New Year Pita Cutting Ceremony

The traditional New Year Pitta cutting ceremony was celebrated on Sunday 29th January 2012 at the Grande Bretagne Hotel and more than 180 distinguished guests and members of the International Propeller Club of the United States, International Port of Piraeus, were gathered. The ceremony was honored by the presence of Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Mr. M. Chrisochoidis and H.E., Ambassador of the United States in Greece, Daniel Bennett Smith.

Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Kontes, commenced the reception by greeting the attendees and extending warm wishes for a prosperous New Year. Following Mr. Antonios Stamos Faraklas, President of the Propeller Club, welcomed all and referred to the activities of the Propeller Club during 2011, emphasizing among other the importance of the Propeller Club scholarship programme and. congratulated the students of their academic efforts.

Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Mr. M. Chrisochoidis, in his speech highly stressed the role of Maritime education in Greece and the importance of its reinforcement of the shipping in general now days.