Day of the Seafarer Photo Wall Ready for Action

This year, IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign aims to celebrate seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone. The official photo wall is now ready to accept photos ready for the official commemoration on June 25.

The campaign tagline this year is: "At Sea For All." ... Continue Reading Here. 

We are delighted to present the winners of the 2016 Lloyd’s List North American Awards. Click here to find out who won.

Entries into this year’s Lloyd’s List North American Awards were as diverse as they were impressive. During an evening of abundant accolades and inspirational stories, the bravery, capability and humanitarianism of the captain and crew of the Holland America Veendam was one of the stand-out moments of the gala dinner. Winning the Seafarer of the Year Award, this captain and crew were able to rescue a lone pilot from a small airplane that ditched in the Pacific. Through their coordination with the authorities they saved the airman’s life.

Another noteworthy accolade was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Clay Maitland, one of shipping’s most well-known and knowledgeable leaders. He was recognised for his lifelong pursuit for the betterment of the industry.

NAMEPA Co-Founder/Executive Director, Carleen Lyden-Kluss, and NAMEPA Education and Outreach Manager, Mary Hogue, joined other leading New England-based environmental groups May 10th and 11th in Washington, DC where they met with legislators to inform them about and ask for their support of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan. The Plan is to be released on May 25th and is the first of its kind to combine data on ocean uses and the environment from 27 federal and state agencies with input of a myriad of stakeholders including government agencies, commercial interests, such as the shipping industry, and the private sector as well as nine Native American tribes.  The data portal component of the project, available at, will be available to the public with datasets continuing to be added and refreshed on a regular basis by all stakeholders.

Cynthia Hudson Awarded Outstanding Woman in Maritime Port Protection and Security by CIP/OAS  

Philadelphia, PA – On Friday, April 29, HudsonAnalytix ( CEO Cynthia A. Hudson received the award as Outstanding Woman in the Port Protection and Security category of the 2016 Maritime Award of the Americas by the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (OAS).  The award was presented in Panama at the First Hemispheric Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Gender Equality in the Port Sector: From Awareness to Action.  Organized by the Maritime Authority of Panama and the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (S/CIP) of the OAS, the event aimed at strengthening socially responsible port operations and gender equality among the highest authorities of public and private ports, representatives of academia, and decision makers in the maritime industry.  Opening remarks for the event were made by Jorge Durán, Chief of the S/CIP and Jorge Barakat, Administrator of the Maritime Authority of Panama... Continue Reading Here. 

Northeast Ocean Plan Public Release Webinar

The Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) will convene a webinar on Wednesday, May 25, from noon to 2 pm. The purpose of this webinar will be to:

  • Announce the availability of the draft Northeast regional ocean plan.
  • Describe the public comment process and opportunities to discuss the draft.
  • Provide a brief overview of the draft.

Online registration is now open and the draft agenda is now available.


Public Comment Meetings for Draft Northeast Ocean Plan
There will be upcoming opportunities for public discussion of the draft plan, including public meetings in each New England state during the month of June:

  • Mon. June 6 in Rockland, ME - 5-8pm at the Rockland Public Library
  • Wed. June 8 in Old Lyme, CT - 6-8:30pm at the DEEP Marine District Headquarters (tentative)
  • Mon. June 13 in Buzzards Bay. MA - 6-8:30pm at the Bay State Conference Center, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Tue. June 14 in Boston, MA - 2-4:30pm at the EEA's Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
  • Wed. June 15 in Massachusetts North Shore - 6-8:30pm (location TBA)
  • Mon. June 20 in Ellsworth, ME - 5-8pm at the Ellsworth Public Library
  • Mon. June 27 in Portsmouth, NH - 6-8:30pm at the NH DES Regional Office
  • Wed. June 29 in Rhode Island - 6-8:30pm (location TBA)
  • Thu. June 30 in Portland, ME - 5-8pm (location TBA)
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The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is hosting public meetings on the draft MidA plan in July:

  • Tue. July 12 in Virginia Beach, VA - 6-8pm at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
  • Thu. July 14 in West Long Branch, NJ - 6-8pm at Monmouth University in Pozycki Hall
  • (tentative) Tues. July 19 in Maryland - Details TBA
  • Wed. July 20 in Lewes, DE - 6-8pm at the Virden Retreat Center, University of Delaware
  • Wed. July 27 in Selden, NY - 6-8pm at the Babylon Student Center


Relevant News Articles:

Guest Editorial: Fishermen Should Comment on Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning [On The Water]

Development on land has been controlled by planning regulations for longer than I can remember. While regulations vary in complexity, they are part of standard operating procedure. This has not been the case for development of our oceans. For those of us who spend time out on the water, it is obvious that there are now a lot more efforts to build at-sea projects or use ocean resources for non-traditional purposes. There are LNG at-sea terminals. Pipelines have been put in place to ship gas from Canada. There are some efforts at mineral extraction and some talk about offshore drilling. There are several wind farm proposals from Maine through the Mid-Atlantic. It is happening, whether we like it or not.


