Recent and anticipated environmental regulations, related to a cleaner environment, challenge and affect the shipping business. Ships are required to adjust in the new era, i.e. lower CO2, SOx, NOx emissions, cleaner Ballast Water, energy efficient performance etc. Furthermore, oil price fluctuation and the unstable energy/economic environment become a serious concern for the decision makers. Being proactive, a non-profit initiative emerged in Greece, aiming at dealing with all these issues in the years to come. Members are Design Offices, Contractors, Suppliers, Consultants, etc., covering a wide range of activities needed in marine business. A synergy of more than 20 companies based in Greece, with the support of classification societies, agreed to the establishment of a non-profit Organization, called “Hellenic EcoMarine Synergy, Coop, Ltd.” (or ECOMASYN). This Organization is a sustainable response to the business challenges of the near future, to the economic crisis of the sector and to the large unemployment wave in the Piraeus area.
The main purpose of this synergy is for its members to benefit through cooperation, provide integrated state of the art solutions to clients, create technology sharing schemes, develop the sector through provision of advanced services as well as provide high quality consultation & training. Moreover, main objective is to build trust to the clients about the added value services that can be provided in a cost effective way. The services to be provided will function within the spectrum of the so–called “Green Shipping”, focusing on Energy Efficiency through type approved systems of Scrubbers/emissions abatement, Ballast Water Treatment, LNG and Alternative Marine Fuels, etc.
In order to achieve its objectives the Cooperative strives for the interconnection of its specialized network (professionals & companies) with various stakeholders, offering “pro bono” comprehensive advisory and structural support, training and consulting, in order to collectively maximize its partners’ business value and advance the quality of their services.
Focus is put in the following areas:
Provide integrated solutions to Shipping Companies based in Greece
Provide integrated solutions to Shipping Companies abroad and attract them to the Greek Market
Participation in International, European Union or National Research & Development programs and projects in partnership with other stakeholder.
ECOMASYN also aims not only at getting together companies, suppliers, service providers, institutional organizations, universities, professional associations, etc. but also at helping to improve the extroversion of the Greek shiprepair and shipbuilding industry in general.
Founding Partners are (in alphabetical order): ALPHA MARINE, ARCO, COMMONLAWGIC, DL AUTOMATION, ELECTROPNEUMATIC, FARAD, HALARIS G. Ltd, ST. KASSIDIARIS S.A, KEK APOPSI, P. KOKKINIS Ltd, KOPOUKIS – S.T.E.P. S.A., LAZARIS I. Ltd, MARTECHNIC NAVIGATION, MARITA HELLAS, NAYSOLP, NEW HELLENIC SHIPYARDS, OCEANKING, SGL ENGINEERING, SQE MARINE (HELLAS) and TECHNAVA.
Supporters of this initiative are the classification societies BUREAU VERITAS, INTERNATIONAL NAVAL SURVEYS BUREAU (INSB), HELLENIC REGISTER OF SHIPPING and RINA HELLAS.
The temporary Steering Committee of ECOMASYN consists of:
Apostolos Sigouras (President) representative of “NAFSOLP S.A.”
Apostolos Belokas (1st Vice-President) representative of “SQE MARINE(HELLAS) Ltd”
Sofokles Kokkinis (2nd Vice-President) representative of “P. KOKKINIS Ltd”.
Stavros Kassidiaris (General Secretary) representative of “ST. KASSIDIARIS S.A.”
Spyros Leloudas (Treasurer) representative of “SGL Engineering Ltd”.
Panayotis Yannoulis (Dean) representative of “OCEANKING S.A.”
Panagiotis Malliris (Special Secretary) representative of “MARITA HELLAS Ltd”.
Yanna Pavlopoulou (as Honorary member for her ‘pro bono’ contribution to form the Statute and Bylaws, as Managing Partner of COMMONLAWGIC), will serve as ‘ex officio’ Executive Counsel to the Steering Committee.
To conclude, their vision is to actively contribute in the next 3-5 years to the creation of a world known Green Marine Centre in Greece, which will provide environmental added value for its clients. The strategy to be followed is the «one stop shop» concept, where the customer will have the opportunity to get advice and information on all services (research, deployment, advisory, education, certification, etc.) provided in an integrated way, in one place (Greece), selecting from a variety of service providers and products, which will meet the required quality/cost/time criteria. And they expect their future clients to see these efforts in a positive way.