HELMEPA’s 31st General Assembly of its Members was kindly hosted by member-company CERES at its building in Piraeus on Thursday, 11th April 2013, in the same place in which the Association was founded 31 years ago.
With HELMEPA’s Chairman, Dr. John Coustas presiding, together with Secretaries – Mr. S. Dafermos from Avin International S.A. and Mr. S. Stylianos from Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, the Association’s Director-General Mr. Dimitris C. Mitsatsos presented the activities completed with the consent of the Board of Directors during the year 2012.
The Assembly unanimously approved the activities and financial status as presented by the Auditors, Moore Stephens. The Board of Directors and the Auditors were relieved of every management responsibilities by the Assembly, which also erased four Members due to non-payment of outstanding contributions. In addition, in accepting the proposal of the Board of Directors and according with the Articles of the Association, the Assembly announced the following Honorary Members:
- Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Emeritus Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). For his contribution to the prevention of marine pollution from ships and his promotion of the efforts of the children-members of the HELMEPA Junior Program.
- Captain Panayiotis Tsakos, Founding Member and member of the first Executive Committee and first Board of Directors. For his 30 year-long continued support of HELMEPA’s goals.
- Mr. Nicholas Tsavliris, Member of past Boards of Directors over two decades. For his sensitivity towards the marine environment and his endeavours to protect it.
- Mr. Joseph Angelo, former officer of the US Coast Guard, Head of the US Delegation at IMO and current Director of Intertanko – a HELMEPA member. For his enduring cooperation with HELMEPA and his support of the Association’s voluntary work.
Thanking the Members, the Chairman underscored the fact that HELMEPA’s messages must reach each Greek man and woman so that the seas – our national treasure – can be protected. Indeed, he encouraged those present to assist in efforts to attract new members.
The event came to a close with the screening of a DVD produced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to which both AUSMEPA (the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association) and HELMEPA contributed and that was funded by HELMEPA Founding Member, Mr. G. Hadjieleftheriadis. The DVD aims to update crews on board ships sailing to Australia about the need to protect its sensitive ecosystems and the currently enforced relevant legislation.