river, and harbor towing vessels. As a tug captain, he qualified for pilotage in British Columbia waters and pilotage while towing loaded petroleum barges on the Columbia River and southeast Alaska inland waters. A charter member and past commodore of the Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association, Capt. Niederhauser also has considerable experience in recreational boating on Puget Sound and British Columbia waters. He was educated at Western Washington State University in Bellingham.
F.D.R. Posthumus is director of fleet projects for Sea-Land Services, Incorporated. He has a wealth of experience in virtually all aspects of vessel operations and fleet management and has managed foreign-flag charter vessels as well as U.S.-flag vessels. Capt. Posthumus was also manager of Marine Operations Europe, Booking and Equipment Control Europe, and vessel operations in several areas of the world. Prior to joining Sea-Land in 1970, Capt. Posthumus sailed extensively with the Dutch Merchant Marine. He has a master's license from the Hogere Zeevaartschool and a license as chief engineer of unlimited powered diesel ships. He is a graduate of the Dutch Army Transportation Corps Officers Academy.
Steve Valerius is executive vice president of Hollywood Marine, Incorporated, one of the largest tank barge companies in the United States. He is active in numerous marine industry organizations, serving on the boards of directors of the American Waterways Operators, Texas Waterway Operators Association, and Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators. He is an advisory director of LaPorte State Bank and a member of the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Commission. Mr. Valerius is also chairman of the Executive Committee of the Galveston Bay Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has a J.D. degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.
Cameron Williams is vice president for academic affairs at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He is also a professor in the Joint Diploma Program in Shipping and Port Management, Graduate College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware and Singapore Port Institute. Previously, he taught marine transportation, economics, and marketing at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds U.S. Coast Guard licenses as master of steam and motor vessels up to 1,600 tons (oceans), second mate of vessels of any tonnage (oceans), and radar observer. He is also a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, specializing in naval control of shipping and convoy operations. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee and Intermodal Association of North America and a past member of the Chief of Naval Operations Advisory Board for Naval Control and Protection of Shipping. Dr. Williams has a B.S. degree in marine transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, an M.A. degree in business management (marketing) from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. degree in business administration (marketing) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Russell Woodill is executive vice president and national positions chairman for the Council of American Master Mariners, which represents more than 1,500 shipmasters and pilots. He is also master of the Sea-Land Performance, which trades internationally and is one of the largest container ships in the world. He has been active in the U.S. Merchant Marine for nearly 30 years, rising through the ranks of junior officers to his current position of licensed shipmaster, unlimited tonnage, any ocean. Captain Woodill has expertise in marine navigation, ship management, ship construction, cargo requirements, and vessel operations. He has a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.