Aid of the shipping industry in the battle against the pandemic

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), through its collective body, the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company SYN-ENOSIS, with the moving response of the members of the shipping community and in close cooperation with the Greek State, which guarantees the necessity and appropriateness of the supplies, has contrived the supply of medical equipment to support the hospitals, their doctors and nurses who are fighting this unprecedent pandemic. In total, SYN-ENOSIS gathered in just a few days, with the assistance of more than 140 families of the shipping community, more than 13 million euros in the effort against the pandemic.

To date, SYN-ENOSIS has provided 335 medical ventilators suitable for Intensive Care Units (ICU), 20 portable medical ventilators, 100 ICU bedside monitors and 100 ICU hospital beds as well as significant amounts of consumables for ICUs.

At the same time, it was decided to reinforce the important work performed by the Greek Police and Coast Guard personnel, protecting public health during this critical period, through various actions, such as by offering vehicles of different types and repairing the largest Navy vessel, “GAVDOS” which protects the borders in the area of Evros and the Aegean Sea, as well as by providing them with relevant consumables for their personal protection against the coronavirus.

In addition, by a joint decision of the Latsis Foundation and SYN-ENOSIS, which in recent years have been co-financing the COLLABORATE FOR HEALTH programme, all this year’s funding will now be available for the purchase of 24,000 diagnostic tests of the coronavirus for the needs of University Laboratories in Attica and Thessaloniki. Also, in this context, the following medical researches of paramount importance for the treatment of this unprecedented health crisis, have been funded: a) INVESTIGATION OF GENETIC INDICATORS OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS AND THEIR ASSOCIATION WITH SARS-COV-2, b) EARLY DETECTION OF COVID 19 WAVES IN GREECE AND PROTECTIVE IMMUNITY STUDY and c) PERIPHERAL BLOOD IMMUNE PROFILING OF CONVALESCENT PLASMA DONATION FROM RECOVERING PATIENTS TO PATIENTS WITH COVID 19 while also an important initiative is the provision of the first ambulance in Greece with a Negative Pressure system, to the National Emergency Center (EKAB).

Finally, due to the current situation, we immediately responded to the call of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs to strengthen distance learning by donating 5,000 tablet devices to meet the needs of students and teachers across the country.

The President of the UGS and of SYN-ENOSIS, Mr. Theodore Veniamis, stated: “I would like to wholeheartedly thank all the members of our shipping family who have passionately embraced the initiative of the UGS and who, with their prompt response, have enabled our shipping industry to provide aid and support for our society and our compatriots, while remaining committed to the timeless humanitarian values of social solidarity and contribution. I wish and I hope that our country and our society will come out of this unequal war with this insidious enemy of the pandemic victorious and with the least possible human losses”.