TURMEPA CELEBRATES 23RD ANNIVERSARY!
DenizTemiz Association/ TURMEPA's twenty-third anniversary dinner was held at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus on October 16, 2017, hosted by Founder and Honorary President Rahmi M. Koç and Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu.
Following a cocktail party that started at 19.30, more than 500 association members and guests, who are all sea volunteers, attended the dinner at the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Ballroom to enjoy a menu specially prepared for the night. The main sponsor for this year’s event was the luxurious real estate project the EPIQUE ISLAND brought to life by Aksoy Holding in Bodrum, a popular holiday destination in Turkey.
Presented by Oylum Talu, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of TURMEPA Şadan Kaptanoğlu made the opening speech at the annual anniversary dinner where he said “TURMEPA, which has been fighting for a blue future and a green Turkey for 23 years, grew and achieved its current level thanks to you and your support. Again with your support, this struggle will continue by growing stronger. Thank you for your support; but you also know that we have yet to achieve the clean ports, which we have been longing for and for which we have the responsibility to pass down to the future generations. There is still a lot of work to do despite the progress we have made. As was the case with the past, not only we will not lose our momentum but we will also further speed up our efforts from this day on; we will set sail for new shores and expand our sphere of influence by reaching out to new horizons. We will continue on this blue journey together with you, our esteemed members, guests and supporters, until we have a society that looks out for its seas and a Turkey that has won its fight against sea pollution.” The biggest supporters of the association received their thank you plaques from the Association's Board Chairperson, Şadan Kaptanoglu, for their contributions to TURMEPA and the anniversary event.
Batu Aksoy, CEO & Vice President of the main sponsor Aksoy Holding, also received his plaque from Şadan Kaptanoğlu. In his speech, Batu Aksoy said the following: “Firstly, I would like to celebrate TURMEPA’s 23rd year and greatly congratulate it for its achievements. As a lover of sea, I am very happy to be with you at such a meaningful night. Business people have a big responsibility to take our ecosystem to a better level, and it is very important for both people and other creatures living in nature to give back what we take from nature. In this sense, TURMEPA's efforts are invaluable. At Aksoy Holding and Epique Island, we are happy and proud to be a part of it tonight.”
TURMEPA IN ANKARA FOR THE 3RD TOURISM COUNCIL
The opening of the 3rd Tourism Council, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism upon it was decided by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that it be re-convened for the first time after 15 years, was held at the Beştepe People’s Culture and Congress Center. The council, for which the President came up with the slogan “50 million tourists and 50 billion dollars in 2023”, was attended by leading representatives of the sector, non-governmental organizations, academicians and experts. TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu, Vice President İbrahim Yazıcı and Board Members Eşref Cerrahoğlu and Turgut Konukoğlu, Supervisory Board President Ahmet Bedri İnce and member Cengiz Kaptanoğlu, and the General Director of the association Akşit Özkural attended the council.
Meanwhile, Metin Kalkavan, the Chairman of the Chamber of Shipping, who is also a Board Member of TURMEPA, and Başaran Ulusoy, Chairman of TÜRSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) also attended the council to represent their institutions. Opened by the President and received a great deal of interest mainly from the representatives of the tourism and maritime sectors and industry, the council addressed Turkey’s image in the international competitive environment and the goal of raising the country’s brand value. At the 3rd Tourism Council, Turkey's image in the international competitive environment and studies and opinions on increasing its brand value were discussed. The council entitled “Now is the time” aimed at developing Turkey’s vision on its way to achieve its 2023 goals in the field of tourism.
KAPTANOĞLU IN GLOBAL MARITIME MEETINGS: CHINA, GREECE, DENMARK
SHANGHAI - MARINTEC CHINA 2017 CHINA INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
The fair, held from 5 to 8 December at the Shanghai International Exhibition Center, brought together the global maritime industry in Shanghai.
