HELMEPA – AMSA cooperation for Safety and the Environment
On Thursday, 3 October 2019, associate member company CERES in Piraeus, hosted an event organized by HELMEPA in the context of the long standing cooperation of the association with AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Mr Mick Kinley, AMSA’s CEO, delivered a presentation on Australia’s policy on the control of foreign flag vessels trading at that great island continent.
Addressing more than 100 representatives of the association’s member companies, other maritime entities and the press, Mr Kinley began by saying that HELMEPA remains the inspiration of a voluntary commitment of shipping people to pollution prevention and safety at sea. He described the constructive, for both environment and seafarers, synergy between HELMEPA and AMSA that started in 2000, when AUSMEPA, the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association was established. This cooperation, he said, continues to this day through the joint publication and regular revision of the “Guide for Greek and foreign seafarers onboard Ships operating in Australian Waters 2018“, which HELMEPA makes available to its members. Mr Kinley also described the way Port State Control inspections are carried out in Australia and referred to the main deficiencies in the fields of Safety and Pollution Prevention that lead to vessel detentions.
During his presentation, AMSA’s CEO encouraged the audience to freely interrupt him and pose questions. In this way, a vivid dialogue took place, a fact confirming the interest of HELMEPA members to prepare their vessels due to operate in Australia in the best possible manner.
The Director General of HELMEPA, Mr Dimitris Mitsatsos, thanked Mr Kinley for keeping the promise he had made at their meeting in Canberra two years ago to visit HELMEPA and presented him with the emblem of the association in appreciation of his personal contribution towards strengthening the cooperation of the two organizations. Mr Kinley stated that this synergy will continue as the aims of AMSA are common with those of HELMEPA, since the seas connect people irrespective of distances.
A short relevant interview of Mr Kinley can be found at the following link: https://tv.maritimes.gr/tv/live/tv_375.php.
The event was concluded with a light buffet CERES kindly offered.
Mick Kinley during his presentation to Members and other guests of HELMEPA
1st row (L-R): John Maragoudakis, Commodore/HORC, Panos Zachariadis, Member of BoD/HELMEPA, Dr George Gratsos, Chairman/HELMEPA, Rear Admiral (HCG) Agisilaos Anastasakos, Dimitris Mitsatsos, George Tsavliris, President/CYMEPA. 2nd row first from right Dr Matthaios Los, Honorary Vice Chairman/HELMEPA
Dimitris Mitsatsos presents commemorative emblem to Mick Kinley
The audience at the amphitheatre of CERES building
The CEO of AMSA responds to vital concerns of the audience during his presentation
Guests attend the presentation also at the adjacent space outside the amphitheatre