Following the recent election of the new Board of Directors, it is customary to dissolve the Chamber’s Committees/Sub-Committees and re-establish them by inviting Members to nominate representatives on same.
Due to the ever-increasing participation of the Chamber both on the national and the international shipping front, the need for our internal Committees to be sufficiently and adequately manned, becomes even more imperative. These Committees meet on a “when-needed” basis and members are expected to study various documents in advance, upon which, discussions are held during the meetings, in order to establish the Chamber’s positions on the matters in question. For the benefit of new Members, the Committees assist the Board of Directors in its work and as such, they constitute a very important part of the Chamber’s structure.
The Committees/Sub-Committees as approved by the new Board of Directors, as well as the Chairpersons appointed for the Committees/Sub-Committees in accordance with the Articles of Association, are as follows:
1. LABOUR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr. Petros Monogios, Lemissoler Navigation Co. Ltd
Examines labour affairs matters related to Shipping on a National, European and International level. The Committee is expected to follow up international labour matters, such as the work at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Labour Affairs Committee of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Social Affairs Committee and Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). Members, who have maritime labour relations background, are encouraged to put their names forward for members of this Committee.
2. LEGAL AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr. Phivos Vakis, Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd
The Legal and Finance Committee will follow up Shipping related legal issues and relevant legislation of both Cyprus, the EU and internationally, such as for example, the Cyprus “Tonnage Tax” Law, as well as any possible changes that might be effected in the future. The Committee will also concentrate on financially related matters, such as analysing and implementing the findings of the recent Study commissioned by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works on the formulation of a “National Shipping Strategy” to enhance Cyprus Shipping infrastructure even more, as well as the Study towards the Re-structuring of the Department of Merchant Shipping, in order to ensure that the implementing measures will correspond to the structure of the much anticipated “Deputy Ministry of Shipping”. Members, who are willing to contribute on the matters described above and deal with legal and/or financial issues on a daily basis, should apply to become members of this Committee.
The Legal and Finance Committee also supervises the work of the:
a) Commercial/Chartering Sub-Committee
Chairman: Mr. Dieter Rohdenburg, Intership Navigation Co. Ltd
Considers commercial and chartering matters particularly the formation of different shipping related documents, such as BIMCO related forms. The Sub-Committee allows the Chamber to keep up-to-date in the area of Commercial Operations and Chartering, as well as address any issues of concern that might arise or exist today in this field, both in Cyprus and abroad. Once again, Members’ representatives who are experienced in this specialised area, will be welcome to join this Sub-Committee.
b) Marine Insurance Sub-Committee
Chairman: Mr. Costas Th. Joannides, Marsh Brokers Ltd
The Sub-Committee was set up in order for the Chamber to cover the area of Marine Insurance, through the work of the ICS Insurance Committee, as well as address any concerns that might arise or exist today in this field, both in Cyprus and abroad. Once again, Members’ representatives who are experienced in this specialised area will be welcome to join this Sub-Committee.
3. MANNING AND TRAINING COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr. Thomas Reppenhagen, Uniteam Marine Ltd
Deals with issues affecting seafarers' training, certification and recruitment, both at national and international level. The Committee is expected to follow up international and EU manning and training regulations and requirements, by following the work of the ICS Manning and Training Committee. (Such as STCW related matters)
4. MARINE COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr. Arthur McWhinnie, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Cyprus) Ltd
Considers the Chamber’s policy on various technical issues affecting ship operations. At international level, the Committee will follow the discussions at the ICS Marine Committee and at EU level the work of the ECSA Safety and Environment Committee, which concentrate on the important work of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
It also, supervises the work of the:
a) Health, Safety, Quality and Environment Sub-Committee
Chairman: Capt. Alex Halavins, V.Ships Ltd
Deals with various health, safety, quality and environmental issues as well as analyses the collection of statistics on accidents onboard ships managed by Chamber’s Members.
b) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sub-Committee
Chairman: Mr. Adonis Violaris, Interorient Navigation Co. Ltd
Examines various IT and Communication matters affecting ship operations and shipping companies. Special focus is given on the developments in Satellite Communications for effective and efficient ship-to-shore communications.
c) E-Navigation Sub-Committee
Chairman: Mr. Socrates Theodosiou, Tototheo Maritime Ltd
Follows e-Navigation developments globally and makes specific recommendations towards the promotion of e-Navigation to the Shipping Industry through the development, demonstration and dissemination of innovative e-navigational services.
d) Oil & Gas Sub-Committee
Chairman: Mr. Sergey Popravko, SCF Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd
Deals with the discussion and preparation of positions on technical, operational and environmental issues relating to the transportation of Oil & Gas, as well as issues relating to infrastructure developments, future exploitation and transportation of Oil & Gas from Cyprus.
5. PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Chairwoman: Ms. Anna Vourgos, Aphentrica Marine Insurance Brokers Ltd
Deals with Chamber's business and social functions, makes recommendations and assists the Secretariat on the organisation and execution of these events and deals with internal Member-relations matters.
The Committee supervises the work of:
a) Educational Activities Working Group
Chairman: Mr. Michael Ierides, CYMEPA
Aims to promote working at Shipping Companies and/or at sea and the sound employment opportunities that exist in the Shipping Industry to schools and universities in Cyprus.
6. DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Chairwoman: Ms. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Tototheo Maritime Ltd
The Committee undertakes the important task of identifying and approaching, on behalf of the Chamber, possible new Member-companies both abroad as well as in Cyprus, in co-ordination with the Chamber Secretariat.
7. PASSENGER SHIP COMMITTEE
Chairman: Mr. Kikis Vassiliou, Salamis Lines Ltd
Considers matters concerning passenger / cruise ships and Cyprus Ports. The Committee focuses mainly on the how to further develop the Cruise sector in Cyprus, and in co-operation with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) to promote Cyprus as a Cruise Centre.