At the fair attended by participants from more than 110 countries, Şadan Kaptanoğlu held a presentation as the Future BIMCO President and dwelt on critical topics concerning the sector from BIMCO's perspective.
SHANGAI - DIGITAL SHIP - THE MARITIME CIO FORUM
Şadan Kaptanoğlu, who attended the Digital Ship the Maritime CIO Forum on December 7th as a speaker, talked about the future of the maritime industry and digital ships as the Future BIMCO President.
THE PUDONG VISIT
Kaptanoğlu's next stop in her visit to China was Pudong, the international center of technology. Kaptanoğlu who was invited to Pudong - a district declared by the Chinese government to be the country’s base also for sea trade - visited Pudong Commercial Director Xin Ya Zin in his office.
ATHENS - CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL THE 4TH TRIENNIAL MEETING
The 4th Triennial Meeting of Cass Business School, a prominent institution where future leaders of the European business world are educated, brought together leaders from finance, banking, maritime, energy, industry and tourism sectors in Athens on November 10-11. On the second day of the meeting whose opening speech was made by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopulos, a session moderated by TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu was held where financing, banking, import and credit issues concerning the maritime sector were discussed.
COPENHAGEN - BIMCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The new Board of Directors elected at BIMCO's General Assembly held in Rome in June convened for the first time in Copenhagen on 14-15 November.
At the meeting held at the BIMCO Headquarters, information on BIMCO's activities was provided and future plans were shared. BIMCO Future President Şadan Kaptanoğlu, and Board Member Faruk Miras on behalf of the Chamber of Shipping also attended the meeting.
ATHENS - ŞADAN KAPTANOĞLU WAS ELECTED THE WISTA AMBASSADOR AT THE ANNUAL WISTA HELLAS FORUM
The Annual WISTA Hellas Forum was held in Athens on November 28th. More than 300 well-known sector representatives participated in the first session of the forum on the difficulties faced by the shipping industry and its impacts on the sector. In the first session, moderated by John Cotzias, President of the Greek Ship Brokers Association, it was discussed how shipowners could cope with the difficulties facing them. In the second session of the forum, Wista Hellas President Angie Hartmann thanked the members particularly for their active participation in the forum and for making WISTA the voice of the sector. She said that by organizing two comprehensive panels in this annual forum, they aimed at addressing the problems of the sector in a comprehensive way. Wista Turkey Board Chairperson Nazlı Selek, as well as TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu attended the forum from Turkey. Kaptanoğlu was elected the WISTA Ambassador at the forum.
WISTA International was founded in 1974 as a public interest organization. It has 3,000 members in 40 countries. WISTA Hellas, on the other hand, is an association established in 1993 for public interest as part of this international umbrella organization and it has 260 leading female members from the maritime sector.
THE 6TH NATIONAL SHIP AND YACHT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARD CEREMONY WAS HELD
The sixth of the National Ship and Yacht Design Contests organized by the Ship and Yacht Exporters Association for the purpose of producing competitive solutions in the sector and raising the interest of young students in the sector ended with an award ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Asia Hotel on October 27th. TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu also attended the ceremony, which welcomed leading figures from the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy and the maritime industry under the Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi.
The ceremony where “Special Purpose Ship” designs by students were awarded started with the speech of Başaran Bayrak, Chairman of the Board of Ship and Yacht Exporters Association. Also, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi and the Turkish Exporters Assembly President Mehmet Büyükekşi made speeches emphasizing the importance of innovation and design for the sector. At the ceremony, Başaran Bayrak presented a plaque to Şadan Kaptanoğlu. Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi paid visits to shipyards before the award ceremony. The program continued with consultation meetings held with representatives of other Ministries and the yacht industry.
