“Enhancing the Understanding of New and Enduring Challenges in Maritime Safety Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean”
On October 3rd, HELMEPA presented to representatives of the Maritime Press in Piraeus the 3-year Program we are implementing with the support of Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF)*, in Greece and Cyprus until 2022. The press conference was hosted at a historic building for HELMEPA, the premises of CERES company, which offered a light buffet at the end of the event.
The panel included HELMEPA’s Chairman, Dr G. Gratsos and the partners of the project, Lloyd’s Register’s South Europe Marine & Offshore Manager, Th. Stamatellos, CYMEPA’s Chairman, G. Tsavliris and DYNAMARINe’s Director, Dr St. Perissakis. The CEO of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), M. Kinley, also joined the panel. His organization has been cooperating with HELMEPA on safety issues since 2000 and is expected to contribute towards enriching the project with their expertise on the issue.
The Director General of HELMEPA, D. Mitsatsos, presented the aims, tools and expected impact of the project to an audience including journalists and representatives of the fishing and pleasure craft sectors as well as other maritime stakeholders in Greece. A “Vessel Incident Reporting Platform – VIRP”, seminars and workshops in coastal cities of both countries, bridge simulator practice in HELMEPA’s Maritime Training Center, e-learning programs and a wide safety awareness campaign are the tools for achieving the project’s objectives.
The panel responded to a multitude of questions while Mr Kinley congratulated LRF and the program partners on their initiative to reinforce the maritime safety spirit in the Eastern Mediterranean and pledged AMSA’s support to the program. Closing the event, Mr Mitsatsos invited reporters to become part of the initiative as “Safety Ambassadors” in Greece and Cyprus.
The creation of the VIRP has already been initiated by Associate Corporate Member DYNAMARINe, with the assistance and involvement of HELMEPA Member-managing companies, who are providing to HELMEPA their reporting procedures and near miss incident reports. It is noted that all incident data registered on the VIRP platform will be anonymous.
HELMEPA has already hosted the first 2-day and 3-day simulation seminars based on Real Incident Analysis at the Association’s Bridge Simulator, with the participation of merchant marine Officers of Member companies. Moreover, a two-day “Safety First” seminar is under development in collaboration with Associate Corporate Member Lloyd’s Register for Member-seafarers and company staff and will be included in HELMEPA’s 2020 Refresher Training Program to be implemented with the participation of the Hellenic Bureau for Marine Casualties Investigation in Greece and the Marine Accidents and Incidents Commission (MAIC) in Cyprus.
Crucial for the success of the program is the cooperation with stakeholders in both fishing and pleasure craft sectors. In Greece, the following have already expressed their interest in contributing to the program: the first professional fishing school “ENALIA”, the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club and the Sailing Club of Vourkari in Salamina, in collaboration with whom the first Safety at Sea Workshop will take place on Monday 11 November at the Town Hall of the historic island of Salamina.
HELMEPA wholeheartedly thanks Lloyd’s Register Foundation as well as the Association’s Members and all stakeholders in Greece and Cyprus for responding positively to the call for cooperation to strengthen Maritime Safety Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean.
* Note for publishers:
Lloyd’s Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.’
Mr. D. Mitsatsos, Director General/HELMEPA, is presenting the program
Discussion Panel: (L-R) G. Tsavliris, President/CYMEPA, M. Kinley, CEO/AMSA, Th. Stamatellos, South Europe Marine & Offshore Manager/Lloyd’s Register, Dr. G. Gratsos, Chairman/HELMEPA and Dr. St. Perissakis, Director/DYNAMARINe
Commemorative photo from the announcement of the program: (L-R) D. Mitsatsos, Director General/HELMEPA, Rear Admiral (HCG) A. Anastasakos, Director for Shipping/Hellenic Coast Guard Headquarters, Dr. St. Perissakis, Director/DYNAMARINe, Dr. G. Gratsos, Chairman/HELMEPA, M. Kinley, CEO/AMSA, Th. Stamatellos, South Europe Marine & Offshore Manager/Lloyd’s Register, G. Tsavliris, President/CYMEPA, C. Prekezes, Executive Coordinator/HELMEPA
(L-R) T. Stamatellos, South Europe Marine & Offshore Manager/Lloyd’s Register, M. Kinley, CEO/AMSA, G. Tsavliris, President/CYMEPA, Dr. G. Gratsos, Chairman/HELMEPA and Dr. St. Perissakis, Director/DYNAMARINe