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Celebrating a new cooperation

Congratulations to our Associate Member Green Award Foundation and PEPEN (Union of Masters and Mates of the Greek Merchant Marine) for their new cooperation which was celebrated yesterday, Thursday 27 April, onboard the floating Museum "Liberty Hellas" where we all enjoyed the fireworks!



The HELMEPA - Lloyd´s Register Foundation Campaign opens in Sparta

HELMEPA´s Exhibition titled "Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences", was launched on Tuesday 25 April at Sparta. It is hosted at the headquarters of the Regional Authority of Lakonia and will remain open until 9 May.

The Exhibition is part of the "Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences" carried out by HELMEPA across 14 Greek towns and islands with the support of Lloyd´s Register Foundation (LRF)*. In Sparta, the Campaign is carried out under the auspices of the Regional Authority of Lakonia/ Region of Peloponnese.

The Prefect of Lakonia, Mrs. A. Tzanetea, the Vice-Mayor of Sparta, Mr. P. Argyropoulos, the Directors and School Activities Coordinators of Primary and Secondary Education of Lakonia, representatives of local stakeholders, teachers and students from the 3rd Primary School of Sparta honoured the event with their presence.

The Prefect of Lakonia warmly welcomed HELMEPA to Sparta and stressed the importance of raising environmental awareness among students through information and education so they are able, as the citizens of tomorrow, to protect the environment.

Following, the Vice-Mayor of Sparta spoke about the value of this initiative for Sparta and made reference to the Municipality´s actions on cleanliness and recycling. Closing, he said that children should be more aware than adults so that when the time comes, they will deliver the environment to the next generations in a better state than it is today.

The Coordinator of School Activities for Primary Education, Mrs E. Lambrinou, also thanked HELMEPA and the Regional Authority of Lakonia for its prompt response to the request to host the Exhibition. Referring to the significance of environmental education, she expressed her wish that every child visiting the Exhibition will learn something valuable, so that they "can improve the environment in their own small world".

During an intervention, the Director of the 3rd Primary School of Sparta, Mr. N. Koufos, said that he is very pleased to see the "Seagull" of HELMEPA in Sparta and highlighted that Greeks, as a nation with ancient naval tradition, are the first to be responsible for the protection of the marine environment.

In cooperation with the Education Directorates of Lakonia, HELMEPA will transport to the Exhibition, on the Campaign´s expenses, approximately 1,000 pupils of local Primary and High Schools. The exhibition will remain open daily for schools from 09.00 to 13.00 and for the public until 15.00.

Also, a 'train-the-trainer' Seminar for Teachers titled "The marine environment and us: ensuring a sustainable future" is scheduled to take place, as well as other voluntary actions in cooperation with the Education Directorates of Lakonia and local stakeholders.

The students´ enthusiasm and the positive comments made by teachers during the first visits to the Exhibition are an optimistic message for the start of a new collaboration between HELMEPA and the educational community of Laconia.

For further information:
HELMEPA
Environmental Sector
Tel.: (+30) 210 9343088
Email: environment@helmepa.gr

Regional Authority of Lakonia
Tel.: (+30) 27313 63101
Email: grafeio.antiperifereiarxi@lakonia.gr

* 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 - Lloyd's Register Foundation Campaign: next stop, Sparta

The "Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences" remains in the Peloponnese and following the town of Aigio, it now moves on to the famous city of Sparta. There the Campaign will be carried out from 25 April to 9 May 2017 under the auspices of the Regional Authority of Lakonia/ Region of Peloponnese.

This initiative is supported by Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) and has already visited 23 Greek towns and cities since 2011, mobilising more than 24,000 students and 1,700 teachers. Besides raising awareness among schoolchildren and teachers of the Greek periphery on the themes of the Campaign, the aim of this initiative is also to inspire children to learn more about science, engineering and new technologies in the service of the environment and humanity.

The Campaign's environmental Exhibition will be hosted at the headquarters of the Regional Authority of Lakonia. The opening of the Exhibition will take place on Tuesday 25 April, at 12.00. It will remain open daily for schools from 09.00 to 13.00 and for the public until 15.00.

In cooperation with the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of Lakonia, HELMEPA will transport approximately 1,000 pupils of local Primary and High Schools on the Campaign's expenses. Also, a ‘train-the-trainer' Seminar for Teachers titled "The marine environment and us: ensuring a sustainable future" is scheduled, while other voluntary actions will also take place in cooperation with the Education Directorates of Lakonia and local stakeholders.

For further information:
HELMEPA
Environmental Sector
Tel.: (+30) 210 9343088
Email: environment@helmepa.gr

Regional Authority of Lakonia
Mrs. Chariklia Mavrouka
Tel.: (+30) 27313 63101
Email: grafeio.antiperifereiarxi@lakonia.gr

* 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/



06/04/2017
New issue of "The HELMEPA Navigator" (No.133)

The new issue (No.133) of our bilingual Technical Bulletin "The HELMEPA Navigator" has been published, providing information on the following topics:

  • Piracy and armed robbery against ships: the figures of 2016
  • Incentives for less noisy ships at the Port of Vancouver
  • Study on the use of fuel cells in shipping

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



24/03/2017
Voluntary beach and forest cleanup at Xylokastro

In the framework of the Mediterranean Forest Week and at the invitation of the Intercultural / Environmental organization "FILOXENIA", HELMEPA coordinated beach and forest cleanup in Sarantapichiotika region at Xylokastro, on Thursday 23 March 2017.

HELMEPA responded with pleasure to the invitation, as the cooperation between the two organisations is a follow-up of the successful, recent conclusion of the "Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences" in Corinth and Aigio. HELMEPA's Campaign, is carried out across 14 cities of Greece between 2014 and 2017, with the support of Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).

The participants at the cleanup event were 11 students from the Technical High School of Xylokastro and 15 students from the French Agricultural School, along with their teachers. Participants were informed by HELMEPA's and FILOXENIA's staff on marine litter and the effects of pollution on the natural environment. Moreover, the French students received information material and HELMEPA's data card sheets in French.

The young volunteers filled with enthusiasm 25 large bags of garbage and separated the recyclables, recording all the items in special data cards, in order to extract useful scientific data pertaining to quantities, composition and origin of waste.

HELMEPA warmly congratulates all the participants for demonstrating their volunteering spirit, thus expressing their love and respect for our forest ecosystems and natural environment.



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 €15,000 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 HELMEPA’s 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.



15/03/2017
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.



06/03/2017
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 (DIÊÅPÁ).

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 Åxhibition 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 DIÊÅPÁ 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/



28/02/2017
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.



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