Andreas Chrysostomou has been appointed the 111th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at its AGM today (21March). Richard Vie has been appointed President Elect.
Andreas Chrysostomou takes over the reins of office from Malcolm Vincent. Mr Chrysostomou’s first public task as President will be his speech tomorrow (22 March) at the IMarEST 110th Annual Dinner at The Guildhall in the heart of the City of London. Around400 IMarEST members and their guests representing the global engineering, science and technology sectors of the maritime industry will be attending..Television presenter and broadcaster Monty Halls, a former Royal Marines Officer, now an explorer and writer, is the after dinner speaker.
“I am delighted to have been appointed the 111th President of the Institute which has over 15, 000 members in over a hundred countries, and 50 active branches around the world, and exciting expansion plans” says Andreas Chrysostomou. “Naturally, I would like to pay tribute to Malcolm Vincent whose work on behalf of, the Institute and its members around the world has been inspiring. I know how much he has enjoyed his year in office, and look forward to furthering some of the initiatives that he started during his year in office.
“I will be explaining tomorrow evening in my speech that global growth and expansion are of vital importance to our Institute. We need to fully integrate the international presence of IMarEST to transform it from a UK organisation with overseas members to a truly global organisation.
“We have some exciting and challenging objectives, and I look forward to seeing them implemented in the coming year. We aim to expand the international profile of the IMarEST within the marine industry, academia and governments, promoting membership, events and publications where applicable.
“Then too we need to promote the benefits of the Institute in key markets, ensuring that the global expansion and influence the Institute has globally is understood within industry and by maritime policy makers. I am committed to personally leading a strong campaign to attract new members, indeed I will be issuing a challenge to the rest of the IMarEST’s leadership to follow my lead!”
About the 111th President Andreas Chrysostomou has been Senior Marine Surveyor and Head of the Maritime Policy, Multilateral Affairs and Standards Division in the Department of Merchant Shipping, Government of the Republic of Cyprus since 2004 and Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since 2003.
He received a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has served as Counsellor Maritime Affairs for the Cyprus High Commission in London and alternate Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the IMO.
On the international stage, Mr Chrysostomou has worked with UN agencies and other forums including UNCTAD, ILO, COPASS-SARSAT, the International Oil Pollution Fund and the International Mobile Satellite Organisation. He has presented papers and chaired seminars and conferences around the globe and was previously a member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU).
In 2011, Mr Chysostomou received the acknowledgment of his peers with the 2011 Award for outstanding contribution to sustainable shipping and was presented with the Outstanding Public Service Award by the US Department of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard for his contribution to international shipping, and in March 2013, was awarded the Greenship Technology Leading Personality of the Decade Award
About the President Elect
Richard Vie BSc (Hons), CEng, CMarEng, FIMarEST is currently Vice President Newbuilding, Technical Development and Quality Assurance, at Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, based in Southampton.
Richard has been a member of IMarEST from his student days at the University of Surrey where he studied mechanical and marine engineering. After a period at sea he then joined Three Quays Marine Services, then part of P&O, as a project engineer. He describes this as a fantastic learning experience where he met and worked with many Institute members including the current President, Malcolm Vincent. The experience gained enabled him to become a Member of the Institute and a Chartered Engineer.
Richard then went to work abroad for V Ships in Monaco, eventually migrating across to the passenger ship division, Sitmar Cruises, and its department responsible for the design development and supervision of its newbuilding programme. Although abroad he did not lose touch with the Institute and took part in a number of Institute conferences on passenger ship design, ship safety, environmental protection and diesel-electric propulsion at a time of rapid and exciting growth in the cruise industry.
After Sitmar Cruises was acquired by P&O Richard moved back to the UK in 1992 to Southampton to continue in the cruise division leading a team responsible for the design development and plan review of its continuing shipbuilding programme. Richard was awarded the Institute’s Denny Gold medal along with Dr Les Hampson for their 1999 paper on the design of the water lubricated shaft bearings on the cruise ship Grand Princess. The cruise division was demerged from P&O in 2000 to become P&O Princess Cruises which in turn became part of Carnival in 2003 and Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding in Southampton is now responsible for the design development and project supervision for all of the Carnival brand’s cruise vessel building programmes.
Richard is a Fellow of the Institute, represents the Institute at the Engineering Council on its Quality Assurance Committee and is a member of the Technical Committee of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.
Further information on IMarEST’s work for, and on behalf of, its members in over a hundred countries is available at www.imarest.org.
About the Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
The IMarEST is the leading international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. It is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one multi-disciplinary professional body. With 15, 000 international members based in over 100 countries, it is the largest marine organisation of its kind. Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.
The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.
IMarEST also run a series of industry leading events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised titles: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World & Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology