The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) regulates the rights of 1, 2 million seafarers worldwide and on the other hand secures the economic interests and fair competition for quality ship owners and -managers. International seafarers’ and ship owners’ organizations and their governments have worked with the International Labour Organization since 2001 to develop these global standards for a truly global industry.
“Many of our members specifically requested more information about this new set of rules that will be implemented as of 20 August 2013, ” says Despina Panayiotou Theodossiou, President of WISTA Cyprus. “Fortunately we found Mr. Zacharias Siokouros of Germanischer Lloyd Cyprus and Ms. Marina Papaioannou of the GL Academy in Piraeus prepared to not only present a seminar about this complex subject, they were also willing to sponsor the event and a splendid cocktail reception afterwards”. Mr. Cleanthis Orphanos (Marine Surveyor A’) presented the position of the Department of Merchant Shipping and the Cypriot Flag.
Mr. Thomas Kazakos, Director General of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber was one of those present at the meeting and when requested he was willing to say a few words about the recent developments in the banking sector. He explained how the CSC was working closely with the Cyprus Government and in that way was trying to resolve operational problems for shipping companies. He also assured everybody present that the Government was committed to promoting Cyprus as a reliable and competitive maritime centre and that the Shipping Industry in turn would continue to support the local economy.
“The meeting was a real success, we received excellent feedback!” Despina finishes, “We really owe a big “Thank you!” to Germanischer Lloyd for sponsoring this event.”