Thursday, 13 December 2018
The 12th Annual Meeting of Marine Technology 2017, organized by the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (H.I.M.T) at the Eugenides Foundation on the 4th & 5th December 2018, was a great success attracting 480 delegates.
The President of Η.Ι.Μ.Τ., Mr. M.Mantzafos, the Secretary of Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. N. Santorinios, the Vice - President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Mr. G. Alexandratos, the Chairman of INTERCARGO, Mr. G. Platsidakis, the President of HELMEPA, Dr. G. Gratsos and, the Member of the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association, Ms. A. Gana, presented in short the views of their organizations during the opening ceremony.
This year the Conference entitled “Marine Technology in 2020 : Smarter and Greener”, focused on green Technology and Sustainability, highlighting the secureness of the autonomous ships and the capabilities of the currently proposed systems for reducing the environmental signature of ship operation.
Among the main conclusions of the Conference the need to invest in education to facilitate the transition to new technologies and the implementation of new regulations, taking into account the concern about their effects on the profitability of ship management.
During the 12th Conference, scientific and research papers were presented while the attendees had the opportunity to be informed on product trends and developments by Greek and European researchers and companies of international scope.
Notably interesting was the discussion of the Round Table, titled “Upcoming Trends and Developments for Sustainability”, in which members of the maritime community analyzed the current trends in the development of products and methodologies leading to an environmentally friendly and sustainable ship operation and management.
In this Conference the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (H.I.M.T.) in collaboration with Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) organized the first Technical Conference “Design, Construction and Operation of LNG/ LPG Vessels” giving the opportunity to the members of the Global LNG/LPG sector to meet and exchange information and knowledge on technical operational developments in this important sector of the maritime industry.
The Annual Meeting of Marine Technology climaxed with a Gala Dinner at the Yacht Club of Greece, during which the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association “HELMEPA” awarded with H.I.M.T. award for its contribution to the consciousness of the Greek Maritime community.