CY-FOS (Cyprus Foundation of the Sea Ltd) Ltd Inaugural Meeting
Our Association participated in CY-FOS (Cyprus Foundation of the Sea Ltd) Ltd Inaugural Meeting which took place in Limassol Municipality Town Hall, on the 15th of October 2019.
The Mayor, Mr. Nicos Nicolaides was present at the Meeting and in his welcoming speech he emphasized on how proud Limassol is for the accomplishments of the Shipping & Maritime Industry.
Dr. Paul Brewester, European Policy Adviser of the Irish Maritime Development Office, attended the Meeting and presented some key points of the work carried out within the framework of Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan “Harnessing Our Ocean’s Wealth”.
CY-FOS was established under the Public Private Partnership structure and was incorporated as a non-profit limited liability company in 2018. It was formulated by various interconnected stakeholders both public and private, envisaging to become an umbrella-cluster organisation with the objectives of initiating and strengthening joint activities amongst its members in relation to innovation, networking, influencing the business and political environment through synergies and aspire the society with a vision of shaping the future of the Blue Economy in Cyprus.
CY-FOS aims to achieve the above by developing a common innovation roadmap in line with the National and EU Integrated Maritime Policy and a program of capacity building activities, addressing common challenges such as those related to climate change and sustainable development, including carbon footprint reduction, improving energy efficiency and fostering an integrated approach on marine and maritime affairs.
During the Meeting, our Association was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of CY-FOS along with 24 other related stakeholders-entities, whilst Capt. Eugen-Henning Adami , M.D. of Mastermind Shipmanagement Ltd, was appointed as the Chairman of the Board.
CSA shall keep its Members posted with developments pertaining the future work of CY-FOS.
The Cyprus Shipping Association (CSA) was established in 1945, to provide a professional forum for the Shipping Agents of Cyprus. In 1954, following its registration under the provisions of the local Trade Unions Law, the Association became the official body representing the profession of the Shipping Agent in Cyprus. The Members of the Association are the leading and long established Shipping Agencies in the island.
The main aims of the Cyprus Shipping Association are:
As the spokesman for the Shipping Agents in Cyprus, the Cyprus Shipping Association ensures that its voice is heard on public issues affecting its members and contributing to the solution of all their problems. The Association also acts as liaison, negotiator and representative for its members in their dealings with the Government, the Legislature, the Port Authorities, the Department of Customs, the Business Community, the Trade Unions and all other interested parties.
With the Shipping Agent being actively involved in the operation and marketing of the Cyprus Ports, the Cyprus Shipping Association plays an important role in port affairs, taking part in the formation of policies applied and the solution to problems arising. The Association maintains close links with other local and international professional bodies pursuing common objectives. Its international affiliations include membership of the Federation Of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA), the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA). At local level it is a member of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (C.C.C.I) and the Employers and Industrialists Federation of Cyprus (E.I.F).
The Cyprus Shipping Association further provides its members with a platform for the exchange of professional experiences of common interest and acts as a centre for the collection, evaluation and distribution of information on local and international developments relevant to the profession and the port industry in general. In a day and age of revolutionary changes and of enormous growth in competition, the Association places increased emphasis on the upgrading of the skills of its members and their staff, the technological advancement of their operations and the strategic planning of their activities.