AUSMEPA eNewsletter Summer 2020

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!  

Your AUSMEPA representatives have been having the busiest and best year working to educate and act for healthier seas in 2019. Read on and let us share what's been happening.



AWARD at Lloyds List presentation - highly commended for Geography at Spillcon

AUSMEPA - AWARD won at this year’s Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards presentation - Highly Commended for the Maritime Services Award for our ‘Engineering’ Unit of Work for High School students, Engineering Pollution Solution Investigation. There are not many oil spills in Australia. But even a small oil spill has the potential of being catastrophic to the immediate environment. By quickly responding to contain and clean up the oil will minimise the effect of this pollution.

Working together with the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre and the Spillcon team high schools around Perth, took up the challenge to participate in the event and AUSMEPA provided teachers with a unit of work to educated students on oil spills and the damage it causes and current mitigation strategies being used in Australia. The next task was for students to invent their own ‘oil spill clean-up tool’, using engineering elements. With over 30 entries submitted, it was an extremely difficult decision to select the top 3. They then presented their projects to their peers and guest judges at the event. Winning the competition were a group of young ladies from Como Secondary College with their ‘O.S Nets’.

AUSMEPA Chairman Captain Warwick Norman AM receiving the Highly Commended award


AUSMEPA at the World Maritime University, Malmo with the United Nations International Maritime Organisation...  by Julie Nash, AUSMEPA Executive Officer

I was invited by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to present AUSMEPA’s Maritime Emissions Portal (MEP) at their conference in Malmo Sweden, at the prestigious World Maritime University (WMU).  The conference title; International Seminar on Trends & Challenges after the Paris Agreement: Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC). All MTCC’s were in attendance; Caribbean; Africa; Asia; Pacific and South America, along with a myriad of guest speakers from around the world.

Funded by the European Union and implemented by the IMO, the Global MTCC Network (GMN) initiative unites Maritime Technology regions. This Global Network promotes energy efficiency in the maritime sector to help navigate shipping into a low-carbon future. Developing Countries plus Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing Countries, are the main beneficiaries of this initiative. The focus was on how can we achieve zero level Greenhouse Gases (GHG) for the maritime future? The European Union speaker said that notice will be paid to air pollution and that a focus will be on new technological initiatives for ‘Green Ports’ and for ports to look at incentivising ‘clean ships’.

The WMU was founded in 1983 by the IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, as its premier centre of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. The University offers unique postgraduate educational programmes, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and ocean-related studies, and continues maritime capacity building in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. What an honour to go there to visit the complex, meet students and stay in the beautiful city of Malmo.

The MEP was very well received and many of the delegates congratulated the development of this highly innovative education tool for the maritime industry as an aid to ocean health and that of port communities.
We’ve been invited to further discuss the implementation of the MEP for the Caribbean Islands, Port of Mombasa, Port of Shanghai along with Port of Copenhagen/Malmo with next steps to include all the Scandinavian countries.
Some interesting facts learnt;



AUSMEPA’S Executive Officer Julie Nash, is proud to announce DIANA SHIPPING SERVICES SA in Greece, as the most recent company to join the Ship Membership Scheme for ships;

M/V ALIKI                            M/V BALTIMORE              M/V BOSTON                M/V G.P ZAFIRAKIS
M/V HOUSTON                 M/V NEW ORLEANS        M/V NEW YORK           M/V P.S PALIOS
M/V SEATTLE                     M/V SANTA BARBARA

Ms Julie Nash said, in recognising the marine environmental awareness and education work undertaken by AUSMEPA and the other around the world, how pleased the AUSMEPA Board were to acknowledge the high quality of the and welcome them to AUSMEPA and to assist in the education of mariners along with schools, teachers, students and communities in Australia of the vital importance of keeping our oceans clean and healthy.

