Greek Shipping News Cuts
Week 08 - 2004

 

Pakistan rejects EU demand for release of tanker crew

---KARACHI -- Pakistan port authorities Monday rejected the European Parliament's demand to free the crew of an oil tanker that broke up near the port city of Karachi last year, saying only a court could decide their fate.
The European Parliament on Thursday demanded the immediate release of four Greek and three Filipino sailors whose tanker, the MV Tasman Spirit, caused a huge oil spill when it sank last year in the Arabian Sea.
"The continued detention of these individuals is unacceptable," it said in a statement that also noted that one of the Greeks had tried to commit suicide in January.
Pakistani authorities, however, said the action taken against the crew was in accordance with international shipping rules.
"This (detention) is the normal practice under international laws as local pilots only assists the ship crew (to lead it into port channel)," state-run Karachi Port Trust's general manager Brigadier Syed Jamshed Zaidi told Agence France-Presse.
The tanker's Greek managers, Polembros Shipping, blame the Karachi port's pilot for the accident and have said they may ask British courts to seize Pakistani assets abroad to force the crew's release.
The Tasman Spirit broke up on Aug. 14 last year, two weeks after running aground in a shallow channel.
The KPT registered a case against the owners and crew after the ship leaked 28,000 metric tons of crude oil into Karachi's coastal waters, destroying young mangroves and littering the beaches with dead fish and turtles.
A Pakistani court freed the crew on bail but barred them from leaving the country until a verdict was reached on the case.
"We have tried to make their [crew's] life as comfortable as we can and they are staying at a five-star hotel where they avail themselves of all facilities," Zaidi said.
Pakistan is demanding one billion dollars in compensation for environmental damages cause by the oil spill, the worst in the country's history.
The crew face criminal charges for negligence in navigation and endangering lives. A Greek engineer who arrived after the accident to lead the salvage effort has also been detained.
Source: Manila Time, 16 Feb 04


Prestige official called to testify
---MADRID (AP) - The Greek administrator of the Liberian company that managed the Prestige tanker has been subpoenaed to testify on the November 2002 sinking, which caused the country's worst environmental disaster.
Investigating magistrate Francisco Javier Collazo of Corcubion has ordered Michael Margetis of Universe Maritime - which has its offices in Athens - to appear in court to respond to questions about "the ship's situation and condition" after its hull cracked in a storm on November 13, 2002, news reports said yesterday.
The Prestige broke in two and sank six days later off the coast of northwestern Spain as it was being towed out to sea on orders from the Spanish government. It spilled 85 percent of the 77,000 metric tons of thick fuel oil it was carrying, fouling hundreds of kilometers of coast and temporarily putting thousands of fishermen out of work.
The ship's Greek captain, Apostolos Mangouras, 69, was arrested and only released on bail of 3 million euros. He has been banned from leaving Spain.
Source: www.ekathimerini.com, 21 Feb 04


