SOURCE: TV Worldwide

November 18, 2008 09:59 ET

TV Worldwide's Maritime TV Selected as Official Webcaster of Maritime Security Expo, Nov. 18 - 19, Live From Long Beach, Ca.

Solutions From General Dynamics IT, Bruker Daltonics, Coda Octopus, Mirion, ORTEC, and Smith's Detection to Be Featured During Free Webcast at Internet TV Channel Maritime TV (www.MaritimeTV.com)

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Maritime TV (www.MaritimeTV.com), an Internet TV channel on the TV Worldwide Network dedicated to coverage of the maritime industry, announced that it had again been selected by E.J. Krause and Associates as the official webcaster of the 2008 U.S. Maritime Security Expo, live from Long Beach, Ca. The free interactive webcast , which will also be featured on TV Worldwide's Homeland Defense TV Channel at www.homelanddefensetv.com, will include interviews with industry leaders attending the show and highlight the latest products, services, keynote sessions, issues and news concerning maritime security and its important relevance to homeland defense. Webcast Supporting Sponsors, who will have their solutions featured during the webcast include, General Dynamics Information Technology, Bruker Daltonics, Coda Octopus, Mirion, ORTEC and Smith's Detection.

At press time, the importance of the issues which will be discussed at this year's Maritime Security Expo can't be understated, with the November 15th seizure by pirates of a Saudi supertanker laden with an estimated 2m barrels of oil, currently anchored off the coast of Somalia. It is estimated that the tanker was holding more than a quarter of the daily exports from Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter. The oil would have been worth about $100m at Monday's market price. The tanker is about three times the tonnage of a US aircraft carrier, making it the largest vessel ever seized by pirates. Somali pirates in speed boats, heavily armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, have been wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Aden, launching regular attacks on vessels in the past two years.

Maritime TV has also attracted national press in recent years with its video reports highlighting deep industry and government concern about the threat to homeland security posed by the control of ships and crews in U.S. ports. The video reports were part of a series of programs highlighting the contributions of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II in addition to video news presentations on issues surrounding the decline of the U.S. flag fleet and what it means for homeland security. "We were overwhelmed with industry and government commentary on what the demise of the U.S. flag fleet portends for homeland security," remarked Dave Gardy, CEO of the TV Worldwide network. "This controversial issue continues to be looked at in a whole new light of homeland security and defense vulnerability. We intend to continue coverage on this and many other maritime security issues during the webcast, in addition to highlighting the latest technology advances."

Port and maritime security have been a top concern among security officials in Washington. "In the attacks of September 11, clearly we saw that the airplane became the bomb," stated Ed Kittel, Chief of the Explosives Division for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a Maritime TV video news report. "It would not take much of a leap to show that a ship could become the bomb, particularly a ship with volatile cargo."

The event will be archived for viewing at www.MaritimeTV.com and www.HomelandDefenseTV.com. Participants should have the free Windows Media Player installed prior to the event and should log on by 11:15 AM PT on Tuesday, November 18. The webcast will run from 11:30 AM-3 PM ET on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19.

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Internet TV for Smart People," Fortune 500 companies, 15 federal government agencies, and numerous International associations including the National Association of Broadcasters, utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and the 59th Annual Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering in both 2007 and 2008. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA) (www.webcasters.org) and is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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