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NAMEPA partners AHCC on Environmental Compliance seminar at Posidonia

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Joe Hughes

Joe Hughes

NAMEPA partners with American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce on Environmental Compliance seminar at Posidonia

June 4, 2016- The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), in full cooperation with the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the Int’l Propeller Club of the United States, Int’l Port of Piraeus, are organizing, under the auspices of the Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece, a seminar entitled: “Trading in U.S. Waters | Ensuring a Culture of Environmental Compliance”.

The purpose of the seminar, which will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10.30-14.30 at Metropolitan Expo Center (Seminar Room 1) is the comprehensive updating of the local maritime community and all related stakeholders on the requirements and specifications need to be fulfilled by all vessels visiting U.S. ports. Regulations, compliance strategies and the cost of non-compliance will be addressed during the seminar by the distinguished speakers, coming from the United States and the Global Shipping Community, such as the U.S. Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.), the International Maritime Organization (I.M.O.), the Marine Environment Protection Association. N. America (NAMEPA) and also by high level representatives of the international shipping and ship owners communities.

This seminar is taking place on the occasion of the organization of the U.S. Pavilion (Booth Number 2.435) at Posidonia.

Bryan Larson, Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of the United States in Athens, stated, “I’d like to thank NAMEPA, the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, and The Propeller Club of the United States for their partnership in presenting this year’s seminar on trading in U.S. waters.  We are also pleased that Captain Tom Kaminski, Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Activities in Europe, is able to join us this year to provide attendees with the latest information on U.S. regulatory enforcement.”  Mr. Larson also invited Expo attendees to visit the U.S. Pavilion and the 19 American companies exhibiting at Posidonia.  According to Mr. Larson, this is the 16th time the U.S. Embassy has organized a U.S. Pavilion at Posidonia.  He noted, “United States participation in Posidonia demonstrates our companies’ strong interest in the Greek shipping sector, an interest that will continue to increase as Greece takes the difficult, but necessary, measures to improve its business and investment climate.”

The President of the American-:Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Simos Anastasopoulos said: “Greek shipping continues to capture new records, from the first place of the world fleet to Posidonia 2016 participations. U.S. companies’ presentation will contribute to the promotion and enforcement of multiple alliances and policies that will further enhance the competitiveness of Greek Shipping amid international economic challenges and requirements for environmental compliance. Our responsibility and concern should be the maintenance of the fleet stay in Greece, so that shipping sector will continue its contribution to our country and country’s struggling economy. ”

“This year marks the third time that NAMEPA has produced a seminar on the occasion of Posidonia regarding the rigors and challenges of trading ships to the United States, ” stated Carleen Lyden-Kluss who is Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA.  “We are honored to be partnering this year with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, and working under the auspices of the United States Embassy as we all share a keen interest in communicating the complexities affecting shipping community who trade in and out of U.S. ports.  There are many facets to the regulations which are rigorously enforced, and they need to be well understood by all.  This seminar will address many of them, and will serve to answer the concerns of responsible shipowners”.  One of the seminar’s opening speakers is Joe Hughes, the incoming Chairman of NAMEPA, who is also the Chairman and CEO of The American Club.

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