February 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

SNAME Los Angeles Section Told Of Plans For Commercial Development Of The Oceans

Sixty members and guests of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers were welcomed aboard the S/S Princess Louise for its recent meeting. Bill Hood, secretarytreasurer of the Section, conducted a short business session in the absence of Section chairman Robert Apple.

John Hollett, Section Papers chairman, then opened the technical session by introducing Rear Adm. Nathan Sonenshein, USN (ret.), author of the evening's paper titled "The National Planning Conference on the Commercial Development of the Oceans." Rear Admiral Sonenshein is assistant to the president, Global Marine Development, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.

The National Planning Conference on the Commercial Development of the Oceans was held on June 10-12 in Virginia. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), along with the private sector and professional organizations. Rear Admiral Sonenshein served on the Executive Committee that guided the conference organization and development, and participated in the conference itself as a panel member.

With the conference objective of uniting public and private elements in identifying the problems that limit the commercial development of the ocean, 145 senior representatives from government, industry, academic and public interest groups were organized into five working panels: oil and gas, hard minerals, living resources, ocean siting, and municipal services. These panels were furnished a total of 352 suggested program elements that had been widely solicited some six months prior to the conference.

Each program element outlined a specific area of ocean development, an approach, the need, the expected benefits, the development timetable and the estimated costs.

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