The Truth About Garbage Patches

First off, garbage patches have been wildly misrepresented in the media in the past, causing confusion on the subject and leading many to believe that there is a large “island of trash” in the Pacific Ocean—at least the size of Texas!— that you can walk around on. This is extremely far from reality... Continue Reading Here

Sea Shepherd Did Things to a Swimming Pool

On Earth Day on April 22, 2016, Sea Shepherd Global teamed-up with Shanghai-based creative agency, Fred & Farid, to shine a spotlight on the massive issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Fred & Farid and Sea Shepherd have produced a short film that captures the reactions of swimmers at a public pool that has been filled with plastic pollution... Continue Reading Here.

The Power of the Paris Agreement is in the Market Place

In an extraordinary show of support for the Paris climate agreement adopted last December, 175 countries, including the U.S. and China, signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at a ceremony at U.N. Headquarters last week. The number far exceeded the historical record for first-day signatures to an international agreement.

During the signing ceremony, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, pointed directly to the private sector for action...Continue Reading Here.

IMO Restricts Sewage Discharge in Baltic Sea

In addition to new provisions on fuel efficiency reporting and an update on ballast water management rules, the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting last week also took action on sewage discharge in the Baltic Sea.

Newbuild passenger ships with keels laid after June 1, 2019 will not be permitted to discharge sewage waste within the Baltic Sea Special Area. It will be the first sea region in the world with an overall sewage discharge ban... Continue Reading Here.

imo meeting ends without agreement on ship emmissions

 Photo Courtesy:  IMO

Photo Courtesy:  IMO

World Maritime News reports:  During the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) meeting held in London, the attendees were unable to agree on a work plan for reducing ship emissions and the issue was put off until the next meeting of the IMO's environment committee in October.  To read more, CLICK HERE

NAMEPA receives grant from Patagonia Environmental Grants and Support Program

(Westport, CT) The North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) has received a grant from Patagonia’s Environmental Grants and Support Program. The project designed by NAMEPA is called Fighting Marine Debris on the Connecticut Coastline. The overall objective for this program is to bring together people from different community subsets to address the problem of marine debris and learn about the mitigations strategies and individual action plans. The project will be implemented along the Connecticut Coastline.

The Patagonia Environmental Grants and Support Program gives 1% of their sales to support environmental organizations around the world, funding at the grassroots level in countries and communities where they have people on the ground

NAMEPA Co-Founder/Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kluss commented, “NAMEPA is thrilled to receive a grant from such a global, environmentally conscious entity as Patagonia. This grant enables NAMEPA to build on community outreach and education about the marine environment, especially relating to reducing marine debris.  We are further pleased to receive this support from a brand so familiar to the global public, who will learn more about the maritime world through our work.

Patagonia - Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. For more information, go to



Coast Guard says be a 'good mate' to the environment

PITTSBURGH —Recognizing April 22 as Earth Day, the United States Coast Guard and its Auxiliary civilian volunteers urge all water enthusiasts to be always kind to the environment, especially in the vulnerable aquatic ecosystems like our rivers, lakes, and streams..Continue Reading Here

Carnival Joins up to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

Carnival Corporation is among the newest corporate partners of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, a coalition of non-profit organizations, companies, foundations and media interests that work closely with the U.S. government in a collaboration to reduce the purchase and sale of illegal wildlife products in the United States. ..To Continue Reading Click Here.

ABS Endows Professor at University of Michigan

A newly funded professorship in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department underscores ABS’ commitment to education.

(Houston) ABS, a leading provider of classification to the global marine and offshore industries, has endowed the American Bureau of Shipping Professor of Marine and Offshore Design and Performance position at the University of Michigan, naming Dr. Steven Ceccio, Chair of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department, to the role.

Speaking at the University of Michigan on April 14, 2016, ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki talked about ABS’ longstanding commitment to education. “We believe that encouraging students in engineering is crucial to the future of the industry,” he said. “For decades, this school has educated and developed some of the brightest minds in naval architecture and marine engineering — leaders who are taking the marine and offshore industries to new technical heights. Not only are you shaping minds, but you also are on the cutting edge of research efforts that will drive the future of our industry.”

Wiernicki explained why Dr. Ceccio was selected for the endowed position, pointing to a proven track record in research that includes more than 70 research grants for organizations that include the Office of Naval Research, Navy Sea Systems Command, Department of Energy, General Electric, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Sandia National Laboratory, and the American Bureau of Shipping. Wiernicki noted that Dr. Ceccio’s pursuits in academic research and scholarship not only earned him academic accolades, but led to his being awarded the prestigious Freeman Scholar Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Wiernicki explained that Dr. Ceccio’s passion for education and research, his drive to develop a world-class naval architecture and marine engineering program, his commitment to academic excellence, and his dedication to research and academic excellence are some of the reasons for selecting him as the ABS Professor of Marine and Offshore Design and Performance.

ABS has established various scholarships and endowments at technical universities in China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, the UK and the US and has supported additional educational initiatives, including research projects, at a number of leading international maritime universities.

About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.

For more information, contact: 
ABS Media Relations

port sector hemispheric seminar

The CIP-OAS will be hosting the "Hemispheric Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Equality in the Port Sector:  From Awareness to Action" from April 27-29 at the Hotel Wyndham in Panama City, Panama.  Admission is free but space is limited.  CLICK HERE for the agenda and registration information.


unctad launches maritime
country profiles

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has launched a novel set of maritime country profiles detailing statistics on many different countries’ trades, fleets and maritime trends.  Read more here.

Fairfield's Earth Day Celebration Among Best in Nation

First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that LeafFilter North Inc., which is one of the most environmentally friendly companies that has a vested interest in sustainability, has included Fairfield, Connecticut on its top 11 places to celebrate Earth Day this year. Fairfield is the only Connecticut locale to make this list. The company cited Fairfield “as a leader in the sustainability category, with its long history of eco-friendly outreach programs and dedication to raising awareness of environmental issues within the community.”... Continue reading here.

DNV GL's Vision for the Future of Shipping

DNV GL published its Technology Outlook report for 2025 last week. In the report, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of Maritime, has outlined his vision for the future of shipping:

In my vision of the future for shipping I see an industry that is still at the heart of global trade, bringing people together, and keeping the world’s economy vital and growing. But the industry itself, the vessels, the infrastructure, and the systems that connect them could change substantially....Click here to continue reading

Green Award Lists Cleanest Ships - And Saves Costs

As international environmental regulations advance, with new rules covering ballast water and sulfur emissions coming up soon (and calls in some quarters for regulation of CO2 emissions), some shipowners are looking to lead the way and get out in front of future requirements... Click here to continue reading.