ITU MARITIME FACULTY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES THE 94TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC
Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty Alumni Association (DEFAMED) celebrated the 94th anniversary of the Republic with a highly attended dinner event. The event was attended by Board Chairman of the Maritime Federation of Turkey Erkan Dereli, ITU Maritime Faculty (YDO) Graduates Welfare Association Second President Capt. Can Kıraç, TMMOB (Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) Chamber of Marine Engineering Board Chairman Feramuz Aşkın, Turkish Oceangoing Masters Association Board Chairman Capt. Birol Bayrakdar, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping Board Member Capt. Alev Tunç, Ship and Yacht Exporters Association Board Chairman Başaran Bayrak and TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu, as well as representatives of other non-governmental organizations and the maritime sector.
The dinner that took place on 29 October 2017 Sunday at the Istanbul Marriott Hotel began with a stand in silence - in memory of the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his fellow soldiers and all the martyrs - and the Turkish National Anthem. DEFAMED Board Chairman Capt. Baybora Yıldırım said the following in his speech: “With our Republic Dinner event that we organized for the fourth time this year, we have been taking firm steps towards making our event a tradition. We wish the ITU Maritime Faculty Alumni Association and our Republic lots of other anniversaries.” Following the speech, a presentation was held showing images of the board members of the association visiting the Anıtkabir and the official ceremony performed there. Afterwards, thank you plaques were given to the sponsors for their contributions to the event. Şadan Kaptanoğlu was among those who gave plaques to the sponsors.
THE PRU 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR OPENING CEREMONY GOES DOWN A STORM
The PRU 2017-2018 Academic Year opening ceremony where the Mayor of Tuzla Dr. Şadi Yazıcı attended as the honorary guest and where Piri Reis University Founding Rector Prof. Dr. Osman Kamil Sağ gave the opening lesson took place at the Deniz Campus conference hall.
Among the other attendees besides the Mayor of Tuzla Dr. Şadi Yazıcı were the Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Galip Zerey, General Manager of Shipyards and Coastal Buildings Salih Özpak, Coastal Safety General Manager Hızırreis Deniz, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping Board Chairman and PRU Chairman of the Board of Trustees Metin Kalkavan, Board Chairman of the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation Süalp Ömer Ürkmez, TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu and other state and protocol officials, PRU academicians and members of its Board of Trustees, as well as many students and their parents.
Making the opening speech, Piri Reis University Rector Prof. Dr. Oral Erdoğan said: “PRU is a theme university focusing on the maritime sector. We also want the students who study at departments other than maritime affairs at our university to become familiar with the maritime industry and we organize our education plans accordingly. I offer my gratitude to our academicians and staff working at our university, as well as the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, the Chamber of Shipping, the maritime community, and the Tuzla Mayor Dr. Şadi Yazıcı who made great efforts in the foundation phase of the university. I wish all our students a successful and good university life.” Offering the opening lesson, PRU Founding Rector Prof. Dr. Osman Kamil Sağ conveyed his observations on basic engineering. Later on, Piri Reis University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Metin Kalkavan said that the university had made great progress since its establishment, especially with regards to the establishment and maintenance of a green campus on whose importance he dwelt with emphasis. The protocol speeches continued with Ahmet Zerey, the Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. “Maritime means global friendship and global vision. Our seafarers are today starting their new academic year as candidates of this global vision and counting days to open up to the world's seas. I congratulate you all and wish you success wholeheartedly,” said Zerey. While Tuzla Mayor Dr. Şadi Yazıcı said: “I offer my sincere thanks to all those who made great efforts. I am happy for my country, for Tuzla that we have such a university.” At the end of the ceremony, students who entered their departments and programs in PRU as first ranking students this year were given various awards.
THE FIFTH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES WORKSHOP WAS HELD AT PİRİ REİS UNIVERSITY
The Advanced Technologies Workshop, which was held for the fifth time this year, was hosted by Piri Reis University on October 23rd. Starting with an opening speech by Piri Reis University Rector Prof. Dr. Oral Erdoğan, the workshop was presided over by Piri Reis University Head of the Industrial Engineering Department Prof. Dr. M. Oktay ALNIAK.
