The 5th Maritime Trends Conference, which was organized on May 6, 2017, by Marine Tours, the leading travel management company, in collaboration with Etihad Airways and under the Academic Support of Deree – The American College of Greece and Alba Graduate Business School, was successfully executed.
The aim of the conference was to train executives on the recent developments and the prospects of the Maritime Industry, with particular emphasis on human resource management.
More than 250 executives from 110 shipping companies, as well as a number of prominent representatives of the shipping community, honored the event.
The particularly interesting presentations from the invited speakers led not only to important conclusions but also to productive concerns about the present and the future of shipping.
The Conference was unwrapped by Mr. George Logothetis, General Manager of Mare Management SA, who extensively analyzed the ever changing global shipping environment and noted that only those organizations listening to and adapting to developments in the modern economy, Geopolitics and technology will be able to survive in this demanding environment.
The core of Mr. Theodore Chouliaras speech, President of the Shipping Finance Consultants UPMARITIME LONDON Ltd., was the impact of geopolitical developments and the issue of geo-economics. The speaker pointed out, among other things, that the era in which the laws of demand and supply completely determined the market completely, have long passed, while geopolitics now gaining ground, with China, Russia and the U.S.A. drawing the new map of Commercial and Economic interest.
The first round of speeches concluded with the speech by Mr. Costas Constantinou, Senior Partner of Moore Stephens Greece, who developed the importance of an appropriate crew management model for the overall company performance from an accounting point of view. Crew expenses are
currently one of the most important elements in the annual balance sheet of shipping companies, which should be taken seriously by each organization when managing its human resources.
In the second panel, the delegates had the opportunity to be briefed by Mr. Dimitris Lyrakos, CEO of Filistos A.C.T, on the major issue of psychosocial risks, and how these may affect crew performance. An assessment made by him and his team to more than 2,000 seafarers has highlighted the most common issues that reduce crew productivity and which are mainly focused on work-related exhaustion, work-related stress, tensions and conflicts while at sea, and intensive Labor requirements.
The conference continued with Mrs. Magda Pantelidu, EMEA Regional Director, Optimal HR Group, who mentioned the integral role of “talent management” in attracting and retaining the right crew. As the distinguished speaker stated, “talent management” is redefining the meaning of working in the industry and should be a lasting and strategically planned process for more efficient crew management.
In the last speech of this panel, Mr. George Pitaoulis, Crewing Manager, ABCmaritime, presented his valuable experience on successful human resource management standards and over-emphasized the importance of the continuing training and development of the naval crew towards this direction.
The conference’s last panel developed the particularly interesting issue of new technologies. More specifically, in his speech, Cpt. Dionysios Mourelatos, Chief Officer and Sales Executive of Global Navigation Solutions S.A., presented the latest developments in the field of electronic navigation, which, according to the speaker, “are here to stay”. This development requires crews themselves to adopt the appropriate knowledge and skills to manage both the volume and the quality of the new information effectively, while at the same time retaining their fundamental knowledge in order to be ready, even in the event of system failure.
Mr. Dimitris Theodosiou speech followed, Co-Founder & Managing Director of DANAOS Management Consultants SA, presenting modern staff management tools such as optimizing the crew division methodology and the proper correlation of their roles and skills. By implementing the above, the results for each shipping company are immediate and positive, such as increased productivity and the impartial evaluation of the best human resources.
The conference concluded its proceedings with Cpt. Alexandros Vassiliadis, Chief Officer and Nautical Instructor of COSMOS Nautical Training Center, who highlighted the dual role of technology on the major matter navigation. The latter can function either as a “valuable help” when used with the appropriate knowledge, prudence and good organization, or as a “deadly trap” when used with the lack of the above, particularly important, parameters. At the end of his speech, Cpt. Vassiliadis overemphasized the importance of the human factor in navigation, even in the midst of rapid technological developments, and underlined its irreplaceable role for the past, present and future of shipping.
Coordinators of the Conference’s panels were the distinguished industry representatives, Mr.George Xiradakis, Mrs. Katia Frantzoglou and Dr. Maria Progoulaki, respectively.
A very important moment of the Conference was the draw that took place for a free participation at the 21st Maritime HR & Crew Management Conference, to be held in London on 18-19 October 2017, under the support of Marine Tours.
The winners of the draw were Union Marine Enterprises S.A. and Eletson Corporation.
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.