25 October 2019

The Year 2019 abounds in Polish – Greek bilateral relations in the field of maritime economy

This year is the 100th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Greece.

The current year abounds in numerous meetings between Greece and Poland in the field of maritime economy.

In the area of ​​maritime economy, the current year confirms  the exceptionally good and strong relations between both countries. The recent meetings are great continuation of strengthening and expanding these relationships.

On October 22nd-24th, Grzegorz Witkowski, Deputy Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation held a meeting at the Polish Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, where he met with the Greek Minister of Ministry for Shipping and Island Policy, Ioannis Plakiotakis.

The Ministers discussed the possibilities of strengthening economic relations between Poland and Greece in the maritime sector, including the activity of the Polish Register of Inland Shipping – PRS. Ministers also raised issues of mutual support to the IMO Council and the challenges facing the maritime sector in the context of planned solutions to the environmental challenges.

The visit was related to the agreement signed in April earlier this year in Piraeus between the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy of Greece and the PRS, which authorizes our Classification Societes to perform on behalf of the Greek Government Convention Certification services for vessels flying the Greek flag and Greek shipowner’s offices. The concluded agreement gives PRS full authorization to act on behalf of the Greek maritime administration  on vessels flying the Greek flag. This is already the 37th PRS authorization to act on behalf of the above mentioned.

In Greece’s opinion, Poland has a well-established position in the shipbuilding industry. Poland is a country with a high level technical culture. The Greek flag with a tonnage of registered ships of around 43 million GT ranks 9th on the flag ranking. PRS is the 10th organization recognized by the Greek maritimie administration to carry out surveys on it’s behalf.