Technology will help make shipping in Cyprus more sustainable
Deputy Minister of Shipping Vasilis Demetriades highlighted the importance of digital technology for the maritime sector during his speech at the CSN Cyprus Shipping ICT conference in Limassol.
The conference discussed topics related to digitalization, cybersecurity, digital technologies specially designed to promote decarbonization, e-learning and crew well-being.
“We need to develop digital technologies to simplify procedures, improve the efficiency of shipping and at the same time use them to decarbonize the industry and move towards environmental friendliness,” Demetriades said.
The long-term national shipping strategy was officially unveiled on 12 October.
The strategy called “Change SEA 2030” encompasses a total of 35 actions revolving around three main pillars: resilience, extraversion and adaptability.
“Through our announced actions, we are ready to provide significant support to any initiatives from both shipping companies and the broader shipping sector that help develop smart and innovative ideas for digital shipping,” Demetriades said.
The CEO of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, Thomas Kazakos, also spoke at the conference, saying that the maritime sector is still facing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, Kazakos noted that, despite this, climate-related issues remain the most important challenge for shipping companies.
“The pandemic has forced the shipping industry to rethink its way of working and accelerate the transition to digital processes and smart shipping, while there is also a clear need for investment in technology and innovation to enable companies to move forward in an increasingly competitive and volatile environment. “- said Kazakos.
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