8th SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum



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The 2017 SAFETY4SEA Conference successfully concluded on Wednesday 4th of October, in Eugenides Foundation, Athens, attracting 750 delegates from 25 countries representing a total of 350 organizations.

The event organized by SAFETY4SEA and sponsored by ABS, American P&I Club, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd, CHALOS & Co PC, Consolidated Marine Management, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Gray Page Ltd, Green Jakobsen A/S, Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club, INSB Class, MacGregor, Marita Hellas, Marshall Islands Registry, North of England P&I Club, RISK4SEA, SEAHEALTH, SQE ACADEMY, SQE MARINE, Steamship Mutual, T&T SALVAGE and UK P&I Club. For more information about the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Awards, please click here.

Speaker presentations of the forum in PDF are available online for SAFETY4SEA Digital Subscribers
Event Timetable
Welcome Coffee & registration [ 08:00 – 09:00 ]
Panel # 1 – Conference Opening  [09:00 – 10:00]

1.David Price, Managing Director, Wallem Ship Management – Safety & the importance of engagement Presentation video l Brief Article

2.Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer, Thome Group of Companies – Safety Management Systems Presentation video l Brief Article

3.Warwick Norman, CEO, Rightship – Vetting evolution over the last 20 years Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 2 – Safety Perspectives   [10:00 – 11:15]

1.Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA – KPIs to demonstrate SMS resilience Presentation video l Brief Article

2.Elias Psyllos, VP Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage – Experience transfer from recent incidents Presentation video l Brief Article

3.Konstantinos Voutzoulidis, Senior Engineer, ABS – Personnel Transfer and Crane Safety Features during STS Presentation video l Brief Article

4.David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Thomas Miller Hellas – Crew Mental Health Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Coffee Break [ 11:15 – 11:45 ]
Panel # 3 – Loss Prevention [ 11:45 – 13:00]

1.Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation – On the threshold Presentation video l Brief Article

2.Chris Adams, Head of Loss Prevention, Steamship Mutual – Navigational Safety in the cyber era Presentation video l Brief Article

3.Rod Lingard, Joint Managing Director, Thomas Miller War Risks Services Ltd – War Risks hot topics Presentation video l Brief Article

4.James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page – Security & Anti-Piracy Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 4 – Crew Competence & Training [ 13:00 – 14:00]

1.Dr. William H. Moore, SVP, Loss Prevention, American Club – Loss Prevention Challenges of Seafarer Competency Assessment and Competency Assurance Presentation video l Brief Article

2.Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention), North P&I – “Right crew” from a loss prevention perspective Presentation video l Brief Article

3.George M. Teriakidis,  Regional Business Development Manager, DNV GL- Training Survey Findings Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Lunch Break [ 14:00 – 15:00 ]
Panel # 5 – Safety Culture [ 15:00 – 16:00]

1.Yuzuru Goto, Managing Director, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Ltd – Avoiding major accidents in LNG shipping – Importance of developing safety culture Presentation video l Brief Article

2.Erik Green, CEO Green-Jakobsen A/S – Measuring real safety performance Presentation video l Brief Article

3.Vivek Menon, Head of Department, Occupational Health and Safety, SEAHEALTH – “More than Pulse and Paper” – The Safety Recruitment Assessment Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Panel # 6 – Ship Operators Vetting  [ 16:00 – 17:15 ]

1.Capt. Panagiotis Nikiteas, HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Anangel Maritime Services Inc – Vetting process : aiming for a culture of compliance or for ocean transport sustainability? Presentation video l Brief Article

2.Stavros Meidanis, DPA/CSO, Safety & Quality Manager, Capital Ship Management Corp.TMSA 3 : A new challenge for the Ship Operator Presentation video l Brief Article

3.Capt. Panos Chatzikyriakos, HSE Director, Sea World Management & Trading Inc. – Vetting Challenges: The Dangers of Numbers Presentation video l Brief Article

25 min Panel Discussion & Questions Open to the floor

Cocktail Reception   [17:15 – 19:00]


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  • SAFETY4SEA LOG, a Quarterly Magazine circulated in excess of 50,000 copies in Greece and Abroad every year
  • SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards, the world’s largest Safety Conference, attracting 800+ delegates / 400+ organisations in Athens, every October
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  • GREEN4SEA LOG, a Quarterly Magazine circulated in excess of 50,000 copies in Greece and Abroad every year
  • GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards, the world’s largest Green Conference, attracting 800+ delegates / 400+ organisations in Athens, every April