Cruel sea
---The Spanish government calls him a criminal and won't let him leave the country. But tomorrow Apostolos Mangouras, captain of the Prestige, which sank off the coast of Spain in 2002 spilling tonnes of oil, could be named seaman of the year. What's going on? By Giles Tremlett
To his admirers, Captain Apostolos Mangouras is a hero, a courageous old sea-dog and the last of a disappearing species of European merchant marine captains who have spent their entire adult lives on the high seas. To his enemies, the Greek captain is, as master of the Prestige oil-tanker that went down off the Spanish coast 15 months ago, an ocean-going crook, one of those responsible for the worst-ever oil spill in Europe's maritime history.
And yet tomorrow night Mangouras will be the absent guest at what are known as the "sea-faring Oscars", the annual award-ceremony organised by Lloyds List newspaper in the art deco surroundings of the Park Lane Hotel when the great and good of the international shipping world gather to honour their best. Mangouras, whose cargo of thick, noxious fuel oil painted the beaches and cliffs of north-west Spain a treacly black, is a candidate for the sailor's equivalent of a best actor Oscar, the Nautical Institute's shipmaster of the year award.
"He is an old sea-wolf, part of what ought to be declared a protected species of men, the kind of sea captain that used to exist, but no longer does, in Britain or Spain," says Joan Zamora, a Spanish sea captain turned university lecturer who has become one of his public defenders.
"He is a scapegoat, a man who is paying for the ridiculous mistakes of the Spanish authorities. They claim he is a sort of sea bandit, a pirate. He kept a cool head and the decisions he took were correct. Many of us would never have had his courage or shown such cool."
"We will have to wait until Wednesday," the captain said in his thick Greek accent when the Guardian tracked him down at the Barcelona police station where he must report daily. "Apart from that, I'm not saying anything."
Mangouras has refused to comment in public on what happened to the Prestige and its 77,000-tonne cargo of fuel oil. But in a statement sent to a European parliament enquiry, and obtained by the Guardian, his anger is obvious. "Given that I chose to remain on board, putting my own life at risk and saved the lives of my crew, I find it extraordinary that I should be treated this way," he said.
The judges at the Nautical Institute will base their decision on Mangouras's behaviour in the 50 hours after the terrified crew of the Prestige, mostly Filipinos, heard the grating, groaning noise of buckling metal reverberate through the 26-year-old single-hulled vessel. It was every sailor's nightmare, as the ageing tanker received a mortal pounding from 25ft waves during a force 10 gale off Cape Finisterre.
"In the midst of the panic, with the tanker listing at a speed that would sink it, and in a fierce storm, Mangouras kept a cool head," says Zamora. "Some officers were paralysed with fear, other crew members were weeping. But Mangouras never lost his calm, and his example meant that the chief engineer and a few crew members were able to follow his orders and organise the evacuation."
Mangouras managed two crucial feats in those first hours, according to his supporters. He was able, though the lifeboats had been crippled by the waves, to arrange for the crew to be lifted off by helicopters and, by opening ballast tanks, prevented the vessel from listing further and sinking just a few miles off the Spanish coast.
Ordering two of the port ballast tanks to be opened and filled with seawater, with the vessel already listing by more than 25 degrees, was one of two potentially life-threatening manoeuvres carried out by Mangouras and the crew members who stayed on board.
Television pictures shot from a helicopter show one crew member disappearing under a massive wave as he tried to open one valve on the exposed deck. Fortunately, as the wave washed back across the deck, he could be seen still hanging onto the ship's structure.
Later, at night, Mangouras and his chief engineer, guided only by torchlight, picked their way along a damaged catwalk to the forecastle to try to secure a line from the Ria de Vigo, a salvage tug that had been sent to help them. It took them 20 minutes to make their way along the rolling vessel, feeling at each step to see whether the catwalk would give way under them.
But the Spanish government, popularly blamed for reacting too late and badly to the Prestige disaster, continues to point the finger at Mangouras. It claims he obstructed rescue efforts and attempts to drag the vessel away from the coast, heeding radio messages from the Prestige's Greek managers rather than Spanish instructions. Transport minister Francisco Alvarez-Cascos has called him a "criminal". Public prosecutors appear to agree.
Their claims are based on the evidence of Serafin Diaz, a Spanish official who came on board with orders to make sure the Prestige was taken as far from the coast as possible. For Mangouras, and the Smit salvage company that eventually took charge of the rescue attempts, that was madness. The boat would inevitably sink if exposed to the fierce waves of the Bay of Biscay. They wanted the vessel taken into a protected bay so it could be unloaded and, if possible, repaired. "Had the Spanish authorities allowed the Prestige into a port of refuge she would have survived and minimal pollution would have occurred," Mangouras told the European parliament.
Diaz, now decorated and promoted to a job in charge of the port at La Coruna, claims Mangouras and his crew obstructed attempts to restart the engines. He refuses to talk in public about the Prestige but has been reported in the Spanish press as telling friends that, "Mangouras wanted to commit suicide and take me down with him. May he rot in jail."
But the engines were started and the Prestige did sail out into the gale. It also broke up and sank, as many, if not most, sailors involved in the operation had predicted, five days after Captain Mangouras had launched his mayday and three days after he was taken off the boat by helicopter. For 50 hours he had gone without sleep and lived on coffee, water and cigarettes.
"If Mangouras had left with the rest of the crew, as the helicopter crews had urged him to do, he would have saved himself from this calvary in the courts," Zamora explains.
Mangouras was arrested as soon as he stepped on dry land. "I pleaded repeatedly to be allowed to rest as I had been awake for almost two days. The police insisted that I be interviewed immediately," he said. "My treatment in the police station was harsh."
He spent the next two-and-a-half months in the prison at Teixeiro, northern Spain, before being released on bail and to a flat rented for him in Barcelona.
The city's small community of ships' captains have since taken him to their bosom. Last month they organised a 69th birthday dinner for him in the Gothic quarter's Nostromo club, where owner Cecilio Pineda, a former ship's captain himself, gives lessons on nautical theory and organises an annual literary award for writing about the sea.
Here, overlooked by paintings of the Bounty and of literary sea heroes such as Ulysses and Captain Nemo, he was showered with presents. "We gave him a telescope and a painting," said Pineda. "We sailors have to look after him."
Mangouras, hardly the world's most loquacious man, finally shed a few tears. In scratchy Spanish, he resorted to a sailor's language to express his gratitude. "Thank you, fucking Catalan seamen," local papers reported him as saying the next morning.
Mangouras will not have much use for the telescope, unless he can look out to sea from the apartment where he and his wife expect to spend the next two years of their lives while he awaits a trial, though he has yet to be formally charged. His grown-up children, both afraid of flying, have not been to visit.
It cannot be an easy life for a man more used to staring out to sea than looking at his wife over the breakfast table. She, too, must share his punishment. But if Mangouras denies being a villain, he seems an equally unwilling hero. He went to exaggerated lengths to avoid the Guardian's photographer when he visited police last week, even getting police to sneak him out of the station.
Zamora says Mangouras's years at sea have made him a solitary, if tough, soul. "Being an old sea-wolf like him means you are not very sociable. It is tough and lonely being a captain, because you can't even make friends with your crew. But it gives you an inner strength," he explains. "He is fed up, tired and outraged. He, and all sailors, know that he is not to blame."
Source: www.guardian.co.uk, 17 Feb 04


