HELMEPA participated for the 17th consecutive time in the Posidonia 2016 International Maritime Exhibition with a Stand kindly provided by the organizers, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A.
Posidonia opened on Friday 3 June with the sailing regatta at Faliron Bay. HELMEPA participated once again with S/Y ARMENISTIS, which was kindly offered by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club. The crew under skipper Isidoros Kyriakou consisted of the following volunteers:
- Panos Kalogeropoulos and Giοrgos Gkeskos from Lotus Shipping
- Nikolaos Petousis – Member Seafarer of HELMEPA
- Xenokratis Goumalatsos from Vernicos Tugs & Salvage
- Dr Vasilis Tselentis from the University of Piraeus
- Alexandros Paliokas from Tsakos Columbia Management
- Manolis Sardis from Costamare Shipping
- Giοrgos Galanis from Stamco Shipmanagement Co Ltd
Although the crew had no time for preparation, HELMEPA’s boat finished 9th from a total of 17 vessel in its class.
Celebrating 34 years of life, on 8 June HELMEPA organized an International Conference titled “Where is Shipping Heading after COP21?” Paying tribute to World Oceans Day, the delegates declared their commitment for the protection of the marine environment by taking “#Selfies–for–the–Sea”, which HELMEPA spread on the social media.
In opening the Conference, HELMEPA’s Chairman, Dr. George Gratsos made reference to the association’s work during the past 34 years, underlining the recently acquired Full Mission Bridge Simulator, which moves on the training that HELMEPA provides to seafarers and staff of managing member companies to a further level.
In his brief address, the Chief of Naval Operations, Vice Admiral George Giakoumakis underlined the importance of shipping’s two pillars: merchant ships and their crews that contribute to the national economy and naval vessels along with their human element that safeguard the freedom of sea transport. He went on to stress that today’s vessels of the Hellenic Navy are built in such a way so that they implement MARPOL irrespective of the fact that naval fleets are exempt from these requirements.
The Conference continued with the Coordinator Dr. J Coustas, recently departed Chairman and currently member of HELMEPA’s Board of Directors, who spoke about the responsibility of shipping towards addressing climate change, following the international COP21 meeting in Paris. A responsibility which, as he said, shipping will successfully undertake.
Speakers at the Conference were Messrs J. Shiundu, Deputy Director/Head, Programme Management of IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division, F. Karamitsos, Acting Deputy Director General, Director Logistics, Maritime & Land Transport and Passenger Rights, DG Mobility and Transport of the
European Commission, S. Bennett, Director, Policy and External Relations of ICS, C. Wiernicki, IACS Chairman, N. Tsakos, INTERTANKO Chairman, J. Platsidakis, INTERCARGO Chairman, Captain T. Kaminski, Commanding Officer, US Coast Guard Activities-Europe and Dr G. Gratsos, Chairman of HELMEPA. They all presented their views on the theme of the Conference and agreed on the implementation of an obligatory global data collection system for CO2 emissions by ships, as was recently approved by the International Maritime Organization-IMO. They also strongly supported the fact that ΙΜΟ remains the only competent body for the adoption of regulations governing global shipping, due to the latter’s international character.
Having summarized all discussed and following the questions and answers period, Dr. Coustas presented the speakers with HELMEPA’s emblem in recognition of their contribution towards the successful implementation of the Conference.
HELMEPA’s Stand was visited by the Minister for Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. Th. Dritsas, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chairman of the Union of Greek Shipowners, Mr. Th. Veniamis and Members of the Board of UGS, the newly elected Chairman of INTERMEPA Mr. Warwick Norman and many members and friends of the Association.