The Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Ms. Marina Hadjimanolis, paid an official visit to Japan from 9 to 12 January as part of the continuous and targeted promotion of Cyprus shipping, aiming to attract companies to Cyprus and encourage the registration of ships in the Register of Cyprus Ships. During her stay in Japan, the Shipping Deputy Minister met with shipowners, executives of shipping companies, shipbrokers, financial institutions and shipyards, and had an opportunity to present the competitive framework of benefits and services offered by the registration of ships under the Cyprus flag as well as the advantages of establishing a shipping company in Cyprus.
Furthermore, at a meeting held with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), one of the world's leading companies in the transportation sector, the company affirmed its intention to enhance its fleet with Cyprus ships, demonstrating its confidence in the Cyprus Registry of Ships.
On January 11th, the Shipping Deputy Minister attended the naming ceremony of two newly built cargo ships owned by Safe Bulkers. The ships have been constructed by to the highest standards and modern environmental specifications and will be registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships, further enhancing the company's fleet with the Cyprus flag. The two ships have been named 'Ammoxostos' and 'Kerynia', in an important symbolic act of remembrance by the company, almost 50 years after Turkey's invasion of Cyprus. In her remarks, Ms. Hadjimanolis expressed her gratitude in particular to Mr. Polys Hajioannou, owner of Safe Bulkers, for his continued support to the Cyprus Registry and for the symbolic naming of the ships.