Maravilhosa organized the third Panel Discussion “Shipping: an industry of Passion, Knowledge and Experience – Part 3”, under the auspices of the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr. Marios Demetriades. This large-scale event took place at the New Passenger Terminal of DP World Limassol located at the Limassol Port, on Wednesday the 17th of January 2018, from 18:00 to 22:00. The opening Keynote Address was delivered by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr. Marios Demetriades, followed by a panel discussion with local and international high profile Shipping personalities and concluded with a Cocktail Reception.
The event was attended by Government dignitaries, The Transport Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the Department of Merchant Shipping, Diplomats, representatives from Cyprus Shipping Chamber and Cyprus Union of Shipowners, representatives of Cyprus Shipping Organizations, shipping related Associations and Organizations, parents and students, with a full audience nearing 400 persons. The theme of this year’s panel discussion was: “Nurturing and Sustaining Cyprus Shipping”. Its purpose was to boost awareness of Shipping among Cypriot citizens and foster discussion with the industry experts pursuant to nurturing and sustaining Cyprus Shipping, to minimize risk exposure. In his speech, the Minister of Transport acknowledged the growth of the panel “from a private community of 110 people in 2016 to a public audience of more than 300 people in 2018”. He mentioned that “Shipping is an industry of Passion, Knowledge and Experience” and that “these three words are the key to the success in the Shipping industry, not only for the private sector but for the public sector as well.” He added that “the Cyprus Government has placed and maintains shipping among its main concerns and priorities. A testimony of the Government’s commitment and support to the shipping industry is the creation of a self-standing Deputy Ministry of Shipping as from March 2018.
The sustainable growth of Cyprus Shipping is one of the priorities of the Cyprus Government and consequently the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works will do its utmost to enhance the competitiveness of our flag and of our maritime cluster”. Mr. Charles Meaby, General Manager of DP World Limassol addressed the topic of “Nurturing and Sustaining Cyprus Shipping – ‘The Limassol Port Terminal Operator perspective’”. Mr. Mark O’Neil, CEO of Columbia Marlow Holding Ltd Group’s talk was “‘Easy Come Easy Go’ – let us build on, not squander, the inheritance”. Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou, Acting Secretary General of CLIA-Europe raised the question: “Cyprus Shipping in stagnation?” Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA talked about the “mega trends affecting sustainable Shipping”. Mrs. Katia Christoforou, Head of Commercial at Marin Shipmanagement Ltd gave “A piece of advice”. The CEO of Tototheo Maritime Ltd, Mr. Socrates Theodossiou, concluded with his question: “Digital Disruption & Transformation, are YOU ready?”