"We operate in the oceans and, as such, we are fully committed and dedicated to preserving and maintaining our environment and our seas. We are strong advocates educating the young and our seafarers regarding the protection of our planet. We therefore fully support AUSMEPA and its "Cleaner Seas" initiative for the protection of the marine environment."
Andreas Minaides. Environmental/Training Manager                                                                           


Greek trip 

AUSMEPA’s Executive Officer, Ms Julie Nash, visits HELMEPA

I had a fabulous time visiting the HELMEPA office in my recent visit to Athens in October. AUSMEPA are working with HELMEPA in order to expand the cooperation between the two associations, within the spirit of the MEPA philosophy.
I had the opportunity to see first-hand HELMEPA’s and participate in activities such as the voluntary beach clean-up of the Vravrona wetland and the educational visits of students and their teachers at both the environmental Exhibition in Piraeus and the one in Palaio Faliro. I talked to the students about the Great Barrier Reef and the importance of a healthy marine environment for Australia and in Greece. Students loved the Australian flags I handed out and were full of questions on what students in Australia do, to help with a clean marine environment.

HELMEPA’s Director General and Secretariat staff had the chance to learn more about AUSMEPA’s recent activities and our Maritime Emissions Portal and its cooperation with ports to measure ships’ emissions. My visit was a valuable opportunity for both MEPAs not only to exchange information on current projects but also to discuss ways for closer cooperation, especially in the field of environmental education and awareness, despite the distances separating the two countries.  

Julie with the fabulous HELMEPA team

HELMEPA – AMSA cooperation for Safety and the Environment

7 Oct 2019 (taken from the HELMEPA website

On Thursday, 3 October 2019, associate member company CERES in Piraeus, hosted an event organized by HELMEPA in the context of the long-standing cooperation of the association with AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Mr Mick Kinley, AMSA’s CEO, delivered a presentation on Australia’s policy on the control of foreign flag vessels trading at that great island continent.

Addressing more than 100 representatives of the association’s member companies, other maritime entities and the press, Mr Kinley began by saying that HELMEPA remains the inspiration of a voluntary commitment of shipping people to pollution prevention and safety at sea. He described the constructive, for both environment and seafarers, synergy between HELMEPA and AMSA that started in 2000, when AUSMEPA, the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association was established. This cooperation, he said, continues to this day through the joint publication and regular revision of the “Guide for Greek and foreign seafarers onboard Ships operating in Australian Waters 2018“, which HELMEPA makes available to its members. Mr Kinley also described the way Port State Control inspections are carried out in Australia and referred to the main deficiencies in the fields of Safety and Pollution Prevention that lead to vessel detentions. his presentation, AMSA’s CEO encouraged the audience to freely interrupt him and pose questions. In this way, a vivid dialogue took place, a fact confirming the interest of HELMEPA members to prepare their vessels due to operate in Australia in the best possible manner.
The Director General of HELMEPA, Mr Dimitris Mitsatsos, thanked Mr Kinley for keeping the promise he had made at their meeting in Canberra two years ago to visit HELMEPA and presented him with the emblem of the association in appreciation of his personal contribution towards strengthening the cooperation of the two organizations. Mr Kinley stated that this synergy will continue as the aims of AMSA are common with those of HELMEPA, since the seas connect people irrespective of distance.
Dimitris Mitsatsos presents commemorative emblem to Mick Kinley

Hang on to your SOX 

What is IMO 2020? Long term sponsors HFW, lawyers that specialise in maritime law state on their website;
From 1 January 2020, the MARPOL Annex VI regulation limiting sulphur content in marine bunker fuel to 0.5% (down from the current level of 3.5%) will enter into force.

This applies to vessels trading outside Emission Control Areas (ECAs), where the maximum fuel sulphur content limit shall remain at 0.1% for the foreseeable future. Owners essentially have three options to choose from, in order to comply with the Annex VI regulation:

  • Install EGCS on their vessels.
  • Buy more expensive, low sulphur content compliant fuel.
  • Utilise alternative clean fuels, such as LNG.


Jazzing up essays with photos   

As summer comes so do trips to the seaside. Writing essays or completing projects can benefit from having a photo that helps to tell the story. Check out the AUSMEPA photo library where your students can obtain copyright free photos to help make their assignments glow. Visit our website to access photos approved for educational purposes copyright free. Click on this link and go straight to the page Don't forget to send your special student photos in to us also at

It is also a perfect time to start or continue your student's photo survey. We know that the baselines shift as the years pass and a photo survey is a great way to mark the environmental changes. How great would it be to have successive years record the changes near your beach? To get started click on the link

TEACHERS -Remember to order your Posters FOR 2020

As teachers we love to have illustrations to use as a talking point. We've just done an inventory of posters and poster packs in stock and we welcome your requests for these free resources.

