“IMO Maritime Ambassador for Cyprus” participates at World Maritime Day 2017 activities

The International shipping community celebrates every year the World Maritime Day on the last week of September. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set for 2017, the 28 of September as the World Maritime Day, in order to highlight the importance of the Shipping Industry as the main contributor of World Trade as well as to emphasize on issues concerning the protection of the marine environment.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” which was chosen as said by the IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, “to shine a spotlight on the existing cooperation between ports and ships to maintain and enhance a safe, secure and efficient maritime transportation system.” The three-fold message of this year’s theme emphasizes on the importance of joined up maritime development across all sectors for an efficient and sustainable Shipping Industry.

Within this framework of celebrations, the “IMO Maritime Ambassador for Cyprus” and Deputy Director General of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, Mr. Alexandros Josephides participated in the celebrations, at the IMO Headquarters in London and presented the Cyprus Shipping Chamber’s activities to promote the maritime and seafaring professions in Cyprus.


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    The “Maritime Cyprus” Conference is an established biennial event in Cyprus organised by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and the Department of Merchant Shipping in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Union of Shipowners. The success of the Conference is attributed, to a large extent, to the high calibre of the speakers and the large number of shipping executives attending the Conference from around the globe and hence “Maritime Cyprus” has grown into one of the world’s most significant shipping conferences. The Conference is attended by many shipping executives of the industry, including, owners, managers, and delegates from other shipping organisations.

    “Maritime Cyprus 2017” Conference, is the 15th, since it was first established in 1989, and has a main theme Shipping: “Yesterday’s World, Tomorrow’s Today”. As the theme suggests, Shipping is still the most cost effective and environment friendly method for the transportation of goods on a global basis. Is Shipping for tomorrow still in today’s world, due to the fear of change both in terms of shipping technology and policy? The issues that will be discussed include policy and regulatory matters and the forthcoming changes in the international shipping scenery, economic matters, environmental matters and their interaction with technology, geopolitical and energy developments and forecasting for the recovery of the economy and for the freight markets.

    The Conference will be officially opened by H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades. Distinguished guests such as, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, the Commissioner in charge of Transport of the European Commission and other personalities of the International Shipping scene will address the conference.

    The aim of the Conference is to operate as a forum where important and current issues relating to international shipping are presented by distinguished speakers and subsequently discussed by the international shipping community, thereby helping to formulate sound and well balanced decisions and policies on crucial shipping issues.

    “Maritime Cyprus 2017” Conference provides the opportunity to the participants to become familiar with the strong maritime tradition of Cyprus and its people. Cyprus’s complete shipping infrastructure constitutes an invaluable asset, both for the expanded Europe and for the international shipping community in general.