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Sea Worthy News
Spring 2019
Advocate, Educate, Activate!
Our summer interns having some "hands-on" fun at the
Marine Education Center, Harbor
Island Park, Mamaroneck, NY 
Safety at Sea - National Maritime Day Seminar and AMVER Awards
May 22, 2019
Washington, D.C.
At the National Maritime Day Seminar and AMVER Awards Reception, NAMEPA honored the men and women who have served aboard our ships, highlighting that safety must underpin all decisions and actions on board. As Jeanne Grasso, Partner at Blank Rome, stated, "It is difficult to understand why MARPOL violations still occur after nearly 30 years of prosecution. Above all, be honest, transparent and forthcoming. If something goes wrong, report it immediately." There is still much to be done, however as NAMEPA Chairman, Joe Hughes, responded, "Industry has dealt with risk challenges very well in the past, and I anticipate it will reach new heights of achievement." Check out the press release here.

Hellenic American Maritime Forum 2019
May 29-30, 2019
Megaron Athens, Greece

The two day inaugural Hellenic American Maritime Forum was a success! NAMEPA, Shipping Insights and Safety4Sea brought together Hellenic American Maritime Stakeholders to discuss ideas towards an innovative and sustainable shipping industry.
Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2019
June 4-June 6, 2019
Washington, D.C.
At CHOW 2019, NAMEPA had the opportunity to join scientists, politicians, educators, business owners, and other stakeholders in an urgent and multifaceted dialogue about taking action to protect our marine ecosystems. This year's four major topics were grand challenges in the ocean and Great Lakes, oceans and human health, sustainable fisheries, and conserving wildlife. Read more about it on our blog.
Director's Corner
NAMEPA continues to grow its reach and impact to “Save our Seas”. In May, we launched CARIBMEPA whose mission is to facilitate the implementation of MARPOL in the Caribbean. We also held our annual “Safety at Sea” conference underscoring the relationship between safety and environmental impacts, alongside the AMVER Awards for North America. 
We also traveled to Athens, where Cynthia Hudson of HudsonAnalytix updated the Greek shipping community on NAMEPA’s activities and growth, and NorShipping to learn about the forward leaning technologies and practices which will enable our industry to reduce its impacts on the marine environment.
Closer to home, it was an honor to participate in Cargill’s Ocean Transportation Customer Freight Forum, where NAMEPA Board member Jan-Willem van den Dijssel presented a dynamic agenda on industry issues, with fellow Board member Anuj Chopra of Rightship providing a carbon offset certificate to Cargill.

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

Over the last several months, NAMEPA, partnering with other influential leaders, has been working to launch our latest step in saving our seas: CARIBMEPA. CARIBMEPA (Caribbean Marine Environment Protection Association) is an organization dedicated towards encouraging Caribbean states to implement legislation such as MARPOL and public education programs to better protect their marine environments. CARIBMEPA was officially launched May 20, 2019 and will begin encouraging sustainable shipping and eco-tourism practices, helping the Caribbean peoples better educate their communities on protecting their environment, pathways for port waste reception facilities, prioritization of potentially polluting shipwrecks and more. Through the efforts of CARIBMEPA and its partners, we hope to soon see Caribbean environments protected from potential damage and even blossom.  Check it out!

Where We've Been!
Marine Protectors Program
The Marine Protectors Program was a collaborative program created to increase ocean literacy among the club members by using NAMEPA's education model, Advocate, Educate, Activate. Sponsored by Patagonia and with support from the Wakeman Boys and Girls' Club, the middle school members became stewards of their environment through hands-on workshops by utilizing our local environment as a living classroom, scientific instrumentation, and classroom instruction. The program empowered the members of the Wakeman Boys and Girls' club to gain leadership experience and become advocates for their marine environment. With the help of Patagonia, NAMEPA was able to offer knowledge, guidance, and resources to assist students connect with the marine environment and preserve it's natural resources. Check out our education resources for more information!
Outreach and Educational Events
1st Annual Beach Day Clean-Up: Celebrating World Oceans Day, Mamaroneck, NY
June 7, 2019
NAMEPA collaborated with the Marine Education Center to conduct a beach clean-up in Mamaroneck, NY with the community. Check out the interview featuring our Education and Outreach Manager, Lisa Piastuch and MEC Biologist, Kyle Troy.

Stratfield Elementary School, Fairfield, CT
May 30, 2019
NAMEPA spent the day working with 2nd graders to help them understand the harmful effects of marine debris on our ocean.

French-American School of New York, Mamaroneck NY
June 7, 2019
In celebration of World Oceans Day, NAMEPA presented to students of all ages at the French-American School on the dangers of garbage in our water ecosystems and invited them to join our beach clean up that afternoon.

Roger Sherman Elementary School, Fairfield CT
June 9, 2019
Continuing with our 2nd grade education programming, NAMEPA taught students about the impacts of marine pollution and what they can do to help.


This summer NAMEPA welcomes two education and outreach interns. Read more about them below. To learn more about internship opportunities, click here .

