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Registration open for NAMEPA’s 15th Anniversary Annual Conference and Marine Environment Protection Awards Dinner: Gazing into the Crystal Ball- The Next 15 Years in Maritime

Join NAMEPA on October 27th, 2022!

July 6, 2022: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, announced that registration is open for the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA) 15th Annual Marine Environment Protection Conference and Awards Events Program being held on board the Hornblower Infinity in New York City on October 27th, 2022. While shipping wrestles with a myriad of changes, it is also looki

ng to the future and what shipping will look like in 15 years: what will the regulations look like? The markets? The fleets? The fuel?  This year’s Annual Conference Program will feature industry professionals exploring the many facets of shipping’s future through discussion of their expectations, aspirations, and potential rewards.

“Shipping is in a transformational time, with maritime professionals seeking insight as to what the future holds,” observed Ms. Walker.  “As a community, it is important to discuss and dissect the many pathways forward.  One of NAMEPA’s hallmark traits is to provide a forum for such a discussion amongst industry, regulators and students.”  Additionally, there will be a student poster contest visioning the ship of 2037- its shape, its technology, its mariners and its fuels.

The conference will be followed by NAMEPA’s Annual Marine Environment Protection Awards (MEP Awards) Dinner recognizing the achievements of industry leaders, companies, organizations and government agencies in their efforts to “Save Our Seas.” The MEP Awards are given in recognition of an individual or organization’s innovative and extraordinary effort to commit themselves to preserving the marine environment as exemplified by a commitment to programs which have specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement.


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.

July 2022 Edition
Issue No: 129


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Nominations for NAMEPA’s Marine Environment Protection Awards Open

July 7, 2022: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announces that NAMEPA is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Marine Environment Protection (MEP) Awards. NAMEPA annually recognizes companies, educators, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals wh

ose efforts support our mission to “Save Our Seas”. For the past 15 years, NAMEPA has been engaging maritime businesses, educators, government and the public to “Save Our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices through events and community programming.

“One of the tenets of the ‘MEPA Movement’ is to recognize those who are contributing to the protection and sustainability of the marine environment”, stated Ms. Walker.  “We believe this recognition not only illuminates the work that is being done to Save Our Seas, but also encourages others to increase their focus on this important work.”

Award categories include Maritime Industry (ship owners, operators, charterers, shipyards, etc); Government, Federal, State of Local Environmental Agencies; Non-Profit Environmental Entity; Individual; Maritime Academies, Harbor Schools, Universities; Environmental Innovation; Seafarers Ministry (organizations and individuals may apply); and Ports. This year there will also be a Sustainability Award.

The 2021 MEP Winners included Dorian LPG, Port of Virginia, Ecochlor, NAAEE, Congressman Jim Himes, Dr. Karen Purnell, Oceanic, and the New England Seafarers. Visit: NAMEPA MEP Awards

Submissions will be judged along the following general objectives: alignment with NAMEPA goals “Save Our Seas”; educational benefits; environmental benefits; innovation; measurable success (objectives/targets) in improving protection of the marine environment.
All submissions should highlight the applicant’s commitment to preserving the marine environment through environmental protection initiatives; new technologies/initiatives that mitigate damage to the marine environment; efforts (events, curriculum, projects, etc.) in educating seafarers, students, port communities and children about the need for and strategies related to protecting the seas as an important global resource; any awards or recognition for marine environmental protection efforts; efforts to increase public awareness on the importance of protecting the marine environment and marine ecosystems.

To submit a nomination, please complete the submission form by September 1, 2022 and are open to NAMEPA members and non-members. For inquiries or questions, email

The winners for each of the categories will be notified by September 15th and will be receiving their Awards at NAMEPA’s 15th Anniversary Marine Environment Protection Conference and Dinner being held aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York City on October 27th


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.

Report Details CO2 Emissions in North American Waterborne Transportation

HOUSTON- July 29, 2022 - The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) has released a new report today which provides a current benchmark for COemissions from the major vessel sectors that make up maritime transportation in North America.

“Having a complete view of the North American maritime industry’s carbon footprint helps us better unde

rstand the sum of the challenge ahead of us and the solutions needed to address those challenges. This report drills down to the sector level, helping us focus and prioritize our efforts where they can have the biggest impact,” said David Cummins, BSMC President and CEO.

Developed by the Finance, Commercial and Chartering Workstream, the report found that CO2 emissions from North American waterborne transportation was approximately 47 million tonnes in 2018. Of the total North American maritime-related emissions, the offshore support vessel fleet and the inland tug and push-boat fleets make up nearly 50 percent of all emissions. Coastal and harbor tugs and ferries make up another 14 percent, and tankers and articulated tug-barges contribute 6 percent.

“Establishing a baseline for emissions that considers operational variables and unique sector characteristics is an important step in being able to measure progress toward our decarbonization goals. Sharing this data is key to building collaboration and trust among our stakeholders and helps chart a path forward together,” continued Cummins

To read more, download a copy of the report by clicking here. For more information contact

About Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (the Coalition) a non-profit corporation, is a strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Coalition brings together industry, community, government, academic leadership and other stakeholders across the waterborne transportation value chain to action projects that remove barriers to accelerating development, encourage innovation, and promote policies in support of zero emissions.