Innovative Dutch Company Fishes for Plastic and Turns It Into Boats to Fish for More Plastic

he premise behind the Amsterdam-based venture Plastic Whale is beautifully simple. First, the company fishes out plastic bottles and other debris from the city’s numerous canals. Second, when enough bottles are collected, the plastic is transformed into material to make a boat. Third, the new boat is used to fish for more plastic bottles—to make more boats. Genius... Read more HERE

Ins and Outs of IMO’s Polar Code

The International Code for ships operating in Polar waters, better known as the Polar Code, will enter into force on January 1, 2017, and will apply to ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters... Click here to read more

Coral Reefs Hit by Worst Global Bleaching Event

Aerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns, Australia, to Papua New Guinea reveal that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst, mass bleaching event in its history, with the overwhelming majority of reefs being ranked in the most severe bleaching category.

Coral bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, like heightened sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, called ‘zooxanthellae’. The loss of these colorful algae causes the corals to turn white, and ‘bleach’. Bleached corals can recover if the temperature drops and zooxanthellae are able to recolonize them, otherwise the coral may die.... Read More Here

top 10 environmental priorities for
E.U. Ports

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has released its Top 10 Environmental Priorities for Ports in 2016.  To read more about ESPO's list, CLICK HERE.  To read more about how NAMEPA is helping to address these issues at US ports, visit

Maritime Museum moving to the port it celebrates

"The museum also will serve as the Gulf Coast headquarters of the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association, allowing the groups to work together on education programs." Read More Here!

Offshore Wind Area Designated for New York Wind

By MarEx 2016-03-17 17:14:16

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has defined a Wind Energy Area totaling approximately 81,130 acres for potential commercial wind energy development off New York. The area is located about 11 miles south of Long Island.

The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper and is part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Today's announcement builds on BOEM's work to foster offshore renewable energy development through a collaborative state-federal process to identify Wind Energy Areas and hold competitive lease sales. To date, BOEM has issued 11 commercial wind energy leases off the Atlantic coast. These include two leases offshore New Jersey stemming from last November’s competitive lease sale. Other commercial leases include two in a Wind Energy Area offshore Rhode Island-Massachusetts, another three offshore Massachusetts, one offshore Delaware, two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia.

“New York has tremendous offshore wind potential, and today's milestone marks another important step in the President's strategy to tap clean, renewable energy from the Nation’s vast wind and solar resources,” Jewell said. “We will continue to work with the State and local stakeholders through a collaborative effort as we determine what places have the highest potential and lowest conflict to harness the enormous wind energy potential off the Atlantic seaboard.”

The Wind Energy Area is based on a proposal by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in 2011, when it submitted an application for a commercial wind lease. At that time, NYPA proposed installing up to 194 wind turbines, each generating 3.6 megawatts (MW) for a total potential yield of nearly 700 MW of wind energy generation for the Long Island and New York City region.

BOEM will now complete an environmental assessment to determine potential impacts associated with issuing a lease. The assessment will also consider the impacts of conducting surveys and installing resource assessment facilities in the area.  BOEM may then move forward with steps to hold a competitive lease sale for commercial wind development offshore New York.

BOEM will continue to work with the State of New York to identify additional areas for potential wind energy development in the future.

© 2016 The Maritime Executive LLC.

Welcome Aboard, GMS

GMS, the world's leading buyer of ships for recycling, is NAMEPA's newest corporate member.  To learn more about GMS' commitment to the environment and read the press release, CLICK HERE.


"Every year we dump over eight million tons of plastic into the ocean. Not only does this plastic get mistaken for food by wildlife, it also manages to find its way back to coastlines and beaches causing damage and destruction on its journey. Plastic takes, on average, 400 years to degrade, and even then it only breaks down into smaller pieces, which may not be visible to the human eye." Article from The Maritime Executive Read More..


Sustainability features strongly in The Nautical Institute’s latest Strategic Plan, which has just been published and will run to 2020. It incorporates the views of 1,400 members who responded to a call to help guide the Institute’s work.

Captain Robert McCabe FNI, President of the Institute, said the organisation needed to “plot its course” in a challenging world where there were “more sensitivities, more regulations, more accountability, more technology, more trade, more ships, less water space, and greater competition from other industries offering opportunities to bright young people.”

“Sustainability can also apply to professions,” pointed out Captain McCabe. “A cornerstone of sustainability is knowledge, and knowledge in a rapidly changing environment can only be gained by sharing. The sharing of knowledge is one of our core foundations and the Institute has been distributing knowledge and best practice since its inception.”

US Coast guard announces Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award winners

The 2016 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Awards were presented on March 4, 2016 at the American Petroleum Institute Maritime Energy Transportation Forum.  For more information about the awards and a list of this year's winners, CLICK HERE.  

Q&A with Chris Wiernicki- Chairman, president, & CEO of American Bureau of Shipping

Recently, American Bureau of Shipping's Chairman, President, & CEO- Chris Wiernicki- sat down with Maritime Executive to talk about classification societies, ABS, and more.  To read the article, CLICK HERE.

critical habitat for right whales expanded

The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) has expanded the habitats for the endangered Northern Atlantic Right Whale.  The NMFS rule affects areas off the coast of Maine in the North Atlantic and from Cape Fear, NC to Cape Canaveral, FL in the South Atlantic.  To read more about this ruling, CLICK HERE.

A Look ahead to 2016
from rear adm Paul Thomas of the uscg

 Rear Adm Paul Thomas, USCG, assistant commandant for prevention policy

Rear Adm Paul Thomas, USCG, assistant commandant for prevention policy

Rear Adm Thomas looks ahead and addresses the growing demands on the marine transportation system, the need to reduce shipping’s environmental footprint, and the ever-increasing complexity of systems and technology - For the full article, CLICK HERE

ABS centralizes global marine activities

ABS has centralized its global marine strategic planning, client development, and product and service offerings to deliver enhanced classification services and joint technical projects.  To read the article, CLICK HERE.

Recycling is Fourth Pillar of Shipping

GMS is passionate about ship recycling and believes that shipping encompasses the entire life of a ship - from construction to use to disposal.  To read the article, CLICK HERE

first sustainable shipping loan obtained

 Photo: Maritime Executive

Photo: Maritime Executive

The Anthony Veder's securing the first sustainable shipping loan is a landmark transaction in the global shipping industry.  As a clean ship, Anthony Veder has both reduced CO2 emissions and impact on marine life.  To read the article, CLICK HERE.

