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Calling all ships! Enroll in Adopt A Ship today

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NAMEPA calls upon the maritime industry to support the next generation of mariners

April 1, 2024 –

The Adopt A Ship program is seeking maritime participation! Join NAMEPA and educate students about the vital role of shipping & spark their curiosity in geography, culture, and more! It’s free, engaging, and inspires the next generation of maritime leaders!

The Adopt A Ship program serves as an educational tool, creating and fostering awareness of the maritime industry and its profound impact on our daily lives. By connecting classrooms with mariners, students will gain insights into the life of a seafarer, the pivotal role of maritime in global trade, and a real-world perspective on the maritime industry.

Interested in participating in the Adopt A Ship program as an educator or enrolling your ship?

Visit http://www.namepa.net/Adopt-A-Ship.

Contact: Madalyn Wesner, m.wesner@namepa.net, Education & Outreach Associate, NAMEPA

Enroll in Adopt A Ship 

How it works

NAMEPA’s Adopt A Ship program involves senior officers onboard a vessel engaging in weekly email exchanges with classrooms through their designated teacher for a duration of 6-8 weeks. Students are provided with a world map featuring tradelines to track their ship’s journey, enhancing their understanding of geography, environmental protection, marine operations, communication skills, and illuminating workforce opportunities.

History of Adopt A Ship

Established in 2006 by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC), the Adopt a Ship program aims to bridge the gap between students and seafarers. Since its inception, the program has expanded beyond its roots in Cyprus to encompass Greece, India, the Philippines, and Poland. 

This collaboration seeks to enrich the educational experience of students while fostering a deeper understanding of the maritime industry. “Our industry is experiencing a mariner shortfall that is only expected to get worse.” said NAMEPA CEO, Carleen Lyden Walker. “The Adopt a Ship program is an excellent tool to educate students about our industry and encourage them to join us!

North American Marine Environment Protection Association

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a maritime 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 www.namepa.net.

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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