ICS Greek Branch Open Day

ICS Greek Branch OPEN DAY
Thursday, 21st September 2017

The HMC / ICS Greek Branch is opening its doors to potential students on Thursday, 21st of September 2017 from 11:00 to 19:00, within the context of the International Open Day organized by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Participants will have the chance to find out more about the ICS Maritime Professional Qualification. The ICS qualification has an international recognition and it is a mark of competence for the shipping community worldwide.

The Open Day is a great opportunity:

- To find out more about the ICS Professional Maritime ProgrammeICS Examinations, what it offers & its entry requirements

- To meet local tutors and discuss with them about the ICS Syllabus

- To find out about the ICS Membership the unique hallmark of professionalism in the international shipping industry.


Who may attend:

- Graduates and Professionals of finance, management, legal and engineering background who wish to enter into the shipping industry.
- Shipping Professionals – shipbrokers, operators, charterers, maritime lawyers, agents, financiers- who wish to upgrade their theoretical and practical background and certify their expertise. 
- Officers of the Merchant Marine– willing to enhance their sea-going experience and practice with the commercial knowledge.

Venue: HMC Premises,1 Platonos str. & Sotiros Dios str., Piraeus, 18535

Hours: 11:00 – 19:30

For more information and registrations click here: www.helmc.com/icsopenday

New Academic Year for the LLM in International Shipping Law, QMUL

New Academic Year of the Queen Mary University of London LL.M. in International Shipping Law, Piraeus Greece

Queen Mary University of London organized its induction weekend for the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), on the 8th and 9th of September at the Hellenic Management Centre premises in Piraeus. Once again this prestigious and successful event initiated the new academic year of the programme, which is based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, with its Law Department constantly ranked in the top 5 of the UK. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999, at its premises in Piraeus.

This innovative postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including International Regulation of Shipping, Maritime Arbitration, Charterparties: Law and Practice, , Marine Insurance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic background and is taught in intensive afternoon and weekend blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments. It is considered by the shipping industry as a unique opportunity for students and maritime professionals living in Greece, to attend it without having to relocate.

The Induction weekend, impeccably organized, gave the students the opportunity to get acquainted with all the information and details regarding the programme.

Students were welcomed by QMUL and HMC staff, while they also had the opportunity to meet Dr Alexandros Ntovas, the Academic Director of the programme, as well as QMUL officials, who gave them crucial information about the study experience that awaits them.

Students were excited about the academic introduction to the programme, as well as the introduction to the learning experience that they will go through. By attending this programme they will get the support they need to excel in their field and have a great impact in the shipping industry using their acquired knowledge and expertise.

Good Luck to them!

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3rd International Summer Law School organized by Elsa Greece

3rd International Summer Law School organized by Elsa Greece on «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues»

The 3rd very successful International Summer Law School organized by The European Law Students' Association - ELSA Greece, took place in Athens from 17-21 July 2017 on «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues».

Participants were law students from all over the world and the academic programme contained a variety of courses outline and covered a wide spectrum of Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Piracy and Law of the Sea.

On 21st July Elsa Greece and HMC organized at Papastratos Venue a seminar on “Legal Issues of Ship Sale & Purchase Practice” delivered by Mr. Simon Ward, FICS, Director at Ursa Shipbrokers.

The Hellenic Management Centre,  proud Partner of Elsa Greece, would like to congratulate the organizers for their efforts that led to this successful event, which we hope will be established and will take place annually, contributing in making Piraeus an international academic maritime hub.

Cluster organisation signs MoU with Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

We are delighted to announce the MoU between the Institute and Malta Maritime Forum.

The Institute and MMF collaboration in Malta

Cluster organisation signs MoU with Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers to deliver courses for operations and logistics professionals

London and Valetta, 21st July 2017. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as part of the island's maritime growth strategy.

Pictures show (L-R standing) Godwin Xerri, MMF Board Member and Managing Director, Focal Marine Shipping Agency, Joe Borg, MMF Chairman and former EU Commissioner, Dr Ann Fenech, MMF Board Member and President of the Malta Maritime Lawyers' Association, Joseph Bugeja, MMF CEO and General Manager, Malta Motorways of the Seas, (seated) Michael Callus, MMF Board Member, Head of Education, Safety, Quality Sub-Committees and Director Medsea Shipping Agency, and Matt Gilbert, Head of Business & Partnerships, The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

The MoU formalises informal co-operation between the MMF and the Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal education which is recognised internationally.

