Like Viet­nam, uni­fied Cyprus will ben­e­fit ship­ping and lift em­bargo

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Es­ben Pouls­son, Chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Ship­ping (ICS), told Cyprus ship own­ers and man­agers that re­solv­ing the is­land’s po­lit­i­cal prob­lem of di­vi­sion will help re­move Turkey’s em­bargo on Cyprus-flag ves­sels.

This in turn will greatly ben­e­fit the is­land’s ship­ping in­dus­try, just as was the case with the uni­fi­ca­tion of Viet­nam, he told an au­di­ence of mar­itime lead­ers in Li­mas­sol.

“I be­lieve (lift­ing Turkey’s em­bargo on Cyprus-flagged ves­sels) would have a very pos­i­tive ef­fect on ship­ping with ben­e­fits for busi­ness but also po­lit­i­cally.

“Trade would in­crease. It is a long stand­ing prob­lem and I would think from ev­ery point of view, prag­matic, po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness, it would be pos­i­tive. I hope this hap­pens for Cyprus. I think if south and north Viet­nam be­came one coun­try I don’t see why not Cyprus”, Pouls­son said.

Ad­dress­ing a meet­ing in Li­mas­sol or­gan­ised by the Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber for its mem­bers as part of his world tour of cham­ber mem­ber states, he praised the con­tri­bu­tion of the Cyprus mar­itime in­dus­try and the Cham­ber’s help in par­tic­u­lar to in­ter­na­tional mar­itime af­fairs.

At the same time he praised the re­la­tion be­tween the pub­lic and the pri­vate sec­tor in the ship­ping in­dus­try of Cyprus, say­ing that co­op­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Cyprus is bet­ter than in most ICS mem­ber coun­tries.

“Here it re­minds me a lit­tle bit of Sin­ga­pore be­cause we en­joy a very co-es­sen­tial work­ing re­la­tion­ship with our au­thor­i­ties. My im­pres­sion of Cyprus is that here it maybe be a lit­tle more po­lit­i­cal than we are in Sin­ga­pore, but nonethe­less I think the Govern­ment here is quite pro busi­ness and quite pro ship­ping at it should be, be­cause ship­ping is 7.5% of GDP, which is a lot,” he said.

Re­fer­ring to his meet­ing with Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades, he said that ev­ery­body agrees that there should not be dif­fer­ent reg­u­la­tions in one area in the EU or US and that the same rules should ap­ply for ev­ery­body.

“And the only way this will work is if the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO) im­ple­ments reg­u­la­tions that we can live with and that are en­forced and we all have to live by the same rules. It’s the same like play­ing foot­ball, there is no dif­fer­ent rule of the game when you play in China or Ger­many. There is one rule, pe­riod and that should ap­ply to ship­ping”, he said.

In his speech to CSC mem­bers, Pouls­son re­ferred to the aims and ob­jec­tives of the ICS and to the im­por­tant role it per­forms in the in­ter­na­tional ship­ping scene.

He re­ferred to the fu­ture chal­lenges faced by the stake­hold­ers in ship­ping, such as, the con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to re­duce CO2 emis­sions from ships, the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with the need for ships trad­ing to Emis­sion Con­trol Ar­eas, in North Amer­ica and Europe, to switch to low sul­phur fuel and the se­ri­ous im­ple­men­ta­tion prob­lems that will be cre­ated by the even­tual en­try into force of the IMO Bal­last Water Man­age­ment (BWM) Con­ven­tion.

Pouls­son also re­ferred also to the main­te­nance and en­hance­ment of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO) as the com­pe­tent body for the ap­pli­ca­tion of in­ter­na­tional ship­ping reg­u­la­tions, and the need to en­hance fur­ther the Im­age of Ship­ping.

Dur­ing his visit, the Pres­i­dent of the ICS, ac­com­pa­nied by the ICS Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Peter Hinch­liffe, also met with the Pres­i­dent of Par­lia­ment, Demetris Syl­louris and other govern­ment of­fi­cials.

All these meet­ings, es­pe­cially the spe­cial meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber, pro­vided a unique op­por­tu­nity for the Pres­i­dent of the ICS to re­alise the huge am­pli­tude and the sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture of the ship­ping in­dus­try in Cyprus as well as the mul­ti­fac­eted work and ac­tiv­i­ties of the Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber.

Pouls­son de­parted from Cyprus to Greece, the last stop of his world­wide tour to Cham­ber mem­ber coun­tries af­ter his elec­tion in June.

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