Cyprus Branch, connecting the Industry.

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2020

With the demands of both Members and Students in mind, the final quarter of 2019 was marked by three events.

The quarter started with the well-established Maritime Cyprus Exhibition, taking place during early October. ICS Cyprus Branch actively participated in organising the "Young Executive Session" which took place on 8th October 2019. The Young Executive Session was conceptualised and organised through a series of meetings with the input of the island's major Non-Governmental shipping organisations (NGOs), under the auspices of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Shipping. The event aspired to be the start of a series of open discussions relating to current issues phased by the Shipping community, as well as promoting Cyprus as a Shipping Hub. To this end, ICS Cyprus Branch representatives took part as mentors and had the opportunity to receive valuable feedback regarding the expectations of Members and Students alike.

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Taking into consideration the above feedback, this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 14th November placed Members' needs as its core objective. This year's AGM commenced with the usual Annual report from the Chairman. Thereafter, a seminar titled "The Tanker Market - Navigating an Uncertain World" presented by Mrs. Annika Bartels, Head of Research at Galbraith's Limited ensued, followed by an open panel discussion between Mrs Annika Bartels and Top Management Branch Members representing the major Shipping Companies based on the island. The Meeting was concluded with a networking session. It must be said that the seminar marked the beginning of a series of similar events scheduled to take place in the upcoming months, each dedicated to a major sector of the Shipping Industry. Overall, the AGM successfully tackled two major Member concerns, namely; having the opportunity to be updated with market developments, and meaningful networking.


The quarter ended with an event dedicated to our Students, who where given the opportunity to have an onboard visit on one of the region's most envied cruise ships, Celestyal Crystal on 20th December 2019.  Students had the opportunity to have a guided tour of the vessel's critical areas, including the bridge and engine rooms, liaise with officers and where treated to a five-course sitting on board. The visit aimed at satisfying the Students' eagerness to connect more with the industry on a grassroot level and bridge their studies with practical experiences.

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Special thanks need to be extended to the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Shipping, and more specifically to Mrs. Natasa Pelides (Deputy Shipping Minester) for their initiative relating to the Young Executive Session during Maritime Cyprus; Yiallourides & Parnters LTD for their kind sponsorship of the AGM Seminar; and last but not least, Celestyal Cruises and especially our fellow Member Mr. Andreas Papachristophorou for facilitating the visit onboard Celestyal Crystal.