Ship noise heard by killer whales

There is growing evidence that ship noise is heard by whales and effects their ability to communicate.  To read the article, CLICK HERE.

IS marine debris A Bigger threat than CO2?

 Photo:  Pia Rink Baagoe; Port of Elsinore, Denmark, 2014

Photo:  Pia Rink Baagoe; Port of Elsinore, Denmark, 2014

What is more devastating to our oceans- rising CO2 or ever increasing marine debris?  You may be surprised.  Our friends at Scardana clued us in to a thought provoking article on the subject.  To read the article, CLICK HERE.

MSC Bans Shark Products

MSC demonstrates their commitment to saving the marine environment by placing an embargo on any consignment containing shark-related products.  For the full article, Click here.

ABS Realigns Americas Division to Pursue Expanding Opportunities

"ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, announces the realignment of its Americas Division operations to create two new regions – Canada and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. This realignment strengthens localized leadership to help ABS members and clients take advantage of expanding opportunities..." Read more here

Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

 Image:  US Fish and Wildlife Service

Image:  US Fish and Wildlife Service

According to a report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the world’s oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050 if current business practices are not changed.  For the full article, Click here.


Lloyd's List is now accepting nominations for the 2016 North American Awards to be presented in New York City on May 19th.  Nominations are being accepted through February 19th.  For the full press release, Click here.


Ships constructed on or after January 1, 2016 and entering into the North American or U.S. Caribbean Emission Control Areas (ECA) must comply with the Tier III NOx requirement of MARPOL Annex VI, Chapter 3, Regulation  To read the full article, Click here.


The California State Lands Commission has issued a letter to "Shipping Agents and Interested Parties" regarding the Marine Invasive Species Act.  To read the full letter, Click here.

It’s Time to End the MARPOL Merry-go-round

Hardly a month goes by when another illegal maritime dumping violation is reported. Most violations, prosecuted in the United States, are based on false or fraudulent entries in the oil record book of a foreign-flag ship. Often, evidence of a “magic pipe” installation is found upon inspection in a United States port. While not all such reported cases are successfully prosecuted, most are, with the help of a whistleblower aboard the ship... Click here to continue reading this article from

adidas uses ocean plastic in shoe

At the Parley Talks that took place in parallel with COP21, adidas and Parley for the Oceans showcased a 3D-printed ocean plastic shoe midsole to demonstrate how industry can re-think design and contribute to stop ocean plastic pollution.

The concept shoe consists of an upper made with ocean plastic content and a midsole which is 3D printed using recycled polyester and gill net content. Click here to read the full article from Maritime Executive.

namepa featured in maritime professional

NAMEPA's education programs were featured in a recent issue of Maritime Professional, in an article entitled "Corporate Charity on the Waterfront." Click the image to see the full issue.



building greener ships, to keep the sea from rising

Article from the New York Times

SAN DIEGO — With its cavernous cargo holds and gleaming white superstructure, the 730-foot Perla del Caribe, which is nearing completion at a shipyard here, looks like any midsize container ship.

But at the stern, visible through cutouts in the superstructure, are two huge steel tanks that show this is no typical vessel. The bulbous tanks, 90 feet long and painted an eye-catching lime green, together will carry half a million gallons of liquefied natural gas, or L.N.G., chilled to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas will be the primary fuel used to power the ship when it begins moving cargo on a weekly schedule from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Juan, P.R., early next year.

While L.N.G. has been used for some ferries and other vessels, the ship and a second, identical one that began plying the Jacksonville-San Juan route last month, are the first container ships to use the fuel. Cleaner-burning L.N.G., which consists almost entirely of methane, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 15 percent to 20 percent compared with the heavy tarlike fuels used on most ships.

“We came to a decision that rather than putting Band-Aids on things, we should look for ways to address core issues of maritime emissions,” said Peter Keller, the executive vice president of Tote, the shipping company that built the two vessels at a cost of about $350 million.

The two ships will make only a tiny dent in the amount of CO2 released by ships worldwide, about a billion tons a year. And as nations gather in Paris for final negotiations on a new climate treaty, the issue of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping remains a point of dispute.

Click here to read the full article from the NY Times.

two billion tons of goods shipped with greenhouse gas emissions rating

Ahead of COP21, 26 of the 35 charterers that include vessel efficiency in their supply chain selection have come forward to highlight their proactive measures on climate change. By using the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating to find the more efficient vessels these industry leaders are using their influence to incite change in the maritime industry by rewarding ship owners that prioritize efficiency. Click here to see the press release.

SAVE the date: #givingtuesday is december 2nd

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2012, a social movement was launched: #GIVINGTUESDAY. This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join the movement by supporting NAMEPA's education programs. Check out our video below to see the programs you will be supporting.


Check out these videos from marad on ports!

Click here to see videos on the importance of ports, port challenges and the StrongPorts program, and solutions and services.

namepa sponsors baltimore river cleanup

On September 22nd, NAMEPA was one of the sponsors for a River Cleanup by three Baltimore area schools.  Click here to see how these kids and other volunteers made a difference.

fednav adds eco-friendly ship

The multipurpose vessel will be used to ship general cargo to the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System, as well as bulk commodities from the Midwest to world markets, said Fednav. Click here for more information.

oil majors will work to common climate change goal

The chief executive officers of 10 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, which together provide almost a fifth of all oil and gas production and supply nearly 10 percent of the world’s energy, have declared their collective support for an effective climate change agreement to be reached at next month’s United Nations (U.N.) Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework on Climate Change (COP21). Click here to read the article.

ocean conservancy study notes that three-fifths of ocean plastic comes from five countries

Ocean Conservancy recently released a study that notes that five countries - China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand - account for nearly three-fifths of the estimated annual input of plastic into the global ocean, due to these nations' inadequate waste disposal and collection systems. The study concludes that by implementing fundamental waste management systems in the five nations, the amount of plastic entering the global ocean could be cut by 45%. For the full report, click here.

cO2: Sekimizu wants inclusion and control

As world leaders prepare for key negotiations on climate change in Bonn and Paris later this year, IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has issued a strong call for any discussion on shipping’s contribution to global CO2 emissions to be held at IMO:

Later this year, parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet first in Bonn and then in Paris for discussions that will be pivotal for the sustainable future of mankind. Click here for the full article.

study finds 25% of fish eat rubbish

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris, plastic or fibrous material, in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia. Click here to read the article.

christopher j. wiernicki meets maritime industry stakeholders in role as iacs chairman

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has taken part in a series of meetings with maritime industry stakeholders in his capacity as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Together with IACS Secretary-General Robert Ashdown, Wiernicki also hosted a press conference at which he laid out the organization's work program for the coming year. Wiernicki assumed the chairmanship of IACS in July 2015 and will lead the organization at a challenging time for the industry. Click here to see the full press release.

koji sekimizu presented with namepa tribute

NAMEPA Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kluss presented International Maritime Organization Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu with a tribute from NAMEPA for his career commitment to "Save Our Seas" along with some NAMEPA swag for his forthcoming leisure hours!

engaging the next generation

School children from local and international schools based in London attended an informative session at IMO on Tuesday as part of World Maritime Day celebrations. 

