Speech by the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou, at the rewarding of Mr Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, during Maritime Cyprus Convention 2009, on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at Amathus Hotel
Ladies and Gentlemen
The shipping industry has been one of the main contributors for the development of Cyprus and especially of our city, Lemesos. We are very proud to claim that Lemesos is one of the biggest maritime centres in the world. We are also very proud and honoured that the heart of international shipping is gathered in Lemesos for these few days.
HE Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, is well known to all of us here. His efforts to develop a sustainable international shipping industry, to ensure a clean and healthy marine environment, to extend safety, security, pollution prevention and control standards in shipping are highly appreciated, both among the shipping industry and the international community.
The efforts of Mr. Mitropoulos have a two-sided positive effect on our city. On the one hand, the development and flourish of the international shipping industry results in the growth and prosper of the shipmanagement industry which is based in Lemesos. On the other hand, Lemesos is a highly touristic area, based to a significant extent on its beautiful beaches and clean waters. Hence, the protection of the marine environment and the minimisation of the environment pollution caused by sea transportation are vital for its sustainable development.
On behalf of the Municipal Council of Lemesos I am very proud to present this commemorative plague to HE Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, as a token of appreciation for his endeavours to international shipping and for his long standing support to our island and its shipping industry.