Company DetailsMaritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean
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The Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean (Mar.In.E.M.) is a non-profit organisation, established in 2010, with the aim to promote Research, Technology, Innovation, as well as Education and Training for the Maritime Industry.
In addition, Mar.In.E.M. acts as a Forum, but also as an Incubator of Business Opportunities, concerning Marine and Maritime issues, encouraging and facilitating Dialogue, Networking and Cooperation within the Eastern Mediterranean region; a region of significant importance for the global economy.
The Institute is now actively involved in various sectors of Maritime and Marine Affairs, including:
Marine and Maritime Technology and Innovation – participating in EU funded Research Projects. Very recently, the European Commission under the HORIZON2020 programme has approved a new project called “Lynceus2Market”. The project’s aim is to demonstrate the Lynceus technologies through large-scale demonstrations on passenger ships. (http://www.lynceus-project.eu/ ). Participation in the “Lynceus Project” which was funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and it referred to the development of innovative technology on board passenger ships, which enabled the timely and efficient locality of passengers during emergencies. The “LYNCEUS project” was presented in May 2014 during the meeting of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee and, was featured in the programme “Futuris” of EuroNews. Lynceus Project won the Global Lloyd’s List Awards 2014 in the field of Innovation. Another EU funded Research project is the “MEDNET” (2012 -2015) which aims in the simplification and standardization of customs procedures in EU Ports (http://www.mednetproject.eu/). Mar.In.E.M. was key partner at the Eu finded Research Project CoRINThos (2014 -2015). CoRINThos project tackles R&D gaps as a driving factor of maritime clusters, identifying and contextualizing them within Blue Economy sectors and geographical eco systemic synergies, at national and transnational level (http://www.medmaritimeprojects.eu/section/corinthos). The Senior Researcher of the Institute, Mr. Ionas Koulendros was appointed as a member of the Sub-Group on Research and Innovation by the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) established by the DG Mobility and Transport of the European Commission.
Maritime Labour – investigating the labour constraints currently faced in the maritime sector and ways to attract young people into maritime professions widely known as the “Blue Career”. Mar.In.E.M. organised the event “Blue Career 2013, 2014 & 2015”, which had as a main goal to inform the society and especially young people, about the employment opportunities in the Marine and Maritime Industry. Additionally, members of the Institute often deliver presentations in schools in Cyprus to present and promote maritime professions.
Maritime Education and Training – supporting the development of Schools and Academies in Maritime Studies, in cooperation with governmental and private educational institutes. The Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean in cooperation with the University of Nicosia and Intercollege Larnaca established the Cyprus Maritime Academy, the first of its kind in Cyprus. The Academy’s aim is to develop and offer Academic and Technical Programmes relating to the Maritime Industry. The academic subjects awarded will be at the level of a Master’s Degree, and a Bachelor’s Degree, while some academic subjects will lead to the acquisition of Certificates of Competency. The Cyprus Maritime Academy will also offer Certificates in specialized Maritime Training Programmes.
Maritime and Coastal Tourism – with the submission of proposals for the promotion of cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean area, through the cooperation of all the regional countries – “The Cruise East Med Forum” – but also of diving tourism through the development of Artificial Reefs and other relevant infrastructure. The Institute is participating in the Cyprus National Thematic Group for the Development and Promotion of Cruise Tourism.
Maritime Transport – with efforts to promote the Maritime Connection of East Med countries. In this context, the Institute manages the “Cyprus Short Sea Promotion Centre”, a non-profit EU organization, which has as a main objective, amongst many, the promotion, collection and dissemination of information, education and research in issues related to Short Sea Shipping.
Maritime Security & Surveillance - with interventions in “Search and Rescue” issues, but also with the development of maritime search and rescue technologies.
Marine Environment and Sustainability – Participating, in cooperation with Academic Institutions, in air emissions reduction programs for ships, sea water environmental monitoring, etc. Member of the Monitoring Committee of the Operational Programme «Thalassa» 2014-2020, financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The President of the Institute, Mr. Zacharias Siokouros appointed as a member of the Council of Oceanography Center, University of Cyprus.
Marine Heritage – with involvement in projects such as the excavation of the Ancient wreck at Mazotos coast, the maintenance of the traditional boat “Lampousa” for Lemessos Municipality and the promotion of the establishment of a “Maritime Heritage Centre of the East Med”
Outmost vision of Mar.In.E.M is the establishment of an active research driven “Maritime Cluster of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea”, which will strengthen and enhance cooperation of the Region’s countries. This in turn, driven by academic research and by the EU’s Blue Paper for an Integrated Maritime Policy, as well as the Limassol Declaration, a milestone declaration for the promotion of Blue Growth, signed on October 2012 under the Cyprus Presidency of the European Council.
Mar.In.E.M. elaborates on various issues and submitting Proposals and Recommendations to competent authorities in synergy with private and public partners. Specifically, we appeal to the Cyprus government in order to be promptly activated mobilizing the respective bodies in the private and public sector so that Cyprus will be able to utilize the relevant European funding programs and with these efforts to address the effects of the economic crisis, especially unemployment.
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