The pupils enjoyed an interactive session where they learned about ships, the cargoes they carry, regulations for ships and the whole range of careers available in the maritime world. They then took turns on ship simulators, loaned by ARI World, and were interviewed about what they had learned. Click here to read the article.

container shipping cuts co2 emissions

2015 annual reporting from BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group indicates that average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes have declined by 8.4 percent from 2013 to 2014 and by more than 29 percent since 2009. Click here to read the full article.

scientists to study ship noise impact on marine life

Port Metro Vancouver has partnered with the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and JASCO Applied Sciences to deploy a hydrophone listening station in Canada’s Strait of Georgia. The listening station will monitor underwater noise caused by shipping vessels, which has been identified as a threat to whales. Click here to read the article from The Maritime Executive.


namepa founding chairman clay maitland speaks capital link global commodities energy & shipping forum

Click here to see Clay Maitland's speech on global politics and shipping.


In the latest edition of its Annual Review, ITOPF Chairman, Paddy Rodgers, reports on what has been a very productive year for the Federation. Whilst keeping its strategic goals aimed at improving spill preparedness and response clearly in focus, ITOPF has maintained the flexibility to attend 22 new incidents and provide remote advice for a further 25 cases. Click here to see the review.

global marine technology trends 2030 report released

Report examines the transformative impact of 18 technologies on ship design, naval power and the use of ocean space in 2030. Click here for the article in Lloyd's Register.

DNV GL REPORT on the future of shipping

The shipping industry must continue to enable global trade and prosperity while contributing to a more sustainable future. Read more about ambitions and possible pathways to sustainable shipping here.

ballast water management presentation by california state lands commission

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) posted a presentation from its Maritime Invasive Species Program (MISP) Customer Service Meeting regarding ballast water management compliance in California. Click here to see the presentation.

2014 USCG Port state control annual report

This annual report marks the seventeenth issue and details the statistics related to enforcement of the regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), and the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code on foreign flagged vessels trading in U.S. ports. Click here to see the report.

99 percent of seabirds to eat plastic by 2050

Based on an analysis of published studies since the early 1960s, a team of researchers predict that plastic ingestion will affect 99 per cent of the world’s seabird species by 2050. Click here to see the article.

suny maritime ranked number one for highest paid graduates

In a report released by, SUNY Maritime was ranked number one among all public and private colleges in the nation for alumni mid-career salaries. Click here to see the article.

call for high school and undergraduate papers in the marine sciences

Did you demonstrate your passion in the Marine Sciences by participating in a Science or Engineering Fair either individually or in a team of up to three people sometime in 2015? Would you like to receive scholarship money to further your education and research in this exciting field? If so, NAMEPA and the American Salvage Association invite you to enter our annual science contest! Click here for the press release.

researchers complete pacific garbage patch recon ahead of proposed cleanup

AUGUST 23 - Researchers returned on Sunday from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Dutch-borne crew works to refine a clean-up strategy it will roll out globally.

The crew of the Ocean Cleanup, backed by volunteers in sailboats, ventured to areas of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, a swirling mass of human-linked debris spanning hundreds of miles of open sea where plastic outnumbers organisms by factors in the hundreds. Click here to read the full article.

NOAA: In 2012, u.s. ocean & great lakes economy grew much faster than overall gdp

The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion, according to a new NOAA analysis. Click here to read the article.

NAMEPA EXECUTIVE director CARLEEN LYDEN-KLUSS discusses preparations being made by major drilling operations in alaska

Zuknuft to keynote top U.s. maritime conference

Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, will give the opening keynote address at the 2015 North American World Maritime Day (NAWMD) conference. Following the IMO's 2015 theme, the title of this year's NAWMD is Maritime Education & Training Summit- Collaboration for Industry's Future, Securing Maritime's 21st Century Workforce. NAMEPA represents one of the several organizations attending that believes in and supports maritime education. For more, click here.

Baltimore’s Maritime Industries Academy Students go to STEM Camp at SUNY Maritime College

Open to students attending maritime themed high schools, SUNY Maritime College's fourth annual STEM Academy is providing inner city high school students with a five-day, practical, hands-on program. Along with an emphasis on STEM disciplines, the week-long summer enrichment program will focus on the SUNY Maritime College core values of accountability, responsibility, diligence and leadership. Click here for the full article, and on the photos below to scroll through the gallery.

Mondays with Maitland: Response to New York Times Attack 

NAMEPA Co-founder Clay Maitland and Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kuss criticize the New York Times for a recent article that misrepresents the maritime industry during an interview with Maritime TV. Clay and Carleen make the case that the articleStowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship, by Ian Urbina, the first in a series entitled “The Outlaw Ocean” is an example of attack journalism that inaccurately portrays the safest industry transportation sector in the world. In addition, they maintain that erroneous media reports about the maritime industry need to be vigorously and credibly rebutted to eliminate knee-jerk reaction that could result in unnecessary new regulations for an industry that is already over-regulated. Click here to view Clay and Carleen's rebuttal

coast guard will help release sea turtle hatchlings

Coast Guard crews from Fort Lauderdale on Monday will ferry marine scientists and volunteers from the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center well offshore to help release over 580 sea turtle hatchlings. Click here for the full press release

EPA Agreement with Port Authority and Port Terminal Operators Will Cut Harmful Pollution from Idling Trucks in Newark and Beyond 

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced agreements with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and port terminal operators that will cut harmful air pollution from the Port of New York and New Jersey. Under the agreements, the Port Authority, APM Terminals North America, Maher Terminals and Port Newark Container Terminals will reduce truck idling at the port of Newark and take other actions to reduce harmful air pollution from diesel exhaust. For the full press release click here

Is the hype over the ocean cleanup project worth it?