"Malta is already well served with courses for engineers, masters and lawyers, where we lack higher professional courses is for ship agency, terminal operators and port authority staff," explains Michael Callus, Chairman of the MMF Sub-Committee for Education. "Until now, there has been reliance on on-the-job training but the changing dynamics of logistics means we have to adapt. Excellence in multimodal transport and logistics are essential for Malta to remain competitive in attracting investment."

Under the terms of the MoU signed in mid-July, the Institute will support the MMF in delivering courses and supporting students from the start of the upcoming academic year in September 2017.

"The MMF includes in its membership a number of fellows and associates who considered the Institute as their primary education and training partner in the early stages of their career," says Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute. "As Malta looks to build its market position with new professional qualifications, the Institute is delighted to be supporting the next generation of maritime professionals in their quest for knowledge and education."

The MMF, together with various educational entities and maritime associated partners will advertise the careers available in shipping at grass roots levels, starting with Secondary Schools and ultimately will serve as a catalyst for increased maritime education and specialised courses in Malta.

 

 

 

Shipping Markets: Changing Dynamics Masterclass Seminar by ICS Greek Branch

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch, on the occasion of the Educational Committee Council meeting in Greece, organised a masterclass seminar at the Piraeus Marine Club on Tuesday 13th of June 2017 with the theme of: ''Shipping Markets: Changing Dynamics''
The Increase in the “Rate of Change” in the demand & supply factors is bound to change the way we do business. Our special thanks to Mr Jagmeet Makkar, MSc (Cass) PCBA FICS FRINA FIMarE(I) MCIArb who presented the seminar

Charterparties Seminar organized by HMC and Queen Mary University of London for Elsa Members and Friends

The 3rd very successful seminar on Charterparties in Shipping Market that was organized by HMC and Queen Mary University of London, took place in Thessaloniki on Monday 3rd of April 2017.

Following the success of the seminars that were organized in 2015 and 2016 in Athens, the ELSA Members and Friends in Thessaloniki had the chance to attend a maritime seminar delivered by Dr. Miriam Goldby, senior Lecturer in Law of the LLM In International Shipping Law Course of the Queen Mary University of London. The participants - law students and graduates from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - were enthusiastic for the maritime topic taught and were really interactive during the lecture.

The Hellenic Management Centre and Queen Mary University of London, proud Partner of Elsa Greece,support ELSA academic actions and initiatives and will participate also at the 3rd Summer School on Maritime Law: Safety & Security organized by ELSA Greece in July.

Student Cruise organised by ICS Greek Branch

A 3-day cruise was organised by ICS Greek Branch and ALBA Business School on 7th April. It was really fun and everyone enjoyed the sunny days on board and the excursions in Mykonos, Efessos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini.

Special thanks to Celestyal Cruises for the amazing cruise and Dr. Katerina Athanasiou for helping us exploring Team Building games, to know each other better.

On Board Visit for ICS Students

A visit for the students was arranged on 24th March 2017 on board the container ship “Ital Oriente” at Piraeus Container Terminal.

The students were taken on a tour of the vessel while members of the crew explained her main parts and equipment and their relevant functions. Everyone went around the bridge, the accommodation and engine room. It was a good insight into the reality of merchant ships in action. Special thanks to GAC Shipping for arranging the visit, to the ship-owning company and to the crew for its great assistance.

Students were grateful to be given the opportunity to visit a vessel, the integral part of commercial shipping they have been long studying in theory, while preparing for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership.

 

P&I Clubs Workshop offered by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Greece and Hellenic Management Centre

Students attending the LLM in International Shipping Law Programme offered by Queen Mary University (QMUL) in Greece and Shipping Professionals from all spectrums of the shipping market had the opportunity to attendP&I Clubs Workshop organized by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL and the Hellenic Management Centre on Saturday, 11th of March 2017, at HMC Premises in Piraeus.

