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Ships and Ports - AUSMEPA releases two new educational programs for schools.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

 Mr. Michael Julian, AUSMEPA’s Executive Director said today in announcing the release of AUSMEPA’s latest internet based school education programs that school students needed greater access to reliable information about the shipping and port industries and the role these play in protecting the marine environment.

Students will learn about the role of shipping and the transportation of cargo, how ships stay afloat, the journey of containers and other types of cargo and what ships must do to prevent pollution of the sea and air.
Students will also learn about the role of ports, the types of ships visiting Australian ports, safety and environmental issues and the organisations required to operate a port. Ports can impact on the marine environment so it is essential that the community understands the precautions ports take to ensure their operations do not harm the marine environment.

One of the key roles of ports is the interface they provide between ships importing or exporting cargo and the land transport system.  As well as enabling students to learn about the environmental impact they will also learn that ships and ports are equally essential for the Australian economy.
AUSMEPA provides free resources to schools across Australia about the importance of the marine environment and the need for its protection. The new education programs, Ships and the Marine Environment and Ports and the Marine Environment are available on the recently upgraded AUSMEPA website from today. The new website is more user friendly and easier to navigate; it has a lot more information about AUSMEPA and its activities, including one section titled Life on Board Ship where students can track the voyages of the BP LNG tanker M.V. British Trader.

Each educational program contains a complete unit of work plus free downloadable teacher’s resources, curriculum materials and student activity sheets providing enough material for teachers to quickly organise a unit of work on shipping and ports.
The new education program build on to the already established units of work on marine pests, marine debris, ballast water problems, climate change and its affect on coral bleaching and stormwater pollution.

These free education programs are provided by AUSMEPA to meet the objective of making all users of the marine environment more aware of the importance of protecting  the marine environment for future generations.

Julian said he was very grateful to the many ports and shipping industry sponsors of these two programs; these include: a $10,000 donation provided from the SAL Queensland Shipping Industry 'Deep Blue Sea' Ball (2008) with $2,500 sponsorships by ANL Container Line, Dampier Port Authority, Flinders Ports, South Australia, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Ports Corporation Queensland, Port of Townsville, Port Hedland Port Authority, Shell Tankers Australia, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and a $2,000 sponsorship by Ports Australia.


Left to right; Neil Baird, AUSMEPA Chairman, Michael Julian AUSMEPA Executive Director, Angela Gillham Australian Shipowners Association and AUSMEPA Board Member, Captain John Evans, Shell Tankers Australia (one of the  sponsors of  Ships and the Marine Environment education program)

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