Deputy Minister of Maritime Transport concludes visit to Athens | Stockwatch
Vassilis Demetriades, Cypriot Deputy Minister for Maritime Transport, concluded his visit to Athens where he had a series of contacts with Greek officials and maritime transport stakeholders.
According to a press release issued by the Deputy Minister of the Navy, during his stay in the Greek capital, Demetriades met his Greek counterpart Ioannis Plakiotakis.
The two deputy ministers assessed the challenges facing maritime transport associated with the green transition and exchanged views on how Cyprus and Greece, as two major maritime states, could constructively contribute to the development of a regulatory framework in which maritime transport could contribute to climate change, taking into account the characteristics of the global nature of maritime transport.
Demetriades briefed Platiotakis on Cyprus’ efforts to draft new documents for a tender on a maritime connection between Greece and Cyprus, with the Greek side welcoming the changes that would make the service more functional and attractive.
The Cypriot Deputy Minister also visited the Piraeus Port Organization where he discussed with officials various issues related to the maritime connection. Demetriades thanked the PPO officials for their constructive collaboration with Cyprus’s efforts to draft the new tender documents.
Earlier this year, Cyprus put out a tender for a maritime connection between Cyprus and Greece, a connection funded with € 5 million in state aid, but did not receive any binding offers.
He also met the President and other prominent members of the Cypriot Shipowners Union, as well as the President of the Greek Shipowners Union, as he visited a number of shipping companies in Athens and Piraeus, describing the actions and initiatives of the Deputy Minister as well as the strategic vision of the Department.
He assured that the Cypriot government supports maritime transport and contributes to efforts aimed at sustainable growth and competitiveness of Cypriot maritime transport.
For their part, the shipowners welcomed the recent Cypriot initiatives regarding green incentives and the seafarer vaccination program.
Demetriades also visited a construction site in Koroneos in Piraeus where the Cyprus Shipping Office will be based. The building was donated by the late Nicolaos Ioannis Koroneos to the Republic of Cyprus.