“40 years HELMEPA”


It was June 4, 1982 when the President of the Union of Greek Shipowners together with the Secretary General of the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation, signed the Declaration of Voluntary Commitment “To Save the Seas” on 4 June 1982 as well as an Action Plan upon which the Association was founded and has been operating ever since.

It was then that we were introduced to the HELMEPA's beloved seagull, who is  reminding us the last 40 years to take care and love our seas and coasts.

ELTA supports the 40-year effort of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association and releases a booklet of 4 self-adhesive personalized stamps accompanied by a Commemorative Envelope and Commemorative Postmark.

Issue Date: 27 October 2022
Design - Adaptation: Theano Venieri
Stamp Format: 35 X 45 mm
Sheet layout: Sheetlet of 4 self-adhesive stamps
Printing process: Multicolored (OFFSET)

Also available:

Mini sheet of 4 self-adhesive personalized stamps «40 years HELMEPA»

5.000 pieces
Code: 5205344166749
4,00 €

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Numbered Commemorative Envelope «40  years HELMEPA»

500 pieces
Code: 5205344166770
4,50 €

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The personalized stamps and the philatelic products will be available in post offices and Hellenic Post’s eshop until sold out.

A special commemorative postmark will also be released and will be used for cancellations on Thursday 27 October 2022, at Syntagma Post Office, Mitropoleos 2, 105 63, Athens, 09:00 to 13:00.

The Special Commemorative Postmark is available for 3 consecutive Thursdays from its release date, at the Syntagma Post Office, Mitropoleos 2, 105 63 Athens, from 09:00 to 13:00.

Alternatively, you can send your postal items free of charge to the Philatelic Service (100 Eolou St., 2nd floor, 10188 Athens), within 60 days from the release date (the post office stamping indicates the date of posting).

Philatelic items to be postmarked must bear the name and full address of the sender so that they can be sent to them. Please mark the envelope “PHILATELIC ITEMS”.  


In order to obtain an imprint of the commemorative postmark on a postal item, you must have affixed stamps of at least the minimum value of B’ priority domestic mail ( 20 gr), today €0.90. 

At the end of the year, Hellenic Post will release a set of envelopes stamped with commemorative postmarks especially for commemorative postmark collectors. Each envelope will have the minimum value of B’ priority domestic mail (20 gr), today €0.90, stamp affixed to it and will be stamped with one of the special commemorative postmarks for 2022.