US Environmental Guides Now in Five Languages

The Seaman's Church Institute (SCI) updated its webapp, http://enviroguides.us. The information on US environmental laws was recently translated in five languages namely, Russian, Greek, Tagalog, Spanish and English.

Seafarers journeying to the United States must follow regulations outlined in environmental statutes that may differ from other nations' laws. North America's largest mariners' service agency, the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI), has distilled pertinent information from US environmental protocols to share online with seafarers. Published previously only in English, SCI's recent update to the webapp makes these guidelines available in five different languages-Russian, Greek, Tagalog, Spanish and English.


Through a grant from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, SCI originally introduced a webapp for seafarers in January 2013. The app was accessible from multiple types of web browsers and mobile device. It contained organized information in the form of guides to US pollution laws, a general compendium to some of the United States' environmental laws affecting seafarers. It also listed down the penalties associated with violating those laws. It tackled how seafarers can talk about the importance of the marine environment with fellow crew. SCI designed these guides to equip seafarers with information on their rights and responsibilities while working in US waters.
Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of SCI's Center of Seafarers' Rights, organized the update that translated these guides into languages native to more seafaring men and women. "We wanted an easy, accessible way to empower seafarers with knowledge about laws that affect them when they come to the United States," says Stevenson.

(Mia Lapis-Nebre,News Agent-Manila)

 


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