RINA’s Hellenic Technical Committee meeting organized by RINA Hellas on Thursday the 5th of March 2015, has attracted once more high attention. Over forty members mainly from the important Greek Shipping community, but also from Israel, Cyprus and even Monaco gathered at the Yacht Club of Greece to discuss, exchange opinions and be updated on the news of RINA and the Marine Industry in general.
Spyros Zolotas, RINA Area Manager for Greece and Cyprus, in his welcome notes to the HTC Members and distinguished guests, thanked them for the continued support in the past year, which permitted RINA to further grow its classed Greek owned fleet and improve the services provided to its clients by further strengthening the organizational structure of its Piraeus Office, as well as its global network.
The Co-Chairmen of the Committee, Mr. Theo Baltatzis, General Manager of Technomar Shipping Inc. and Mr. Akis Tsirigakis, General Manager of Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp., after welcoming the new Members of the Technical Committee, presented their impressions about the growth of RINA in Greece and worldwide, that count for about 35 million GT of currently classed fleet and a portfolio of about 5 million GT in newbuildings. Other services related to the Certification (like the ISO 50001) or the RINA Energy Governance System, named Infoship EGO, have been some of the added value services that RINA offers today to its clients.
The RINA General Manager for Greece, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Stefano Bertilone, briefly presented the latest global news of the RINA Group with a focus on the new acquisition of Companies around the world that aim to strengthen its position among the Testing, Inspection and Certification, as well as the Engineering and Consultancy Companies, worldwide. These acquisitions along with a considerable organic growth complement the services offered by the RINA Group to its clients in Shipping and other Markets.
The technical part of the HTC meeting started with Mr. Matteo Fiori, RINA Container Ship Expert, who delivered an interesting presentation on “Container Ship Safety” with very useful information on the strength of big container vessels, as well as additional services and class notations (like the Route Specific Lashing) offered today by RINA to its clients in this highly specialized market.
Mr. Andrea Cogliolo, RINA Deputy General Manager, Marine Business Solutions, with his presentation updated the Members on the “MRV and CO2 Emissions”, while Mr. Michael Markogiannis, Manager of Greece Plan Approval and Technical Support Center, gave an overview of the current and forthcoming “IACS and IMO work”.
Another view was offered to the participants by the presentation on “Marine Industry Challenges from the Shipmanager’s perspective”, brilliantly delivered by Mr. Panagiotis Koutris, Managing Director of Roxanna Shipping and Member of the RINA Hellenic Technical Committee.
The technical part of the presentations was closed by Mr. Andrea Cogliolo, who spoke about “RINA Initiative on Ro-Ro Ships”, a very important issue in this extremely sensitive market in which RINA is the leading classification society worldwide.
The issues presented and discussed, provoked a lot of interest for exchange of views among the members that was continued in a lively atmosphere during dinner._
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