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HELMEPA Scholarships for 2017-2018

The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association - HELMEPA, honoring the late George P. Livanos, Founder, Captain Vassilis C. Constantakopoulos, Honorary Chairman and Stavros Daifas, Founding Member, announces 3 scholarships valued at Ç15,000 each, for candidates pursuing one-year post graduate courses (Masters' level) for the 2017-18 academic year, in any other country of the European Union, in the following fields:

  • Shipping, in memory of George P. Livanos. Priority is given to those applicants whose parents are Greek seafarers.
  • Environmental Science, in memory of Captain Vassilis C. Constantakopoulos. Priority is given to those applicants who in the past have been members of the "HELMEPA Junior" and "HELMEPA Cadets" environmental programs.
  • Naval Engineering - Marine/Offshore Engineering and Technology, in memory of Stavros Daifas. The Scholarship is a kind offer of his daughter, Ms. Irene Daifas, Special Secretary of HELMEPAĺs Board of Directors.

Applications and the necessary documentation, as specified on HELMEPA's website, must be sent by Friday 2 June 2017, to the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association - HELMEPA, 5 Pergamou Street, Nea Smyrni 17121, Athens - Greece (tel. +30 210 9343088) with clear indication for the specific scholarship for which it is being submitted.



Update on QUALSHIP 21

According to data just published by the USCG, current holders of the Qualship 21 Certificate include a total of 60 HELMEPA member vessels managed by 25 companies, as shown in the following table:

Managing Company Number of Vessels*
AEGEAN BULK CO. INC. 1
ANDRIAKI SHIPPING CO. LTD. 3
ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD. 1
ARISTON NAVIGATION CORP. 2
ATLANTIC BULK CARRIERS MANAGEMENT LTD. 6
ATLAS MARITIME LTD. 1
CARRAS (HELLAS) S.A. 1
CHANDRIS (HELLAS) INC. 2
CHIOS NAVIGATION (HELLAS) LTD. 1
ENESEL S.A. 1
EURONAV SHIP MANAGEMENT HELLAS LTD. 3
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. 2
PLEIADES SHIPPING AGENTS S.A. 1
S. LIVANOS - HELLAS S.A. 7
SILVER LAKE SHIPPING CO. S.A. 1
SPRINGFIELD SHIPPING CO.OF PANAMA S.A. 7
THENAMARIS (SHIPS MANAGEMENT) INC. 1
TSAKOS COLUMBIA SHIPMANAGEMENT(TCM) S.A. 1
TSAKOS ENERGY NAVIGATION LIMITED (T.E.N.) 8
UNITED SHIPPING & TRADING CO.OF GREECE S.A. 1
V. SHIPS GREECE LTD. 1
Total number of member vessels 60

* 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.



HELMEPA's Campaign in Aigio comes to a close

HELMEPA's "Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences" in Aigio came to a close with positive impressions. The Campaign, which is supported by Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF), is carried out across 14 cities of Greece between 2014 and 2017. The campaign in Aigio was placed under the auspices of the local Municipality and was implemented in cooperation with the local Municipal Development Enterprise (DI╩┼P┴).

The Campaign's environmental Exhibition, which was hosted for 17 days at the "Alekos Megaris" Cultural Center, was visited by 915 pupils and 75 teachers from 11 Primary Schools and 12 Junior High Schools of the wider Aigialeia area and the city of Patras.

As was the case in all the previous towns, at the end of their guided tour of the ┼xhibition students completed a questionnaire. The findings in Aigio show that the students have a high level of environmental awareness, 32% of them consider litter on streets and beaches as the most serious environmental problem, 87% of them recycle either at home or at school and have well realized the benefits of recycling. 1 out of 2 students were impressed by the thematic session of the Exhibition titled "Unexplored Ocean", during which HELMEPA's scientific staff present recent data on life in the deep oceans and advances in marine science and research. 63% of high school students are interested to learn more about marine scientific professions such as oceanography, biomimetics, underwater archeology and marine biology. Finally, 1 out of 3 high school students are surprised that many people continue to be indifferent about marine environmental pollution, even though it has been proven how valuable it is for our lives!