Tuzla Mayor and the Turkish Basic Sciences Research Foundation President Dr. Şadi Yazıcı, Tuzla District National Education Director Ahmet Ali Reisoğlu, and Tuzla District National Education Branch Director Aydın Bora were also among those who joined the workshop.
TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu also joined the workshop where Prof. Dr. Tamaz Vashakmadze from Georgia, Prof. Dr. Saleh Sultansoy and Prof. Dr. Beycan İbrahimoğlu from Azerbaijan, Prof. Dr. Bilgin Kaftanoğlu from Atılım University, Prof. Dr. Kenan Taş from Çankaya University, Prof. Dr. Atilla Aşkar from Koç University and many other academics were present with their latest works. The aim of the 5th Advanced Technologies Workshop which got lots of attention from students is to encourage young scientists and students to work on technical issues and develop the technology and to foster collaboration among scientists. At the workshop, 12 conferences were held and 36 manifestos were presented on industry 4.0, energy, sciences, maritime, and advanced technologies.
JOINT PROJECTS ASSESSED WITH ISTKA
A meeting was held with Özgül Özkan Yavuz, the Secretary General of the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), at the initiative of Erdal Bahçıvan, the Chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, who is also a TURMEPA Board Member. The meeting started with Özgül Özkan Yavuz giving information about the Istanbul Development Agency and it continued with a discussion on how the blue world in Istanbul can be preserved and in what ways the agency can contribute. TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu and General Manager Akşit Özkural also gave brief information about the works conducted by the association. At the meeting, where lots of useful decisions were made, it was also decided that the association could apply to the project calls to be issued by the agency.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON WITH TURMEPA WASTE COLLECTION BOATS
TURMEPA continues to set an example to keep the seas blue. The waste collection boats, one of the most important symbols of the association, continued to serve during the tourism season in order to preserve the blue color of our bays in the Göcek Gulf, Hisarönü Gulf and Çeşme. The waste collection boats called TURMEPA I, TURMEPA II, DenizTemiz 3 and DTO Fethiye have so far served 2,230 boats in the 2017 tourism season, preventing approximately 1 million 200 thousand liters of black water and over 1000 kg of solid waste from leaking into seas. As a result, about 10 million liters of sea water was kept clean. Endless thanks to Arkas Holding, Sanko Enerji and Tüpraş for their continued support for TURMEPA waste collection boats.
OFFICINE PANERAI and TURMEPA JOIN FORCES ONCE AGAIN TO SAVE SEA LIFE
Officine Panerai, the world-famous Italian luxury watch brand, which has become synonymous with sea and maritime, has once again joined forces with TURMEPA. Officine Panerai and TURMEPA, which joined forces to save endangered sea creatures, raised donations through auction at the event for the project that launched with the motto “There is still time” to take action.
For this special project of Officine Panerai and TURMEPA who once again joined forces with the message “There is still time”, Panerai donated 2 of its limited edition special watches for this cause. The exclusive invitation held on December 4 at the Esma Sultan Mansion was hosted by TURMEPA Founder and Honorary Chairman Rahmi M. Koç, TURMEPA Board Chairperson Şadan Kaptanoğlu, Panerai Regional Directors Giammaria Varriale and Carlo Ceppi, and Maestro Saat Founding President Yusuf Tutuş. The two special watches that were put up for auction organized for the benefit of the project “There is still time” and managed by Portakal Art House Director Maya Portakal Bitargi were purchased by the business man, architect and objet d'art and watch collector Kaan Karasoy in support of the “There is still time” project.
Two exquisite watches that had been attracting a great deal of interest from collectors all over the world were offered for sale at the auction held during the special invitation event attended by prominent names from the business and art world and the community, and the entire proceeds from the auction were donated to the project.
