Yesterday, Thursday 26th September, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrated World Maritime Day in London by hosting a Symposium on a “Sustainable Maritime Transportation System”. It is the initiative of IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu with the aim, as he stated in his introductory address, for the shipping industry to take the lead in the United Nations’ campaign towards achieving “Sustainable Development”.
The Symposium that took place hinged on the detailed proposal submitted by IMO. The new “Sustainable Maritime Transportation System” venture strives towards collaboration between all stakeholders within the shipping industry. The fundamental objective is that this System will offer the entire planet a safe, efficient and reliable means of transportation of goods, all the while reducing pollution, maximizing energy efficiency and ensuring the conservation of resources.
Invited by Mr. Sekimizu, HELMEPA Director General, Dimitris C. Mitsatsos and Executive Coordinator, Christiana Prekezes, attended the Symposium. They were pleased to note that in its official document on Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, IMO refers to HELMEPA as a “partner” in specific actions under the “Environmental Stewardship” chapter.
In summarizing the works of the meeting, the IMO Secretary-General commented on the fact that the basic factor guaranteeing the success of this initiative is the cooperation of all, adding that the Organization will be used as a platform from which to promote this cooperation.
So, this Symposium opens a discussion between governments, the industry and non-governmental organizations, for a truly sustainable development that will bring more consistent, economical and environmentally-friendly means of transportation to the fore for the benefit of humankind.