The workshop was coordinated academically by Dr. Alexandros Ntovas, Lecturer in Shipping Law and Director International Shipping Law Programme (Piraeus, Greece).It also featured 2 sessions led by two guest speakers - eminent practitioners in the Greek shipping marketwho covered the practical part of the workshop: Ms. Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director, SCB (Hellas) Inc.,Global Business Development Director, from the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association Inc. presented the Collisions P&I cover, FDD and the interplay of Hull RDC and Mr Andrew Dyer, Partner ataddressed the Salvage liability for Clubs, Direct Action issues, and LOUs/LOIs.

The workshop served as an intellectual platform to communicate current practical experience from leading practitioners in matters highly related to P&I Clubs.

It examined the operation of P&I Clubs as mutual insurance associations and to this end their vital role to the existence and running of the international shipping community and trade.

It covered their history, development and structure, their basic rules of cover and the provision of security, as well as the legal concepts underlying their operation. It additionally examined the various risks Clubs insure against, their financial operation, the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (including its structure, cover and importance), and how these associations relate to other forms of insurance.

 The workshop also put emphasis on ‘wet’ shipping law issues featuring a critical insight into the legal role of P&I Clubs in relation to collisions and salvage.

 The workshop was part of the academic curriculum ofthe LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), of the CCLS, Queen Mary University in Greece.

 The LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)is an innovativepostgraduate degree based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law and offered in Piraeus Greece by Queen Mary University of London and Hellenic Management Centre.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused highereducation institutions. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999; at its premises in Piraeus.

This innovative postgraduate degree offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including Maritime Arbitration, Charterparties: Law and Practice, International Regulations of Shipping, Marine Insurance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic backgroundand is taught in intensive blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments.

The entry requirements for Law graduates area degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content, normally of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent 7/10), whereas non-law graduates will be considered on the basis of professional experience that directly relates to the specialist LLM taught courses. Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered.

It is a unique opportunity for people living in Greece, to attend this prestigious programme without having to relocate, while at the same time two partial scholarships offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and open to Home/EU students only, are available for this programme.

 

 

                  

ICS Students Visit on board MV Kasteelborg at port of Piraeus

A visit for the students was arranged on 1st March 2017 on board the multi-purpose vessel MV Kasteelborgat the port of Piraeus.

The students were taken on a tour of the vessel while members of the crew explained their main parts and equipment and their relevant functions. Everyone went around the cargo hatches, the bridge, the accommodation and engine room. It was a good insight into the reality of merchant ships in action.

Students were grateful to be given the opportunity to visit a vessel, the integral part of commercial shipping they have been long studying in theory, while preparing for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership.

ICS Greek Branch Pitta Cutting 2017

On Thursday, 26th January, ICS Greek Branch had its Traditional Pitta Cutting on the occasion of the New Year celebration.

More than 70 members attended the event, which was held at PIRÉE Venue in Piraeus.

Instructors, administration, members and friend of the branch had the chance to meet and share thoughts and wishes in a pleasantly warm atmosphere.

The lucky winners were Ms Theodora Leka, MICS and Mrs Natalia Margioli, FICS

12th Annual Forum Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch

In an extremely well-organized event, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Greek Branch held its 12th Annual Forum, on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, at the Eugenides Foundation.

The title was: « Future Imperfect: Shipping’s route out of crisis » and the Forum was well attended by over 400 shipping professionals – from the Greek and International shipping community - covering all spectrums of the industry.

Eminent personalities of the international shipping market participated at the Panel and provided the attendees with an enlightening approach to the topic and their thoughts on the market prospects

Queen Mary University of London & HMC Celebration for 2016 Graduation

Queen Mary University of London and the Hellenic Management Centre hosted a celebratory reception that took place in Piraeus on Thursday, November 10th, 2016.

The event was held on the occasion of the graduation of last year’s student cohort of the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), an innovative programme offered in Piraeus by Queen Mary University of London, one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, constantly ranked with the first five law schools in the UK.

At the same time this year’s student cohort was welcomed. The event was well attended by prominent personalities of the shipping and legal sectors.

