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Sea Worthy News
Autumn 2019
Advocate, Educate, Activate!
2019 Lloyd's List Excellence in Safety and Training Awardee !
NAMEPA was again honored with a Lloyd's List Americas Awards. In partnership with Liberian Registry (LISCR) and ProSea Marine Education, NAMEPA collaborated on a Marine Environment Awareness computer based training for shoreside staff and seafarers.

NAMEPA partners with the Ovie Mughelli Foundation to foster marine environmental stewardship.
NAMEPA is joining forces with the Ovie Mughelli Foundation to further the mutual goals of protecting the environment and educating the public, including children, on environmental stewardship. NAMEPA is developing fun, educational and engaging activities for a youth "tailgating" event as well as OMF's annual adult green tailgating leading up to this year's Super Bowl in Miami, FL.

This event is designed to give students an education on responsible management of plastics and offer alternatives to current practices. Changing One Habit can Change the World! The event will feature educational activities, games designed to engage, and generate awareness with the overall goal of encouraging environmental stewardship.

Congratulations to the Marine Science Scholarship Winners!

The American Salvage Association and NAMEPA are proud to announce the Marine Sciences Scholarship Program  winners! 

  1 st Place High School: Kyle Bramblett, Titusville High School, Titusville, Florida. " A Concrete Solution for Oyster Recruitment and Growth: Designing an Artificial Structure to Increase Oyster Shell Growth and Oyster Spat Settlement using Calcite Media. "
2 nd Place High School: Clara Victorio, The Woodlands College Park High School, Woodlands, Texas. "Removing Microplastics
From Wastewater: Increasing the Efficiency of Electrocoagulation"
3 rd Place High School: Sabrina Li, Walnut High School, Walnut, California. "Effects of Baycrete Texture and Tidal Elevation on Recruitment of Native Ostrea Lurida and Nonindigenous Balanus Amphitrite in San Diego, CA"
1 st Place Undergraduate: Matthew Lynch, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
"Subsea Performance Efficiency In Robotics Applications"
2 nd Place Undergraduate: Cyd Bloomfield, Stony Brook University, Brooklyn, New York "Sequencing New York Harbor. Effects of Salinity Gradients on Biodiversity"
3 rd Place Undergraduate: Alex Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Seattle, Washington.
"SimpleModem: A Low Cost Acoustic Modem Implementation for Remote Sensing Applications"

Winners were provided with a financial scholarship and the opportunity to be guests at NAMEPA's Annual Conference and Awards Dinner on the historic M/V Hornblower Infinit y in New York City. C ongratulations to all! 
NAMEPA continues to actively participate in conferences, events and clean-ups promoting best management practices for environmental sustainability. This fall we took part in the American Salvage Association Annual meeting, New England Science and Sailing Foundation's Annual Catch A Curl, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association's conference and Grand Cayman beach clean-up and more! Click here to read more!
Carleen's Corner
Dear Santa:
NAMEPA has been very good this year! In addition to holding three major events in Houston, Washington DC and New York, plus regional activities for industry colleagues, we have spent a lot of time educating students and communities about protecting the marine environment. For instance, we have reached over 10,000 students this year and our materials were downloaded in 30 countries. In addition, we developed new resources (Adopt a Ship plus having our materials translated into French by Transport Canada) AND made two PSAs (Public Service Announcements) to support our “Keep your butts off the beach” campaign. We traveled throughout the hemisphere to educate the public on the value proposition of the maritime industry, and our collective responsibility to protect it.
We are so very grateful to our members, sponsors and supporters who helped make this year a success! What a wonderful demonstration of the maritime industry’s commitment to Save our Seas!
We hope you agree we’ve been good, as we would be really happy if we could get our Christmas wishes:
  1. A smooth and global transition to IMO2020
  2. Clarity on mechanisms to lower GHGs. (You might want to start working on that too, as I’m sure those reindeer are emitting plenty of methane)
  3. Educational grants to expand our outreach to students
  4. Reduction in environmental impacts from shipping
  5. Happier mariners who feel fulfilled in their jobs
  6. Reduced plastic use
  7. Less waste in our oceans, rivers and streams
  8. More opportunities to collaborate with our members and partners

Thank you, Santa!

