Limassol, 5 June 2019

The European Tugowners Association (ETA) celebrated its 56th Annual Meeting for the first time in Limassol, Cyprus,. More than 120 participants among ETA full and associate member delegates and guests attended the Annual Meeting.

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During their Annual meetings, ETA members discused the impact that shipping developments and EU policies have on the industry, in particular, the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation and its possible repeal and also approved the change in the chairmanship of the Association.

Mr Leendert Muller (Multraship Towage & Salvage) handed over the ETA baton to Kimmo Lehto (Alfons Håkans AS), who will be the new Chairman for the next two years term.

The Annual Meeting was followed by a Conference with speakers, ranging from representatives of the government of Cyprus as Deputy Minister for Shipping Mrs. Natasa Pilides, to the President of FEPORT, Günther Bonz.

Mr Günther Bonz, Feport President and Managing Director of Eurogate analysed in depth current challenges affecting ports and port services. He also addressed the review of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation and explained how the inclusion of a provision regarding the prohibition of joint purchasing of techno nautical and cargo handling services could restore a more balanced relationship between shipping lines and their port service providers.

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ETA Annual meeting was also an important moment for the industry as a new video on safe and efficient harbour towage operations (please click here) was presented. The guidelines described in the video were defined in close collaboration with the European Maritime Pilots Association. The animation summarises the necessary steps that tugmasters, pilots and vessel captains should take in order to ensure the safety and efficiency of port towage operations.

The Annual Meeting events were concluded by a fantastic black tie Gala Dinner, which took place in a unique location, the Oenu Yi winery, towering over the Omodos valley.

Source: ETA and FEPORT