• Formation of the U.S. Virgin Islands open international ship registry—the first, and only, international U.S. open ship registry.
• Development of a short sea transshipment hub in the Caribbean to alleviate supply chain congestion by moving a portion of east coast distribution from land to sea and increasing the number of ports importing ever-increasing quantities of goods from overseas.
• Build public/private/international partnerships to address strategic maritime issues, increase transparency and enforce legal and ethical standards.
• Establish and implement a green shipping strategy, including decarbonization of the U.S.-flagged fleet.
• Establishing a Maritime Venture Capital Fund to finance commercially advanced technologies that solve maritime and ocean industry problems with a focus on environmental vulnerabilities.
• Modernization of the maritime workforce by deploying state of the art education and training tools in the U.S. and abroad.
• Ambassador John D. Negroponte, the first U.S. Director of National Intelligence and former Deputy Secretary of State
• The Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Honorable Albert Bryan, Jr.; and
• President Eric R. Dawicki of the Northeast Maritime Institute
• Jeremy Greenwood, a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Strobe Talbott Center on Security, Strategy, and Technology
• Stephen Flynn, PhD, Founding Director of the Center for Global Resilience at Northeastern University, leading Homeland Security advisor under the Bush and Obama administrations, and global expert on supply chain resilience
• Admiral James Watson, Northeast Maritime Institute Trustee and former Director of Prevention Policy for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship at the United States Coast Guard and the first Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the US Department of Interior
• Captain Anuj Chopra, Co-Founder & CEO of FNI ESGPlus
• Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association
• Nishan Degnarain, former Chairman of the World Economic Forum – Global Agenda Council on Oceans
• Jonathan Kempe, Verifai Australia
• Dr. Sal Mercogliano, PhD, Campbell University.
• Captain John Konrad, Founder & CEO of gCaptain