NAMEPA creates student board game to raise awareness of maritime industry


The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) Maritime Adventures board game was launched at the association’s 15th Anniversary celebration last October to increase student engagement and awareness of the maritime industry and its role as the engine of global trade.

Thanks to sponsorship from The Pasha Group, NAMEPA’s interested education partners, associations, schools, and other K-12 programs will receive NAMEPA’s Maritime Adventures board game. In addition to demonstrating the value proposition of the maritime industry and preserving the marine environment, students will also be provided an invaluable resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills.

“We often discuss the perception and public image of the maritime industry, or lack thereof. This is an incredible opportunity to not only educate students on the industry, but also to demonstrate the commitment the maritime industry is making in protecting the environment.” stated Molly Dushay, Education and Outreach Director at NAMEPA. “In addition to illustrating how vast and diverse the maritime industry is, K-12 students can explore career opportunities they may have not known they could access.”

The sponsorship from The Pasha Group will enable NAMEPA to produce and distribute the game to its education partners in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. The game follows the player’s ship on a port-to-port journey to transport its cargo. Along the way, it encounters real world situations which can either help, or hinder, its voyage.

“Proactive, collective stewardship of our marine environment is critical to protect and preserve our seas,” said George Pasha, IV, President and CEO, The Pasha Group. “NAMEPA’s Maritime Adventures board game is a fun and innovative approach to inspire and engage our current and future maritime workforce.”

“We want the public to understand the vital role that shipping plays in their lives, and the responsibility it takes to mitigate its impact on the marine environment” observed Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder/CEO of NAMEPA. “Using tools like this game will bring the industry to life for students and make it more relatable, whether they live near a port or not.”

NAMEPA’s Maritime Adventures board game was developed by the organization’s interns as part of their summer program. NAMEPA offers an internship program that runs throughout the year, providing development opportunities in both marine science and the maritime industry.
To request your copy of NAMEPA’s Maritime Adventures board game, please contact Molly Dushay at