The plastic-skimming booms won't take enough plastic out of the ocean to be worth the effort, will injure wildlife, and will end up becoming more shredded pieces of plastic in an ocean already awash in plastic. Read the article for a perspective on the topic not as commonly seen in the media 


NAMEPA is proud to announce its placement as a finalist for the Lloyd’s List 2015 Global Environment Award. NAMEPA won the prestigious North American Environment Award last year for the vast efforts made on a daily basis to engage maritime businesses, government and the public to “Save our Seas.”

“With a 22% increase in number of entries this year, we are humbled to be in the final 7 for our category,” stated Clay Maitland Founding Chairman of NAMEPA. "NAMEPA continues to grow its membership and its programs.  It is gratifying that the international judges recognize our work on a global, as well as regional, scale."

The Lloyd’s List Global Awards will take place on October 1st, 2015 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.

Centuries-old shipwreck discovered off North Carolina Coast

Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition has revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck more than a mile deep off the North Carolina coast. Artifacts on the wreck indicate it might date to the American Revolution. For the full article click here

The Chicago Yacht Club hosts the 107th annual race to mackinac

NAMEPA heads to the Chicago Yacht Club, where the 107th Annual Race to Mackinac will be hosted on July 11th, 2015. NAMEPA joins the festivities Wednesday, July 8th with a visit to the Mini-Mac Family Event at the Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station to share materials with the attendees, adults and children, about marine debris and the marine environment. Click here for the full press release.

abs to class maersk's largest boxship

ABS has been selected to class 11 ultra-large containership for Maersk Line A/S Denmark. ABS was chosen to class 20 of the triple-E containerships that Maersk ordered 3 years ago, and while the news editions will be slightly larger, the owner indicated that energy efficient, economy of scale, and the environment are all still central considerations. Click here for the full press release


The ORCA is a marine environment clean up machine-- from oil spill recovery to marine debris removal. It's innovative vortex technology yields an effective clean up that is virtually clog proof and can therefore be used on cleaning tanks, industrial waste, and beaches, instead of being put to storage like other machines when not being used for oil spill clean up. For more information, visit the orca website and watch this video on the latest ORCA technology. 

The paris memorandum of understanding on port state control- 2014 annual report

Through the "White, Grey, and Black Lists" the Paris MoU offers a worldwide index for flag performance. In the 2014 report, 43 flags were placed under the White List. The annual report also allows for an impact analysis of the NIR since its introduction in 2011, showing that the total number of inspections has increased for the first time. Click here for the full report. 

Namepa and veson Nautical organize a beach cleanup in south Boston on Saturday, June 27th, 2015

For the official press release and photo from this event Click here.


Videos from capitol hill ocean week 2015 now available

NAMEPA Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kluss was one of the speakers at this year's Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington, DC. Click here to see videos from the event.

International Shipping Needs 42,500 More Officers By 2019, Drewry Says

The international shipping industry will require an additional 42,500 officers by the end of 2019 to cope with the expected growth in the main cargo carrying fleet, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Click here to read the full article

peak in global emissions possible by 2020




A peak in global energy-related emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 and at no net economic cost, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday in its new World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change. Click here to read the report.

get ready for 57 new imo requirements

Keeping updated on new and retroactive requirements from IMO and ILO can be a challenge. To help, DNV GL has made a summary of the most important requirements entering into force from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2018. Click here to read the article.

Intermepa is nine years old

June 6 marked the 9th anniversary of INTERMEPA, the International Marine Environment Protection Association, which was founded in Greece by the four national MEPA’s of Australia, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. Ever since, three more members in North America, Uruguay and Ukraine joined the association. Click here to see the press release. 

20-year-old inventor announces collosal ocean plastic cleaning system

Boyan Slat, 20-year-old founder of The Ocean Cleanup, recently announced his ocean plastic cleaning system will be deployed next year. Click here to read the article.

terragon environmental technologies to begin development of category and regulation for shipboard gasification waste to energy systems

Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that at the 68th Session of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) held in London during May 11 -15, the Committee approved work to begin on the development of a category and regulation for Shipboard Gasification Waste to Energy Systems. Click here to see the press release.

green marine reports steady environmental progress by its maritime industry participants

Seattle, Friday, May 29, 2015 – Green Marine awarded their environmental performance certificates to more than 80 maritime companies yesterday during its GreenTech 2015 conference being held in Seattle, Washington. Click here to read the press release.

world shipping council report: "some observations on port congestion, vessel size and vessel sharing agreements"

Click here to read the report.

fighting pollution from microbeads used in soaps and creams

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The California State Assembly approved a measure to outlaw the use of microbeads in what could become the strictest ban in the country. Read NY Times article here.

Classnk Joins Namepa

NAMEPA recently gained new member ClassNK in continuing global growth and collaboration furthering the common goal to "Save Our Seas." Click here to read the press release.

Global priorities in the arctic

To the dismay of environmentalists, last week, the Obama administration gave Shell conditional approval to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement comes on the heels of a meeting last month of the Arctic Council at which the United States took over the rotating two-year chairmanship of the group. At the gathering, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Arctic environment will be a top priority for the United States.

Given the fragile environment of this part of the world and its growing appeal to world leaders, how should the international community balance environmental protection, economic development and social equity in the Arctic?

new megaship to join royal caribbean fleet

Royal Caribbean Cruises recently announced that it has placed an order from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard for a fourth Quantum-class ship, which will be delivered in 2019. Click here to read the article.

WISTA USA takes manhattan

On the eve of its Annual General Meeting in Manhattan, Alexandra Anagnostis Irons, founder and president of Total Marine Solutions and current president of WISTA USA, discusses the role of Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) in the modern maritime community. Click here to read the interview.

bsee releases annual report on oil, gas

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released its first ever annual report on May 5, coinciding with a press conference at the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference. 

The BSEE 2014 Annual Report summarizes oil and gas activities from the past years, presents comparisons to previous years, and describes BSEE’s analysis of trends. The Annual Report also outlines current BSEE initiatives and the agency’s plans to reduce risk in the coming year. Click here to read the article.

shell demonstrates arctic spill response capabilities

Shell’s controversial plan to recommence drilling operations in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea has been met with protest by people from around the world. However, Shell’s Alaska program has gone to great lengths to make sure a worst-case scenario, such as an oil spill, never takes place, and the company has just released an animation demonstrating its spill response capabilities. Click here to read the full article.

