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James McNamara
Former President at National Cargo Bureau


Graduate of New York State Maritime College, 1964 (B.S. Maritime Transportation)

Sailed on worldwide services of States Marine Lines, 1964-1970

Issued-Master, Oceans unlimited license by U.S. Coast Guard, 1968

Joined National Cargo Bureau in 1970 and served as Surveyor at San Francisco, CA; Houston & Galveston, TX; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge & New Orleans, LA, before becoming Chief Surveyor in 1987, Vice President and Chief Surveyor in New York in 1988 and President, 1993 to March 31, 2010. The National Cargo Bureau is a not-for-profit company, dedicated to the Safety of Life and Cargoes at Sea, founded by the U.S. Coast Guard, and having offices at all U.S. seaports.

  • Awarded U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award, September 1992
  • Awarded U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, April 2001
  • Awarded 2nd U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, March 30, 2010
  • Inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame, 2007 at the United Nations in New York
  • Chairman, Marine Section of the National Safety Council, 1987-1988
  • Lecturer at World Maritime University at Malmo, Sweden
  • U.S. Delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London as a member of the Dangerous Goods Solid Cargoes & Containers Subcommittee, having served as Chairman for six sessions.
  • Member IMO, Panel of Experts on RoRo Passenger Ships 1994-1997 (investigating the loss of the passenger ship ESTONIA).
  • Chairman of the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, New York 1999-2018
  • Vice President of Standing Committee of the Marine Society of the City of New York, since 1998
  • Board of Trustees, National Maritime Historical Society, since 2001
  • Board of Trustees, Seaman’s Church Institute, since 2001
  • Board of Directors, International Shipholding   2009-2017
  • Board of Directors of International Cargo Gear Bureau
  • Board of Directors, North American Marine Environmental Protection Association
  • American Institute of Marine Underwriters, Recipient, Distinguished Service Award 2003
  • Chamber of Shipping of America , Halert C. Shepheard Award 2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Seaman’s Church Institute 2014
  • Member ABS Classification Committee

He is married to Connie and has two children: Jamie, also a graduate of Fort Schuyler, who is a licensed ship master, and Carolyn who graduated from Ursinus College and University of Maryland with a PhD in Child Psychology and is a professor at Loyola University at Baltimore.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Working group and interactive workshop - Mississippi River


Speakers at this event