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AUSMEPA eNewsletter Autumn 2018





Welcome! We have lots of interesting and fun stuff to share this issue.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUa8ChCU0AAw2Vc.jpg:largeFirstly, congratulations to AUSMEPA Chairman Captain Warwick Norman who was appointed as a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia on Australia Day this year. What a wonderful achievement and we couldn't think of a more deserving person. We are so proud!




MEP - Maritime Emissions Portal update

We have completed Phase 1 with our developers and an extensive model validation of the MEP has begun with our pilot ports. We have development in User Acceptance Testing (UAT) phase whilst we continue testing and validation. We are very excited about this development and what it will offer as a 'tool for industry'.

Below is a screenshot of the dashboard. The users can select an emissions type; port; Point of Interest (POI); date range. Filters where you can target ships Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of ship and ship-built year. The dashboard shows a heatmap – port boundary; at anchor and at berth emissions levels. Additionally there is a detailed graph of emission for Bulker, Container Ship, Cargo & Tanker. Charts will be able to be printed. Within the next couple of months additional ports will assist in the data validation stage, as well as having the opportunity to make any suggestions they have.



Sinking Ships - extract from a New Scientist article "Peril on the Sea"

There are about 50,000 commercial ships that deliver 80% of the goods we trade worldwide. Of the 119 lost at sea per year 98 of them were ore bearing ships during 2007 to 2017. This is a very concerning statistic.  Many went down in calm seas. Why? One factor relates to changing fuel requirements. Here are some of the reasons:

1)  The change in fuel requirements across the world has meant that ships that were previously carrying crude oil are being converted to ore bearing vessels

2) Structural differences are required for different cargoes so conversions require a lot of new welding creating greater chances for potential weaknesses

3) Re-engineering can be tricky as different cargos require a different orientation of strength and stress lines in and on the ship so not all conversions have been completely successful

4) There are natural processes that can coax water from bauxite and iron ore called dynamic separation and liquefaction and the water slurry that is created can change the stability of a ship in the water

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AMSA Conference May 2018 – Nav18 'Navigation Safety Synopsis'

"Charting a new course: Navigation, people and technology" Gold Coast 1 -3 May 2018
More information here

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Ports Australia Biennial Conference, Darwin 27-27 August 2018
More information here


http://www.aaee.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/AAEE-SeaWeek-logo-300x293.jpgSeaWeek; 1-9 Sept 2018

As we mentioned to students this is a great time to celebrate the amazing sea that surrounds us by considering an excursion to some rockpools. AUSMEPA's website has provided everything you need to make it happen here

For more information on SeaWeek have a look at the Australian Association of Environmental Educators (AAEE) webpage here

Poster Packs – FREE

Teachers remember to provide your postal address and we will send out poster packs to you for your classroom. Simply send an Email to julie.nash@ausmepa.org.au

Geography Teachers Conference, New South Wales

9 & 10 April GTANSW Annual Conference will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and AUSMEPA will be there in the person of Mr Bob Winters.  Bob's workshop will be APPLYING ONLINE GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLORE A QUESTION (yrs 7-8) using the AUSMEPA program on Ports, interconnecting places, trade and consumption.

The program will focus on the use of various online geospatial technologies and datasets to explore and answer questions of how ports are used to connect people, places, industry and trade. The presentation will demonstrate how students can apply powerful online geospatial datasets and tracking data. All the resources needed for students and teachers are free and online and supported by research materials on ports and shipping as well as a photo library.

Students begin by tracking ships in real time. Most ships provide their details. The then examine Australian trade by investigating datasets followed by building their own maps through National Maps and its hundreds of databases. There are fascinating online presentation of Australia's trade. Students add to their presentation using some of the powerful tools provided in Google Maps. When the technology is applied, it all makes sense.

Another interesting workshop at the conference is on MICROPLASTICS AND AUSMAP COMMUNITY CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM (yrs 7-12) being delivered by Kate Keary and Christine Freeman that is not to be missed.

We are Ports -- WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!!!

QLD – Morton Bay College sponsored by Port of Brisbane
QLD - Sarina State High School sponsored by North Qld Bulk Ports
VIC - The Hamilton and Alexandra College sponsored by Portland Port
TAS – King Island District High School sponsored by TasPorts
SA – Port Lincoln High School sponsored by Flinders Ports
WA - Nagle Catholic College sponsored by MidWest Ports
WA - Bunbury Senior High School sponsored by Southern Ports

AUSMEPA is again inviting all high schools to participate in the We Are Ports Geography Interconnections high school competitionin 2018, with $1,500 of prize money to be won.

For more information please click here.

Subject Associations are actively promoting "We are Ports"

GTAV eNews - Edition 2, March 2018

AUSMEPA Geographies of Interconnections Resource


We are Ports is a free resource has been produced by the Australian Maritime Environment Protection  Association (AUSMEPA).  Developed in consultation with the GTAV, it ticks all the the boxes for the Victorian Curriculum, with content, fieldwork possibilities, engaging activities and spatial technology.
AUSMEPA are also running a competition for secondary school students.


PBPL congratulates Ruby Anderson and Amelie Nicholson from Moreton Bay College as Queensland winners of the - We are Ports Challenge 2017.

We are Ports is an online educational micro-site developed by the Australian Marine Environment Protection Associations AUSMEPA, in partnership with Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd and Ports Australia.

Moreton Bay College received $1,500, contributing towards equipment to be utilised by the geography department.

Photo caption: Allison Robertson, Ruby Anderson & PBPL Environment Manager Craig Wilson


Mark Cooper, Manager of Southern Operations at King Island HIgh School


My Port News Hub; Bunbury students full bottle on port operations by Peta Rule  

Year 9 geography students at Bunbury Senior High School participated in a nation-wide "We Are Ports" curriculum project.  Southern Ports has awarded $1500 in prize money to the Bunbury Senior High School Year 9 Geography Department as a result of students completing a nation-wide port-related curriculum prepared by the Australian Marine Environmental Protection Association (AUSMEPA).

AUSMEPA, in partnership with Southern Ports, invited six schools in Albany, Bunbury and Esperance to participate in the curriculum. Two Bunbury schools opted in, and one completed the projects.
The curriculum was titled "geographies of interconnections" and focused on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways.

The curriculum was titled "geographies of interconnections" and focused on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways.



SeaWeek is coming and another perfect time to think about going rockpooling with your classmates. It's a place to discover the secrets of the sea and the influence the ocean has on our lives.

Rockpools are amazing discovery windows into the watery ocean world. AUSMEPA is dedicated to help bring them into your classroom as well. Have a look at the student resources (all free online) at our Students pages here

Have you even heard of a Thunder Drum or a Rain Stick or a Sand Swisher? We are working on bringing you some sound making inventions to create your own SeaWeek Soundscape so watch this space!

Coming soon!!!

1.  Antarctic region - Videos of conservation issues on Antarctica. Exploring the amazing Sub-Antarctic islands south of NZ

2.  Quick response to cleaning  marine oil spills  -
Videos of people in the marine industries being trained to quickly clean up oil spills avoiding further pollution.



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