In the context of HELMEPA's cooperation with local authorities, students and teachers of the Arsakeio Elementary School of Patras visited the Center for Environmental Education of Kleitoria-Akrata, where they attended the program titled "Getting to know our shores" and were informed by HELMEPA about marine litter.

HELMEPA warmly thanks the Municipality of Aigialeia and DI╩┼P┴ for hosting the Exhibition, the Environmental Education sections of the Directorates for Primary and Secondary Education of Achaia and the Center for Environmental Education of Kleitoria-Akrata for their excellent cooperation as well as the students, teachers and the local community for their warm response to the Campaign.

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



HELMEPA salutes the 'Clean Seas' Campaign of the United Nations

It is with great satisfaction that HELMEPA salutes the launching of the United Nations' marine litter campaign titled "Clean Seas". Officially announced on 23 February at the Economist World Ocean Forum in Bali, the campaign is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and specifically Goal 14.1: "By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution."

Pollution of the marine environment, especially with plastics, has reached alarming levels. It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste reach our seas and oceans every year! Plastics pose a huge threat for the populations of 600 different marine species, which are injured or die as a result of entanglement or by eating them. Considerable is also the economic impact of marine litter on coastal communities due to aesthetic pollution, reduced tourist flows, cleanup costs etc.

The problems associated with this type of pollution have been highlighted since the mid '80s by HELMEPA's campaigns, starring the Association's famous "Seagull" under the motto "No Litter, No Plastics in Seas and on Beaches".

The new UN campaign aims to secure commitments from Governments, as well as private sector enterprises and members of the general public, to reduce plastics. For example, the industry and private businesses can phase out microbeads in personal care and cosmetics products, improve plastic management and commit to plastic re-design, re-use, recycling and recovery. Each and every one of us can change everyday habits, i.e. replace plastic bags with a cloth bag, use a thermos for water and avoid using single-use plastic cups.

In the context of this global effort, HELMEPA will further enhance the information provided to its volunteer Members, 14,000 Greek seafarers, 200 companies and organizations and 400 vessels, on this significant problem. Moreover, it will enrich the environmental awareness provided to 10,000 schoolchildren, who participate annually in the "HELMEPA Junior" and "Cadets" programs and will seek to attract wider participation in the approximately 250 beach and underwater cleanup actions, which the Association coordinates every year with the contribution of volunteers throughout Greece.



23/02/2017
The Metropolitan College supports HELMEPA

The Metropolitan College, as part of its Maritime School's wider activities, became an Associate Corporate Member of HELMEPA, in support of the latterĺs aim to nurture an environmental consciousness in shipping, enhance safety at sea and maintain a clean marine environment.

This honorary cooperation between Metropolitan College and HELMEPA aims, among other, to expand the training opportunities offered to the students of the Maritime School on contemporary issues and to increase the awareness of the College's students on the need to protect the marine environment.



21/02/2017
New issue The HELMEPA Navigator (No.132)

The new issue (No.132) of our bilingual Technical Bulletin "The HELMEPA Navigator" has been published, providing information on the following topics:

  • 4th Session of the PPR Sub-Committee - implementation of the new sulphur cap, electronic record books and other developments
  • Fatigue of seafarers ľ results of the project MARTHA
  • Web survey on standard setting (S-Mode) for navigational systems
  • Marine casualties ľinteresting facts from the European Platform EMCIP
  • Study on waste management on board ships

Note: All the latest issues of "The HELMEPA Navigator" are available both in English and Greek for HELMEPA members on our website.



14/02/2017
Memorandum of Cooperation between HELMEPA and RINA HELLAS

Today, Tuesday 14 February 2017, Dr. George Gratsos, Chairman of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association - HELMEPA and Mr. Spyridon Zolotas, Area Manager Greece and Cyprus, RINA HELLAS, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the two Organizations, at HELMEPA's offices.

The Memorandum refers to the development of cooperation between the two entities with the aim to enhance skills, competence, training and awareness of the human element in shipping that meets the needs of an efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly maritime industry.

