Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) has joined the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA), a voluntary organisation aimed at Greek seafarers and shipowners in an effort to safeguard the seas from ship-generated pollution.
At HELMEPA’s offices, Michael Dalacouras, Deputy Treasurer of the Board of Directors, met with Capt Nicholas Pagonis, RCC’s Associate Vice President-Fleet Captain, Global Marine Operations.
Capt Pagonis handed over the applications for the cruise line’s registration to become a HELMEPA member, which included 12 cruise ships under management. Capt Pagonis expressed his appreciation of HELMEPA’s voluntary mission and its achievements during the past 35 years since the association’s founding.
Co-operation between HELMEPA and RCL will be mutually beneficial. For example, the voluntary human factor training offered by HELMEPA will complement RCC’s efforts on pollution prevention.
HELMEPA will also be able to spread its messages to thousands of seafarers on board the cruise ships.