The 33rd General Assembly of HELMEPA members was kindly hosted by member-company DANAOS SHIPPING at their premises in Piraeus, on 29th April 2015.
The Assembly was held under HELMEPA’s Chairman, Dr. J. Coustas with acting Secretaries Mrs M. Christopoulou from NEDA MARITIME AGENCY CO. LTD. and Mr. M. Fragkias from S. LIVANOS – HELLAS S.A.
The Association’s Director-General, Mr. D. Mitsatsos presented the activities carried out by the Board of Directors during the year 2014, which were unanimously approved by the Assembly. Also the Assembly unanimously approved the financial status as presented by the Auditors, Moore Stephens, and released the Board of Directors and Auditors from any management responsibility for the year 2014.
Following, the Assembly approved amendments to the Association’s Constitution, by which all shipowning companies of Greek owned vessels have the right to vote and be represented at the General Assembly. Also, a new member category is created for the shipowning companies of vessels between 500 and 5, 000 GRT with an annual contribution of €500.
The Chairman of the Hellenic Short-sea Shipowners Association (H.S.S.A.) Mr. Ch. Simantonis, which was present, thanked HELMEPA for providing the opportunity to the short-sea shipping community to participate in the voluntary initiative for the protection of seas and mentioned that approximately 15 companies and vessels form H.S.S.A. are soon expected to join HELMEPA’s membership.
Following a proposal by Honorary Member, Mr. Sp. Mavrikis and the Chairman Dr. John Coustas, the Assembly approved the creation of a further new member category titled “Partner Members”, which will include P&I Clubs, Shipyards, Classification Societies and other organizations, the contribution of which will be annually determined.
Then Founding Member Mr. G. Foustanos took the floor to say that he is determined to dedicate a special chapter on HELMEPA’s history on the web museum about Greek Shipping, which he has created under the title “Greek Shipping Miracle”.
The Executive Director of associate corporate member Green Award Foundation, Mr. J. Fransen, took the floor and praised the Association’s work emphasizing the importance of marine environmental protection for all. Also, Mr. E. Geitonas, Chairman and CEO of associate member GeitonasSchool, mentioned specific programs which they perform with students and parents and proposed the incorporation of marine environment protection issues in cooperation with HELMEPA. Finally, Mr. G. Tsavliris, Chairman of CYMEPA and INTERMEPA, also made a brief address.
The event came to a close with the Chairman announcing that associate corporate member DNV GL will sponsor the acquisition of a Bridge Simulator, amounting to €200, 000, which will be installed at HELMEPA’s premises in order to enrich the voluntary training programs and upgrade the level of services offered to the Members.