Bridging the Gap: NAMEPA Convenes Industry, Government, and Education Leaders in Washington DC to Address Maritime Workforce Challenges and Current Critical Maritime Issues

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and awareness of the maritime industry, is launching its regional gathering and workshop at in Washington D.C., taking place on Thursday, May 23rd, as part of National Maritime Week. Hosted by ABS in their offices, this event brings together industry stakeholders to address a critical challenge: building a prepared, skilled and vibrant maritime workforce for the future.

NAMEPA’s DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) gathering encourages an open dialogue on crucial aspects of workforce development and features insightful presentations on steps to address the mariner workforce shortage. Featured presenters include:

· Dr. Shashi Kumar, Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training, Maritime Administration, will present the latest workforce development report providing valuable data and insights on the industry’s needs.

· Kai Martin, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Pasha Group, will discuss the real-world challenges faced in recruiting and retaining qualified maritime personnel.

· Molly Dushay, Education & Outreach Director, NAMEPA, will offer insight into how community engagement can support the maritime industry and bridge the gap between education and maritime careers.

· MEBA’s Calhoun School has been invited to share their expertise on recruitment and training programs, offering practical solutions.

Following presentations, the gathering will transition to a workshop, highlighting the need for collaboration between industry, educational institutions, and government agencies. By sharing best practices and igniting collaborations, this gathering aims to develop a comprehensive action plan to address maritime workforce development challenges in Washington D.C. and our nation at large.

The Washington D.C. gathering, and workshop will serve as a platform for open dialogue for maritime workforce development, including:

  • Strategies for attracting young people to maritime careers
  • Bridging the skills gap and fostering a diverse talent pipeline
  • The importance of education and training programs
  • Collaboration between industry, educational institutions, and government agencies audience in discussions on workforce development, a critical factor for the industry’s continued success.

About NAMEPA Regions

NAMEPA’s regional initiatives are designed to amplify collaboration and awareness of the maritime industry and marine environment while tackling challenges head-on. These gatherings and workshops function as bridges, connecting industry leaders, educators, and community members in a shared mission. By fostering meaningful communication and building trust, NAMEPA aims to spark collaborative action on critical issues specific to each region such as:

  • Raising maritime awareness: Educating the public about the industry’s vital role in the economy and the environment.
  • Combating marine debris: Working together to mitigate pollution and protect our shared marine ecosystems.
  • Investing in workforce development: Cultivating a skilled and environmentally aware maritime workforce for the future.
  • Engaging in public outreach: Inspiring communities to actively champion the protection of our ocean.

Beyond fostering local connections, these regional initiatives will unlock access to NAMEPA’s extensive resources. Communities will gain valuable best practices, educational materials, and expert networks, empowering them to tackle local challenges effectively. This deeper engagement allows NAMEPA to tailor programs and campaigns to address the specific priorities of each community.

The focus on regional needs goes beyond local action. By understanding and addressing these diverse challenges, NAMEPA aims to amplify public awareness of the maritime industry’s role, inspire communities to actively champion the protection of our marine ecosystems and cultivate a skilled and environmentally aware maritime workforce.

Register today to attend on May 23 by clicking here. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

Contact: Molly Dushay (, Education & Outreach Director, Regions Director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association

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