Ocean Development Process Requires Public Input [New England Boating]

There aren’t many places in the U.S. that don’t have some sort of land-development and spatial planning rules. Some are very stringent and some are loosely structured, but we think of it as part of daily life.

This has not been the case when it comes to the development of our oceans. For those of us who spend a lot of time on the water, it has become obvious that ocean-based construction projects are increasing, as is the use of ocean resources for non-traditional purposes


Port of Davisville Takes Active Role in Smart Ocean Planning

The Port of Davisville is Rhode Island's only public port and a major engine of economic activity for the state.  According to a recent analysis, the businesses there accounted for about $333 million in business output within the State of Rhode Island, over 1,500 jobs, and over $97 million in household income, and $27 million in state and local taxes.

Evan Matthews, Director of the Port of Davisville, recently visited Washington, DC along with 30 other stakeholders to speak with Congress and the Administration about the benefits of the Northeast regional ocean planning efforts currently underway.


Ocean Planning Is the Key to Unlock America’s New Blue Economy [CAP]

The thin coastal fringe of the United States comprises a tiny proportion of the nation’s total land area but supports a huge share of its business. Coastal and Great Lakes counties alone—just 10 percent of U.S. land area, excluding Alaska—generated more than 42 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2011.

World port leaders meet in Panama for the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) Mid-term Conference

 TOKYO, May 18, 2016 – The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)  convened at its Mid-term Conference in Panama City, Panama, 10-13 May 2016, was successfully concluded, attracting nearly 200 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world. .. Continue Reading Here

National Maritime Day: The Tipping Point

The Merchant Marines predate both the U.S. Coast Guard (1790) and the U.S. Navy (1797), but as the industry celebrates National Maritime Day in 2016, all is not well...Continue Reading Here.  

Edible Six-Pack Rings to Help Protect Marine Animals

We Believers, an ad based out of New York, together with Saltwater Brewery, a craft beer brand in Florida, decided to tackle the issue of ocean plastic head on and make a statement for the whole beer industry to follow...Continue Reading Here. 

Local Teens Become First High School Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit in the US. 

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - The Coast Guard had a special ceremony to recognize a group of teenagers that accomplished a first. Inside the Toledo Club on Wednesday, 8 students from the Toledo Maritime Academy became the first ever High School Coast Guard Auxiliary unit in the United States. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is made up of 30,000 members across the country college aged or older. The group and the Coast Guard work together on everything except law enforcement, but this is the first time High School students have been accepted to the program and Rear Admiral June Ryan, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District made a special trip to Toledo for the occasion...Continue Reading Here. 

UN climate head calls to
“end patchwork of policies”
Figueres: “Unite transport sector in push for climate neutrality”

The Head of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Cristiana Figueres, has called to “unite the transport sector worldwide in the push towards climate neutrality” and connect “the patchwork of policies we can expect from at least 189 different national climate action plans designed for different national circumstances.”

In remarks to a meeting during the annual summit of ministers of transport in Leipzig, Germany, Figueres urged delegates of the summit to “advance the crucial conversation on transport”, adding: “[W]e know that demand for transport will soar as the population grows, and we know that emissions must come down to fulfill the goals enshrined in last year’s Paris Climate Change Agreement.”

Her statement was released ahead of the inauguration meeting of a global initiative to decarbonise transport, which Mrs. Figueres will be addressing by recorded video message tomorrow.

On 19 May, the International Transport Forum and more than 40 partners and supporting organisations will launch the Decarbonising Transport project, an initiative to help the transport sector move onto a pathway towards carbon-free mobility.

The annual summit of transport ministers takes place in Leipzig, Germany, from 18-20 May. It is organised by the International Transport Forum.

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Forecast: Industry Will Need Almost 150,000 More Seafarers by 2025

Unless seafarer training levels are increased significantly, the growth in demand for seafarers could generate a serious shortage in the total supply of officers as the latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts that an additional 147,500 officers will be required by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet...Continue Reading Here. 

