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HELMEPA – AMSA Seminar on requirements for foreign flag vessels trading in Australian waters

31 Oct 2018

The museum ship “HELLAS LIBERTY”, in the port of Piraeus, hosted yesterday, Tuesday, 30 October 2018, the Seminar HELMEPA and AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, jointly organized.

Messrs Allan Schwartz, General Manager Operations και Reza Vind, Manager, Maritime Operations Division, Western Australia, presented to an audience of 150 representatives of HELMEPA Member managing companies and other non Members as well as of entities of Greek Shipping, the requirements for foreign flag vessels operating in Australia. The Executive Coordinator of HELMEPA, Christiana Prekezes, played the role of the “moderator” of the Seminar.

On the institutional cooperation between HELMEPA and AMSA, which began in 2000 and continues to date, spoke the Association’s Director General, Dimitris C. Mitsatsos welcoming the Australian guests. “Recent result is the jointly with AMSA revised publication “Guide for Greek and foreign seafarers onboard Ships operating in Australian Waters” that HELMEPA made available to its Members”. He cordially thanked Mr Mick Kinley, CEO of AMSA, for his personal contribution towards strengthening this cooperation.

Mr. Schwartz presented AMSA’s mission and the ways of executing it. Referring to its philosophy, he showed the audience HELMEPA’s Inaugural Declaration of Voluntary Commitment “To Save the Seas”, underlining that AMSA fully shares this belief. “The cultivation of environmental consciousness and safety spirit at sea can only be achieved through training and information of the human element in shipping” said Mr. Schwartz.

The way Port State Control inspections are carried out in Australian ports was the subject of Mr. Reza Vind who followed. He analyzed the main reasons of vessel deficiencies and detentions in Australia and presented a number of case studies on SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW and MLC. Finally, AMSA’s representatives provided answers to Members’ concerns which HELMEPA had already sent to AMSA while they addressed participants’ questions.

HELMEPA Chairman Dr. G. Gratsos, with his well-known brio, concluded the Seminar commenting on global shipping matters. He thanked AMSA’s officials for their informative presentation and offered them honorary commemorative diplomas and Cycladic art statuettes, as memorabilia of their visit to Greece. The interesting discussion of Member representatives with the Australian guests continued during the buffet lunch HELMEPA offered onboard “HELLAS LIBERTY”.

Prior to their departure for Australia, tomorrow Thursday, Messrs Schwartz and Vind will meet with HELMEPA management at its offices where they will have the opportunity to see the Bridge Simulator and later they will visit the environmental Exhibitions, hosted by Member Companies CERES and COSTAMARE.

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