Brynn Furey is a rising senior at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She recently represented NAMEPA at Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington, D.C. Read her blog post about it here.

Angela Camara is a rising sophomore at American University's School of International Service. She recently presented a program educating students about the importance of keeping our ocean and beaches clean. Angela takes particular interest in environmental activism, stay tuned for her upcoming blog post!
Welcome and a Fond Farewell!
NAMEPA is thrilled to welcome new Board Members
Jan Hagen Andersen, DNV GL, Business Development Director- Americas

Mr. Andersen has over 25 years of experience in the maritime industry. He has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and started his career at a marine engineering and service company in Seattle. In 2005, he joined DNV Norway in the Machinery Section of Maritime Technical Advisory. In 2010, he moved to DNV Maritime in Houston, Texas and is currently a Director of Business Development for Region Americas. In this role, his focus is on fleet performance management, environmental performance, cyber security, and novel technologies in shipping. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a member of the SNAME M-16 Panel on Propulsion Shafting.
Captain Stephen Bomgardner, Liberian Ship Registry (LISCR), Director, Offshore & Gas Technology

Captain Stephen Bomgardner is the leader of Offshore, Oil and Gas strategy for the 2 nd Largest Shipping registry in the world. He is also Managing Director of Dectaur Marine LLC, a USCG approved TPO which handles Subchapter M compliance for the US Inland Operators. He spent the first 15 years of his career managing operations in the Offshore Drilling Industry. Captain Bomgardner was one of the youngest in the industry to sail and have full oversight as Master/Offshore Installation Manager of a 7th Generation Drillship as well as managed the operational project management of the building of the vessel in Samsung Heavy Industries. He holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University and is currently in the Executive MBA program at Georgetown University located in Washington D.C.
NAMEPA wishes a fond farewell!
At our May board meeting we wished Chris Desmond, Lloyd’s Register a fond farewell. Chris has been a valued partner of NAMEPA and to its mission to Save Our Seas.
Where to find us next!
Upcoming Events
The Coast Guard Foundation Events:

August 19 th Reception
at Governor Sheffield’s home, Anchorage, AK

Tribute to the 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu, HI
August 22, 2019

Join CGF for their annual celebration of the Coast Guard's work in the 14th District at the Bishop Museum Great Lawn. Click here to learn more!

Pacific Northwest Awards in Seattle, WA
September 19, 2019

The CGF will honor the heroism of the men and women of the Coast Guard serving in the Pacific Northwest. C lick here for to learn more!

North American Marine Educators 2019 Annual Conference
Learning from Yesterday, Adapting for Tomorrow .
July 21-25, Durham, NH
NAMPEA will again be attending NAME's annual conference on the latest trends and research in marine education.
Summer Education
& Outreach
This summer NAMEPA will continue our educational programming with the Stamford, Wakeman, and Ridgefield Boys & Girls Clubs along with the Bridgeport YMCA. We look forward to sharing new games and activities teaching students about important topics including various marine ecosystems, marine debris, ocean acidification and ways they can make a difference to Save Our Seas!

The Westerly Land Trust Farmer’s Market
August 15, 2019
10 AM-1 PM
Come find NAMEPA at the Westerly Land Trust Farmer's Market where we will be joined by new vendors with live entertainment, lunch options, and yard games. Enjoy farm fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, eggs, honey, bakery items, herbs, fresh goat cheese, Kombucha, coffee, soaps, books and much more! The market is located at 85 Main Street  (Ice Rink Location) with parking at the rink and at the end of Commerce Street.
Are you on Instagram?
Join NAMEPA in our once weekly campaign to create a more sustainable and healthier environment with “Change One Habit, Change The World.” Repost YOUR daily habits to be featured on our Instagram! Just tag @namepa1 and #SaveOurSeas


NAMEPA would like to congratulate our newest sponsor, Cargill, for their commitment to Save Our Seas!
NAMEPA has received funding from Cargill’s Global Partnership Fund to implement an afterschool enrichment program for learners in grades 6-8 in underserved communities near the Teaneck, NJ area with a goal to educate and activate students to be “Marine Environment Protectors” . The project will “Save Our Seas” by encouraging a generation to become responsible stewards of the marine environment through hands-on education programs and stewardship projects .   NAMEPA’s Marine Environment Protectors program will increase ocean literacy among underrepresented youth, highlight workforce development in marine fields, allow for long-term scientific research, and create a framework for this project to expand across North America.

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We are pleased to announce our 2020 Art Contest winners! Congratulations to our finalists! Tarikka Ashwin, Kai Canales, Leilani Canales, Alexa Du, Gianna Fernandes, Armeen Jafry, Brent Moss (6-12 grand prize winner), Lila Riebe, Jalesha Sams, Guiliana Tritto, Jin Zhang and Lucy Zhu (K-5 grand prize winner)! Thank you to everyone who entered and supported this year’s contest !
NAMEPA is once again partnering with the American Salvage Association (ASA) to recognize students in high school and college for their contributions to scientific research in marine science and the maritime industry. Submissions will be accepted until September 7th. Click here for more information. #NextGenMarineInnovators
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