National Maritime Day event focus on Safety at Sea Industry

By MarEx 2016-05-17 15:38:29

Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen will give the National Maritime Day Address at the "Safety at Sea" National Maritime Day Seminar hosted by North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) at the National Press Club in Washington DC on May 23rd from 2:00pm-6:00pm. The seminar will bring industry and government leaders together to discuss concerns about safety and strategies for meeting them. Immediately following the “Safety at Sea” seminar is the AMVER Awards Dinner where over 150 companies will be recognized for their participation in the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) system. Commandant Paul Zukunft will be present to give the awards.  AMVER is a USCG managed search and rescue program in which merchant ships make themselves available for maritime emergency response on a volunteer basis. The Awards Dinner will begin at 6:00pm at the National Press Club... Continue Reading Here. 

Understanding the force behind NAMEPA

Carleen Lyden-Kluss is one of the North American shipping community’s most well-known names. It is said by many in the Connecticut and New York shipping circles that she knows everyone that matters, and if she does not know you, well, it may because you do not matter. She is perhaps mostly widely recognized as the co-founder of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and described as a keen advocate of cleaner, safer seas...Continue Reading Here

UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

16 May 2016 – The world’s first-ever international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is set to enter into force next month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today, highlighting the accord’s importance in efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management globally... Continue Reading Here.

Senate Passes Funding For Waterways and Ports

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the FY2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill by a wide margin of 90 to eight. It is the first appropriations legislation to pass the Senate this year, and it incorporates $6 billion in funding for the Civil Works Program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency charged with maintenance and improvements to navigable waterways...Continue Reading Here. 

First Carbon Credits Awarded for Ship Efficiency

Paint manufacturer AkzoNobel has pioneered a carbon credits program for shipowners using its low-drag bottom coatings – and on Wednesday, it announced its first award. 

Costas Mitropoulos, Technical Director at Neda Maritime Agency, a Greek tanker and bulker owner, accepted the award of over 13,000 carbon credits from AkzoNobel representative Carlos Soler. The credits stem from Neda's decision to use fuel-saving hull coatings on the tanker vessel Argenta, and are worth up to $60,000. Neda says that it will use them to offset its other CO2 emissions...Continue Reading Here.

Transas successfully participated in the Cayman Maritime Week

CAYMAN ISLANDS - 10 May 2016:  The Cayman Maritime Week, sponsored by Transas, brought together industry experts, ship owners and operators, yacht managers and brokers, and other professionals from all areas of the maritime industry, during May 2-4.

Over the three-day event, Transas participated in the conferences organised under the Cayman Maritime Week's umbrella, and presented its concept for the coastal monitoring and ship traffic control in the Caribbean waters, its views on using simulators as tools for marine environment protection, and chaired the panel on the digital age of navigation and importance of investing in technology and solutions which require communications on board.

One of the highlights of the Cayman Maritime Week was the simulator provided by Transas.

The Transas engineering team has prepared an area model of the new proposed terminal for cruise ships based on the detailed plans received from the Cayman Port Authority. The simulation of the new terminal was presented to the Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport Moses I. Kirkconnell and port authorities of the Cayman Islands.

Frank Coles, Transas CEO, commented: "Current docking facilities on the island do not allow cruise ships to come alongside. Over the last several years there's been a discussion in the Cayman Islands to extend two long piers so that the cruise ships could dock at the terminal. This would greatly alleviate the potential damage to the coral reef system and the need to tender passengers to and from the island. As a part of this, the island is carrying out a major environmental research programme, taking into account the effect of building these new piers. The use of simulation technology would enable the port authorities to look at how building the new cruise terminal could impact the island's ecosystem."

Ocean pollution was also one of the conference's key focuses. Using its high-tech simulator, Transas showed the attendees how easily pollution can spread from one country to another and what can be done to prevent it. "Using the mathematical models, and depending on the viscosity of the oil, we can set up wind and currents in our simulators, and use them for emergency response and pollution tracking training," commented George Toma, Vice President for Global Sales and Support, Transas.

Another important subject discussed at the Cayman Maritime Week was the country's growing maritime cluster and attracting younger generations to join the maritime industry. Over the week, Transas welcomed several visits from the Cayman high schools at its booth talking about global shipping industry and seafaring traditions. "It's incredibly high-tech today. I believe we should encourage people from Cayman to go to sea as officers in the electronic age," said Frank Coles. 

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MARPOL: AMSA Joins With Environmental Group

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation have joined forces to prevent marine debris from ships.

AMSA is the national maritime agency whose responsibilities include protecting the marine environment from shipping related impacts and is committed to maintaining a safe and clean marine environment. Part of AMSA’s role in ensuring clean seas is the administration of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). MARPOL prevents marine pollution by managing the discharge of waste from ships... Continue Reading Here. 

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

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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.

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