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Delivers Commencement Address at Maine Maritime Academy

(Castine, Maine) Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed graduating students, their families and faculty members at Maine Maritime Academy's (MMA) Commencement on 2 May. The ceremony was held at 11 a.m. at MMA's Alexander Field House. Click here to see the press release.

ship waste: brussels 'moving towards risk-based port state control inspections'

The European Commission is moving towards a risk-based system of port state control for waste, according to a report from the European Sustainable Shipping Forum. Click here to read the article.

Plastic particles may seriously harm marine life

Micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibers which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain – are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris, such as plastic bags, according to a new report. Click here to read the full article.

Max1 Waste Stream Management Survey

This survey is applicable to anyone who knows what bilge water is, but crew members and ship operators (or anyone else with shipboard waste stream management experience) are especially useful. The survey is anonymous, and is also designed to skip questions based on your answers to eliminate questions that aren’t applicable to you. It can takes 5-20 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey!

Happy earth day 2015 from namepa!

The oceans play a vital role in our everyday lives. Check out our Earth Day video to learn about the importance of the oceans, the threats they face and how you can help Save Our Seas!

USCG: marine debris in the arctic

The U.S. Coast Guard issued an article concerning marine debris in the Arctic and the agency's domestic and international efforts to promote stewardship. Click here to see the article.

ITOPF launches its first children's website and game featuring namepa activities

ITOPF's new children's website was designed to educate elementary-age students on the marine environment, specifically the effects of oil spills and ways to minimize damage, all in an interactive manner. The site also features games and activities from NAMEPA's "Exploring the Marine Environment" Activity Book. Click here to learn more. Click here to see the website.

sailfuture offering expeditions in europe to raise money for programs

Looking for an adventure this summer and want to donate to a great cause at the same time? Our friends at SailFuture give young men facing jail time a unique alternative: live on a 65' sailboat and travel internationally with a mental health counselor, teacher, and captain while leading in service projects, completing their education, and receiving world-class counseling. Recently, a sailboat was donated for their programs and they need to retrieve it from Europe. While they bring it home to Florida, they are offering week-long sailing vacations to raise money for their programs! Click here for more information.

NAMEPA and OCean Conservancy SIGN MOU

NAMEPA and the Ocean Conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to foster a collaborative effort that encourages marine pollution prevention and increases public awareness of impacts and mitigation techniques of marine pollution. This June we are launching Marina Cleanup Day, and are working to enlist recreational boaters and marinas to become ocean stewards. Click here to see the press release.

namepa sees continued support as new members join to further the common goal to "save our seas"

Norwegian Cruise Line and Nature Environmental & Marine Services, LLC have joined NAMEPA as new members. Click here to see the press release.

February 2015 cip e-bulletin now available

Click here to see the Inter-American Committee on Ports' February 2015 E-Bulletin!

u.s. proposes arctic drilling sanctions

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have released proposed regulations to ensure that future exploratory drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are done safely and responsibly, subject to strong and proven operational standards. Click here to read the article on Maritime Executive.

congratulations to our members and partners who received a lloyd's list award this year!

Winners are as follows:

Deal of the Year: Jeffries, accepted by Jeff Pribor

Environmental Innovation Award: Stericycle

Environmental Excellence Award: Green Marine

Marine Casualty Response Award: American Salvage Association (ASA)

Maritime Services Award - General: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Maritime Services Award - Legal: Blank Rome

Seafarer Advocate of the Year: Seafarers' House, Port Everglades

Lifetime Achievement Award: Joe Cox, Chamber of Shipping of America

Our 2014 Annual report is here!

Check out our latest annual report for all that we've accomplished in 2014. Click the photo to view the file.





plastics dumped in world's oceans estimated at 8m tons annually

New research shows for the first time the enormity of the problem posed by the amount of plastic finding its way into the world's oceans. Click here to see the article.


Atlantic corals: colorful and vulnerable

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Dr. Peter Auster from Mystic Aquarium is featured in this New York Times article about the fragile deep sea coral ecosystems and what should be done to protect them.


mammoet salvage - usat general zalinksi fuel removal operation

Watch how the environmental threat onboard the USAT General Zalinski, sunk in the Grenville in British Columbia, is removed by Mammoet Salvage together with partner Global Diving & Salvage and the Canadian Coastguard


SBI Samba.

84,000 dwt Bulk Carrier

Imabari Shipyard, Japan

Flag: Marshall Island

Managed by Scorpio Ship Management, Mumbai.



Applicability: Shipowners and managers

All ships 400gt and over and all oil tankers 150gt and over are required by the MARPOL Convention to carry a Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) and/or Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP).

MARPOL requires these plans to include an up-to-date list of agencies or administration officials responsible for receiving and processing reports of pollution incidents. The IMO annually publishes this list of national contacts as a Circular; the latest version can be found here.

The list is also available online, on the IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). To access it, log in or register at, select ‘Contact Points’ and then select ‘National operational contact points responsible for the receipt, transmission and processing of urgent reports on incidents involving harmful substances, including oil from ships to coastal states’. This online list is updated every quarter and includes an Annex of changes made since the previous release.

SOPEPs containing out-of-date lists of national contacts are a common port state control inspection deficiency. Owners and managers should ensure that their ships’ SOPEPs and SMPEPs are kept up to date. 



The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review until 6 February 2015 at

The inaugural U.N. WOA is the first of a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects.

The WOA includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes:
▪ Marine environment and understanding the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system
▪ Food security and food safety
▪ Marine biological diversity
▪ Human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean

The WOA review is open to the international community. Members of the international community are welcomed and encouraged to review and submit comments. It is important for the WOA to include input from the ocean business community, especially in relation to the assessment themes on human activities.


Royal Caribbean Announces 'Scrubber' Retrofits

Royal Caribbean Cruises revealed plans Monday to retrofit 19 of its ships with gas exhaust scrubbers to meet existing European standards and ahead of the upcoming changes to fuel sulphur limits imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Click here to read the full article.

ABS Releases Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels

Notation reflects increased demand for review and approval of machinery elements on vessels designed for conversion to LNG fuel. Click here to see the press release.

University of Houston Offers Logistics & Supply Chain Training Program

Click here to see course descriptions and to register.

Light Returns New Plastic to Atoms

A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, in the U.S. holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to a specific type of light and is reduced back to molecules, which could then be used to create new plastic. Click here to read the article from The Maritime Executive.