Royal Olympic denied protection
---A Greek court has again refused to grant Royal Olympic Cruise Inc. protection from creditors.
The move gives the beleaguered cruise ship operator, which has lost half its fleet, several more days to come up with a way to repay its miffed main lender, Fortis Bank.
The Belgian bank reportedly is owed $51 million by Piraeus-based Royal Olympic and is believed to be the company's biggest creditor in the Greek bankruptcy courts.
Under Greek bankruptcy laws, if the Piraeus court sides with Royal Olympic, the cruise ship operator could win six months of protection from creditors.
Royal Olympic once operated six cruise ships but is now down to three: the Triton, Odysseus and World Renaissance - all of which are tied up at docks.
In January the vessel operator suffered the arrest of its new Olympia Voyager and Olympia Explorer ships in the U.S. The Olympia Countess has already been sold at auction in Durban, South Africa.
Except for the Countess, none of the ships are expected to leave their berths anytime soon.
And that's a good thing, since two of Royal Olympic's insurers, Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Ltd. and West of England P&I Club, withdrew their coverage of its fleet last week.
The move by the insurers means that even if the arrests are somehow invalidated, the ships still can't sail because they would lack protection and indemnity coverage.
Fortis, KfW, Blohm + Voss GmbH, Dresdner Bank AG and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale are owed a total of about $250 million by Royal Olympic.
The company temporarily staved off ship arrests in the U.S. by filing for Chapter 11 on Dec. 16 in Hawaii. But U.S. marshals seized Olympia Explorer, docked in California, and Olympia Voyager, berthed in Florida, after Royal Olympic caved into its creditors and agreed they would have to be sold.
Source: TheDeal.com, by Greg Johnson, 20 Feb 04


Part of grounded tanker refloated by salvage experts
---The front portion of the stricken Greek oil tanker, grounded off the port of Karachi more than six months ago, was re-floated yesterday by a team led by Dutch salvagers in a delicate and difficult operation, officials said.
The front part of the single-hulled Tasman Spirit, that ran aground on July 27 just outside the channel leading to the Karachi port, was re-floated at around noon after several days of hectic efforts, an official of the Karachi Port Trust told Gulf News.
"Now it is on its way to the ship-breaking yard of Gaddani where it will reach this morning," he said. Gaddani, one of the world's biggest ship-breaking yards, is located around 50 km from Karachi.
The tanker's front portion was being toed there with the help of a sheer-leg crane and a tug, said Hashim Mujtaba, a representative of the Protection and Indemnity Club (P&I Club), the insurers. "Several tugs and cranes participated in the salvage operation," he said.
But KPT officials said it got delayed because the tanker had sunk deep in the seabed and pulling it out proved a very difficult operation.
The Tasman Spirit, which broke into two in August, caused the worst oil spill in Pakistan's history polluting Karachi's once sandy beaches and killing marine life. It is owned by Assimina Maritime Ltd Malta and operated by Polembros Shipping, Greece.
Authorities say if the wreck was not removed before the start of the next monsoon season, starting in July, it could threaten port operations.
Mujataba said the operation to remove the rear portion of the ship would start immediately.
A local ship-breaking company, Dewan & Sons, has bought the tanker's front portion, weighing more than 5,000 tonnes, for around Rs24 million. The tanker's rear portion would be auctioned later, he said.
Dutch firm, Smit Salvage Co, is spearheading the salvage operations, which are likely to be completed in a week or so.
Pakistan has demanded $1 billion compensation for the environmental damage caused by Tasman Spirit, but the issue remains unresolved because the insurers have challenged the government's claim. The dispute over compensation could take several years to settle, KPT officials say.
Source: www.gulf-news.com, by Mujahid Ali, Correspondent 22 Feb 04