Wishing all a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!

Carleen Lyden Walker,
Co-Founder/Executive Director
IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador

Professional Development Tools!

NAMEPA has added to its educational offerings with Creating Waves in the Marine Community Professional Development Programs.

NAMEPA provides teachers with model lessons, activities and content alignment for their successful execution in the classroom. Approximately 45 minutes to an hour long, these professional development sessions assist teachers in bridging the gap between what is learned in school and application in life.

Blue Flag Programme; Foundation for Environmental Education
NAMEPA is thrilled to participate on the Blue Flag Panel! The Blue Flag is an international voluntary eco-label. To qualify, ships, marinas and boating operators must pass and sustain an series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria. Click here to learn more!
Hello From NAMEPA West Coast
NAMEPA continues to grow and expand across North America advocating and educating about the marine environment and maritime industry.
NAMEPA welcomed Rikki, our West Coast Education and Outreach Associate earlier this year and together we are reaching new audiences!
Over the past few months NAMEPA participated in several nationwide events. In September, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, NAMEPA joined forces with "I love a Clean San Diego!" There were over 6,500 volunteers and 72.5 tons of debris removed from the area. I n conjunction with National Estuaries Week, the NAMEPA family helped clean up and plant indigenous species at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. 

NAMEPA spoke with 2 science classes at John Burroughs High School in the spring and again in the fall about the opportunities for students in marine sciences and in the maritime industry. We talked about what students do locally to protect the marine environment and discussed ideas about careers in this exciting and diverse industries!
In October, NAMEPA attended the American Waterways Operators Conference celebrating their 75 th anniversary. NAMEPA is expanding our reach to the inland waterways sector to learn more about regulations impacting this sector of the maritime industry and how NAMEPA can engage to educate and activate about environmental stewardship and the future of the maritime industry. 
We are looking forward to forging new alliances and opportunities in 2020 doing our part to Save our Seas!
Member Spotlight!
GENCO Cleans Up New York's Coney Island!

A s part of annual Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-Up, this September New York based drybulk shipping company GENCO Shipping and Trading Ltd (GNK) and NAMEPA partnered to clean a beach on Coney Island, Brooklyn. CEO John Wobensmith and COO Rob Hughes were joined by 40 other members of the “GENCO Environment Stewardship Team” to collect over 300 pounds of trash. Marine debris is an international pervasive problem, it is currently being examined by the International Maritime Organization under MARPOL Annex V.

Want to give back to your community? Email us! NAMEPA is here to support our members in planning a beach cleanup, public education program to raise awareness about marine debris and more.
As the year winds down we look back with pride on what we all - our members, partners and students of all ages - have accomplished together. A picture (or video!) truly says a thousand words. NAMEPA is proud to present our 2019 Education Highlights.... A Million Dreams to Save Our Seas!
Passionate about the seas? Want to make a difference? Overboard about ships? Get involved through an internship with NAMEPA!

Did you know that NAMEPA offers an immersive   internship program  for high school and college students? Our interns gain experience in environmental education, marine policy, the maritime industry, marketing, non-profit management, and more! In terested? Click here for more information!
New Members - Welcome aboard!
NAMEPA is pleased to welcome Seabury Maritime to membership in NAMEPA! 

All have indicated their sincere commitment to Save Our Seas and support the work of NAMEPA!

Where to find us next!
Upcoming Events
Houston Marine Operations Conference
Houston, TX
February 26, 2020

Connecticut Maritime Association Conference
Stamford, CT
March 31-April 2, 2020
Annual Safety at Sea Conference and AMVER Awards
Washington D.C.
May 21, 2020
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The 11 th annual art contest is just around the corner! The theme is based on the IMO 2020 theme "Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet." Students will be challenged to come up with a creative image(s) depicting how the shipping industry is becoming more sustainable for the future of our planet. Contest opens in January, start designing now!
Stay tuned for the next call for students papers! Demonstrate your passion for the Marine Sciences and participate in next year's marine science scholarship competition!
How are we doing? Let us know!
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