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NAMEPA, Tall Ships America Sign MOU to Advance Maritime Education

Organizations’ focus on nautical sciences, seafaring skills and the importance of protecting the marine environment.

 (Stamford, CT) The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Tall Ships America (TSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance education in seafaring skills, the nautical sciences, the maritime industry and protecting the marine environment.

On March 21, 2017, NAMEPA Chairman of the Board, Joe Hughes and TSA President and Board Chairman, Mike Rauworth signed the MOU at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA’s) Shipping 2017 conference.

The MOU will aid in fostering a collaborative effort that encourages learning about seafaring skills, the nautical sciences, the maritime industry and the marine environment and the impact the industry has on local communities as well as the global economy.


“Our organizations share a common commitment to the maritime industry,” says Joe Hughes.  “NAMEPA is thrilled to establish this alliance with TSA that will lead to increased public awareness about maritime history and culture and advocate for sensible and sustainable marine environment practices.”


“Through the TSA alliance with NAMEPA we look to increase the public’s awareness about the contribution the maritime industry makes to the local and global communities,” says Mike Rauworth. “Our combined goals to teach seamanship skills, nautical sciences, marine environment education and character building will prove to be a valuable collaboration to many communities.”

TALL SHIPS AMERICA, a non-profit educational membership organization, with diverse vessel and program members, each dedicated to providing hands-on experience and training in seafaring skills and the nautical sciences, and is recognized by Congress as the national sail training organization representing the United States; and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (hereinafter NAMEPA), a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware and qualified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Visit us at:

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine 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. Visit us at:

Bert Rogers, Executive Director, TSA; Michael J. Rauworth, President and Board Chairman, TSA; Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMPEA; Joe Hughes, Chairman of the Board, NAMEPA

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