The 2nd Maritime Trends Conference, organized on the 10th of May 2014 by the leading travel agency Marine Tours concluded its proceedings with great success.
The conference titled “Trends in Crew Management” and its purpose to inform the Shipping Industry professionals on the modern standards of Crew HR management and the latest trends in the Shipping Industry.
More than 200 delegates from 80 shipping companies, as well as many distinguished representatives of the broader Maritime Community, honored the established event with their presence.
The multi-disciplinary profile of the conference and the very interesting presentations by the invited speakers paved the way for extremely interesting debates and to fruitful conclusions on the present and the future of the shipping industry.
In the context of the first conference panel, featuring as speakers John Pahoulis, CEO at MEGACHART INC and Marios Koskinas, Director of Doric Seaside Tankers, various current trends in the sector of Commercial and Dry weight transportation were examined, along with the developments in the wet charter market. The core of all debates was centered round the observation on the imbalance between the demand in freight transportation needs and the increasing supply in terms of vessel capacity, which lead to the phenomenon of excessive supply, with adverse consequences for the Shipping Freight Markets.
Furthermore, another interesting subject in the conference agenda was Piracy phenomenon, presented byAntonios Papaioannou, Rear Admiral H.N (Ret) and Georgios Kiourktsoglou, Part Time Lecturer & Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Greenwich. According to the speakers, this is a multifaceted issue, with both political and social dimensions, which has become a plague to modern shipping, by imposing increased expenditure for personnel and ship security services as well increased costs for crew training on piracy prevention, management and response methods.
In the context of the last panel, the participants had the opportunity to be informed by Theodore Chouliaras, President of the Shipping Finance Consultants UPMARITIME LONDON Ltd, on the current influential alternative financial instruments that help tackling salary costs in the field of crew management. Among other things, the speaker emphasized on the argument that in the medium to long run the crew costs shall steadily continue to increase, irrespectively of the increase or decrease in vessel supply.
In the same panel the distinguished professional Dr. Kevin McSweeney, Manager of the Safety & Human Factors Group at American Bureau of Shipping gave a presentation regarding crew accommodation and living arrangements on board at sea stressing the new regulations that are implemented in the framework of MLC, with the purpose to upgrade the living conditions of seafarers. He characteristically emphasized the fact that the said regulations may influence the excessive supply in new vessels since they will affect the operational status of older vessels hence forcing them to leave the market.
The conference concluded its proceedings with an interesting presentation by Dr. M. Papaioannou, DNV GL’s Maritime Academy Hellas, focusing on Crew Diversity; the speaker elaborated on the significance of human resources as a safety factor and a criterion for the ship’s balanced operation and analyzed the critical role of the crew’s excellent training and education.
A key moment in the conference proceedings was the Prize Winning lottery which offering as its highest valued prize a scholarship to the “MA in Shipping” Post Graduate Program of the BCA Economic College of Athens. The lucky winner was an executive from “Eurotank Maritime Management”.
Mr. Alexopoulos has 25 years of experience in shipping, banking and maritime finance. He is a partner of Eurofin Group; a ship-financing boutique with offices in London, Athens, Singapore and Lausanne. He is the Managing Director of the Group’s Athens office and a key part of the Eurofin team, which acts as a Consultant to KfW IPEX-Bank for its Greek debt shipping portfolio. He is a teaching fellow at the ALBA Graduate Business School, specialising in Shipping Finance and Maritime Economics and acts as a Consultant on Shipping Finance to the World Maritime University, of the IMO, in Malmo, Sweden.
Dr. Christodoulou-Varotsi is a senior legal consultant (member of the Athens Bar Association) and industry trainer in private practice specialised in Maritime and EU law and policies. Visiting lecturer at ALBA Graduate Business School ACG. Highly experienced law drafter (Cypriot law). She provides specialized consulting services in the capacity of sub-contractor to the European Commission and EMSA. Projects with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and DNV Maritime Academy Hellas (MLC 2006). Honorary Visiting Fellow, Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton. Author of five books with international publishers. Iliana holds all her degrees, including her PhD with the highest distinction, from the Faculty of Laws of Paris Sorbonne University. Additional exposure through post-doctoral research.
