NAMEPA’s Annual Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER Reception being held on National Maritime Day Event highlights challenges for mariners and companies

May 11, 2017– Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder and Executive Director of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced today that Wärtsilä has joined NAMEPA as a new member. Wärtsilä joins NAMEPA to support and participate with other marine industry stakeholders in our efforts to “Save Our Seas”.

Never before has the issue of safety been such an important issue for the maritime industry amid a myriad of changes,” stated Hughes. “NAMEPA’s goal for this event is to help identify strategies for the industry to navigate through these complicated waters.

The seminar will feature the Chamber of Shipping’s President and CEO, Kathy Metcalf; CyberLogix’ Cynthia Hudson to address cybersecurity; the Rev. Marsh Drege of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) on seafarer welfare, RADM Linda Fagan of the USCG plus others from industry.

Following the seminar will be the AMVER Awards. The Amver Awards Program was inaugurated in 1971 to recognize those vessels which regularly participate in the Amver system. Extremely favorable response from the merchant shipping industry around the world to the idea of annual Amver awards has ensured the continuance of the program.Amver award materials provide worldwide exposure and favorable publicity for the program. Ships flying the various colored Amver pennants are a constant reminder on the oceans of that ship and company's commitment to safety at sea. Prominent display of Amver Certificates, found in company boardrooms, corporate office reception areas and on the bulkhead of a ship's bridge or wardroom, attest to the prestige accorded with these awards.

Working Sessions

The ensuing working sessions tuned out to be an excellent forum to learn the latest trends of ports, shipping and logistics world, dealing with such topics as New Port Projects and The Effect of Special Economic Zone on the Port Growths; Hinterland Connectivity and Multimodal Logistics; The Evolution of Global Shipping Industry and Shipping Routes; Maritime Transport Network and Port Innovation; Collaboration Opportunities to Strengthen Cooperation and Sustainability among Ports; and Indonesia Maritime Transformation

The Awards program also assists in retaining ships already participating in the program, and assisting in the recruitment of new ships by way of a tangible expression of appreciation. The presentation of Amver awards serves as an instrument of our nation's foreign policy, as United States embassies and consulates around the world use the occasion to arrange a ceremony or reception to express the appreciation of the United States Government to government and industry officials of a host nation for the voluntary participation of its ships in this humanitarian program.To register, or for more information, please go

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