Crew lost as Greek vessel goes down
---AT least 17 seafarers were lost on Friday when the 1974-built Greek-operated dry cargo vessel Hera sank about 7 n-miles from the northern entrance to the Bosporus strait. Although there were conflicting reports about the number of crew on board, the Bulgarian foreign ministry confirmed 17 Bulgarian seafarers missing; there were suggestions that two Ukrainians were also onboard. The Cambodian-registered Hera was carrying a cargo of coal loaded in Kerch, Ukraine. All weekend the Balkans were in the grip of a violent snow storm which had caused the closure of the Bosporus and the Bulgarian ports of Varna and Burgas. An eyewitness on another ship told reporters the Hera disappeared "in a matter of minutes". Turkish maritime security official Baris Tozar said strong winds had hampered helicopters and rescue vessels as they searched for survivors throughout Friday night. As of late yesterday only one life belt and a damaged life raft had been recovered.
Source: Fairplay Daily News, 16 Feb 2004


Better weather sees an increase in Greek demand
---After last weeks snow, everything has returned to normal in Piraeus, with no operational problems evident in the port and players reporting healthy levels of demand.
Most players earliest delivery looked to be around February 20 at the moment, but one supplier was fully committed now until February 22 to 23 after becoming heavily committed.
The supplier did report that small enquiries may still be possible however, and while not every player in the port may be blessed with as many enquiries, business was still brisk for most.
IFO prices started to see rises again, after levels began to drop off a little, post weekend. MGO was still robustly bullish however, as low temperatures are still boosting distillate prices in the region despite the extreme weather having moderated.
Suppliers pegged today's indications at $146 to $147 for IFO380, $159 to $160 for IFO180 and $275 to $277 for MGO.
Source: www.bunkerworld.com, 18 Feb 04, Jamie Halliday


Thenamaris wins green award
---Thenamaris Ships Management has been awarded a special prize by the state of Washington for above-average environmental standards.
Thenamaris was presented with the Ecopro award today in Seattle, denoting that the company meets or exceeds 31 tanker safety standards set by the state's 'exceptional compliance program'.
The program is designed to encourage owners to go beyond basic compliance.
Washington's spill-prevention laws are already considered some of the toughest in the US.
Thenamaris executive director Emmanuel Vordonis said initiatives like the Washington program had improved communication between shipowners, coastal authorities, pilots and terminals.
To date, just four companies have met the higher standards, leading to an award: SeaRiver Maritime, MTM Shipmanagement, Alaska Tanker Company, and now Thenamaris.
Linda Hoffman from the Washington Department of Ecology said the program helped reduce the risk of oil spills. The Department said it hoped more companies would step forward to participate.
Source: www.tradewinds.com, 17 Feb 04


Stelios sells EasyJet shares to buy cruise ship and hotel
The entrepreneur made firm commitments to buy a cruise ship, a 25-room hotel and 10 minibuses for his new ventures, but would not say how much he had paid for each.
"It's more fun when you sell shares than when you buy things, because it's instant gratification," he said. "When you buy things you have to wait a long time before you see if they're a success."
Mr Haji-Ioannou sold 4m shares in EasyJet and said he could not rule out selling more from time to time. The shares fell 8 to 354p. He said: "I have not sold out of EasyJet nor do I intend to sell out."
The Haji-Ioannou family still own 41pc of EasyJet.
"These things I have bought are closer to my core competencies than some of the things I've tried. I was born in a shipping family," he said.
He aims to set up EasyCruise, a company with a no-frills cruise ship where customers pay extra for niceties such as bedding. "It will be aimed at people in their twenties, thirties and forties who would not normally consider going on a cruise," he said.
EasyHotel.com will be a similar idea on land, with the first hotel, in south-west London, opening later this year. The rooms will be only nine times the size of a phone box and guests, again, will have to bring their own sheets and toiletries. The aim is to have 50 Easyhotel franchises within three years.
He said: "We're targeting existing bed and breakfast owners with this branded idea.
EasyBus, his other new plan, aims to provide short-distance minibus services between places such as Brent Cross, north London, and Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire.
Mr Haji-Ioannou said he was not worried by Stagecoach's plans for a Megabus service to similar areas. "I think this is possibly a mistake because the buses are so big and will be difficult to fill," he said. "There is nothing more expensive than an empty bus."
Source: ---Electronic Telegraph, http://portal.telegraph.co.uk, 20 Feb 04


