Maritime Cyprus 2005 Conference will discuss Turkey's blockade
Nicosia, Sept 16 --The problem created to the Cypriot registry by Turkey's blockade against ships under Cypriot flag will be discussed during the three-day 2005 Maritime Cyprus Conference which begins in the coastal city of Limassol, on Monday.
Talking to the press, Communication and Works Ministry Permanent Secretary Makis Constantinides said that approximately 800 representatives from the Cypriot and international shipping industry will participate during the Conference entitled “Shipping: What Lies Ahead? A Three Piece Puzzle”.
Maritime Cyprus, which is considered as one of the most important conferences in the world shipping industry, will focus on issues such as manning and industrial relations, ship safety and security and financing.
Among the participants will be EU Commission Vice President and Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot and International Maritime Organisation General Secretary Efthymios Mitropoulos.
Mr. Constantinides noted that after Cyprus' accession to the EU, ''the only negative point for the Cypriot registry is the Turkish restricting measures against the Cypriot shipping, which are expected to be terminated with the implementation of the EU Customs Union by Ankara to all new member states.''
Cyprus has the 9th largest merchant shipping fleet in the world. It is also the world's sixth largest ship registry by gross tonnage.