Leaders of the Greek shipping community gathered at RINA Services Hellenic Committee last week to hear of a strong surge in international classification society RINA’s Greek fleet.
Committee chairman George Youroukos, Managing Director of Technomar Shipping Inc., told the committee that 600, 000 gt of Greek-owned vessels joined RINA class during 2014. A dedicated classification department was established in RINA’s Piraeus Office in order to further enhance the support to Greek clients with their daily questions and needs.
Mr Youroukos highlighted new RINA Services notations developed specifically to meet client needs including Route Specific Lashing for container ships and a new LPG temperature notation. Both notations help shipowners load and carry more cargo on any specific voyage.
He noted that RINA Services’ work on energy saving included ISO 50001 Energy Management certification for Iason Hellenic and Technomar Shipping.
Mr Youroukos went on to note RINA Services’ successful year of chairmanship of IACS which included the significant submission to IMO of the Harmonized Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Tankers and the addition of the Greek Association of Marine Technical Managers (MARTECMA) to the list of potential recipients of IACS communications with the industry prior to the adoption of Rules.
With Mr Ugo Salerno, Chairman and CEO of RINA, Mr Youroukos nominated two new members for the Hellenic Committee: Mr Antonis Agapitos, Managing Director of Hellenic Seaways and Mr Charalampos Simantonis, shipowner and President of the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association.
Presentations by Mr Salerno, Mr Michele Francioni, CEO RINA Services, Mr Michael Markogiannis, Greece Plan Approval & Technical Support Centre Manager RINA, and Mr Paolo Moretti, General Manager Marine RINA Services, informed the committee of RINA Services’ continued expansion following new investment, the new InfoSHIP Ego energy management system and a number of technical and service advances, including the training course for engineers and embarked on LNG fuel ships.
Spyros Zolotas, Area Manager, Greece and Cyprus, RINA Hellas, thanked the Greek community for its business and pledged the active support of RINA Services for their continued expansion and success in 2015.
RINA Services S.p.A. is the RINA group company active in classification, certification, inspection and testing services. RINA is a multi-national group which delivers verification, certification, conformity assessment, marine classification, environmental enhancement, product testing, site and vendor supervision, training and engineering consultancy across a wide range of industries and services. RINA operates through a network of companies covering Marine, Energy, Infrastructures & Construction, Transport & Logistics, Food & Agriculture, Environment & Sustainability, Finance & Public Institutions and Business Governance. With a turnover of over 294 million Euros in 2013, over 2, 500 employees, and 163 offices in 57 countries worldwide, RINA is recognized as an authoritative member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.