In his speech, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of TURMEPA Şadan Kaptanoğlu said: “One of the two breaths we take we owe it to our seas. That's why, for us, our seas are as important as the air we breathe. Tonight we get together with Panerai, which has become synonymous with sea and maritime and which for a second time supported our efforts to regenerate our seas. We offer our sincere thanks to Panerai which organized this special evening and supported our project through its special donations” to emphasize the significance of the project and thank Panerai for its support.
One of the limited edition watches donated by Officine Panerai for the project is Mare Nostrum Acciaio. This model is one of the most rare designs that the brand has produced so far. Mare Nostrum is the first chronograph model in the history of Panerai. Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio - 44mm is the most exclusive model of the Green Dial Collection, which combines original color combination with a powerful sporty look. A special carving to represent the project was added by Officine Panerai on this special model donated for the benefit of TURMEPA. With that addition the watch became unique and peerless in the world.
TURMEPA AND PLASTIC OCEANS FOUNDATION SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY VIEWING
"A PLASTIC OCEAN"
The total area covered by plastic waste on the surface of oceans is larger than the surface area of Turkey. TURMEPA introduced a documentary called “A Plastic Ocean” to students and volunteers at Istanbul University to draw attention to this reality.
The Plastic Oceans Foundation made a documentary film called "A Plastic Ocean" by examining the situation of seas and oceans in 20 different locations in 4 years to have broad masses to hear about the damage caused to our world by plastic. The documentary was started to be released globally as of January 19, 2017. TURMEPA, which has been working tirelessly for the last 23 years to protect our seas and water resources, showed this remarkable documentary to young people at Istanbul University on Wednesday, December 13 in cooperation with the Plastic Oceans Foundation. At the initiative of Prof. Dr. Gülşen Altuğ of Istanbul University Faculty of Water Sciences, about 200 people comprising of Istanbul University academics and students and TURMEPA Volunteers in particular attended the documentary viewing event, which was held free of charge at the Prof. Dr. Cemil Bilsel Conference Hall. With this event, TURMEPA aimed at informing university students about the damages of plastics and ensuring that these young people who will be leading the future generations are sensitive to the environment.
The welcoming speech before the film viewing was held by Prof. Dr. Gülşen Altuğ and TURMEPA General Manager Akşit Özkural. Following the viewing, Altuğ together with TURMEPA Environmental Engineer Şeyda Dağdeviren Hill answered questions from the audience.
A Plastic Ocean documentary, which draws attention to the dangerous dimensions of plastic damage to the oceans, has so far won many awards at festivals such as the Blue Ocean Film Festival, the Sedona International Film Festival, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in various categories ranging from the best documentary award to the best environment award. It has also been shown in many countries on many platforms ranging from festivals to special viewings, from schools to museums and consulates. Documentary viewing will continue throughout the year in different parts of the world. For more information: www.plasticoceans.org
A BLUE CALL FROM TURMEPA: LET’S CUT DOWN ON OUR USAGE OF PLASTIC BAGS TO STOP OUR SEAS FROM TURNING INTO ISLANDS OF DUMP
TURMEPA aims at preventing the excessive use of plastics bags by collaborating with brands to reduce the harm that plastic bags cause to nature. Within the scope of the project, 390 thousand liters of dirty water, in other words, 31 thousand kilograms of solid waste were prevented from leaking into seas with Decathlon’s donations made just in 2017. Thanks to the campaign carried out with Koçtaş, the consumption of plastic bags was reduced by almost 60 percent in a very short time.
You can take your place among the leading institutions for a blue future and a green Turkey before the enactment of the law requiring the paid provision of plastic shopping bags as of January 1, 2019.
CLEANING CAMPAIGN ON SHORES UNDER THE LEAD OF TURMEPA
The whole world is mobilized for cleaner seas. Under the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) campaign, sea volunteers in more than 100 countries, including Turkey, met on coasts on September 16 to leave more blue seas to future generations!
