North American World Maritime Day Focuses on Environment

Mexico Delivers Vision for Future of Ports and Ships

October 23, 2018 - The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the International Maritime Association (IMO), the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) and the API Quintana Roo announced today this year’s North American World Maritime Day will be held in Cozumel, Mexico November 13-14th.  With the year’s theme of “Our Heritage- Better Shipping for a Better Future”, the event is focusing on how shipping and ports collaborate to reduce their impact on the marine environment.  A highlight of the event will be the luncheon keynote delivered by Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine, Mexico who will share his vision for ports and ships of the future.

“During these disruptive times, we expect great interest in the many changes occurring in the industry, especially in this region,” stated Alejandro Trillo of TGM and NAMEPA Board Member.  “We need to thoroughly understand the shifting dynamics in order to work collaboratively in building a better future.”

The event will be opened with a video commendation address provided by Secretary General Kitack Lim of the IMO.  Other topics include MARPOL compliance, tools for compliance, navigating change, and a port leadership roundtable featuring representatives from Mexican, US and Caribbean ports. 

Reflecting its importance in developing best practices for shipping and ports, the API Quintana Roo is a primary sponsor of the event.  Other supporters include Wartsila, RightShip (Carbon Offset Sponsor), TGM, and the Mexican Pilots Association.

To register for the event please click here. Registration is free.

For more information on the event, please visit our event webpage.

Discounted hotel arrangements are available at the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa . For reservations please call +52 987 872 9500 ext. 6130 or email and ask for the NAMEPA event rate starting at $185/night.

About Us:

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:



IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO's work supports the UN SDGs.

Throughout its history, the Inter-American Port Conference established importance relationships, and joined efforts with many international organizations. The organization that most closely worked with the IPC was the AAPA. Other organizations which have helped to develop the port sector include: the IADB, the World Bank, the Economic Commission on Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Central American Commission of Maritime Transport (COCATRAM), the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAC), the International Maritime Organization (IMO); among others. The conference is credited with establishing important international cooperation programs which have benefited port sector workers as well as executives, in all OAS Member States. Such programs deal with the exchange of information, technical and professional training, direct technical assistance, among other issues. These programs yielded important benefits for all participants, and have paved the way for the birth of the present Inter-American Committee on Ports.

API Quintana Roo’s goal is to be the leader in America in the reception of cruises and in the management of nautical tourism, as well as to satisfy the cargo handling service, safeguarding the security and sustainability of our port facilities.  It is known to be a model company, offering competitive and sustainable port services and facilities in the Greater Caribbean.













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