Panel #1 : Conference Opening 

David Price, Managing Director, Wallem Ship Management David Price is a Master Mariner with comprehensive experience in all facets of ship management with an ability to lead and motivate teams under challenging circumstances. David began his maritime career at sea, coming up through the ranks of 2nd Officer to Chief Officer and Master Mariner before coming ashore to a role focused on safety in 1994. He then worked in various roles before heading up another major international ship management company. David’s expertise extends across ship management of a wide range of vessel types, Technical & Crew Management, Offshore DP2 / DP3 vessel operations, Oil Major Requirements, Setting of Operational Standards, Vetting & Safety Audits & Quality and Environmental Management. In his current role, David looks after Wallem’s Ship Management hubs in Hong Kong, Europe, India and Singapore, ensuring that his teams are focused on safety, quality and operational efficiency.  David is a member of various shipping committees and regularly participates in various other industry committees and panels.   Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer, Thome Group of Companies Sean Hutchings is responsible for driving both compliance and safety cultures throughout the Group. Direct reporting units include, Group Security, HSSEQ, Fleet Services, Technical Support and Compliance departments. In addition monitoring and improving fleet performance through development of scalable solutions and provision of expertise, using innovative approaches to fleet management, with a strong emphasis on technology and processes. To closely monitor industry trends, including technological advances, ensuring Thome Group remains at the forefront of the industry in respect of safety, quality and efficiency of vessel management. Sean Hutchings has 17 years’ experience in Asia with DNV GL, including 10 years at a senior management level.  He has managed a team of managers overseeing all maritime and offshore Classification activities for South East Asia and he has a wealth of managerial and technical expertise. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), University of Auckland, NZ. He is also a Member of Royal Institution of Naval Architects, UK.   Warwick Norman, CEO, RightShip Chief Executive Officer of RightShip since its inception in 2001. Under my stewardship RightShip has become a global authority on maritime safety and environmental sustainability, helping shippers, terminals and ports, ship owners, managers and maritime finance organisations to minimise their maritime and environmental risk. With offices in Melbourne, London and Houston, RightShip completes over 35,000 vets per year, supporting more than three thousand users in over 250 organisations worldwide, including shippers, shipowners, ship managers, port authorities, terminals, agents, insurers and maritime finance organisations. In 2014 alone RightShip removed over 900 unsafe vessels from customer supply chains. Whilst at RightShip I’ve also lectured in tanker safety at Australian maritime colleges, and served as a Board member of the Seafarers’ Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Board and the Marine Council. I am the current Chairman of AUSMEPA, the Australian Marine Environment Protection Association.

Panel #2 : Safety Perspectives

Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA   Apostolos Belokas is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 20 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in 1992 as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE issues as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 5,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE & SQE ACADEMY and he is also the Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA and GREEN4SEA.   Elias Psyllos,Vice President, Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage Elias Psyllos is the Vice President of the Commercial and Risk Management Department of T&T Salvage based in Houston Texas. He is responsible for commercial, legal, and technical support to daily global company operations. He supports business development and client relationship management activities. He also oversees internal insurance and risk management matters to include policy management and claims reporting and acts as Project Manager on company operations. Prior experience includes 15 years as a Risk Manager for a London-Greek Shipowning Group. He was overall responsible for the Group’s Marine Insurance and claims. For 4 years he served as a member of the Group’s Marine Operations Team, actively involved in the management of Oil Tanker and Bulk Carrier fleets.     Konstantinos Voutzoulidis, Senior Engineer, ABS Konstantinos Voutzoulidis is a Senior Engineer in ABS and a lifting appliances subject matter expert. He holds a MEng degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and he has been working for the last 10 years in vessels’ classification and marine and offshore equipment certification. He is the team leader for lifting appliances in ABS Piraeus office and he was the project manager for the new edition of the ABS Guide for Certification of Lifting Appliances. In addition, he is responsible for the rule development coordination for Europe division, and he is also involved with the plan approval of various hull aspects.   David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd. David Nichol is a master mariner with 39 years of experience in the shipping industry. After sea service on tankers, bulk carriers and OBO’s, he worked as a ship surveyor and marine consultant for 18 years performing a wide range of casualty investigations, ship inspections and cargo surveys, with the majority of assignments being P&I related. From 2010, he was employed as a P&I Club senior claims executive before joining the loss prevention department of the UK P&I Club 3 years ago. David is based is the UK Club’s Piraeus office assisting members with loss prevention advice, training and education initiatives, as well as carrying out regular shipboard P&I risk assessments.

