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CYPRUS ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM MARITIME SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

CYPRUS ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM MARITIME SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 

Following a nine-month public consultation, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has launched SEA Change 2030, a long-term strategic vision for Cyprus shipping, underpinned by three strategic pillars and a series of concrete initiatives that will enable SDM to realise the vision.

Cyprus places great importance on its shipping sector, considering that the long-term strategy will create the conditions for Cyprus shipping to become more resilient and sustainable. SEA Change 2030 is the outcome of a collaborative process, with input from internal, local and international stakeholders. It contains 35 individual actions to deliver sustainable progress for shipping categorised under three main pillars: Sustainable, Extrovert, and Adaptable. A new unit has been created within the SDM to implement these initiatives.

  • Sustainable: Perhaps the most pivotal pillar of the vision, the majority of actions sit under this heading. The series of initiatives are designed to foster a proactive culture of quality on Cyprus flagged ships, to provide a responsive, fast, efficient and seamless 24/7 customer-orientated service, to create a 'curiosity' culture for shipping, and to create a culture for seafaring, maritime and blue professions.
  • Extrovert: Cyprus has always prided itself on being a collaborative and proactive nation, recognising the importance of its place on the global stage. By launching initiatives that seek ongoing consultation with individuals, the industry, regulators and other states, Cyprus will invite more of the industry into the conversation, fostering an environment which enables informed decision-making.
  • Adaptable: Cyprus SDM will adapt its policies, orientation, interests, organisational structure and working processes to align with the outcome of the consultation campaign. These new initiatives will allow the ministry to make crucial changes to elements of its operations, to the maximum benefit of the Cyprus-flagged fleet, as well as the greater global shipping industry.

Vassilios Demetriades (pictured), Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister said: “Today marks an important landmark for Cyprus shipping. The launch of our SEA Change 2030 strategy sets out our vision for a more sustainable future, supported by 35 tangible actions to realise that vision. Our aim is to set a course towards ongoing, sustainable, positive change. This strategy is focused on actions that will make Cyprus shipping even more safe and secure, as well as more sustainable, extrovert, and digital. While we are starting at a local level, we believe that this approach is adjustable and scalable both regionally and internationally. We want to lead by example and change the mindset towards ongoing, sustainable and positive change.”

The strategy is the culmination of an extensive public consultation campaign, which gathered views on important issues across four key areas; environmental sustainability, digital transformation, global challenges (seafarer welfare, piracy), and local/regional issues. Feedback was collated through a dedicated online portal, as well as via interviews with key maritime stakeholders.

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