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World shipping industry meets at Maritime Cyprus 2007
2007-09-13 07:28:06

Nicosia, Sep 12 - The new image of international shipping is the focal point of the Maritime Cyprus 2007 Conference, to be held in Limassol on September 23-26.

This is the tenth conference since the meeting was established in 1989 and according to the organizers it is considered one of the three most important maritime events worldwide.

Organizers of Maritime Cyprus 2007 predict a huge success of the conference, based on the number of participants that have already registered, the caliber of speakers and panelists and the interest international media specializing in shipping are showing.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Stay tuned…Shipping New Image”, suggesting that “the conference will focus on the new image of shipping in the sense that the industry’s importance in the world economy and society at large is not reflected in the image it projects”, Cyprus Shipping Council Secretary General, Thomas Kazakos stressed.

He then stated that according to official data, 90% of world trade is being carried out by sea means, widely believed to be the safest means of transport of people and merchandise, environmentally friendly and the cheapest way of trafficking goods.

“If all the ships sailing around the globe were to drop the anchor for three days, the world economy would freeze,” Mr. Kazakos said in an effort to describe the importance of shipping, noting that society at large is ignorant of this reality.

“This is the reasoning behind our choice of this year’s theme”, Kazakos explained, adding that the new image of world shipping is an issue of the utmost importance for the International Chamber of Shipping.

The program of Maritime Cyprus 2007 comprises three thematic unities, with the first having the same title and content as the Conference’s main theme, “Shipping New Image”. The second day of the Conference, which is planned for Tuesday, September 25 is devoted to “Recruiting, training and retaining of seafarers”, while the last day’s theme is “Ship-owners’ Mission and Vision”.

The conference will be officially opened by the Conference Chairman, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Works Michael Constantinides. Distinguished guests such as the International Maritime Organization’s Secretary General Efthymios Mitropoulos, European Commission’s Vice-President and Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot, and other personalities of international shipping will address the conference.

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