Panel #3 : Loss Prevention

Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation I commenced my career in 1970 as a cadet with P&O S.N. Co. I spent the next 27 years at sea, with a 2 year sabatical in the late 1980s when I trained, qualified and practiced as a techer of English as a 2nd language. After 5 years in command, I came ashore qualified as an ISM and ISO lead auditor and joined a large ship management company ending up as the QM/DPA for a large fleet and 3  offices. After a brief spell as a consultant, I then moved to London where I became the Loss Prevention Manager of an IG P&I Club. Since 2012 I have been an independent consultant and have now started my own company Trafalgar Navigation dedicated to Navigational Audits, Assessments and Inspections.   Chris Adams, Head of Loss Prevention, Steamship Mutual Chris Adams served at sea as a navigating officer with Ellerman City Liners of London. He holds a degree in Nautical Studies from the University of Southampton and joined The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited as a claims executive in 1979, initially specialising in handling collision and other admiralty incidents. He has been a partner of Steamship Mutual’s management company since 1998 and is Head of the Club’s European Syndicate and Head of Loss Prevention. In the latter role he has conceived and developed the Club’s series of loss prevention DVDs which include programmes on Collision Avoidance, Groundings, Crew Health, Cyber Security, and Piracy; the latter winning the Seatrade Award in the Safety at Sea Category. In addition, in over 20 years of cooperation with Videotel, more than 90 onboard safety training programmes have been jointly produced, the content of which greatly benefit from the Club’s claims experience. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, Younger Brother of Trinity House, Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of the Maritime London Officer Cadet Scholarship Scheme, and Chairman of the International Group’s Pilotage Sub-Committee.   Rod Lingard, Joint Managing Director, Thomas Miller War Risks Services Ltd Rod is a Master Mariner and has degrees in, Nautical Studies, Law and an MBA. After 11 years at sea, mainly on bulk carriers, Rod worked as a cargo superintendent for a short while before joining the Sunderland P&I Club in 1987 and then Thomas Miller/The UK P&I Club in 1991. Rod became a Syndicate Manager with Thomas Miller in 1995 and he managed several different Syndicates, including Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd from 2008 to 2014, providing claims handling and advisory services to UK P&I and UK Defence Club Members. Rod returned from Greece to London in 2014 to become the joint Managing Director of Thomas Miller War Risk Services Limited the consultants to the Managers of the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Limited and in April 2016, in addition to keeping his war role, Rod moved to the Isle of Man and recently became Chairman of Thomas Miller (Isle of Man) Limited.   James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page James Wilkes first led an investigation into a major act of piracy in 1998, responding to the suspicious disappearance of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier “CHEUNG SON” in the South China Sea. He has since spent nearly two decades advising clients on ways to counter the threat of piracy, as well as assisting those who continue to fall victim to acts of piracy – most recently in hijack for cargo theft incidents in West Africa and South East Asia. In December 2009, James appeared in the High Court as the Expert for Amlin Corporate Member Ltd, the defendant insurer, in what is commonly referred to as the “Bunga Melati Dua Case”; Masefield AG – v – Amlin Corporate Member Ltd [2010] EWHC 208 (comm.) Since then, James has acted as an Expert for shipowners, cargo interests and insurance underwriters in numerous other cases where piracy and matters of ship security have been central to the proceedings being brought.   James co-founded specialist maritime consulting group Gray Page in 2003 and has headed it ever since. In addition to the group’s unparalleled investigation and intelligence services, Gray Page’s Asset Protection division provides crisis management and security consulting services to shipping and insurance market clients.  Gray Page has offices in the UK, Singapore and the USA.  

Panel #4 : Crew Competence & Training

William H. Moore, Senior Vice President – Loss Prevention, American Club Dr. Moore is the Senior Vice President for Loss Prevention at the Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., managers of the American Club. In that capacity, he brings 21 years of experience to the development and implementation of the Club’s loss prevention initiatives to assist shipowners in the reduction of maritime risks and incidents. He formerly worked at ABS in New York and Gard Services in Norway. He acquired his doctorate degree at the University of California at Berkeley in Naval Architecture & Offshore Engineering and is also a graduate of Ocean Systems Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Moore is also formerly the Chairman of the IMO’s Joint Maritime Safety Committee & Marine Environmental Protection Committee’s working group on the Human Element   Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention), North of England P&I Club Colin is the Deputy Director of Loss Prevention at North P&I Club, one of the world’s leading mutual marine insurers providing P&I, FD&D, war risks and ancillary insurance.  North’s highly regarded loss prevention team of skilled and experienced ex-mariners provides high quality information and real-time support to help North’s members improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining North in 2006 Colin served at sea and worked in maritime education.   George M. Teriakidis,  Regional Business Development Manager, DNV GL  George Teriakidis is a naval architect and currently holds the position of Regional Business Development Manager in DNV GL Greece. He studied in the university of Newcastle Upon Tyne in UK, naval architecture (B.Eng.) and continued his studies with a master degree (M.Sc.) on Ship Production Technology in the university of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. Upon completing his studies he started working for the classification society DNV as a trainee surveyor in Dubai, U.A.E.. Till 2008 he became a senior surveyor and got specialised in the surveys of various ship types. He also became responsible for the CAP service in Middle East and India as well as a deputy manager for the DNV Maritime Service Centre of Dubai. During August 2008 he moved to Greece and started dealing with business development  and customer service management for shipping as well as oil & gas. Since the merger of DNV and GL (2013) he has been working as the Regional Business Development Manager, responsible for the region of east Mediterranean, black and Caspian Sea. He has delivered various presentations and participated in various conferences. He is married and has one daughter. Beyond his family, he loves music, movies and photography.

