‘Adopt A Ship’ marks 10th an­niver­sary

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The Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber’s ‘Adopt a Ship’ Pro­gramme has com­pleted ten years of op­er­a­tion. The pro­gramme was launched in 2006 by the Cham­ber in co­op­er­a­tion with the Cyprus Ma­rine En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CYMEPA) with the aim of high­light­ing the ben­e­fits of ship­ping whilst con­tribut­ing to the next gen­er­a­tion of young­sters. The pro­gramme is part of a wider cam­paign by the CSC to ed­u­cate the Cypriot youth, through vis­its and pre­sen­ta­tions at schools, about the ben­e­fits of ship­ping to the Cyprus econ­omy and ca­reers in the ship­ping in­dus­try.

The aim of the ‘Adopt a Ship’ pro­gramme is to es­tab­lish links be­tween the ships and el­e­men­tary school classes, to help give young pupils ages 10-12 years, a bet­ter idea of life on­board through an ex­change of weekly e-mails and photos. The pro­gramme started with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 20 el­e­men­tary schools an­nu­ally and to­day works with 70 el­e­men­tary schools across Cyprus an­nu­ally. The tar­get is to in­volve 100 el­e­men­tary schools an­nu­ally. The ships in­volved are all man­aged by mem­ber com­pa­nies of the CSC.

To cel­e­brate the pro­gramme’s 10th an­niver­sary, teach­ers from schools across Cyprus were in­vited at the offices of Columbia Ship­man­age­ment Ltd (CSM), a Mem­ber of the CSC. Four school in­spec­tors from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture also joined the cel­e­bra­tions.

The cel­e­bra­tions got un­der­way with wel­comes from Dr. Michael Ierides, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of CYMEPA, An­dreas Had­jipetrou, Managing Di­rec­tor, CSM and Phivos Vakis, Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer, CSM, be­fore three speeches by: Yian­nis Ef­s­tra­tiou, Act­ing Di­rec­tor, Cyprus De­part­ment of Mer­chant Ship­ping; Alexan­dros Josephides, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, CSC & IMO Mar­itime Am­bas­sador for Cyprus; and, Dr. An­dri Othonos Zachar­iou, In­spec­tor, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture.

Also at­tend­ing was Thomas Kaza­kos, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the CSC, to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CSC and CYMEPA. Fol­low­ing the speeches, Cap­tain Demetris Matis, Claims Man­ager, CSM, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion where he spoke about ‘Life as a Cap­tain’, touch­ing on his past ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cer­tifi­cates were then awarded to par­tic­i­pat­ing schools, to­gether with a wooden ship as a small gift for schools that were new to the pro­gramme. A tour within the Columbia offices was then given to the guests, ex­plain­ing how each de­part­ment op­er­ates.

Columbia Ship­man­age­ment Ltd has sup­ported this Pro­gramme since the be­gin­ning, and for the year 2015-2016 has al­lo­cated ten full man­aged ves­sels to par­tic­i­pate.

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