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Cyprus President Anastasiades launches strategic vision for shipping

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Cyprus has launched its long-term strategic vision for shipping with the country’s President Nicos Anastasiades highlighting the importance the country is placing on the shipping sector.

Following a nine-month public consultation, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has launched SEA CHANGE 2030.

Presenting the vision on 12 October, President Anastasiades stated that the long-term strategy is designed to create the conditions for Cyprus shipping to become more resilient and sustainable. 

The vision was presented by Anastasiades with Shipping Minister, Vassilios Demetriades who explained the three strategic pillars and series of concrete initiatives that will enable the Shipping Ministry to realise the vision.

Following a nine-month public consultation, the Shipping ministry launched SEA CHANGE 2030, the result of a collaborative process, with input from internal, local and international stakeholders. It contains 35 individual actions to deliver sustainable progress for shipping categorized under three main pillars: Sustainable, Extrovet and Adaptable (SEA). 

Perhaps the most pivotal pillar of the vision, is sustainable where the majority of actions sit. 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.

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.

The Shipping Ministry 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.
 
Demetriades, said: “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.

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