Panel #5 : Safety Culture

Yuzuru Goto, Managing Director, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Ltd Mr Goto took on this position in April 2014 after 4 and half years heading the commercial division. He joined “K” Line in April 2004, spent 2 years in Tokyo HQ followed by 3 and half years in Houston, mainly in charge of commercial and business development in LNG shipping. Before “K” Line, he worked in the marine insurance business for 10 years.     Erik Green, CEO, Green- Jakobsen A/S Erik Green is one of the founders of Green-Jakobsen in 2001. He graduated as a Naval Architect in 1990 and has a master’s degree in organisational learning and development. Within the maritime segment Erik’s expertise mostly relates to the development of corporate and individual safety culture (competencies), marine HR and leadership development. As a strategic business consultant with more than 20 years of experience Erik is specialised in helping companies develop both at a strategic, tactical and operational level. His professional competence covers marine HR and safety projects involving both employees and employers and he is an experienced project manager, subject matter expert, strategic executive coach and as a strategic business consultant. Furthermore, Erik is continuously engaged in the development of Green-Jakobsen’s own leadership training concept, and safety maturity development concept and methods.   Vivek Menon, Head of Department – Occupational Health and Safety, SEAHEALTH Vivek is a Master Mariner with more than 15 years of experience in the Maritime industry. His experience includes working on board various cargo vessels and ashore assisting companies within the area of Maritime Health, Safety, Security and Environment. He holds a Masters in Maritime Affairs specialising in Maritime Law and Policy. Vivek is currently with SEAHEALTH, Denmark as Head of Department – Occupational Health and Safety.  

Panel #6 : Ship Operators Vetting Panel

Panagiotis NikiteasHSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Anangel Maritime Services Inc. Captain Panagiotis Nikiteas is maritime professional with 29 years’ experience span in various sectors of the maritime industry including management, marine, vetting, operations, crewing, safety, quality, environmental, energy, security, health, surveying, incident investigation and training. He had been stationed and worked abroad in Manila, Dubai and Singapore and appreciated the benefits of multi-cultural working environment. He is holding Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Master’s degree in International Shipping with distinction, Post Graduate Diploma in International Shipping and Transport Management and is a graduate form Hydra Merchant Marine Academy with distinction. Panagiotis is the HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO of Anangel Maritime Services Inc.   Stavros Meidanis, Capital Ship Management Corp., DPA/ CSO, Safety & Quality Manager Stavros first joined Lloyd’s Register 1999 and worked as a Marine Surveyor and Quality Lead Auditor, until 2003. From November 2008, he was promoted to Principal Surveyor and Global Manager for Marine Management Systems, leading the Global LRQA/Marine Business Centre, focusing on LR’s Group Strategy regarding Marine Management Systems and its implementation into the Supply Chain across the world. From August 2013, he decided to join the leading Shipping Company Capital Ship Management Corp, taking the position of Safety Manager, DPA & CSO. He is responsible for Company’s entire fleet, currently 63 vessels – including Oil/ Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers. His efforts are mainly focusing on development and implementation of Company’s Strategy with regards to Safety, Environmental and Energy Performance, along with inspection SIRE Programme and relationships with Industry Partners.   Panos Chatzikyriakos, Health Safety & Environmental Director, Sea World Management and Trading Inc Panos Chatzikyriakos is the Health Safety & Environmental Director of Sea World Management and Trading Inc. He is responsible for safe, effective, efficient and fiscal management of all Marine related aspects of the operation, maintenance and overhaul of Company’s Vessels. He is also responsible for the Management of all Sea Going personnel, which includes recruitment, development of existing staff, and succession planning. Prior experience includes 11 years as Head of SQE for a US based shipping company where he was responsible for the development and implementation of HSQE programs and initiatives while measuring program performance against targeted business output and improvement levels. Panos Chatzikyriakos is a Master Mariner with more than 14 years of Sea Service experience on all types of Tankers, and has MSc degree in Maritime Operations by Liverpool John Moores University and a Diploma in Organizational Behavior and Leadership by   Eckerd College of Florida.

