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Greek ships won 836 AMVER awards

26 November 2008 / 11:11:20  GRReporter
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For a second year Greece is number one in the Atlantic Report for Trade Ships, according to which 120 Greek shipping companies received 836 AMVER awards for their ships ( ). The award ceremony took place at the Athenian port Pieria. AMVER is a unique digital data base, which is financed by the US coastal guard organization. It is a volunteer based global system, which is used by authorities all around the world to help people in danger while at sea.

With AMVER’s help, the coordinators of rescue operations can identify the ships in the system, which have received a danger signal and send the best suitable ships for the case. AMVER’s data base mission is to ensure that rescue teams receive the fastest and most accurate information about the position and characteristics of the vessels in danger.

A report by scientists from Pieria University named “The leading role of Greek shipping companies on world and European level,” says that “according to data from 2007, Greek ship owners are leaders in construction as well as in providing quality services in the sea trade. During January and February of 2007, 300 new buildings have been built, which service all kinds of new ships. These buildings are owned by the Greek fleet, which on the other hand is a leader in quality services delivery in the field of open sea navigation security, in traditional and contemporary forms of security, and in protecting the sea environment. But it is a well-known fact that Greek ship owners prefer their ships to travel under a foreign flag.”

According to data given by the Ministry of Trade Shipping, young people show more and more interest in shipping professions. For the 2008-2009 school year, 1321 students have been accepted in the Trade Shipping Academies, 138 out of which applied for captains. 877 candidates were accepted in the schools for captains, out of whom 214 were women; and in the technical schools 40 were women out of 444 accepted.

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