Attica Enterprises group results 2003
---Attica Enterprises Group posted a 65% increase in Earnings before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (EBITDA) which stand at Euro 100.8 mln for the period January to December, 2003, versus Euro 60.9 mln in 2002 and a 317% increase in Net Profit at Euro 28.3 mln versus Euro 6.8 mln in 2002.
Total Turnover for the Group in 2003 was Euro 385.5 mln versus 318.6 mln in 2002, generated by the operation of the Superfast Ferries (Euro 253.7 mln) and the Blue Star Ferries (Euro 131.8 mln) fleets.
Specifically, the Group's results for the year 2003 are:
(in Euro mln)
2003
2002
Turnover
385.5
318.6
increase 21%
Earnings before Interest, Tax
and Depreciation (EBITDA)
100.8
60.9
increase 65%
Net Profit
28.3
6.8
increase 317%
Full year financial results for 2003 include net financial expenses of Euro 33 mln versus Euro 38.6 mln in 2002 (a decrease of 14.5% in financial expenditure) and Depreciation charges of Euro 40.1 mln versus Euro 33 mln in 2002 (an increase in Depreciation charges of 21.7%). Net extraordinary income includes profit of Euro 6.8 mln from the sale of Superfast II concluded at the end of September, 2003, and exchange rate losses of approximately Euro 9 mln.
SUPERFAST FERRIES
On the Greece-Italy routes, the Superfast ferries ranked first for the sixth running year in the transportation of passengers and freight units in 2003 with a market share in passenger traffic of 31.3% (6% increase in passenger traffic over 2002), 29.9% in freight units (13% increase in freight unit traffic over 2002) and 25.7% in private vehicles (16% increase in private vehicle traffic over 2002) on the total traffic of passengers, freight units and private vehicles between all Italian ports and Greece on the Adriatic Sea routes.
On the direct Germany-Finland route, Superfast VII and Superfast VIII carried in 2003, 173,000 passengers (4% increase in passenger traffic over 2002), 50,500 freight units (20% increase in freight unit traffic over 2002) and 57,000 private vehicles (11% decrease in private vehicle traffic over 2002). Superfast Ferries ranks first in the transportation of passengers and accompanied freight units between Germany and Finland for the second consecutive year.
On the direct Scotland-Belgium route, Superfast IX and Superfast X carried in 2003, 196,000 passengers (82% increase in passenger traffic over 2002), 32,500 freight units (196% increase in freight unit traffic over 2002) and 37,600 private vehicles (50% increase in private vehicle traffic over 2002), a very significant increase over the previous year.
STRINTZIS GROUP (BLUE STAR FERRIES)
Strintzis Lines Shipping S.A., in which Attica Enterprises holds a controlling stake of 48.6%, reported Earnings before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (EBITDA) of Euro 31 mln (31.4% increase) and Turnover at Euro 131.8 mln (11% increase) in 2003. Net Profit for the year 2003 stands Euro 4.9 mln versus Euro 4 mln in 2002, an increase of 22%.
The steady growth exhibited in the Strintzis Lines Shipping S.A. (Blue Star Ferries) Group results is attributed primarily to the increase of passenger and private vehicle volumes carried in the Greek Islands routes and particularly on the Cycladic Islands routes served by Blue Star Paros, Blue Star Naxos and Blue Star Ithaki, and on the new routes from Piraeus to the Dodecanese Islands and Chania, Crete, where Blue Star 1 and Blue Star 2 are extremely popular. Compared to 2002, Blue Star Ferries carried in the Greek Islands routes 49.1% more passengers, 47.4% more private vehicles and 32.4% more freight units.
The satisfactory operation of Superferry II and SeaJet 2, deployed on the Rafina-Cycladic Islands routes and car-passenger ferry Kefalonia which operates between the port of Patras and the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca, also contributed positively to the Group's financial results.
In the international routes between Greece and Italy, Blue Star Ferries discontinued the route to Venice as of the end of October, 2003, and redeployed Blue Horizon to the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Bari route.
Source: Press release, 18 Feb 04


