In collaboration with the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association-HELMEPA, The Nautical Institute (NI) launched the first entirely Greek-language edition of Issue 1 of its publication, “The Navigator”, on Tuesday, 3 June. The unveiling took place in the context of the International Shipping Exhibition “Posidonia” and of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two organizations. “The Navigator” is a free magazine targeted specifically at deck officers and is readily available online through The NI’s website. This Issue 1 showcases the issue of mentoring and features an interview by a HELMEPA seafarer-member female Greek deck officer.
Representing HELMEPA at the launch, Executive Coordinator Ms Christiana Prekezes was delighted to see the first stage of this relationship come to fruition, the role of HELMEPA in which was to review the translation of the publication in Greek. Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute, David Patraiko, in addressing those present for the launch at the NI Stand, spoke about the significance of having supplementary publications such as this available for seafarers as additional support, beyond training they receive in a classroom. “They need to be continually stretched and developed, both formally and informally”, he stated. Given that one of HELMEPA’s primary missions over its 32 years of operation has been to inform, educate and motivate the human element in shipping, this joint initiative taken between the NI and HELMEPA will further bolster the mutual aims to “promote professional standards and environmental protection throughout the industry”, Mr Patraiko concluded.
HELMEPA will be disseminating “The Navigator” Greek edition to its member-companies and member-vessels and to all participants of the Association’s refresher training program. The online PDF version may be found at the following link http://www.nautinst.org/en/Publications/the-navigator/index.cfm and any comments would be most welcome.
HELMEPA looks forward to receiving positive feedback so that this cooperation with The NI may continue in the same spirit and the relationship enjoyed between the two organizations may continue to grow from strength to strength into the future.