Dr George Gratsos, Chairman of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – HELMEPA and Spyridon Zolotas, Area Manager Greece and Cyprus, RINA HELLAS, today (Tuesday) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the two organisations, at HELMEPA’s offices.
The Memorandum refers to the development of cooperation between the two entities with the aim to enhance skills, competence, training and awareness of the human element in shipping that meets the needs of an efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly maritime industry.
To this end and as a first step, the capabilities offered by HELMEPA’s Full Mission Bridge Simulator will be utilised in the context of the Competence Management System, a scheme developed by RINA for assessing and continuously improving the technical and non-technical skills of onboard personnel.
A pleasant surprise for everybody was the coincidental visit to HELMEPA’s offices during the signing ceremony of Warwick Norman, Chairman of the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association – AUSMEPA as well as INTERMEPA, who saluted this initiative as one more synergy for the benefit of the human element in shipping.
Following the signing, a brief meeting took place where issues pertaining to the continuous training of merchant marine officers under the current situation and contemporary challenges were discussed.