EVENTS DIARY (Piraeus/Athens)
News and Annoncements are welcome at: news.desk@marine-marketing.gr
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Company/Ship Security Officer (CSO/SSO)
Date: 25-27, February 2004
Course description is available at http://www.marine-marketing.gr/users/dnv
For more details, please contact Ms. Vassilia Dimitrakou, Tel: 210 4100 200
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Computer Based Training Seminar
Date: 25 Feb 2004, 16:00 - 19:00 pm, Metropolitan Hotel 385 Syngrou Avenue, 175 64 Athens.
Hosted by the Management of Seagull and supported by AMMITEC www.ammitec.org, (Association of Maritime Managers of Information Technology and Communications)
Registration within February 23rd to thomas.sorgjerd@sgull.com
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WORKING LUNCHEON - Efthimios Mitropoulos - Piraeus Marine Club
Date: 26 Feb 2003 at 13:30 hours at the Piraeus Marine Club, 51 Akti Miaouli, Piraeus
Guest Speaker: Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary General, IMO. The speaker has agreed to answer questions raised by the floor.
Luncheon tickets priced at euro 50,00 can be obtained from the Executive Secretary of the Club, Mrs Kate Vienna, Tel: +30 210 4293 367 or 4293 606/8.
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Compliance with quality assurance standard ISO 9001:2000
Date: 26-27 February 2004, in Athens by ABS Consulting (Hellas)
Information: Tel: 210 4293 809 E-mail: akouros@eagle.org
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Marine Risk Assessment
Date: 26-27 February 2004,at DNV Maritime Service Centre Piraeus
Course description is available at http://www.marine-marketing.gr/users/dnv
For more details, please contact Ms. Vassilia Dimitrakou, Tel: 210 4100 200
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AMMITEC "First Tuesday" social gatherings
Date: 2 March 2004 anytime between 6 and 9 pm "To Thalami", Agias Triados 5 & Palaiologou, Palio Faliro next to cinemas "Faliro 1 & 2"
Following our past joyfull gatherings, we are continuing the "First Tuesday" AMMITEC social events, to get together over food and drink, to get to know each other better and to discuss informally our daily needs. We will gather after work for a leisurely meze and ouzo or wine session, in a nice mezedopoleio where we can relax and enjoy nice food and drinks. We will be holding such meetings every First Tuesday of every month. Everyone is welcome, including spouces and any friends. There is no other formality, just pop-in and join us after work for a pleasant evening out. The bill will be shared by everyone who comes.
For more information: Mr. Panagiotis Nomikos, on behalf of AMMITEC Board info@ammitec.org
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INTERNATIONAL FORUM - PORTS & SHIPPING
Date: 31 March & 1 April 2004, Inter-Continental Hotel Athens, Greece,
Organiser: Hazlis & Rivas Co. Ltd, Tel. (+30) 94 08 750-2, Fax (+30) 94 08 753, hans@hazliseconomist.com, http://www.hazliseconomist.com
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POSIDONIA WEEK 2004
Posidonia Cup - Friday 4 June 2004
Venue: Faliron Bay, Athens - Piraeus
Posidonia Congress - Monday, June 7 2004 (morning)
Venue: Piraeus Port Authority, Conference Centre
Exhibition - Opening Ceremony - Monday, June 7 2004 (evening)
Venue: Piraeus Port Authority Exhibition Center
Exhibition - Tuesday, June 8 2004 to Friday, June 11 2004
Venue: Piraeus Port Authority Exhibition Center
Information: Posidonia Exhibitions SA, posidonia@posidonia-events.com
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GREEK SHIP FINANCE FORUM - 6th Ann MARINE MONEY CONFERENCE
Date: 14 October 2004, at Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel
The 2003 forum attracted a total of 162 individuals during the day including presenters. From our records this includes 48 shipowners and shipowers representatives, 54 bankers and financiers, 13 lawyers and many others besides. That is substantially better in numbers and in quality than any other comparable conference in Greece.
For the 2004 conference, the organisers expect nothing less, so make your plans now.
For more information please go to http://www.marinemoney.com or contact Marine Money Greece at: Tel: +30 210 9842 136, 210 4190 164 E-mail: marine.money@marine-marketing.gr
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Digital Ship Athens
Date: 2-3 November 2004
Conference: Maritime software, satcoms, electronics
Digital Ship Ltd, Tel (+44 207) 510 4935, Fax (+44 207) 510 2344, http://www.thedigitalship.com, editor@thedigitalship.com
Source: Organisers Announcement