New Google Tool to Track Global Fisheries

Oceana, SkyTruth and Google have announced their partnership to develop a new big-data technology platform, called Global Fishing Watch, which analyzes massive amounts of satellite data to create the first ever global view of commercial fishing. Click here to read the article from The Maritime Executive.

Sustainable Development: Bridge to Future Business

Click here to see the article from The Maritime Executive.

WEDA Appoints New Executive Director

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) announced that it has appointed Board Member and Treasurer, Thomas M. Verna, as its Interim Executive Director, effective October 1, 2014. Click here to see the press release.

Marad Awards Grant for Cutting Edge Green Project

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a $450,000 grant to AEP Rivers Operations of St. Louis, Missouri, to modify the Motor Vessel (M/V) Christopher Parsonage, into a fuel-efficient hybrid vessel that conserves fuel and reduces harmful vessel emissions.  The modification will provide the180-ft tug boat, which operates along the lower Mississippi River, with a hybrid generator set attached to the main engine that will provide auxiliary power, which would normally be produced from the diesel generator.    MARAD will use the test results from this project to support further work related to vessel air emissions, energy conservation, and efficiency.  The study is expected to be completed by 2017.  

ABS to Develop Design Criteria for Subsea Pipelines

Hyundai Heavy Industries has awarded ABS a contract to develop subsea pipeline design and training guidelines in support of FEED. Click here to view the press release.

NAMEPA Featured in Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) Newsletters

Click here for the November 2014 newsletter

Click here for the September 2014 newsletter

Click here for the August 2014 newsletter

Entries Open for Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards

Entries are now open for the second annual Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards. Click here for the press release.

New NAMEPA Chapter Formed in Mexico


North American World Maritime Day heralded the birth of a new NAMEPA chapter in Mexico led by Alejandro Trillo Menchelli and Fernando Melo Graf of Stericycle. Click here to see the press release.

NAMEPA Awarded Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) with the 2014 Marine Environment Protection Award

Click here to see the press release.

Koji Sekimizu Keynote Speaker at NAMEPA WMD Conference

Click here to see the IMO website.


Robot Fleet Observes Marine Life

A fleet of seven robotic vehicles were launched into the ocean off southwest England this week, in the most ambitious project of its kind in Europe. The vehicles are aiming to travel up to 300 miles over the next 20 days, and will be collecting scientific data about ocean processes and marine life. Click here to read the full article.

Mr. Koji Sekimizu Announced as Keynote Speaker for NAMEPA World Maritime Day Conference & Gala Dinner in Cozumel, Mexico

The Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Koji Sekimizu, will be discussing the importance of maritime education and heritage at NAMEPA's North American World Maritime Day Conference in Cozumel, Mexico, October 23rd-24th. Click here to see the press release.

Titan Salvage Receives NAMEPA's Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award

Houston-based TITAN Salvage is the recipient of the NAMEPA 2014 Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award. Click here to see the press release.

NAMEPA September 2014 Newsletter

Click here to see where we've been!

Global Shipping Emissions Cut by 20% - ICS

According to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), total greenhouse gas emissions from the global maritime transport industry are estimated to have been cut by 20% from 2007 to 2012. Click here to read the full article.

Maitland: Alaska ro-ro voyage demonstrates value of U.S. mariners, pollution controls

NAMEPA Co-founder Clay Maitland talks about the recent voyage to Alaska in Professional Mariner. Click here to see the article.

Educator's Guide to Marine Debris in NOAA Marine Debris Blog

Click here to see the article about the NAMEPA and NOAA Educator's Guide to Marine Debris in the NOAA Marine Debris Blog!


Latest Draft for PREP Guidelines

Click here to view the latest National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines.

MARAD Releases Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas

Click here to read the article in The Maritime Executive. Click here to view the report.

NAMEPA Goes to Alaska

NAMEPA Co-founders Carleen Lyden-Kluss and Clay Maitland recently traveled to Alaska where they traveled from Seattle to Anchorage aboard the MV Midnight Sun, visited the GYRE Exhibit at the Anchorage Museum, and went to the Northernmost Point in the U.S.! To see photos from their trip, click here.

NOAA: Marine Debris Economics Study in CA

NOAA issued a news release stating that its marine debris economics study shows that Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered beaches in favor of cleaner beaches that are farther away and cost more to reach.

NAMEPA Members & RightShip Environmental Rating Adjustment

All NAMEPA vessels are eligible for a positive adjustment toward their RightShip Environmental Rating! Click here for the press release.


"Notes from the Plasticene Epoch" Article, New York Times

Click here to read the article.

INTERMEPA Celebrates its 8th Anniversary at Posidonia 2014


Click here to read the press release.


Now Accepting Entries for Marine Science Project Contest!

Contest run by the American Salvage Association and NAMEPA.

High School and Undergraduate Students: Did you demonstrate your passion in the Marine Sciences by participating in a Science or Engineering Fair either individually or in a team of up to three persons sometime in 2014? Would you like to receive scholarship money to further your education and research in this exciting field?

If so, we invite you to send us a project abstract of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing your project for consideration of special awards to be presented by the Education Committees of the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA). Your project will be evaluated by both associations for awards with one submission. Papers and abstracts will be accepted from June 1, 2014 - September 15, 2014. Winners will be notified on or before October 15, 2014.

Click here to enter and for additional information.


NAMEPA Visits Washed Ashore Exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo

In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8th, NAMEPA visited the Washed Ashore Exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo. This larger-than-life installation features artwork by Angela Hastletine Pozzi that's constructed entirely out of marine debris items! Check out the video here.


NAMEPA Attends 10th Annual Salmon Kiss and Release Event in Tiburon, CA


Click here to see the video.

The 10th annual salmon Kiss and Release event took place on Saturday, May 17th, in Tiburon, CA. This event is held each year by the Tiburon Salmon Institute, a local organization that brings students and local communities together to conserve and restore salmon habitat in Northern California. Since it was established in 2006, the TSI has worked to foster educational partnerships between scientists, schools, environmental organizations and government agencies to protect and study this important fish species in San Francisco Bay.

Northern California and the San Francisco Bay area in particular have historically provided crucial spawning habitat for many species of Pacific salmon. However, due to the destruction or damming of much of their natural habitat, salmon populations have declined severely in recent years - in some cases, only 10% of the historic population remains. Even still, the Sacramento-San Joaquin valley watershed supports more Chinook salmon runs than any other watershed in the world, though almost all of the local Chinook salmon runs are now listed as threatened or endangered.

