Limassol is set to host "Maritime Cyprus 2022", between October 9 and 12, with the participation of 900 delegates from 35 countries, Deputy Minister for Shipping Vassilis Demetriades said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, Demetriades said this is the 17th Maritime Cyprus conference and the first one after the pandemic, adding that European Commissioner for Transport will also attend the event for the first time.
Liana Charalambous Tanou, Permanent Secretary of the Deputy Minister and Chairperson of the Conference, said that Maritime Cyprus will include 30 speakers and 900 delegates from 35 countries from the Far East to Latin America.
She added that participants in the conference will discuss how international shipping will respond to the 3 Cs, namely Crisis, Challenges and Competitiveness.
Maritime Cyprus will start with a reception in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades during which the Cypriot Shipping Prize will be awarded.
Between Monday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 12, the conference will discuss matters such as the readiness of shipping regulatory framework to deal with crises, challenges and competitiveness and the role of ship owners in a sustainable, safe and resilient shipping industry, zero emissions and motives for green investments, digital transformation and the role of young people and women in the industry.
During the conference, an expo of shipping services with the participation of 35 exhibitors from Cyprus and abroad will take place, while on Thursday, October 13, the Cyprus Forum of shipping technology entitled "Embracing Innovation" will take place.
Demetriades spoke of an opportunity to showcase Cypriot shipping's advantages, including an advantageous and stable tax regime, quality services offered, know-how and a leading presence and the international shipping arena, as well as promoting the Sea Change 2030 strategy adopted in 2021.
Among other things, he pointed out that another two Cs should be added, namely certainty and communication.
On his part Cyprus Shipping Chamber General Manager Thomas Kazakos said that the great number of participants proves how successful it has been for many years, adding that it shows that there is a stable and multi-faceted shipping infrastructure in place in Cyprus.
Two days ahead of Maritime Cyprus, the AGM of the European Communities Shipowners' Association (ECSA) will take place in Cyprus, he said, adding that for the first time the Union's President is Cypriot.
Mark Clerides, a member of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners, said he was proud to co-host Maritime Cyprus, together with the Deputy Ministry and the Shipping Chamber.
It is very important, he added, that a shipping hub such as Cyprus organizes a conference that has made great progress throughout the years and is considered one of the largest shipping conferences in the world but also one of the most important international shipping meetings.