Students and attendees were welcomed by Dr Alexandros Ntovas, the Academic Director of the programme, as well Ms Natalia Margioli HMC Managing Director. Both QMUL and HMC representatives congratulated students on their achievements so far but also reviewed the importance of the programme and what it has offered them in order to succeed in their endeavors.  

The programme is taught by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), who have a world-wide acclaimed reputation as a provider of high quality education in commercial law, which can be placed at the service of governments, public bodies, overseas institutions, the legal profession, industry and commerce.

To this end, the LLM in International Shipping Law in Piraeus honours the long established Greek tradition in shipping by bringing a programme of excellent academic standards in the heart of a major international shipping centre. It is delivered by the CCLS academic staff at the prestigious facilities of the HMC in Piraeus, and it is designed to equip maritime professionals and graduates alike with an in depth understanding of legal theory while gaining new perspectives on shipping issues. The programme is taught in six intensive blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with their other professional commitments.

A cocktail reception and buffet dinner followed. It was a successful and well attended event which proved once again that Piraeus is truly part of an international shipping network and a maritime educational hub.

 

 

ICS Prize Giving Ceremony

The Lord Mayor of London, Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Mr Jeffrey Mountevans has very kindly opened his official home in the heart of the City of London to ICS on 21st October for the ICS Prize Giving Ceremony and FONASBA dinner.

Ms. Maria - Ioanna Meletsi, MICS, Mr. Michael Taliotis, FICS,  Mrs. Natalia Margioli, FICS Mr. Bruce Ogilvy, FICS & Mr. Vasileios Patonis, MICS

Ms. Maria - Ioanna Meletsi, MICS, Mr. Michael Taliotis, FICS,  Mrs. Natalia Margioli, FICS Mr. Bruce Ogilvy, FICS & Mr. Vasileios Patonis, MICS

ICS Greek Branch is very proud of Ms. Meletsi who won the Michael Else & Company Award for gaining the highest mark worldwide in Marine Insurance and Mr. Patonis who won three awards, Baltic Exchange Award, Peter Talbot Willcox Memorial Award & President's Prize for gaining the highest mark worldwide in Shipping Law, Ship Sale and Purchase and for his overall performance in ICS Examinations.

 

HMC and ICS Greek Branch welcome Erasmus University Rotterdam Law Students in Piraeus

With the vision of contributing in making Piraeus an international maritime education hub, HMC and ICS Greek Branch co-operated with Erasmus University Rotterdam and in particular its Faculty of Law (Department of Commercial Law and Department of Labor Law), by participating in an educational trip organized by the University, entitled: «The Human Factor in Shipping».

The Hellenic Management Centre, official educational provider of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) in Greece, is committed to the provision of continuous professional development within the shipping industry. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) is the major international provider of professional education and training in the shipping industry since 1911.

HMC and ICS Greek Branch were delighted to host a lecture on Wednesday October 12th, for the Erasmus University Rotterdam students. The lecture was delivered by Georgios Papatheodoropoulos, on Maritime Labour Law and principally on maritime employment contractual relationships. Mr. Papatheodoropoulos is an Attorney-at-Law, registered Lawyer at the Piraeus Bar Association and admitted as a Lawyer at the Court of Appeal. He has been awarded an LLB Law degree from the University of Wales, Swansea and an LLM on European Commercial Law by the University of Kent, Canterbury.

On the occasion of the International Convention on Maritime law held in Piraeus on 13-15 October 2016, the lecture given, concentrated on specific issues of Greek Maritime Labour Law, covering aspects like the importance of ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006, Collective Agreement, the seafarer’s protection in cases of illness and accidents and the potential new role of them in Autonomous Cargoships.

The lecture was a great success and set the foundation for future co-operation between these educational organizations. It proved once again that worldwide, various institutes and educational bodies have recognised the importance of co-operation in reinforcing every country’s most valuable resource: educated professionals.

Piraeus is undoubtedly gathering the attention of the shipping industry as Greek shipping, still at the top of world rankings and being the country's most important industry, requires well trained professionals, better equipped to make a difference.

Finally, students were informed about the Annual Professional Maritime Programme offered by HMC, which prepares candidates for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership, the only professional qualification that is internationally recognised as a mark of competence for shipping professionals.  