This year, students in the aquaculture program at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma raised over 2,000 Chinook Salmon fingerlings and transported them for release into the Bay. The salmon arrived by truck amidst a lively crowd of parents and children, community members and onlookers. They were carefully acclimated to the baywater by the Casa Grande high school students before being released into the Bay in colorful TSI buckets in the helping hands of many eager young salmon enthusiasts.

The festival was held by the rocky shores of the Bay at Blackies Pasture and included live music from local band The Marinfidels, a barbeque by the Tiburon Volunteer Fire Department, a performance and a bake sale by the Redwood High School Cheerleaders, and information booths and activities sponsored by many local environmental organizations. For more information and to support the Tiburon Salmon Institute, please visit See you next year!


NAMEPA Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kluss Awarded USCG's Public Service Commendation Award


Click here to read the press release.

Click here to read the article by GCaptain.

Webcasts of "Safety at Sea" Seminar and AMVER Dinner Now Available


WISTA UK Launches Photographic and Shipping Essay Competition

Competition related to the 'Came by SHIP' campaign to celebrate its 40th anniversary. For more information, visit


Billion Oysters Project Launches, Led By NY Harbor School


NAMEPA March/April 2014 Newsletter Now Available



Organization of American States (OAS) Opens First Workshop on Maritime Safety

Click here to see the press release.

Click here for photos from the event.

Click here to see a live feed of the workshop.

Maritime Transportation Regulations: Impacts on Safety, Security, Jobs and the Environment

High Cost to Shipping of Environmental Compliance

International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says that finding enough money to remain compliant with environmental regulation is going to be a challenge for shipowners and operators over the next few years.

2014 World Ocean Summit Executive Summary

NAMEPA co-founders Carleen Lyden-Kluss and Clay Maitland attended the 2014 World Ocean Summit at Half Moon Bay in San Francisco, CA. Click the graphic below for the executive summary.


"Making Waves:" The 2014 Mystic Aquarium Newsletter


New Editions of ITOPF's Handbook & Ocean Orbit Published

The 2014/15 ITOPF Handbook contains a wealth of valuable information and guidance for those likely to be involved in spills of oil and chemicals from ships. It features information on ITOPF's technical and information services, oil spill statistics, the fate and effects of marine oil spills, clean-up techniques, the organisation of spill response, contingency planning and compensation.

To download the handbook, click here.

To download ocean orbit, click here.

NAMEPA featured on Maritime TV at CMA Shipping Conference 2014

NAMEPA Education and Outreach Coordinator Elise Avallon and intern Alexandra Fylypovych interviewed NAMEPA partners, sponsors, board members and interns at North America's Premier International Shipping Trade Conference and Exposition on March 17, 18 and 19, 2014.  Hear what interviewees had to say about their programs and environmental initiatives. Click here for interviews. For more information on how you can help support the Aquaculture School's summer programs, visit our education page.

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Releases 2013 Annual Report

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) has just released its 2013 Annual Report with an overview of the expeditions, partnerships, technology used and the resulting discoveries and data (including images) collected and shared with ocean resource managers and others. Click here to see the report.

ABS Releases Report on LNG Bunkering Regulations

Study provides practical guidance for meeting regulatory requirements. The report is available to the public through the ABS website, 

Report on the State of the US Ocean and Coastal Economies, 2014

The National Ocean Economics Program of the Center for the Blue Economy has just released its second report on the State of the US Ocean and Coastal Economies, 2014.  To download it, please go to NOEP’s website:

The nation’s coasts and oceans contribute much to the United States economy. For the past 14 years, the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP), now a program of the Center for the Blue Economy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, has compiled time-series data that track economic activities, demographics, ports and cargo volume and value, natural resource production and value, non-market values, and federal expenditures in the U.S. coastal zone both on land and in the water. A report on the ocean and coastal economies of the United States was released by NOEP in 2009 covering data through 2005. This report is an update of that study covering the period 2007–2012. State summaries from this report are available on the NOEP website under publications. The major conclusions of the report are summarized here.

NAMEPA and Fednav Win the Environment Award at the Inaugural Lloyd's List North American Awards Event in Houston


HOUSTON, TX, February 20, 2014-- The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Canadian-based Fednav were both recipients of the Environment Award at the Lloyd's List North American Awards dinner held last evening in Houston, Texas.  Over 300 people from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean attended this inaugural event.  The Environment Award is one of 17 awards presented by Lloyd's List.  Other awards included a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Robert Somerville, formerly Chairman and CEO of ABS, as well as Newsmaker of the Year presented to Columbia Pictures for the movie "Captain Phillips".

The Environment Award is sponsored by Svitzer and given to an individual or company who contributes to improving the environment through offshore & on-shore projects; technology advancements in shipping and shipbuilding; training and education; or public awareness campaigns.

In his acceptance remarks, founding Chairman stated "NAMEPA's success lies in the marine industry's commitment to "Save our Seas" while promoting the value of the industry to students, regulators, environmental groups and other public interests.  We reach out and engage communities to protect the marine environment, while teaching them the importance of our industry to their daily lives."

NAMEPA is a marine industry-led initiative which engages marine businesses, government and the public to "Save our Seas" by promoting sound environmental practices.  NAMEPA operates as a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, port communities and students about the need, and strategies, for protecting this important global resource.  For more information, go to

PHOTO:  NAMEPA chairman Clay Maitland and Co-Founder/Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kluss receive the North American Environment Award.

Click here to read the FedNav press release.


Click here to read the Maritime Executive press release.

Jaenichen to Open Maritime Conference in Houston


Acting MARAD Administrator Jaenichen will be opening the "Winds of Change in Shipping" conference on February 19th in Houston. Click here to see the press release.


Marine Resources Committee Newsletter

NAMEPA board member Joan Bondareff wrote a piece for the January 2014 American Bar Association Marine Resources Committee Newsletter. Click here to see the newsletter.

The Navigator February 2014 Issue

James Spear, NAMEPA's Maritime Academies Coordinator, is featured in the February 2014 issue of "The Navigator." Click here to see the issue.


Finalists Announce for Lloyd's List North American Marine Awards

Click here to see the press release.

NAMEPA Receives Financial Award to Further Work on Marine Debris

Royal Caribbean's "Save the Waves" program works to reduce the industry's carbon footprint and take conservation initiatives to a new level. To learn more about the program, click here. The Celebrity Century was selected as the Save the Waves Ship of 2013, and they chose NAMEPA to receive a financial award to further our work on marine debris! Thank you to Royal Caribbean and the Celebrity Century!