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Historical Background

1991  A 4-day seminar in English takes place at HELMEPA and is audited by functionaries of IMO Divisions of Marine Environment and   Maritime Safety following the instructions of the Secretary General of ΙΜΟ, William O’ Neil.
1992 The SG of ΙΜΟ reports on the evaluation of HELMEPA’s seminar to the 23rd Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping, which recognizes with appreciation the contribution of HELMEPA’s Training Courses to Safer Shipping and Cleaner Oceans.
1992 Introduction of Voluntary Training onboard Member Vessels.
1996 The syllabus focuses on the ISM Code, the human element and the new requirements of competence and training of seafarers.
2000 The syllabus focuses on the review of the implementation of the ISM Code in relation to the Standards of Competence of Seafarers of the new STCW and the Code.
2003 Special program for Ship and Company Security Officers according to the new requirements of the ISPS Code and production of the bilingual Model Ship Security Plan.
2005 Lecturers-staff of Member Classification Societies enrich the program.
2007 Preparation of the Maritime Sector towards becoming certified by Germanischer Lloyd in accordance with the Quality Standards of ISO 9001:2000.
2008 Germanischer Lloyd certifies, on 4 February, the Maritime Sector of HELMEPA as a Maritime Training Center in accordance with the Quality Standards of ISO 9001:2000.

Two different types of seminars, three and one-day, that allow member managing companies to offer their officers and staff technical and environmental information in a reduced time period.

2010 Τhe Seatrade Award in the category Investment in People is presented to HELMEPA for the voluntary refresher training it offers to the Greek shipping community. The Training Program is further specialized with 5 different types of seminars (4 two-day and 1 single-day) to meet the increased needs in training, as reflected by the new environmental challenges facing the shipping industry, coupled with the complexity of operation regulations for ships and the enhanced role of the supervising Authorities.
2011 On 26 January, Germanischer Lloyd renews and extends the certification of HELMEPA, all of which now serves as “Maritime Training Centre for the Prevention of Pollution, Maritime Safety and Environmental Awareness”, according to Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008.
2012 In June, Germanischer Lloyd certifies the HELMEPA’s training course titled Marine Environmental Awareness as complying with the requirements of the STCW International Convention and Code and the requirements of IMO.2014: The validity of the certification of the Maritime Training Center of HELMEPA according to the international Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008, is renewed for three more years following the successful audit conducted by the Germanischer Lloyd.
2013 The Maritime Authority of Cyprus recognizes HELMEPA's "Marine Environmental Awareness" seminar certified by DNV GL.
2014 The validity of HELMEPA's Maritime Training Center certification, according to the international Quality Standard ISO 9001: 2008, is renewed for another three years after a successful audit by Germanischer Lloyd.
2015 The e-Learning platform for the remote training of Merchant Marine officers and office staff is launched in English.
2016 The acquisition of a Bridge Simulator (offered by Associate Corporate Memeber DNV GL) strengthens HELMEPA's contribution to the voluntary training of seafarers for a better environment and further improvement of safety at sea.
2018 DNV GL certifies HELMEPA as "Maritime Training Center for Pollution Prevention, Safety at Sea and Environmental Awareness" with the new Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015.
2020 For the first time Seminars of HELMEPA's Training Program are being held live online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.