More than 800 delegates from over 40 countries are expected to attend “Maritime Cyprus 2019”, to be held in Limassol on October 6 – 9, among them many world-renowned shipping executives and personalities.
Speaking a press conference on Friday, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Natasa Pilides said Cyprus is one of the most important shipping centres in the world with an integrated infrastructure across the spectrum of shipping and shipping-related activities.
One of the largest ship management centres in the world and the largest in Europe, Cyprus has a young, high quality fleet, that ranks eleventh in the world and third in the European Union.
“During the last year there has been an increase in the Cypriot fleet and a continuous growth development of our maritime cluster” said Pilides.
Reference was also made to the contribution of shipping to the Cyprus economy and the objective of all stakeholders to further enhance and grow the Cyprus maritime cluster.
Celebratings 30 years since it was first organised back in 1989, Maritime Cyprus has gained great momentum and now ranks as one of the largest shipping conferences in the world, attracting to Cyprus hundreds of maritime executives from all over the world, she said.
The main theme of this year’s Conference is “SEA CHANGE”. The Official Opening of the Conference will take place on Sunday, October 6, at the Parklane Resort and Spa, in Limassol. During the Opening Reception, the winner of the “Cyprus Maritime Award 2019” will be announced.
The working part of the Conference will be held in Limassol, at the “Carob Mill Conference Centre”, between October 7 and 9.
The Official Opening of the working part will take place on Monday, at 09:05 a.m., by President Nicos Anastasiades. Distinguished guests such as the IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Kitack Lim, representatives from the European Commission and world class experts will analyse and discuss specialised issues of concern to the shipping industry. Renowned personalities such as the Presidents of the International Shipping Chamber (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), BIMCO and many world-class shipowners will be taking part in the conference.
The Conference Agenda will consist of seven panel discussions and two key-note presentations.
On Monday, three panel discussions will take place. The first panel will focus on the current and future regulatory framework for shipping while the second panel on the new landscape for shipowners. The third panel will discuss the future of international shipping and whether there are any (much awaited) brighter days ahead.
On Tuesday, a debate on environmental issues will be held, while a keynote speech and discussion on how “Change is Managing” will take place on the second panel. On the same day, an interactive afternoon session entitled “Register your Voice”, for young shipping professionals, will be held.
On Wednesday discussion on the first panel will deal with the new skills required in the seafaring profession (seafarer to e-farer), while a key note speech about market forecasting will follow. Finally, discussions will focus around new ways of raising finance in what is and has been a challenging market for years.
Concluding, the organisers thanked all the sponsors for their support. In particular, they thanked the Platinum sponsor of the Conference, Eurobank Cyprus, the Gold sponsors: Bank of Cyprus and American Hellenic Hull Insurance, the Silver sponsors: Bureau Veritas Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, PwC Cyprus, DNV GL, Fameline Holding Group, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd, Island Oil Holdings Ltd and the bronze sponsors KPMG Ltd, ABS Europe, FML Ship Management, EY Cyprus (Ernst & Young), Baker Tilly, Deloitte, SCF Management Services, Lloyd’s Register, FRS Shipmanagement, Limassol Marina.
Friday’s press conference was also attended by the chairman of the Organising Committee of the Conference and Permanent Secretary of the Shipping Deputy Ministry, Costas Iacovou, as well as representatives of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Union of Shipowners.