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NAMEPA 2023 MARPOL Series Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting the Marine Environment

January 9, 2023— This year marks 50 years since the convention that created MARPOL in 1973. To mark the 50 years of compliance and growth in the industry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be hosting a 10-part webinar series throughout the year to celebrate the service and work individuals, communities and corporations embrace to protect the marine environment, increase marine environmental awareness, and support MARPOL compliance. NAMEPA members and partners will explore the transformational annexes and other important environmental topics, which have dramatically lessened maritime’s impact on the environment, by discussing the challenges and solutions they face and look to the future for next steps.  The webinar series will kick-off with Annex I on January 18th, 2023.

The Torrey Canyon oil spill in 1967, the largest oil disaster at the time, was one of the key moments that led to the development of the MARPOL Convention (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships). Today, MARPOL covers pollution of the sea by oil, noxious liquid substances in bulk, harmful substances in packaged form, sewage and garbage from ships, air pollution from ship emissions, and regulation of energy efficient. The Convention has evolved through the years, including the 2018 adoption of the Initial IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy to decarbonize the sector as soon as possible before the end of this century.

Webinar participants will explore the Regulations for the Prevention of Oil from Ships by first discovering the history of MARPOL, understand how Annex I protects the marine environment, discuss how the annex has changed over the past 50 years, and investigate proper compliance. To demonstrate their commitment to MARPOL and as industry experts, panelists for Annex I include:


  • Ole Christian Schrøder, Director of Environmental Compliance, Scorpio Group
  • Valerie Cannon, Environmental Regulatory Manager, Total Marine Solutions (TMS)
  • Buddy Custard, President & CEO, Alaska Chadux̂ Network (ACN)
  • Gregory Linsin, Partner & Co-Chair White Collar Defense & Investigations, Blank Rome LLP

Additional scheduled topics include:

  • Annex II & III – February
  • Annex IV – April
  • Safety at Sea & Mariner Welfare – May
  • Annex V – June
  • Annex VI - July
  • Ballast Water, Antifouling and Invasive Species – August
  • Collisions Between Ships & Whales – September
  • Ship Salvage & Recycling – November
  • Shipboard Operations & Regulatory Compliance Reporting – December


Join NAMEPA for this complementary series of discussions led by our members and partners as we celebrate 50 years of MARPOL.

Explore the webinars & register today!


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.  For more information visit


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Blue Sky Maritime Coalition Expands Leadership Team with New Hire

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HOUSTON – January XX, 2022 – The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) has appointed renewable energy and clean technology leader, Jennifer States, to serve as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

“We are excited to expand our Blue Sky team by adding Jennifer and her wealth of experience in maritime decarbonization and sustainability. Jennifer is a strong leader and comes at a pivotal time for Blue Sky as we continue to bring North American maritime stakeholders together to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in the U.S. and Canada toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions,” said David Cummins, BSMC President and CEO.

Jennifer brings 20 years of industry experience in renewable energy and clean technology, non-profit, government and research environments. She most recently served as Vice President for Projects and Strategy for Washington Maritime Blue, a cluster organization for maritime innovation and sustainability. She has also been an active member of BSMC since its inception, serving on its Board of Directors as Government Relations Director and as the Policy Workstream Lead.

"I'm thrilled to start this new chapter with Blue Sky Maritime Coalition. I look forward to the opportunity to focus on maritime decarbonization efforts across the U.S. and Canada. Having been involved since the initial formation of both Washington Maritime Blue and Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, I know that the collaborative model is critical to accelerating innovations to reduce emissions. The cooperation between these organizations and with our members is critical to the progress that can be made, only by working together across our value chains,” said Jennifer States, BSMC Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

To learn more about BSMC, please visit our website 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. Learn more at

Tototheo Maritime incorporates Starlink into its service portfolio

Leading global communication service provider, Tototheo Maritime ™, has added Starlink’s new low latency high speed connectivity to its portfolio of services.

The agreement between Tototheo and Starlink was finalized in December 2022 and the well-known maritime technology solutions integrator, will commence deployment of the Starlink Kits within January 2023.

The addition of the Starlink LEO service to its portfolio, makes Tototheo one of the few maritime technology providers, offering a full range of competitive and reliable connectivity options as well as multiple integrated solutions to maritime, offshore and enterprise (land) clients.

Tototheo customers will have the maximum flexibility of selecting the configuration that best suits their needs by integrating the Starlink Service (LEO) with Inmarsat GX (Ka-Band & L-Band), TM Flex (Ku-Band), Iridium (L-Band), LTE (3G/4G) and terrestrial connectivity solutions.

SpaceX, has launched a huge constellation of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity with speeds of up to 350Mbps.

“This marks a new era for maritime connectivity”, said Tototheo co-CEO, Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou. “With a fast-expanding coverage area, the speeds Starlink offers will enable a leap forward in the integration of more effective and sustainable technologies in maritime”, she added.

“We have always looked ahead and believed that the future of maritime technology lies in synergies and integrated solutions. We look to the addition of Starlink to our range of services as a further step towards enhancing the reliability and flexibility of choice when it comes to onboard connectivity”, said Ms. Panayiotou Theodosiou.

Socrates Theodosiou, co-CEO of Tototheo Maritime added that “Tototheo, is uniquely positioned to help its customers meet their efficiency, regulatory and operational needs. Tototheo allows the integration and optimization of a hybrid solution and data handling offered by utilizing the SD-WAN and SD-LAN solutions, combined with TM SOC (Security Operation Center) keeping customers’ infrastructure and operations secure 24/7.”

This is a game changer and a complete solution for all customers who value reliability, speed, low latency, and security of their data links onboard their vessels or shore infrastructures.

To learn more about how we can help you design your next-generation secure connectivity infrastructure, contact us at

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