RINA Hellenic Technical Committee

RINA Hellenic Technical Committee

RINA Hellenic Technical Committee

The Hellenic Technical Committee of International Classification Society RINA focused on subjects, like the harmonised CSR on Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers, the current situation of Chinese shipbuilding Industry and the Implementation of the asbestos ban onboard ships, at its recent meeting on Tuesday the 30th of October 2012 which was held at the Piraeus Marine Club.

Spyros Zolotas, Country Manager for Greece and Cyprus, at his welcome to the participants, briefly referred to the achievements of RINA in the area and the challenges for 2013.

The chairmen of RINA’s Hellenic Technical Committee, Mr Akis Tsirigakis and Mr Theo Baltatzis, at their introduction, invited members for an even more active participation to the Committee matters considering that RINA will take the chairmanship of IACS Council in the next year. They emphasized the always increasing RINA presence around the globe with more Offices opened and the initiatives on newbuilding projects in the Far East.

Stefano Bertilone, RINA General Manager for Greece, Middle East and Africa gave a presentation on the latest RINA developments. He highlighted the new RINA mission, the newbuilding strategy of the Society in the Far East and the new network of offices in the area, opened in Cyprus and Jeddah.

Dino Cervetto, RINA Technical Services Sector Manager and Member of the Small Group of IACS on the CSR, explained the current stage of development of the new harmonised CSR that are now available to the Industry for comments. RINA is today ready to offer its services according to these new set of Rules and its relevant software has received positive feedback.

Yang Yi, RINA Marine Manager for China, in his presentation, provided an overview of the shipbuilding industry in China, highlighting also information on the new “eco” designs offered today by most designers and shipyards in the Far East.

The technical presentations of the meeting closed with Mr. Cervetto, who referred on the implementation of the asbestos ban onboard newbuilding and existing ships.

RINA’s Hellenic Technical Committee is made up of the most prominent Technical Managers of well-known Greek shipping companies, as well as distinguished guests like Mr. Takis Koutris, Chairman of Martecma.