Greek talent dominates in Annual ICS Exams

The importance of shipping to Greece is once again underlined as Athens overtakes London as the most popular centre for students sitting the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) annual exams.
After coming a close second in 2013, this year the Greek capital has outstripped the Uk capital in the number of entrants for the exams, which begin on 7 April.
ICS director Julie Lithgow believes the interest shown in the institute’s exams by young shipping professionals reflects the belief that acquiring professional qualifications is more important than ever.
‘Potential for growth’
“The incredibly strong interest in ICS exams in Athens suggests that shipping is still seen as one of the few industries in Greece with the potential for future growth,” Lithgow said.
Natalia Margioli, vice-chairman of the Greek branch of ICS agrees.
“Despite the fact that our economy has been going through a crisis, shipping remains very important to the economy and young people are turning to the profession,” Margioli commented.
Some 330 students will sit the exams in Athens, the ICS says, while total candidate numbers in 2014 are the highest ever, with 2,600 students taking 6,500 exams in 110 centres.
In Piraeus, revision sessions were held onboard the now restored Hellas Liberty, one of three remaining Liberty ships left in the world.
“The institute’s remit of making professional education and qualifications available to all is illustrated by heavily subsidised examination fees and our commitment to hosting exams in any location that students request,” Lithgow noted.

By Gillian Whittaker, "TradeWinds" Athens