AUSMEPA eNewsletter Summer 2017
"Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the IMO Council.
Key objectives will include improving cooperation between ports and ships, and developing a closer partnership between the two sectors; raising global standards and setting norms for the safety, security and efficiency of ports, and for port and coastal State authorities; and standardizing port procedures through identifying and developing best practice guidance and training materials.
"The maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and the people that operate them, can and should play a significant role helping Member States to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability ashore through promoting trade by sea; enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators both on land and, through developing a sustainable blue economy*, at sea," Mr. Lim said. http://www.imo.org/en/mediacentre/pressbriefings/pages/20-wmd-theme-2017.aspx
[*To find out more about "Sustainable Blue Economy" see here]
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has taken the initiative to launch a new kid-friendly website including a specially- commissioned animation pages and information to explain to young people how IMO works to protect the marine environment and the atmosphere.
At AUSMEPA we were very proud to be invited to provide input, education resources and photographs. Find out more by exploring the site at http://kids.imo.org/
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
The 'We Are Ports' school pilot program is designed to promote the We Are Ports website and messaging in key schools located near ports across Australia.
The program, to commence in Term 2 of 2017, will be curriculum based (Geography) and target Year 9 students. The program will involve an element of online research that will require exploration of www.weareports.com.au and it will culminate in a competition with first prize winners receiving an iPad or similar device for the Geography department.
The following ports have agreed to participate in this wonderful project; Fremantle, Pilbara, Mid-West (WA); Darwin (NT); Nth Qld Bulk Ports, Townsville, Brisbane (QLD), NSW, Newcastle (NSW), Portland (VIC), Flinders (SA) & Tasmania.
Students will have the opportunity to research, learn and be amazed by ports in Australia, for example on any given day, $1.2 billion of trade moves through Australia's ports. This equates to one-third of our national wealth each year. Ports are Australia's largest cargo centres moving 3.6 million tonnes of goods and raw materials each day. That's more than 68 times the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
If you receive this eNewsletter and either are a teacher, or know of, a high school that would like to participate, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to accommodate your school!
Well first, let's talk about what it's not. It's not a floating island of trash, like a garbage dump or a landfill. It's also not the only patch.
They exist all throughout the ocean, and the Pacific Garbage Patch just happens to be the most famous.
Garbage patches are large areas of marine debris concentration that are formed by rotating ocean currents called gyres - kind of like big whirlpools that suck things in. A garbage patch is made up of tiny plastic pieces called "microplastics" that are less than 5 millimeters long. It's more like pepper flakes swirling in a soup than something you can skim off the surface. You might come across some larger items, like plastic bottles, but it's possible to sail through a garbage patch and not see anything. However they are a big problem, for the ocean and for us. See Ocean Todays animated video at;
Check out these fantastic live web cams at Monterey Bay Aquarium. We've spent days researching, phoning and sending emails to try and find anyone in Australia that does this! Nobody! Wouldn't it be great if Sea Life, or the Aquariums provided this for us to watch and marvel at?
Coral Watch partners with AUSMEPA
AUSMEPA is proud to partner with the Coral Watch monitoring program and have our logo on their Coral Health Chart card.
Corals are an indicator species that help us to understand various environmental factors that affect reefs and therefore the ocean health within Australia's Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ).
The Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) SEA17 Conference
Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) is a long time member and supporter of AUSMEPA, and their SEA17 Conference is being held on March 27-29 in the Gold Coast. SEA17 is attended by a broad range of stakeholders from the maritime sector. Attendees include:
AUSMEPA has been privileged has been invited to be part of a panel discussion on Day 3. Come along and listed to the latest and from renown guest speakers.
All AUSMEPA members and sponsors please attend.
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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