RINA Services Hellenic Committee gathered several leaders of the Greek shipping community to discuss issues facing the industry and review the latest developments at the classification society.
Committee chairman George Youroukos, Technomar Shipping, told the committee that the RINA class Greek-owned fleet increased by about 500.000 GT during 2015 and yet again the Port State Control results RINA have been excellent.
Mr. Youroukos explained that the recently established Piraeus Marine Technical Support Centre had proven to be of great assistance to the quality of service provided to Greek clients and has helped in faster and prompt replies to daily needs. RINA’s excellence in innovation and new technologies has been underlined with the new R&D/Innovation Centre that has begun operation recently.
Ugo Salerno, Chairman & CEO of the RINA Group, presented the latest news about the growth of the Group, both organic and through acquisitions during 2015.
Michele Francioni, CEO of RINA Services, reviewed some important projects that RINA Services is involved with, such as classing the world’s largest cruise ships and the first ever to have full LNG propulsion, which are to be built for Costa Cruises and AIDA at Germany’s Meyer Werft.
Stefanos Chatzinikolaou, Piraeus R&D/Innovation Centre Manager, presented the Infoship EGO platform, which is a RINA Energy Governance system, and George Drossos, MAN Piraeus Manager, presented the differences between Tier III and Tier II main engines in term of hardware, costs, maintenance and management.
The presentations closed with Paolo Moretti, General Manager Marine RINA Services, who presented the RINA Academy Competence Management System, a voluntary system aimed at developing, managing, monitoring and continuously improving the competence of on board and shore-based personnel.
Spyros Zolotas, Area Manager for Greece and Cyprus, thanked the Greek shipping community for its valuable support and looked forward to active and successful co-operation during 2016.
RINA Services is the RINA group company which delivers ship classification, and testing, inspection and certification 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 330 million Euros in 2014, over 2, 750 employees, and 163 offices in 60 countries worldwide, RINA is recognized as an authoritative member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards. www.rina.org