Though seemingly endless news stories of steep fines and prison terms (such as today's report of the Balsa 62 case) don't seem to be sinking in, a P&I club is hoping that a poster will get the message across that environmental crimes don't pay.
The American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) has produced a poster that depicts oily water separator violators being taken to jail with the message: "Bypassing the oily water separator is a short cut to jail".
The American Club has just donated 12,000 copies to the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA.
Through NAMEPA's strategic alliance with port chaplains, the posters will be given out during ship visits and will be available at seafarer's centers. NAMEPA is distributing the poster as part of its education efforts to "Save our Seas."
Port chaplains, who are members of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) and the Apostleship of the Sea, will be distributing the posters beginning this week.
"The American Club is delighted to participate in NAMEPA's education program," stated Dr. William H. Moore, American Club senior VP. "We believe that educating the seafarer is an important link in the prevention of environmental crimes. The 'Bypassing Oily Water Separator' poster is part of our Loss Prevention Poster series developed to help our members, and the marine community at large, to increase safety of life at sea, and protect the marine environment."
"NAMEPA is committed to education of our seafarers, port communities and children," remarked NAMEPA Founding Chairman Clay Maitland. "We are delighted that the American Club has partnered with us to 'Save our Seas' through the distribution of their powerful poster. It is by leveraging our strategic partnerships that a true impact can be made to reduce environmental crimes and reduce marine pollution."