Ship­ping Cham­ber sup­ports Min­istry ini­tia­tive on re­form

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The Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber has wel­comed the im­por­tant ini­tia­tive an­nounced by Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades, pre­sent­ing the main find­ings of a study car­ried out for the fu­ture of ship­ping.

Hav­ing al­ready par­tic­i­pated ac­tively in the ini­tial draft­ing and ex­e­cu­tion of the study, the Cham­ber, said it con­tin­ues its di­rect in­volve­ment in its im­ple­men­ta­tion, as­sum­ing, af­ter a rel­e­vant pro­posal by the Min­is­ter, the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the co-or­di­na­tion of rel­e­vant com­mit­tees which have been es­tab­lished among rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the wider public and pri­vate ship­ping sec­tors.

As a pos­i­tive re­sponse to the rel­e­vant rec­om­men­da­tions it sub­mit­ted and as a recog­ni­tion of the cru­cial eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion of the ship­ping in­dus­try to the Cyprus econ­omy, the Ship­ping Cham­ber wel­comes the slo­gan adopted by the Min­is­ter of Trans­port, “... Ship­ping – Time for Ac­tion ... “, in re­la­tion to his plans for the need of an im­me­di­ate up­grad­ing of the Cyprus Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Cyprus ship­ping in gen­eral.

Mean­while, ever since the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and Euro­pean Coun­cil de­cided since 2008 that May 20 be es­tab­lished as the “Euro­pean Mar­itime Day”, to be cel­e­brated ev­ery year through­out the Euro­pean Union,

The Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber is or­gan­is­ing a blood do­na­tion at the “Ygia” Poly­clinic in Li­mas­sol, un­der the aus­pices of Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades.

The main ob­jec­tive of the “Euro­pean Mar­itime Day” is to raise aware­ness and in­form the gen­eral public about the great op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the sea, the chal­lenges faced by the ship­ping in­dus­try, the en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, as well as the pro­mo­tion of the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of the ship­ping i ndustry i n the econ­omy of the mem­ber states.

This is a cel­e­bra­tion that con­cerns the whole of the Euro­pean mar­itime clus­ter, since Europe is a con­ti­nent with a coast­line of ap­prox­i­mately 70,000 kilo­me­tres, and as the ma­jor­ity of the mem­ber states, in­clud­ing Cyprus, whether they are coastal or is­land ar­eas, are di­rectly as­so­ci­ated with the el­e­ment of the sea, for which the re­sources and mar­itime pro­fes­sions is of vi­tal im­por­tance for pros­per­ity and the qual­ity of life.

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