Tsavliris celebrates the 30th London Christmas Reception Anniversary

Anniversaries, Associations, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Groundings, Marine Insurance, Maritime Accidents, P and I Clubs, Safety and Security, Salvage, Towage, Wreck Removals — By on December 12, 2017 at 11:55 PM

Andreas A. Tsavliris

Tsavliris Salvage Group held their 30th Christmas Cocktail Reception at the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC) in London, earlier on tonight.

With about 350 key players from all sectors of the shipping industry attending, the annual event has become a highlight of the Christmas calendar in London.

This year, Tsavliris were honoured with the presence of the British Minister of State for Transport, Legislation and Maritime, Mr John Hayes, and the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation, Mr Kitack Lim who both spoke pertinently about shipping and the salvage industry.

Mr. Andreas A. Tsavliris addressed the impressive gathering of guests, welcoming and thanking them for their kind support over the years. He stressed the importance of this year’s reception, as it was the 30th anniversary in hosting this event at the prestigious RTYC.

l to r: Minister John Hayes, Andreas A. Tsavliris and IMO’s Secretary-General  Kitack Lim

In his speech, Mr Tsavliris explained that 2017 was a successful year for Tsavliris Salvage despite the difficulties in the market. He spoke about the new challenges in the salvage industry including the mega ships and the technical issues involved for salvors when the casualties occur even more so in difficult parts of the world. He underlined the importance of the Lloyd’s Open Form contract which is in decline and has to be supported by all parties to maintain its strength in the market as the best known international salvage agreement. He referred to the unfortunate fact that the LOF is not always used in its original form but with side letters and addendum clauses which goes against the meaning and the whole spirit of the contract causing a lot of illegalities and disputes between the parties involved. Mr Tsavliris concluded that salvors will always respond to a casualty no matter the circumstances or the challenges they face and revealed some of the Group’s new investment plans for 2018.

Mr Tsavliris then called to the podium the British Minister for Transport and Shipping, Mr John Hayes expressing the concerns of the maritime community about Brexit and asking for his support in order for the city of London to maintain its significance as a financial and shipping centre among the global maritime industry.

Minister John Hayes congratulated Tsavliris for their great contribution in the salvage industry and the environment for over half a century. He assured the audience that Brexit will not affect the city of London which will remain at the heart of the maritime world. He stressed the importance of collaboration and cooperation between countries and their respective governments for the protection of the seas and the environment and underlined the importance of technology for the new maritime challenges such as handling mega ships. He promised to help the country to regain the strength in its British flag. “We have a mission and a vision that Britain will continue to be a great maritime nation”, he concluded.

Mr Andreas Tsavliris then called to the podium Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation, Mr Kitack Lim, who thanked

Mr A.Tsavliris for his invaluable work to shipping and the salvage industry, and in particular, from his position at the International Salvage Union for over 10 years and especially as ISU President.  The head of the IMO congratulated Tsavliris Salvage for all the complicated salvage cases they carried out over the years. Mr Kitack Lim said that the salvage industry serves the IMO environmental objectives and will always be a key component of the maritime sector.

Amongst the 350 guests the following dignitaries also attended: The Ambassador of Greece HE Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, Commander HCG Theofilis Mozas also from the Greek Embassy, His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, Professor Costas Grammenos, Hugh Shaw SOSREP, Mr Mark Jackson – The Baltic Exchange, Mr Themis Vokos, Mr John C Vanezos – IACS Permanent Secretariat, Mr Tom Boardley – Lloyds Register, Mr Jim Davis, together with all the top directors/managers of the Hull & Machinery Underwriting companies, and P & I Clubs, QCs, Barristers and lawyers from all the legal firms connected with the salvage world.

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