Held on the third Saturday of September every year, the event has been carried out in Turkey under the coordination of TURMEPA since 2002. TURMEPA, which rolled up its sleeves once again to clean up the shores of our three seas in the framework of the International Coastal Cleanup campaign, aims at drawing attention to sea pollution with the event and raising awareness about the importance of keeping the seas clean.
The Istanbul leg of the campaign was carried out in Büyükada Aya Nikola Bay, which is connected to the district of Adalar. Within the scope of the campaign, TURMEPA extended its helping hand to the coasts of Izmir, Antalya, Bodrum and Fethiye in addition to Istanbul. A total of 750 kilograms of garbage were collected at the event where more than 200 volunteers across Turkey participated.
FISHERMAN’S COUNTER DISPLAYS GARBAGE INSTEAD OF FISH!
The Çanakkale Deniz Aşıkları - Çanakkale İçin Mavi Adım project, which has been carried out since January 2016 with the grant from MITSUI & CO., Ltd. Environment Fund and support from İÇDAŞ A.Ş., continues full steam ahead. Within the project, a fisherman’s counter containing garbage instead of fish was displayed to raise awareness of sea pollution.
The fisherman’s counters put up at the Gelibolu fish market on September 12, the Central Yacht Harbor on September 13 - 14, and in front of the Eceabat İskele Café on 15 September saw great interest from the media and local residents. The residents of Çanakkale from young and old alike could not hide their shock when seeing waste materials such as laptops, mobile phones, skateboards, car steering wheels salvaged from the sea.
50 MORE TEACHERS BECAME OUR PROJECT AMBASSADORS AFTER OUR ‘TRAINER TRAINING’ PROGRAM IN LAPSEKİ AND GELİBOLU!
The "Teacher Training" program, which started in the previous period at central high schools under the Çanakkale Deniz Aşıkları project and was attended by 280 high school teachers, was completed with training sessions held in Lapseki and Gelibolu on 10-13 October. Fifty teachers working at high schools in Lapseki and Gelibolu attended the "Trainer Training" program and became eligible to be project ambassadors. 330 teachers will be able to share their knowledge with their students through color charts, USB memory stickers, posters and certificates given to them after the training.
7. TURMEPA UNDERWATER WASTE EXHIBITION AND TRAINING WORKSHOP HAS ONCE AGAIN GIVEN HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS INSIGHTS INTO PROTECTION OF THE SEAS!
At the TURMEPA Underwater Waste Exhibition and Training Workshop held for the 7th time this year, the little ones were given information about the endangered sea creatures, the effects of climate change on marine life, the sources of carbon dioxide emissions and individual responsibilities. At the training sessions reinforced with various games and workshops, the tiny blues visited Turkey's first Underwater Waste Exhibition, finding the opportunity to examine objects salvaged from the sea and getting a better understanding of the importance of keeping the seas clean. The workshop, which welcomed hundreds of students with the organizational collaborations including Ataşehir Municipality, the Red Crescent and Nielsen, concluded in October. At the exhibition welcoming children around the concept of “Let’s Reduce Carbon Emissions”, the children were told about carbon dioxide emissions - which are one of the most important causes of climate change - using an interactive panel.
TURMEPA AND NEOMARIN SHOPPING MALL JOIN FORCES FOR A BLUE FUTURE
TURMEPA and Neomarin Shopping Mall met with children on August 29th at the Neomarin Beach designed in a concept suitable to the summer season. With the “Environment, Sea and Children” project, the little ones enjoyed learning while having fun at the same time. The little ones were introduced with the TURMEPA training at the beach-themed event area designed by the Neomarin Shopping Mall to give children and adults the sensation of being at the seaside through sea images and the sound of waves and enjoyed an experience they had never had before.
Children who came to the Neomarin Beach with their parents participated in the training on "Cleaning up our seas and coasts and Recycling" and learned about the importance of protecting our seas while they also played a recycling game where they raced with each other to throw into recycling boxes the garbage dumped at the coast. Outside the activity area, banners and posters were put up to draw attention to the sea pollution caused by human activities. After the training, the children left their hand prints on a cloth banner that read "Clean Seas Blue Future", promising to be a protector of the seas throughout their entire lives.
