This year the MARPOL: Operation Compliance Program was implemented in ports in North Carolina and the Port of New York/New Jersey to enhance seafarer knowledge of environmental regulations and their importance. All the ports have provided great feedback and we hope to expand the program to other ports.
NAMEPA continued our work with the local Boys and Girls Clubs of Connecticut. NAMEPA and these clubs frequently partner for beach cleanups. Above is a photo of the 51 pounds of trash off our local beaches and our enthusiastic volunteers from the Keystone and Torch clubs at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club!
NAMEPA is currently adapting the Adopt a Ship program in North America to more successfully connect students and seafarers, while raising awareness on the importance seafarers and the maritime community have on our everyday lives. We look forward to its launch later in 2019. Click here for more information and how to get involved!

Our Education and Outreach Director, Nina, served on the planning boards for the Long Island Sound Educator's Conference and the Ocean Literacy Summit with the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative where she was joined by Megan, a NAMEPA Chapter President! At these conferences, NAMEPA had an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow educators and conservation groups and distribute our educational resources.
We are excited to announce that this year NAMEPA gained 3 new chapters at UNC Wilmington, the Webb Institute, and Berwick Academy. All of our chapters have done an outstanding job engaging their peers in marine sciences educational programs and beach clean-ups.

Cal Maritime
Cal Maritime - What's in Your Stack?
January 11, 2019
Vallejo, CA
Join us at Cal Maritime for an industry forum on the rapidly changing “airscape” for ship emissions. The seminar will take a closer look at regulatory framework impacts, what challenges the shipping industry faces, and what our future looks like.

Save the Date: Operational Challenges in the Next Decade Conference
February 28, 2019
Houston, TX

Stay tuned for more information!
1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage
March 13 - 15, 2019
The Consortium for International Maritime Heritage will host the 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage this spring in Singapore.

The Congress's goal is to create a space for global maritime stakeholders to form new partnerships, understand our common maritime heritage, and find ways to secure a sustainable future.

CMA Shipping 2019
April 2-4, 2019
Stamford, CT
The Connecticut Maritime Association annual conference is the largest international shipping exposition in North America. More than 2500 delegates and 160 exhibitors attend the two-and-a-half-day event which features 15 different seminars on current, critical, commercial, technical and regulatory issues of immediate impact to the industry. " The CMA community has their fingers on the pulse of the money: Finance, Trading and Cargoes – transactions, revenue and opportunity!" !

2018 NAMEPA Annual Conference and Awards Dinner

On October 25th, NAMEPA hosted our Annual Conference and Awards Dinner celebrating the New CSR: Ethical, Strategic, Sustainable . The conversation was led by influential speakers to discuss the changing world of maritime industry. We also extend our congratulations to the winners of this year's Marine Environment Protection Awards. Keep up the good work!
SHIPPINGInsight Conference

In October, NAMEPA spoke on the human element of the seafarer at the SHIPPINGInsight Conference . We were able to showcase our education programs directed at seafarers, which aim towards decreasing decriminalization, improving mental health, and increasing connectivity with the outside world.
World Maritime Day Observance

Every year, the IMO hosts a conference celebrating the maritime industry known as World Maritime Day. At these events, industry workers gather together to reflect on past successes and develop ways to improve for the coming year. This year, the North American World Maritime Day Observance was hosted in Cozumel, Mexico, honoring the theme "Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future." NAMEPA's Co-Founder Carleen Lyden-Walker served as the master of ceremonies and moderator for a panel discussion.
NAMEPA Save Our Seas Baby Seal Sea Lion Beach
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Available now for download and hard-copy is the 2019 Calendar "Better Shipping for a Better Future." The calendar features the 12 winners from North and South America of our annual K-12 Art Contest. Click the image above to download the calendar . For a hard copy, send a request to Nina at n.quaratella@namepa.net.
The 2019 K-12 student art contest will open in early January. This year's contest theme is " All Aboard! There's a place for you in the maritime community!" It will focus on diversity and inclusion in the maritime industry, and the wide range of opportunities that the industry provides. This theme was curated to reflect the 2019 IMO World Maritime Day theme.

For questions on how to submit artwork, please contact N.quaratella@namepa.net. An announcement will be posted when the submission portal is open.
The Marine Science Call for Papers Competition Winners for the 2018 year were selected. First place winner, Kyle Bramblett, joined NAMEPA at the 2018 Annual Conference and Awards Dinner as pictured above. Congratulations to Kyle Bramblett, Syndey Sinclair, and Jessica Thummel, our first through third places winners respectively. The competition will reopen for submissions in February 2019.
This year we established the NAMEPA Education Fund. Through our continued successes in education and outreach projects we will work to Save Our Seas, one student at a time.
Our education materials are available for download on our website. Based on the 2018 survey responses for our educational materials, over 8,000 students of all ages have been reached by their lessons and have inspired them to help improve their communities and how they treat the ocean. 100% of educators said they would use our resources again. We look forward to inspiring more students to take action for the marine environment in 2019!

Please send photos of NAMEPA's resources in the field, download our materials, and fill out our feedback survey.