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.
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 to www.namepa.net.
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. Visit us at: www.namepa.net.
Media inquiries: Carleen Lyden-Kluss +203 255 4686 firstname.lastname@example.org