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Tools for Effective Environmental Compliance

OPERATION: COMPLIANCE is designed to educate the seafarer and shoreside personnel on the importance of environmental compliance, including MARPOL compliance, and to provide educational tools to support compliance efforts and the reporting of non-compliance. This project is made possible through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) specifically for the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina.

The importance of effective environmental compliance programs in the maritime industry has been demonstrated time and time again over the past two decades, and while its record is immeasurably better, there remains room for improvement in compliance. Our comprehensive approach, will provide the seafarer and shoreside personnel with a thorough understanding of what MARPOL is, what is required, why it is important for protecting the marine environment, what compliance looks like, risks of non-compliance, steps to be taken if non-compliance occurs, the reporting tools needed to take action, and how to report violations to shoreside personnel and law enforcement, should all other mechanisms for compliance fail.

Oceans, lakes and rivers cradle all life on Earth and provide resources for which all life depends. Without proper MARPOL compliance, the ocean will continue to be polluted with garbage, oily water, damaging chemicals and more. We hope that you will use this program as a tool to educate and become active in MARPOL compliance.

NAMEPA's MARPOL guides can assist seafarers and shoreside personnel to better understand MARPOL regulations, why they are needed to preserve the marine environment, and how to better comply. 

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