Congratulations to Our Winners! 


grand Prize Winner, k-5:

Tarikka A. - Grade 5, Millstone River School, Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, United States

grand prize winner, 6-12:

Karolina K. - Grade 12, Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands, New Jersey, United States


finalist, k-5:

Sofia N. - Grade 3, Art Class by Irina Martynova, Houston, Texas, United States
Neema J. – Grade 2, Bellows Spring Elementary School, Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
Hannah B. - Grade 5, Blackrock Elementary, Coventry, Rhode Island, United States
Dakota B. - Grade 5, Cedar Road Elementary, Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Leonel L. - Grade 5, Unidad Educativa "Pedro Fermín Cevallos", Ambato, Tungurahua, Ecuador

Honorable Mention

Arden A. - Grade 5, Blackrock Elementary, Coventry, Rhode Island, United States

finalist, 6-12:

Deyanire Sarahi I. - Grade 10, Cetmar # 13 Taller de Habilidades Artísticas, Topolobampo, Sinalo, México
Danielle N. - Grade 6, McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Maryland, United States
Kaiya J. - Grade 6, Mayfield Woods Middle School, Elkridge, Maryland, United States
Graziella C. - Grade 9, Carmel High School, Carmel, California, United States
Daniela P. - Grade 9, La Estancia School, Comayagüela, Francisco Morazán, Honduras


Thank you to everyone who entered and supported the “Better Shipping for a Better Future” Art Contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of the American States (CIP-OAS).  We received over 100 submissions from students enrolled in grades K-12 throughout the Americas (North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean).  (En Español:

Informational Sites

For more information on ships and the maritime industry, check out these links:

The Maritime Industry Knowledge Center

International Chamber of Shipping



North American Marine Environment Protection Association

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources.  For more information visit

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit


The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas. CIP promotes competitive, sustainable, inclusive and secure maritime sector development by facilitating policy dialogue at the highest governmental and corporate levels. With close to 100 public and private members representing leading institutions from the maritime industry, CIP strengthens, in collaboration with its partners, institutional and human capacities through seminars, workshops, conferences, courses and scholarship programs. CIP priority areas include, in addition to promoting the protection of the marine environment and sustainable port management practices, competitiveness and logistics; protection and security; tourism and services to ships; legislation and regulation; and CSR and gender equality.   For more information, visit