ERMA FIRST, EPE and HELMEPA team up to produce sustainability-inspired Athens mural

ERMA FIRST, the global leader in ballast water treatment systems, together with EPE, the industry-leading water treatment & environmental response specialists, have teamed up with Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) to produce a sustainability-inspired mural on Michalakopoulou Street in downtown Athens.

The artwork, created by Greece-based artist Atek and supported by elculture - project "Γενιά 17", depicts a vibrant seaside scene.

The artwork not only aims to promote sustainability, but also boost the local community’s sensitivity towards environmental issues.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA), are designed to be a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future. Atek's recently finished artwork, which focusses on Global Goal 14 – ‘Life below Water', will be submitted for the international competition and awards. This wall painting will be maintained, cleaned and protected for two years.

HELMEPA is celebrating 40 years since their formation. As part of the festivities, they are undertaking 40 symbolic actions - including collaborating on this large-scale wall painting.

ERMA FIRST and EPE, meanwhile, have adopted a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy based on three key pillars: sustainability, inclusivity and local community. ERMA FIRST and EPE strongly believe in meaningful and impactful CSR to help change the world for the better.

Eleni Polychronopoulou, Business Development Director at ERMA FIRST and Executive Vice President at EPE, said:

"ERMA FIRST and EPE care deeply about protecting the environment and giving back. This stunning piece of artwork is the result of a tremendous collaborative effort between our friends and partners. We hope local residents and the wider community will enjoy this meaningful artwork and be inspired to actively care for the environment and the oceans. Our ultimate goal is proactive action from all sides and tangible results, which enable a sustainable future for the next generation.


About ERMA FIRST

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Greece, ERMA FIRST is an experienced manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWΤS). The ERMA FIRST FIT system is an advanced modular system which can be installed on both newbuilds and as a retrofit. Covering an extensive capacity range from 50 to 3600m3/hr and holding USCG Type Approval, ERMA FIRST FIT is an ideal solution for all types of ships.

ERMA FIRST is the winner of the Lloyd’s List Technical Achievement Award (2013) and the Green4Sea Technology Award (2016).

ERMA FIRST provides sales, maintenance and training services to its clients via a global network of offices in 46 countries.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Greece, ERMA FIRST is an experienced manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWΤS). The ERMA FIRST FIT system is an advanced modular system which can be installed on both newbuilds and as a retrofit. Covering an extensive capacity range from 50 to 3600m3/hr and holding USCG Type Approval, ERMA FIRST FIT is an ideal solution for all types of ships.

ERMA FIRST is the winner of the Lloyd’s List Technical Achievement Award (2013) and the Green4Sea Technology Award (2016).

ERMA FIRST provides sales, maintenance and training services to its clients via a global network of offices in 46 countries.

About EPE

Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) S.A. - established in Piraeus, Greece in 1977 - is a global environmental company that provides a wide range of products and services including: Emergency oil & chemical spill response, marine and industrial spill response, management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, environmental rehabilitation and protection services, consulting services and training services.

By continuously investing in research, development and implementation of innovative technologies, Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE) is now considered to be the largest Environmental Services Provider Company in the Eastern Mediterranean.

About HELMEPA

For four decades, HELMEPA has been a leader in the protection of the marine and coastal environment, safety at sea and sustainability, with multidimensional activity. HELMEPA has evolved into an open, resilient and participatory platform that cultivates environmental awareness, knowledge share, volunteering, collaboration and action with positive and measurable impact on marine health. Through a participatory network of communities, 250,000+ volunteers have organized cleanup activities, 450,000+ children have visited HELMEPA’s environmental exhibitions and many have grown up with the message of the iconic Seagull. HELMEPA has a Certified Maritime Training Center, equipped with a Bridge Simulator that has trained 22,500+ seafarers – members. 2022 is a milestone year HELMEPA celebrating its 40th anniversary since the Association’s founding with 40 activities in Greece.

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