Cypriot Deputy Leads at European Cruise Summit on Decarbonisation

In a significant move to bolster maritime ties and address environmental concerns, Cypriot Deputy Minister of Shipping Marina Hadjimanolis played a key role at the European Cruise Summit. The summit, organized by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) during its annual Cruise Week, took place in Genoa, Italy, from March 12 to March 14, 2024.

Hadjimanolis participated in a panel discussion that focused on the decarbonisation of the cruise industry, a topic of growing importance as the sector seeks to align with new EU environmental regulations. She highlighted Cyprus’ initiatives and strong support for the cruise sector’s efforts to meet these requirements.

The Deputy Minister also addressed the conference on opportunities for women’s employment in the cruise industry, presenting the Deputy Ministry of Shipping’s framework of actions.

In a series of high-level meetings, Hadjimanolis met with CEOs from major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean Group, MSC Cruises, Carnival Corporation, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, and Celestyal. These discussions centered on strategies for the cruise industry to comply with EU environmental standards.

Additionally, Hadjimanolis engaged with Italian Deputy Minister of Transport Edoardo Rixi on the competitiveness of European shipping. Both officials agreed to enhance cooperation and undertake joint initiatives to ensure equal competitiveness conditions in the maritime sector.

On the sidelines of the Summit, an event was held to present credentials to the new Consul of Cyprus in Genoa, Filippo Fabri. This provided an opportunity for members of Italy’s maritime community to learn about Cypriot shipping and professional prospects in Cyprus.

Throughout various events, Hadjimanolis engaged with regional leaders such as Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region, and Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa, further strengthening maritime relationships and discussing collaborative opportunities.

The participation of the Cypriot Deputy Minister of Shipping at the European Cruise Summit underscores Cyprus’ commitment to advancing its maritime sector and contributing to the sustainable evolution of the global cruise industry.

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