Contact email for poster requests: or
Posters for middle years

Posters for primary years

If your school needs more than four packs, we need YOU to help us out with postage by credit card or direct debit so that we can continue to provide these wonderful classroom resources.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES - Posidonia, Greece 1st June 2020 

AUSMEPA will be attending Posidonia in Athens Greece June 2020. Posidonia is commonly known as the Olympics of Shipping. Every two years Posidonia brings together, in an exciting and unique way, the international maritime community, welcomed by Greek shipowners controlling the world’s largest merchant fleet. Posidonia - through the exhibition, the conferences, the Posidonia Games and the many social events – always injects a feeling of optimism that lifts the spirit of the industry, emphasizing long term opportunities. Taking part at Posidonia, which in 2020 promises to be the largest and most versatile in its 50-year history, gives our more than 2,000 exhibitors from over 90 countries direct access to this vibrant market.
This will give us the opportunity to visit our Ship Members; Neda Maritime Agency, Star Bulk Carriers, Sun Enterprises, Diana Shipping Services, Bulkseas Marine Management and Tsakos.


Ocean Whispers is the AUSMEPA blog page and can be found at
Below find the latest item to give you a taste of the blog which is written for a larger audience of students and teachers and public. Following that is a list of more recent inclusions some to promote other organisations who are doing their part too.

INTERCONNECTEDNESS - what does that mean?

Goodness, that is a mouthful!

If you don't get a feel for this word perhaps you've heard the term interdependence, another mouthful, or more specifically, ecosystem services. The invisible axiomatic truth is that pretty much everything is connected to everything else. That may be in a primary sense, right here right now, or manifest as a kind of ripple effect off to the side or into the future. Simplistically we might refer to this as a domino effect.

The images below illustrate how we NEED to have healthy environmental systems, plants and animals, in order to have a chance for healthy lives ourselves. And sometimes, as in the case of Mangroves, we have for many years simply treated them with disdain. Below you can see a summary, written for a US audience, of how mangroves help us and what threatens them.

Below gives an inkling of the negative things happening everyday across world mangroves.

[These images were taken from the IUCN website article referencing the importance of mangroves at ]

This earth we live on has such a complex, diverse and enigmatic web of interconnected effects. Everything we do affects this place we live.

People have been working on understanding what when why and how these connections work over the entire evolution of humankind. Which are the things that effect our health and well-being and those things that are detrimental.

Human inventiveness and adaptability has affected those natural systems and their often hidden interconnections have affected our planet. Fire gave us comfort, better health and protection from animals who might eat us and it can burn forests down. Being able to grow crops has given us a steady food source and it has drained rivers and polluted receiving waters and lead to a changed pattern of eating.

Who would have thought that it took about 3,000 litres of water to get that yummy burger into your mouth? 

The more there are of us, the more changes we make. The statistics tell us that there are about 7.7 billion people on earth today, an increase of 6.1 billion people in only 117 years. The environmental systems that make the world habitable for us, producing breathable air, food, clean water, ARE struggling under the weight of our human numbers.

Is the climate changing? Well, clearly, it always does. Are we affecting the changing climate in ways that are different to past history? How could we not with the burgeoning number of people on the planet?
Humankind are such smart creatures. It's time to take stock of our interconnectedness. We will need to pull in our belts and make some brave decisions to look after mother earth and the cradle of the sea in order to ensure our own life on earth.

As usual, AUSMEPA would not continue to do these awesome activities and meet our Constitutions aims and objectives without our loyal sponsors. We give you a huge ‘Thankyou’.



AUSMEPA is a not-for-profit supported by leading maritime companies, individuals and organisations. Funds raised are used to create no-cost, innovative and practical educational resources for schools, seafarers and other users of the marine environment. click here to read more


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