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HELMEPA member vessels receive the new USCG designation 'E-Zero'

We are glad to announce that 4 HELMEPA member vessels are included in the first 40 vessels that recently received from the USCG the new E-Zero designation within the framework of the Qualship 21 program. These vessels are rewarded for having Zero Environmental Deficiencies or Violation.

More specifically, the program which started on 20 July 2017 provides rewards mainly in the form of reduced inspections to vessels enrolled in Qualship 21 for the last three years, which for this period have zero worldwide detentions for MARPOL, and zero environmental deficiencies (MARPOL, 33 CFR Subchapter O, Ballast Water Management, Vessel General Permit, Antifouling) in the U.S.

The eligible vessels must also have zero Letters of Warning, Notices of Violation or Civil Penalties related to Right Whale Mandatory Ship Reporting or speed restriction violations over the past 5 years. Finally, they must fulfill requirements regarding ballast water management, such as having installed a USCG type approved system.

More information is available at the following link: QUALSHIP 21 E-Zero pamphlet.

The following table shows HELMEPA member vessels number per Managing Company that are current holders of Qualship 21 and E-Zero:

Managing Company Number of Vessels *
Qualship 21 E-Zero
ADELFIA SHIPPING ENTERPRISES S.A. 1
ARISTON NAVIGATION CORP. 2
ATLANTIC BULK CARRIERS MANAGEMENT LTD. 5
ATLAS MARITIME LTD. 1
CARRAS (HELLAS) S.A. 1
CHARTWORLD SHIPPING CORPORATION 1
ENESEL S.A. 1
MINERVA MARINE INC. 1
NEDA MARITIME AGENCY CO. LTD. 4
NIOVIS SHIPPING CO. S.A. 2
PANTHEON TANKERS MANAGEMENT LTD. 1
PEGASUS MARITIME ENTERPRISES INC. 1
S. LIVANOS - HELLAS S.A. 6 1
SILVER LAKE SHIPPING CO. S.A. 1
SPRINGFIELD SHIPPING CO.OF PANAMA S.A. 6
THENAMARIS (SHIPS MANAGEMENT) INC. 1
TSAKOS COLUMBIA SHIPMANAGEMENT(TCM) S.A. 1
TSAKOS ENERGY NAVIGATION LIMITED (T.E.N.) 8 3
Total number of member vessels 44 4

* Note: Vessels of the company that also carry the QUALSHIP 21 Certificate but are not members of HELMEPA are not included in the numbers given in the table.



The HELMEPA - Lloyd's Register Foundation Campaign comes to a close in southern Evia

HELMEPA's "Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences" was concluded on a positive note in Karystos and Marmari, under the auspices of the local Municipality, with prospects for new synergies

The Campaign is supported by Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF)* and is carried out across 14 towns and cities of Greece between 2014 and 2017.

Án environmental Exhibition was hosted for 10 days at the Cultural Centre of Marmari and was visited by 750 students and 60 teachers of 11 Primary and 3 High Schools of Marmari, Karystos, Styra and remote villages of southern Evia.

On Wednesday 4 October HELMEPA conducted a ‘train-the-trainer' Seminar for Teachers titled "The marine environment and us: ensuring a sustainable future" at the Environmental Awareness Centre of Karystos. Presentations carried out by HELMEPA's staff included recent data and developments regarding the marine environment, shipping, climate change and marine litter as well as simple experiments that teachers may use in class to introduce their students to the world of science. Participating teachers received a Certificate of Attendance and as new members of HELMEPA' s "Marine Teachers" network they will have access to educational material and receive updates on the Campaign's themes.

In the framework of the Campaign, the "Aegean Rebreath" team of volunteer divers in cooperation with HELMEPA, the "Nautilus" and "Dikelas" diving centres, the Municipality and the Port Authority of Karystos carried out a two-day underwater cleanup of a reef and the port of Karystos. Approximately 700 kgs of bulky items such as fishing nets and tires as well as many plastic bottles and other litter were collected from the seafloor. Discharged or lost fishing nets in particular constitute a major threat to marine ecosystems and organisms that get trapped in them. However, the positive response of fishermen and the local community of Karystos to this initiative is a sign of hope towards efficiently addressing this serious problem.

