We are delighted to accept a major award for our contribution to the shipping industry and economy of Cyprus, as well as for training and care of seafarers.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, presented the award to Mr. Prabhat Jha, Group Managing Director of MSC Shipmanagement Limited, at a ceremony in Limassol.
“Despite the recent tough market conditions, MSC has continued to invest in a modern fleet with the latest generation of green technologies and in the health and safety of our crew,” Mr. Jha said.
Addressing an audience including the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, the European Commissioner for Transport, Cyprus’s Minister for Transport, Communications & Works and leading figures from the shipping sector from around the world, Mr. Jha thanked the Masters, Chief engineers, officers, crew and shore-based staff in Limassol, India and Ukraine and highlighted MSC Shipmanagement’s 98 percent crew retention rate.
He also expressed gratitude towards the Aponte family, which owns and manages the MSC group of companies, for their trust and confidence in Cyprus, and expressed his appreciation for the support of local government and communities.
MSC Shipmanagement has significantly expanded its activities in Cyprus, increasing more than fivefold the number of managed vessels in the past seven years, and today employs 175 people in the country.
At the same time, it has been a pioneer in innovation and environmental matters and has supported crew and cadets from the recently established Cyprus Maritime Academy, Mr. Haris Thrassou, chairman of the award selection committee, said at the ceremony.