To this end and as a first step, the capabilities offered by HELMEPA's Full Mission Bridge Simulator will be utilized in the context of the Competence Management System, a scheme developed by RINA for assessing and continuously improving the technical and non-technical skills of onboard personnel.

Pleasant surprise was for everybody the coincidental visit to HELMEPA's offices during the signing ceremony of Mr. Warwick Norman, Chairman of the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association - AUSMEPA as well as INTERMEPA, who saluted this initiative as one more synergy for the benefit of the human element in shipping.

Following the signing, a brief meeting took place where issues pertaining to the continuous training of merchant marine officers under the current situation and contemporary challenges were discussed.



23/01/2017
The HELMEPA Monitor, issue No. 13

The new, 13th 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:

  • The day after the first USCG type-approvals of Ballast Water Treatment Systems
  • US will follow IMO recommendation for enforcement of STCW 2010 amendments
  • Compliance issues in North American and US Caribbean Sea ECAs clarified by EPA
  • California Reminders
  • Massive decline in Arctic sea ice reported by NOAA

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



19/01/2017
HELMEPA's Enriched ''e-Learning'' Program

HELMEPA's enriched e-Learning Program with 4 new topics is already available, to its Members and Non Members, with the following two "training packages" in English:

Environmental Training Course

  • SOPEP (Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan)
  • Vessel General Permit
  • Ballast Water Management
  • Marine Litter - MARPOL Annex V
  • Ship's Emission Control Worldwide and in ECAs
  • Oil Record Book, Part I
  • Sewage and Grey Water Management Onboard

Safety related Training Course

  • Risk Assessment during loading/unloading operations in tankers
  • Accident prevention during lifeboats
  • Safe entry into enclosed spaces
  • Navigation in dense and controlled traffic
  • Weaknesses related to Fire Safety
  • Maritime Labour Convention - general overview
  • Passage Planning (with reference to PSSAs)

Each topic of the abovementioned includes:

- PowerPoint Presentation,
- 30 multiple choice questions to test what users have learnt, who have 3 attempts available to achieve a score of at least 66% in order to be Certified;
- A course evaluation form for comments/feedbacks

More information at the link http://helmepa.gr/en/elearning.php



16/01/2017
Launching of HELMEPA's 2017 Training Program

The new Voluntary Refresher Training Program of HELMEPA is launching tomorrow, 17 January 2017, with the 2-day "Marine Environmental Awareness" seminar, which is certified by the Maritime Authority of Cyprus.

The Program consists of 24 seminars falling under the following five categories, of which the first four include five 2-day seminars and the fifth category includes four 1-day seminars.

  • ┴. Best Practices for MARPOL Implementation
  • ┬. Challenges for Shipping and New Regulations
  • C. Human Element and Operational Safety On Board
  • D. Marine Environmental Awareness
  • ┼. Modern Marine Meteorology

Seminar A covers the main developments regarding the MARPOL regulations for the prevention of ship-generated pollution, in conjunction with best practices for compliance with the Conventionĺs requirements.

Seminar ┬ presents topics that are at the heart of the shipping industry's interests.

Seminar C focuses on the main regulations for safe operations on board and relevant weaknesses, as observed during inspections. Also, it examines risk management and the critical role of the human element based on theoretical approaches and case studies.

Seminar D is based on the relevant Model Course (1.38) of ╔╠¤ and aims at promoting more efficient compliance with regulations through the better understanding of shippingĺs impact on the environment.

Seminar ┼ focuses on the reading of surface weather charts and on modern and safe weather routing techniques with the aim to avoid dangerous weather systems and tropical cyclones

The Seminars' Instructors are expert staff of 12 Member Companies and Organizations, academic staff of the National Technical University of Athens, Officers of the Hellenic Coast Guard, independent scientific associates and HELMEPA's scientific staff.

HELMEPA wholeheartedly thanks all those who actively contribute to the successful implementation of the Program, the Members of HELMEPA's Training Committee for their advice in the selection of the topics and those who are going to be attending the seminars.

The Seminars' Calendar can be found at the following link http://helmepa.gr/gr/timetable.php