Mr. Teriakidis has completed studies of B.Eng. in Naval architecture at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne as well as of a M.Sc. at Strathclyde University of Glasgow. Upon completion of his studies, he joined DNV office of Dubai where we worked in various positions. In August 2008 he joined DNV Piraeus working in business development roles. Since June 2019, he is the Area Manager for Area East Med. And Black sea for DNV Maritime.
Mr. Tzevelekos is native Greek, born in Athens in 1969. He started his professional path with an apprenticeship at Lufthansa in Greece in 1992, in the faculty of Airline business administration. He has held various positions with the company ever since, including all management positions of the local sales organization. In 2017, he became the first non-expatriate General Manager of the company for Greece and Cyprus. In 2021, the responsibility of three additional markets in Balkan was also taken over.
Mr. Kartsimadakis, born in the renowned seafaring island of Chios, Greece, grew up in a seafaring family and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy of Chios as an Engineer. He has served as Senior Engine Officer on oceangoing bulk carriers & diverse tanker vessels and was awarded an MSc with distinction in Maritime Management by the University of Aegean. He holds a Chief Engineer’s License following his service at sea. As of 2011, he has been serving in the Vetting Department of the Tsakos Group of Companies, being entrusted the senior role of Group’s Vetting & Inspections Manager as of 2016. In 2021 he joined INTERTANKO as Vetting Manager Secondee.
Mr. Jakobsen is one of the founders of Green-Jakobsen established in 2001. He is a facilitator/instructor, a trained mediator and a NLP Master Practitioner, authorized by the Danish Maritime Authority as Safety & Health Instructor and certified user of the Thomas PPA system. He is the Managing Director of Green-Jakobsen, Manila, Philippines. He is a certified Master Mariner and has working experience as a Crewing Manager and Nautical Superintendent. His core competencies cover Leadership learning and development, Marine HR and safety strategy development, Marine HR learning and development processes and competence management.
Mr. Jones spent a decade working as a navigation officer. He has a Chief Officer certificate and Masters degrees in Communications and International Relations. After working in a range of shore-based roles he founded the Seafarers Happiness Index to address the concerns of crew, ensuring the voice of those at sea is heard, and is proud to work with the MIssion to Seafarers in doing so. He is Past President of the Propeller Club Liverpool, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Trustee of the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial.
Dr. Pyne is Principal Investigator for the EU Erasmus+ funded ‘SkillSea’ project; Future proof skills for the maritime transport sector. The SkillSea project aims to ensure that Europe’s maritime professionals possess key digital, green and soft management skills for the rapidly-changing maritime labour market. It seeks to not only produce a sustainable skills strategy, but also to increase the number of these professionals – enhancing the safety and efficiency of this vital sector. Liverpool John Moores University has been engaged in Maritime Education and Training since 1852. LOOM was established in 1998.
Mr. Oikonomou holds a long and holistic experience in the travel management industry from key positions as Budgeting, Supplier Negotiations, Sales and Marketing and since 2013 he is the CEO of the leading Travel Management Group in Greece, Marine Tours. His “can do” philosophy, crisis management skills, innovative thinking and clarity of vision have carried Marine Tours through extremely rapid and continuous growth. He is an expert in travel management strategy and cost optimization and a dynamic speaker at various conferences locally and internationally.
Dr. Progoulaki is an Adjunct Lecturer of Human Resources in Shipping in the MBA and MSc programmes at ALBA Graduate Business School. She is also Senior Consultant and the Regional Representative for Green-Jakobsen A/S in Greece and Cyprus. She has a long experience in consultancy, teaching and international research in Maritime Human Resources and Crew Management, Cross-Cultural Management in Shipping, interpersonal skills, and the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC2006). Dr. Progoulaki combines an academic background in shipping, international research and teaching practice with professional experience and working in the international maritime context.