A short video of the underwater cleanups is available at the following link:
https://youtu.be/0yTpN_4Zz2U

HELMEPA wholeheartedly thanks the Municipality of Karystos for placing the Campaign under its auspices and providing the space for hosting the Exhibits, the Directorate for Primary Education of Evia for the sound cooperation in organizing the schedule of school visits and especially the schoolchildren and teachers of southern Evia for their warm response to this educational initiative.

For further information, contact:
HELMEPA's Environmental Awareness Section
Tel: 210 93.43.088, Fax: 210 93.53.847
Email: environment@helmepa.gr

* Note to the Editors:
Lloyd's Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.
http://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/



HELMEPA honors World Teachers Day

World Teachers Day is celebrated on 5 October each year, to pay tribute to those who struggle on a daily basis to provide decent education to the new generation, often under harsh conditions. It was established by UNESCO in 1994 in order to honor the teachers' precious work and place them at the center of attention along with their needs.

This year's theme "Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers" reaffirms the support of teachers as a top priority in all education and development strategies, in order for them to be able to offer all students the education they deserve.

HELMEPA - the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, which operates the annual Environmental Education Program "HELMEPA Junior" since 1993 throughout Greece, feels the need to wholeheartedly thank the 3,600 Elementary and Kindergarten Teachers who have voluntarily participated and supported the Program to date and to wish them health and strength in their difficult and important work.



Meeting of HELMEPA's Training Committee

The meeting of HELMEPA's Training Committee took place on Thursday 21 September with the participation of 11 representatives of member managing Companies and the Association's competent staff. The Committee elected unanimously Capt. J. Drakogianopoulos, DPA/CSO of COSTAMARE SHIPPING CO. SA as its Chairman and Capt. M. Gavriil, DPA/CSO of DIANA SHIPPING SERVICES as his replacement.

Following, the Committee reviewed the Training Program for 2018, which was proposed by the Maritime Sector and will be offered by HELMEPA to Merchant Marine Officers and the staff of Member-Companies. The Program will consist of two-day and one-day seminars in the fields of Safety and the Human Element, Pollution Prevention and Meteorology applied on the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, while the two-day Marine Environmental Awareness seminar will continue. The Committee also dealt with the training offered by HELMEPA on the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, which 193 merchant Marine Officers have received so far and recommended additions to the programs concerning ship handling, ECDIS and COLREGS.

The Committee's proposals will be materialized once the Board of Directors has been informed on Wednesday 27 September.



01/08/2017
New issue of 'The HELMEPA Navigator' Technical Bulletin (No. 135)

We have the pleasure of informing you that the new issue (No.135) of our Technical Bulletin "The HELMEPA Navigator" has been published, including articles on the following topics:

  • Special PSC inspection on bulk carriers, safety of navigation and lifesaving appliances
  • Prevention of air pollution from ships:recent developments
  • Revised Guidelines for the implementation of Annex V of MARPOL

Note: "The HELMEPA Navigator" Technical Bulletin is published both in English and Greek. It is sent electronically to HELMEPA member companies and seafarers, and is also available for download on our website (member's area).



05/05/2017
The HELMEPA Monitor, issue No. 14

The new, 14th issue of our bimonthly electronic publication "The HELMEPA Monitor" has been released. This initiative was undertaken as a result of the close collaboration between the US Coast Guard and HELMEPA and we believe that it is a useful tool for the companies and crews of the ships trading in US waters.

The current issue includes the following articles:

  • USCG Port State Control statistics for the year 2016
  • New E-Zero initiative within the QUALSHIP 21 Program
  • To extend or not to extend - Updated highlights and tips on the USCG Ballast Water Management Extension Program
  • Eavesdropping on whales on the East Coast to avoid collisions with ships

Note: All the issues of "The HELMEPA Monitor" are available in English for HELMEPA members on our website.