The International Conference “Maritime Cyprus 2023” took place between 9-11 October 2023 in Limassol, organised by the Shipping Deputy Ministry in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Union of Shipowners.
According to a press release by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the conference was a true celebration of maritime affairs, attracting over 900 prominent Shipping Industry leaders, decision-makers and top management from around the globe, demonstrating the significance of the conference and Cyprus’ maritime industry as a whole.
The theme for this year was “Shipping in Action: An Agenda for Change,” focusing on critical issues related to upcoming policy and regulatory changes in the international maritime arena and the active steps the maritime sector is taking in that direction. The official Opening Ceremony of the working deliberations of the Conference on Monday, 9 October 2023, was addressed by H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides. He emphasized the importance of the Shipping Industry in Cyprus’ economy, its competitive advantages, and the government’s efforts to enhance further Cyprus’s role at an international and regional level in shaping shipping policies.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber organised a panel discussion entitled “Sustainable Shipping towards 2050: a Mission (Im)Possible?”. The discussion addressed the challenges facing shipowners in transitioning to a fully decarbonised Shipping Industry by 2050. These specific goals are achievable, however require the introduction of additional medium- and short-term goals to make the industry’s energy transition feasible and to ensure a sustainable and efficient maritime industry that will continue to provide important services to the planet and future generations.
The discussion was moderated by Themis Papadopoulos, the President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, featuring high level speakers such as Emanuele Grimaldi, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Philippos Philis, President of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), Gaby Bornheim, President of the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder – VDR), and Nikolaus H. Schües, President of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO).