Marine Environment Protection & Awareness


Maritime Environmental Protection & Awareness

About MEPA

This Marine Environmental Protection & Awareness program is about the maritime sector, shipping, ports and sustainability.

This is a interactive, multi-faceted environmental educational program that supports and promotes MARPOL compliance by seafarers and port leadership including maritime industry-related staff across all employee levels for the Guam Region. This program is designed in partnership with ProSea Marine Education to educate, inspire, motivate and empower the participant to protect the marine environment, to comply with all regulations and to be proactive in using best practices. It also underscores the valuable role played by the maritime industry as important to global society both on land and at sea.

It discusses a variety of subjects related to sustainable shipping and MARPOL regulations. This course invites the maritime sector and you, as a maritime professional, to get involved.

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Program Breakdown


Five (5) individual, 25-minute, internet-based modules. Topics include:

  • Sustainable Shipping & MARPOL
  • Marine Environment
  • Liquid Waste
  • Solid Waste
  • Energy & Climate Change


Participants will address the background of regulations that are not part of e-learnings. Topics include; chemicals (Annex II & III), air pollution (Annex VI ) and environmental conventions. 

  • Antifouling 
  • Invasive Species
  • Ship Recycling

In-Person Workshop

Local, on-site workshop to discuss sustainability challenges, solutions, and roles and responsibilities of seafarers, maritime industry staff and leadership, regulators, and community members. A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants. 

Date: TBD
Location: Guam


Train the Trainer

Training will be offered to the community for several onsite individuals interested and available to continue the program in Guam. Participants will use the program materials and resources to engage with seafarers and shoreside personnel. A stipend may be available to trainers. 

This multi-faceted environmental educational program was developed by NAMEPA in partnership with ProSea Marine Education and made possible with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Introducing the

The E-Modules Guide

Getting Started

Each 25-minute, internet-based module is designed to be completed independently. To begin, click on the Start Module button.

  • Box 1: Enter your email address.
  • Box 2: Enter your name and organization as follows:  first name | last name | organization 
    • Example:  John | Smith | NAMEPA 
  • You will receive an email with a unique link to begin the module. 

It is best to complete all five modules within 2-3 weeks. 

Participants will be awarded a certificate after successful completion of the modules. 

Sustainable Shipping & MARPOL

In this module, you will learn about shipping, ports and sustainability and the importance of complying with MARPOL regulations to prevent the pollution of the environment. Sustainability has become increasingly important and as a maritime professional you are guaranteed to come into contact with MARPOL regulations and sustainable shipping. This module introduces the concept of sustainability and the environmental challenges that will be addressed in the other e-learnings.

Marine Environment

In this module, you will learn about marine ecology, the importance of the ocean, and the role the seas play in sustaining all life on our planet.

Liquid Waste

In this module, you will learn about liquid waste: oil, chemicals and sewage. Like most sectors, the maritime sector produces waste. This module will prepare you in your role to help minimize the environmental impacts of liquid waste.

Solid Waste

In this module, you will learn about how solid waste has become a major concern for the health of the planet, marine life and for human beings. This information will help you understand the issues of plastics and marine litter, guiding you to make decisions that will help improve the well-being of our world.

Energy & Climate Change

In this module, you will learn about energy and climate change. Energy is used in many human activities and keeps our global economies running. However, the use of fossil fuels contributes to a serious environmental problem facing the world today: climate change.

MARPOL Resources

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