The 3rd Maritime Trends Conference, which was organized on 09 May 2015 by the leading travel management company Marine Tours with the cooperation of the University of Piraeus, concluded its proceedings with great success.
The conference was titled “Trends in Crew Management” and its purpose was to inform the Shipping Industry professionals regarding the modern standards in human resources management and the latest trends in the constantly changing Shipping industry.
More than 230 members from 103 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, Mr. Panagiotis G. Avgerinos, Dry Cargo Chartering Broker at Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS), developed the current issues related to the merchandise transportation, highlighting the particularly positive performance of the wet cargo market and its promising prospects for the future. On the other hand, the dry cargo market displays unprecedented downturn, reminding the 1986-1987 period when the economic decline of Marine’s sector occurred. At the core of his speech, Mr. Theodore Chouliaras, President of the Shipping Finance Consultants UPMARITIME LONDON Ltd., emphasized the influence of geopolitical factors in the operation of the world trade and the way private capital perceives and manages shipping worldwide.
In the second panel, delegates had the opportunity to be informed by Mr. Stephen Askins, Tatham-Macinnes LLP, about the modern threats of shipping security, such as cargo theft and kidnapping. The main features of the most insecure areas of Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and Libya were analyzed. Mr. Askins also referred to the legal coverage in case of an emergency, such as a ship attack, and highlighted the key points where a crew management company should focus in order to ensure the ship safety against such risks.
Matters of the outmost importance such as the issue of good health on board was developed by the speaker Mrs. Vivian Andria, Managing Director at Med Solutions International, who noted the crucial element of prevention and health problems management onboard (that do not require evacuation of the patient to the hospital), which has beneficial effects not only to the psychology of seamen but also to the funds of the shipping companies.
Another very interesting subject in the conference agenda, that of the energy footprint, was analyzed by Ms. Helena Athoussaki, Chief Strategist and CEO IMAREM. The speaker referred to marine’s industry mild footprint in comparison to the rest of transportation means and pointed out the crucial role that well trained crews may play on the saving of energy with positive results for both the environment and the shipping companies.
The representative of Etihad Airways, Mr. David Granville, Sales Opportunities Manager, presented his valuable experience regarding the attainment of excellent customer service. The airline is specialized in corporate travelling with focus on comfort, luxury and most of all the safety of its clients, while taking into account the budget of the company as well as the principal of environmental protection.
In the context of the last panel, delegates were briefed by Mr. Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Global Ltd, regarding alternative human resources methods in crew motivation. The speaker mentioned that higher salaries does not consist the only method to increase the efficiency of the crew but this can be achieved only through a comprehensive human resource management strategy. In the same panel the distinguished scientist Dr. Fani L.Sakellariadou presented the Postgraduate Programme “Msc in Shipping“ from the Piraeus University-Department of Maritime Studies. The speaker emphasized on the importance of ongoing education which may be essential for an outstanding career in the shipping industry.
The conference concluded its proceedings with the speech by Mr. Dimitrios Spyropoulos, Captain (Eng) HN (Ret), who developed the two main Schools of thought regarding the handling of crew psychological issues onboard and its corresponding costs. The first School focuses on the categorization of issues and the generic good practices for each category while the second School treats every problem individually looking for the best unique solution for it. Furthermore the speaker presented some interesting evaluation tools such as the crew performance matrix and pointed out that investing in human resources consists a crucial element of a company’s growth.
A key moment in the conference was the lottery which offered as a prize a scholarship to the “MSc in Shipping” Post Graduate Program of the University of Piraeus. The winner of the prize was the company “Prime Marine Management Inc”.
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.