WE NOW LOOK AFTER THE AEGEAN SEA WITH THE IZMIR COASTAL AND SEAS EXAMINATION CENTER!
Sweden wants to cooperate with Izmir in maritime. Wishing to improve their social, cultural and commercial presence in Izmir, Swedish Consul General Therese Hyden for Istanbul got together with the Director of Chamber of Shipping Izmir Branch and the Secretary General of TURMEPA Izmir Branch Halil Hatipoğlu to discuss the cooperation opportunities in maritime projects related to the Aegean Region.
Commercial cooperation opportunities between Swedish maritime companies and Izmir maritime sector, especially with regards to marine cleaning and maritime education, as well as the opportunities offered by the sea tourism were discussed during the meeting. “Waste management is an important issue for us. We can share with you the technology we have,” said the Consul General Therese Hyden adding that they consider running joint projects after a review of sustainable sea and environment projects.
CHILDREN WITH “UNLIMITED-BLUE” TRAINING CLEANED UP THE COASTS IN URLA
More than 200 kg of solid waste was collected during the coastal clean-up event that took place at the Urla Pier location, hosted by the Urla Municipality and coordinated by the Chamber of Shipping and TURMEPA Izmir Branch.
Students who had received the TURMEPA "Unlimited Blue" training one day before the event encountered on the shores the same waste they saw during the training and better understood the harm caused by wastes to nature. During the sorting and weighing of the waste materials at the end of the event, it was explained through various visuals that how long it takes for such waste to decompose and the damage they cause to the marine ecosystem.
THE PROJECT FOR RAISING SAILOR KIDS STARTS IN IZMIR
Chamber of Shipping Izmir Branch and TED Izmir College put their mark under an exemplary collaboration that will make significant contributions to the Turkish education system. The “Training Project for Raising Young Sailors” Cooperation Protocol was signed by IMEAK Chamber of Shipping and TURMEPA Izmir Branch Board Member Argun Gündüç and TED Izmir College Board Chairman Eda Manav.
With this project, a training program will be prepared for TED Izmir College pre-school, primary school, junior high school and high school students starting from this school year. Students will be trained by trainers specialized in the field of maritime affairs. The "Environment" section of the project includes training sessions on the importance of seas, marine ecosystem, fight against pollution and global climate change by TURMEPA Izmir Branch.
LITTLE TOURISTS WERE GIVEN ENVIRONMENT TRAINING WITH EXPERIMENTS
Under a joint initiative by TURMEPA and Orka Hotels, the children of tourists, most of which are English, who spend their summer holidays in the Fethiye district of Muğla were given a training entitled "Seas and Environmental Experiments.
After a brief presentation, children and trainers had a lively chat about the seas to try to instill in children an awareness of the importance of the seas.
SCIENTISTS OF THE FUTURE GET THEIR FIRST SEA LECTURE THANKS TO THE COOPERATION BETWEEN TURMEPA AND D-MARIN KIDS
In its second year, the project visits the village schools in Dalaman, Turgutreis and Didim and teaches children how to save the sea life and the future of the seas. The purpose of the project consisting of marina travels, project studies, contests and awards under the supervision of mentors is to ingrain in children an appreciation not just for nature for but all the creatures in it and to teach them to think like a scientist and produce new ideas and projects. Under the project, children are also being trained on how to make a project, bring it to life and prepare a final report.
The children will take a step towards becoming a scientist by using their newly learned knowledge with the contest to be held after the training sessions and produce new ideas and projects to keep the seas clean. Children will first investigate the problems affecting the seas and question how these problems damage particularly the marine life and also other creatures that live outside the sea including human beings.
