Shipping leaders prepare to gather in Limassol for Maritime Cyprus 2023


Returning in 2023 after the success of last year’s conference, Maritime Cyprus 2023 will take place in Limassol from 08 – 11 October at a new venue.

Themed ‘Shipping in action: An Agenda for Change’, the conference – this time at the Parklane Resort and Spa – will host keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops designed to accelerate Maritime’s progress within areas including decarbonisation, ship financing, digitalisation, and shipbuilding. This year also sees the introduction of a session on the cruise sector.

Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend from across the globe, including a diverse range of influential shipping industry actors. As is typical of the conference’s long-standing format, all speakers have been invited solely on merit, ensuring that every session is interesting and impactful. Most panel discussions will take place during the morning of each day – with afternoons dedicated mainly to meetings and networking.

Many shipping industry leaders feature in the line-up of speakers and panelists, including Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO; Arsenio Dominguez, Secretary-General Elect of the IMO; Andreas Hadjiyiannis, President, Cyprus Union of Shipowners, Dr Gaby Bornheim, President, German Shipowners’ Association, Philippos Philis, President of European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA); Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS); Nikolaus Schües, President, BIMCO, and many more.

A hallmark of the Maritime Cyprus Conference, shipowners and charterers themselves feature heavily in the speaker line-up, including George Procopiou, Chairman, Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd, Thanassis Martinos, Managing Director, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd, Suzanna Laskaridis, Director, Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd, Semiramis Paliou, CEO, Diana Shipping Inc, Polys Hajioannou, CEO & Chairman, Safe Bulkers Inc, Nicole Mylona, CEO, Transmed Shipping Co Ltd, Jan Dieleman, President Cargill Ocean Transportation, Cargill International SA, Sebastian Landerretche, Head, Freight Platform, Louis Dreyfus Company, Chris-Alexander Korfiatis, Vice President, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean and others.

Keynote speaker Anne Katrine Bjerregaard, Head of Strategy, Sustainability & ESG, at the Maersk McKinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, will take the stage on Tuesday, 10 October at 11h20 EEST, with a presentation entitled: ‘The time to act is now – radically transforming maritime by 2050’.

Shipping Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Marina Hadjimanolis, commented: “I have entered my term as Shipping Deputy Minister at a time of great change, challenge and opportunity, in the industry. What always sets the Maritime Cyprus Conference apart is the speaker line up. The focus remains on the shipowners, operators, and charterers themselves who speak alongside regulators, financiers and innovators.

“The timing of Maritime Cyprus, ahead of much incoming international and European legislation, enables shipping to gather and collaborate to make essential progress towards our future sustainability – in every sense. We are ready and willing to support the industry in taking positive action.”

The conference, opened by Nikos Christodoulides, President of the Republic of Cyprus, will be held in Limassol, at the Parklane Resort and Spa, between 9th and 11th October 2023. To register at this year’s conference, visit the Maritime Cyprus website.