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ICS Cyprus branch 25th Anniversary
Posted on Friday, October 7, 2022
ICS Cyprus Branch organised a fabulous event to mark the 25th
anniversary of the branch foundation.
The event enjoyed excellent attendance, not only by members of
the Cyprus Branch but also by distinguished guests from the Deputy
Ministry of Shipping, Limassol Municipality, local universities and
colleagues promoting PQEs studies, auditors, lawyers, tax
consultants and other shipping professionals.
The Chair of the Branch Mrs Christina Christoforou FICS welcomed
the Honourable Director of the Deputy Shipping Ministry, Mr.
Ioanni Typaldos and the Honourable Deputy Mayor of Limassol, Mr.
Neofytos Charalambides to the special event organised to celebrate
the Silver Anniversary of the Branch.
She also warmely thanked all Members in the branch present and
"I know that you are all here with your thoughts and your heart!
Because we all one like a huge sea wave! So, I feel that you all
surrounding us even if you are miles away! We should continue like
this and move on to the future together like a strong punch. United
we can achieve things that could be considered impossible! Alone we
can do so little; together we can do so much!"
Then she reminded the guests how it all began: "... as you may
know, ICS Cyprus Branch was started by a very small group of
dedicated members and established in 1996 in Limassol. We should
all appreciate the efforts of those Members who had vision for our
Branch and its future generations! I congratulate them from the
bottom of my heart for what they have done and they still do for
this Branch. Without their continuous support our Branch could not
expand and stay strong all over these years!"
The Branch grew over the years and is today one of the most
active in the Institute.
"The growth of our Branch was impressive since its
establishment. Currently ICS Cyprus Branch has 59 Active Fellows,
105 Active Members, 7 Retired and 4 Life Members. The Branch
provides a focal point where members experience a sense of
belonging, promote all aspects of the Institute and have as a group
an influence on local shipping matters, stimulating local community
interest and trade recognition."
Over the years the Cyprus Branch has established excellent links
with the local shipping community as well as the relevant state
departments and the maritime bodies and associations located on the
island. The chair mentioned that since "March 2022 our Branch has
become a Domestic Associate Member of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber
in Type of Business: Education & Training Activities. We would
like to thank the Management and especially Mr. Thomas Kazakos and
Mr. Alex Josephides as well as the rest staff of the Cyprus
Shipping Chamber for the excellent cooperation and support all
these years in the running of the Understanding Shipping
Christina also paid tribute to the late Edcuation Officer of the
Branch, Ben Casey. She had the most warm words for him recalling
how Ben was a very close friend, a person who inspired her and
always stood by her side until the very last moments of his
"In his eyes I was always the little kid who has entered the
doors of CSC in 1994 when I took the scholarship for the
professional qualification exams and knocked his office door asking
to take my seat for the weekly study session! I shall keep
him in my mind and my heart and I am sure hundreds of students whom
he has helped over all the years will do the same."
"The branch achieved many things by working hard all these years
and with dedication to our cause which is to offer high education
to every single student who registers for ICS courses. Above
all we are people with ethics and care for each other and for our
students who will become the future Members of ICS!"
Last but not least, the Chair thanked her team: the Branch
Vice Chairman Mr. Stavros Fokas Kavalierakis, the Branch Secretary
Mr. Alex Damaskinos, the Education Officer Mr. Costas Silitziotis
and the Treasurer Mr. Andreas Papachristophorou. And the the
Committee has been supported by a very strong and enthusiastic
sub-committee team consisted by mainly women! Mrs. Julia
Stylianou - Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Evita Dianellou - Events
Officer, Mrs. Stella Mavromatis - Assistant Education Officer &
Understanding Shipping Course Administrator, Mrs. Nafsika Thaleia
Karantza - Assistant Education Officer & Social Media Officer,
Mrs. Elena Schiza - Social Media Officer, Mrs. Michaella Stavrou -
Assistant Treasurer Officer, Mr. Mihail Konoplev - Marketing
Finally the Chair thanked the former Chairman Mr. Yiannis
Shittas who continues to patiently support the current Branch
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