WE CONTINUED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH AKBANK ON THE SHORES FOR ‘THE GOOD OF THE CITY’
Under the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival, we were once again on the shores with Akbank for the ‘Good of the City’ project organized for the third time this year in order to encourage university students to become volunteers.
Within the scope of the project, university students chose the social contribution projects they wanted to be a part of according to their interests and met with NGO executives and received information about their activities.
WE HELD OUR 16TH MEETING WITH VOLUNTEER CANDIDATES
On October 16 we met with 75 volunteer candidates and discussed the topic "What's going on in the sea and coastal ecosystem" within a 5-hour program. The candidates have been informed in detail about the TURMEPA Volunteering Model GOBADOF and the activities of the association. Our active volunteers, on the other hand, talked about what they do on an individual and community basis.
At the end of the program, all our participants selected from the four different activity areas of TURMEPA - Online, Education, Activity and Community Volunteering - to protect the sea and coastal ecosystem and shared their choices with others at the happiness jury section of the program. Welcome aboard!
WE LOOK AFTER OUR SHORES WITH ARAS CARGO VOLUNTEERS...
Aras Cargo, one of the supporters of our association, also joined us with its employees and participated in our efforts to clean up the shores. We got together in 2017 with branch employees and their children for a clean up of the shores of Istanbul, Trabzon, Van and Bodrum. 32 kg waste was collected from the Büyükada Aya Nikola Bay in Istanbul with 32 branch employees, 47 kg waste was collected from the Ganita beach in Trabzon in the Black Sea Region with 31 branch employees and 217 kg waste was collected from the region where the Akköprü stream flows into the lake in Van with 44 branch employees and 20 children.
A total of 296 kg of waste consisting of plastic, metal, glass, paper and cigarette butts were collected from the shores and sent for recycling. Aras Cargo General Manager Hikmet Nuri Bulduk and top level executives, as well as TURMEPA General Manager Akşit Özkural and Chamber of Shipping Van Representative Nevzat Aydın also took part at our event in Van. “At Aras Cargo we are not only carrying important stuff, we are also responsible for carrying a healthy environment to future generations, so it is good to be here,” said Aras Cargo General Manager Hikmet Nuri Bulduk to all the participants of the event.
ŞİŞECAM EMPLOYEES WERE WITH US TOO...
We visited the shores of Kınalıada with 23 employees of Şişecam on September 23. At the shore clean-up initiative, which started with participants getting to know each other and a short brief, the participants were split up into two groups to form teams. Afterwards games were organized to ensure that team members act in harmony with each other driven by a team spirit, develop strategies, find creative and alternative solutions and improve their eye-hand coordination.
During the clean-up initiative, 69.5 kg waste was collected from the shore line and sent for recycling with the support of Adalar Municipality. Following the collection of the waste, Şişecam employees were informed about the importance of marine and water resources and the ecosystem and invited to volunteer for the project Denizler Yaşasın Diye (So That The Seas Maintain Their Existence).
SEA VOLUNTEERS FLOCK TO THE SHORES IN BODRUM
The International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) event was held in Bitez by TURMEPA Bodrum Branch. Approximately 50 people made up of students, parents and teachers from schools in Bodrum met in front of the café in Bitez Yalı location reached the Bitez Bay after about a 20-minute walk from the coast line and collected the waste mostly left behind by campers. Lots of waste material that was put inside garbage bags was carried to a boat belonging to the Bodrum Mariners Association. TURMEPA Bodrum Branch President Yaman Olgaç stated that the clean-up effort took place in one of the most pristine bays of Bitez and that the region was under constant threat of pollution by people despite regular cleaning actions.
“We are carrying this out as an awareness campaign rather than a garbage clean-up campaign. We want to instill in children this awareness,” said Olgaç. Throughout the night, guests enjoyed pleasant moments with the songs of artist Zeynep Casalini. In addition, Zen Diamond supported the association with jewelries specially designed for TURMEPA's 23rd anniversary.