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Launching of the New Maritime Training Centre by Norsafe, Lavrion, Attiki

Launching of the New Maritime Training Centre by Norsafe, Lavrion, Attiki
Friday, the 26th of September 2014
Speech of Prof. Kostas Spyrou - Chairman, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology -
Dean, School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens

Guests of Honour, Distinguished Hosts, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin by warmly congratulating NORSAFE foe expanding their business in Greece, especially for selecting to invest on a key link in the chain of maritime safety, namely on the training of seafarers. Congratulations also to the Port of Lavrion for facilitating this important initiative.
I’m here under two hats: My first hat is for the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens which is the leading School of the Country for engineering education in the maritime field and also well-known internationally. Maritime safety is a topic that we teach our students who will go on later to become managers of shipping companies, of classification societies and of other influential parties of the Shipping World. Moreover, members of our Faculty extensively and diligently carry out research on several facets of maritime safety, collaborating with the European industry as well as with several other academic and research institutions, for jointly developing new methods of safety assessment, for developing new technologies and for contributing to the improvement of international safety regulations. Our Technology Park is only a few meters from here and although it is still at its infancy we are looking forward to developing close links with the new Centre.
My second hat is for the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology, which is the Hellenic Learned Society of the maritime technologists. Safety, and in particular topics related to technological aids for the training of seafarers, have been repeatedly presented and debated in our Annual Meeting as well as in other technical colloquia that we organize throughout a year.
There is no doubt that maritime safety has improved greatly in the last century, even though this was mostly motivated by several shipping disasters. Advancements in technology and improvements of regulation have gone hand-in-hand to raise the standard of safety at sea tremendously. Nonetheless tragic disasters of an unbelievable scale continue to happen and very often for the reason of bad judgment, loose regulation implementation and enforcement, or due to some other easily preventable cause. It should be a top priority of our Industry to completely eradicate these accidents and better training is the key factor for achieving this.
We face however also a more difficult side. As the international trade continues to grow and a higher standard of living is enjoyed by more people, new risks emerge. Challenges arise, for example, from the increased ship sizes realized for several ship types, the trend toward arctic shipping and from several other factors. These give to the well-known traditional hazards like fire, flooding etc. a different weight as they may affect a very large number of people or may occur at very remote areas. The ‘human element’, and as a matter of fact training and crewing, will continue to play a major role in avoiding future maritime disasters. Increased sizes in particular, introduce hazards relating to ship abandonment, salvage, and more generally, the handling of emergencies. Modern systematic methods for dealing with maritime safety, based on risk management, should be embraced as they seem to provide a coherent and effective framework for managing safety and minimizing losses of life at sea in the future.
Responding to the new realities, the IMO introduces from time to time amendments of the STCW and of other relevant Conventions. In this continually evolving field there is a key role to be played by a modern training centre which, by its very close affiliation to a world leading safety systems appliance manufacturer, should be in a very advantageous position to offer to the seafarers up-to-date and effective training into modern technological methods and means of life saving.
Closing, I wish success for the New Centre whose establishment fills undoubtedly a gap. I wish also that it works as a catalyst for other investors from the shipping world to set up new businesses here in Lavrion or in other appropriate locations in Greece.
Τετάρτη, 24 Απριλίου 2013

TRAINING WORKSHOP, ΠΟΥ ΟΡΓΑΝΩΘΗΚΕ ΑΠΟ «ΕΛΙΝΤ» / «MAR.TEC.M.A.» / «Ε.Ε.Δ.Ε.» ΣΤΙΣ 19 & 20 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ 2013, ΣΤΑ ΠΛΑΙΣΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΩΝ:
«ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΣ 2013» / ΑΘΗΝΑ & «HE.M.E.EXPO. 2013» / ΣΑΓΚΑΗ

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