Students realized that Chartered Shipbroker status commands respect, demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning. It also opens the doorway to an established and worldwide network within the shipping industry.

New Academic Year of The Queen Mary University of London LL.M. in International Shipping Law, Piraeus Greece

Queen Mary University of London organized its induction weekend for the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), on the 10th and 11th of September at the Hellenic Management Centre premises in Piraeus. Once again this prestigious and successful event initiated the new academic year of the programme, which is based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, with its Law Department constantly ranked in the top 5 of the UK. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999, at its premises in Piraeus.

This innovative postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including International Regulation of Shipping, Maritime Arbitration, Charterparties: Law and Practice, , Marine Insurance Law (including a Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Clubs workshop), Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic background and is taught in intensive afternoon and weekend blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments. It is considered by the shipping industry as a unique opportunity for students and maritime professionals living in Greece, to attend it without having to relocate.

The Induction weekend, impeccably organized, gave the students the opportunity to get acquainted with all the information and details regarding the programme.

Students were welcomed by QMUL and HMC staff, while they also had the opportunity to meet Dr Alexandros Ntovas, the D. Academic Director of the programme, as well as QMUL officials, who gave them crucial information about the study experience that awaits them.

Students were excited about the academic introduction to the programme, as well as the introduction to the learning experience that they will go through. By attending this programme they will get the support they need to excel in their field and have a great impact in the shipping industry using their acquired knowledge and expertise.

Good Luck to them!

ICS Open Evening

On September 8th 2016, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers organized an open evening event in most of its branches internationally. The Event was an opportunity for potential students of ICS to come and find out more about the ICS Membership Qualification.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers currently has over 5.000 students studying in six continents for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership, which is the only professional qualification internationally recognized.

The Open evening held at ICS Greek Branch was a great success. More than 70 candidates attended the event.

The candidates had the chance to discuss the study options offered by ICS, to review the Syllabus of the ICS and meet the tutors, who are highly experienced shipping professionals and who offered them their invaluable guidance regarding which subjects to attend depending on their academic and professional background.

Most of them registered to participate in the ICS Annual Professional Maritime Programme, which prepares the candidates for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, leading to ICS Membership.

The ICS Programme is unique in its training approach as candidates are in the position to directly relate and apply the knowledge, skills and expertise gained from the course immediately on their work.  It gives them the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the industry and expand their career potential. It is a qualification which is a mark of competence for shipping professionals worldwide. 

We hope that we will all have a very successful academic year ahead!

ELSA Greece - «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues»

2nd International Summer Law School organized by Elsa Greece on «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues»

The 2nd very successful International Summer Law School organized by The European Law Students' Association - ELSA Greece, took place in Athens from 17-24 July 2016 on «Maritime Law: Insurance Law and Piracy Issues».

Participants were law students from all over the world and the academic programme contained a variety of courses outline and covered a wide spectrum of Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, Piracy and Law of the Sea.

In Piraeus they visited the historical Hellas Liberty, Piraeus Naval Museum, as well as the Hellenic Management Centre, where they attended a lecture given by Dr. Alexandros Ntovas, BA (Hons) LLB(Hons) LLM (Distinction) MSc (Hons) PhD (Southampton) FHEA (London) Advocate (Athens), Lecturer in Shipping Law and Deputy Director of Queen Mary University of London LLM in International Shipping Law, Piraeus, Greece. The lecture was on “Private armed guards on board ships, Policy issues, legal status and insurance implications”.

The Hellenic Management Centre,  proud Partner of Elsa Greece, would like to congratulate the organizers for their efforts that led to this successful event, which we hope will be established and will take place annually, contributing in making Piraeus an international academic maritime hub.

 

ICS Membership Committee in Piraeus

ICS Greek Branch welcomes the ICS Membership Committee in Piraeus, Greece

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Greek Branch hosted the International ICS Membership Committee, in Piraeus from 22-24 June 2016.

