The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association’s (HELMEPA) 31st General Assembly of its Members was hosted by member-company CERES at its offices in Piraeus on Thursday 11th April 2013, in the same location in which the Association was founded 31 years ago.
The Assembly unanimously approved the activities and financial status as presented by the auditors, Moore Stephens. The Board of Directors and the Auditors were relieved of management responsibilities by the Assembly, which also erased four Members due to non-payment of outstanding contributions.
In addition, in accepting the proposal of the Board of Directors and according with the Articles of the Association, the Assembly announced the following Honorary Members:
*Efthimios Mitropoulos, Emeritus Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). For his contribution to the prevention of marine pollution from ships and his promotion of the efforts of the children-members of the HELMEPA Junior Program.
*Captain Panayiotis Tsakos, Founding Member and member of the first Executive Committee and first Board of Directors. For his 30 year-long continued support of HELMEPA’s goals.
*Nicholas Tsavliris, Member of past Boards of Directors over two decades. Forhissensitivity towards the marine environment and his endeavors to protect it.
*JosephAngelo, formerofficeroftheUSCoastGuard, HeadoftheUSDelegationatIMOandcurrentDirector of Intertanko – a HELMEPA member. For his enduring cooperation with HELMEPA and his support of the Association’s voluntary work.
Thanking the Members, the Chairman underscored the fact that HELMEPA’s messages must reach each Greek man and woman so that the seas – described by HELMEPA as Greece’s national treasure – can be protected. He encouraged those present to assist in efforts to attract new members.
The event came to a close with the screening of a DVD produced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to which both AUSMEPA (the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association) and HELMEPA contributed and that was funded by HELMEPA Founding Member, G. Hadjieleftheriadis. The DVD aims to update crew onboard ships sailing to Australia about the need to protect its sensitive ecosystems and the currently enforced relevant legislation.