Over the last hundred years, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has earned an unmatched global reputation from the international shipping industry’s major players as the professional body to commercial shipping worldwide. With 26 branches in key shipping areas, 4,500 individual and 120 company members, the ICS network connects the professional shipping community of the five continents. The letters MICS and FICS do make a point of difference in a very difficult and everchanging service sector which remains dependant on the knowledge and trust of its decision makers. Governments across the world are seeking the ICS’ opinion on relevant shipping issues.

The Committee convened in Piraeus and at the prestigious premises of ICS Greek Branch for the first time and successfully concluded its works.

The Committee discussed strategic issues, and reaffirmed the important role of co-operation between ICS branches worldwide.

On the occasion of the International Membership Committee meeting, taking place in Piraeus this year the ICS Greek Branch organized a cocktail reception on Thursday, 23rd of June 2016 at PIRÉE Venue, for the members of the Committee, ICS Members, students and friends.

The International Chairman of the Institute, Mr. Michael Taliotis, FICS, the Director of ICS Ms. Julie Lithgow and the Chairman of Membership Committee, Mr. Karl Franz, FICS, ICS Greek Branch Chairman Mr Nicolas Tsavliris and ICS Greek Branch Vice-Chairman Ms Natalia Margioli, honored the event with their presence. It was a successful and well attended event which proved once again that ICS members are truly part of an international shipping network.

Despite a negative global shipping sector outlook for 2016, ICS constantly enhances its appeal due to its unique legacy and long heritage as well as the international network of shipping professionals, which creates new business opportunities in tough markets.

ICS Greek Branch at Posidonia 2016

Monday 6th June to Friday 10th June, ICS Greek Branch participated as an exhibitor at Posidonia Exhibition, the largest gathering in the shipping calendar. Posidonia 2016 bided farewell to over 22,000 shipping industry professionals who visited the world’s most prestigious maritime event to meet, network and do business with more than 1,800 exhibitors from 90 countries deployed across 40,000 sqm at Athens Metropolitan Expo.
 There was a 14% increase in visitor numbers compared to the previous record-breaking edition, two years ago and this increase in numbers was certainly felt in our stand. ICS was present at Hall 2, Stand No 2317, a meeting point for Greek ICS Members. A significant amount of people came by our stand, were informed about the ICS Professional qualification, the benefits of ICS Membership, and the programmes offered. It was a great success and contributed significantly in promoting the ICS across the maritime industry.

During the Exhibition, the ICS Greek branch participated at a number of forums, discussions, events:

-  After having participated at the pre-event Forum organized by the Young Executives Shipping Forum, which aims to serve as a platform of open dialogue between shipping professionals, Principals and Executives of the shipping Industry, with young students in University and secondary education general or maritime – as well as young graduates between the age of 20-30. The 1ST Young Executives Shipping Forum was held on the 10th of June 2016, the last day of the Posidonia Exhibition, at the POSIDONIA CONFERENCE HALL. The next generation of the Greek Shipowners and the Decision Makers of the Shipping community held an open dialogue with more than 1,300 aspiring young professionals and students. The Dialogue addressed more than 150 questions covering all issues on shipping matters raised by the young generation.

-  We also participated at Open Seminar organized by ALBA- The American College of Greece entitled "SEA… Your Future. Key stakeholders’ perspectives of the shipping industry". ICS Greek Branch Managing Director Ms Natalia Margioli participated in the discussion regarding current trends and challenges in the maritime world and stressed the importance of maritime education and professional qualifications in the shipping industry.  

-  ICS Greek Branch further supported a POSIDONIA Conference Meeting Room Event by I.M.E.Q. Center, a research foundation in collaboration with K.AIMS, PNOH Center, and Akrifoundation Organization with headquarters in Cyprus, Limassol, and offices in Athens, Greece. The main aim of I.M.E.Q. is the research of psychology illustrated in the maritime industry, while creating and launching methods and strategies implemented solemnly in the maritime industry. The project presented was “Psychology in Shipping: EQ Training and Ship Manning & Safety".

-  But we also had fun! ICS Greek Branch soccer team competed at the hugely popular five-a-side Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament, and some of our students and staff participated at the Posidonia Running Event. Congratulations to all for your efforts and enthusiasm!

The Posidonia week is already a memory but its importance will be apparent for a long time to come and we are extremely pleased that ICS managed to participate and promote its principles, values and high standards once again.