ABS ABS, a leading international classification society, is guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment. ABS has a long and proud association with the Greek ship owning community and continues to support its current fleet and future fleet development. As the Greek fleet has expanded and diversified, ABS has continued to expand and develop its services to Greek ship owners. ABS is a technical partner providing traditional classification services as well as on-the-ground technical services in asset performance, energy efficiency, environmental performance and lifecycle management. Delivering practical and innovative solutions, ABS supports the Greek shipping industry in meeting today’s demands as well as future challenges. Greek shipping operations are supported through the local Athens office as well as a global network of surveyors, engineers, researchers and regulatory specialists who work in more than 200 offices in 70 countries around the world Webistewww.eagle.org   American P&I Club Headquartered in New York, the American Club is the only P&I mutual domiciled in the Americas. A member of the International Group of P&I Clubs which collectively insures approximately 90% of the world’s tonnage, it offers full cover for Protection and Indemnity and Freight, Demurrage and Defense risks and has in recent years  grown  and  globalized  its  tonnage.  In addition to New York, the Club’s Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., has operations in Houston, London, Piraeus, Shanghai & Hong Kong.  Winner of the Lloyd’s List North America Maritime Services Award for 2016, with over 70 dedicated specialized staff, including qualified lawyers and licensed mariners, the Club is proud of the ability to communicate in 11 languages, boasts an active safety and loss prevention program with proven track record of exemplary personalized service and has the know-how and capability to accommodate the needs of members both large and small. Website: www.american-club.com          Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd ARCADIA Shipmanagement provides safe and reliable transportation of oil by sea, through a modern fleet, setting top objectives for Safety, Quality and Environmental protection. To achieve these, Arcadia is dedicated to develop and sustain a strong working relationship with all parties involved in International oil trade, based upon mutual trust and reliability.Safety is enhanced by establishing a risk assessment system for hazard identification, risk management and control, adressing guidance for the prevention of errors, hazardous situations and incidents, through reporting and investigation procedures and providing training of personnel at Company’s in-house maritime training centre and by attending externally provided courses. Quality is maintained by undertaking auditing and evaluation process, with commitment towards the continual improvement of HSQE performance, through setting and measuring various Key Performance Indicators, analysing N/C reports, reviewing findings from internal audits ashore and onboardThe Environment is protected by preserving and whenever possible, further reducing the burden on the environment by setting and achieving tougher voluntary standards, such as Green Award. Moreover, by aiming for the reduction of identified environmental impacts of Company activities to air, sea and land, to the possible extend and seeking to conserve energy and materials, through recycling and waste reduction programs.  Website: www.arcadiasm.gr   Chalos Law Firm Chalos & Co. is a globally recognized law firm dedicated to servicing our client’s needs wherever and whenever necessary. We are available on a 24/7 basis. In today’s competitive and complex global economy, we insist that each of our clients receive individualized service and the necessary expertise required for them to achieve success. Our clients’ needs come first and drive our focus to achieve objectives in the most pragmatic and cost-effective manner possible. Recognizing that our clients entrust the firm to handle critical and complex legal problems, we are committed to deliver unsurpassed service and the best achievable results. Our proven ability to resolve problems in a realistic, cost effective and result-oriented way is our hallmark. The firm represents foreign and domestic corporations, insurers (both domestic and foreign), brokers, third-party claims administrators, shipowners, charterers, protection and indemnity associations (P&I Clubs), energy companies, oil and gas exploration, refiners and transportation companies, manufacturers, shipyards, importers/exporters, stevedores and a broad array of other individuals, professional firms and associations. Website: www.chaloslaw.com   Consolidated Marine Management Inc Consolidated Marine Management Inc. (CMM), a company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., has been established in 1997 and is located at Kifisia.  CMM provides with operational, technical, financial and ship building services, focusing on fundamental principles of quality, integrity, safety, health, environmental protection and energy efficiency, with established programmes for performance excellence, profitability and growth of management of clean energy transportation vessels. CMM pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. CMM’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group having the 8,750 dwt M/T “SPIROS” as the first vessel under its management. Within 60’s and 70’s, fleet expanded significantly through adopting numerous vessels (tankers and other types), numbering about 60 vessels with the majority of them trading under “PETROLA” name. In 1982, fleet’s technical manager was renamed “BILINDER MARINE CORPORATION SA” and its management and expansion of approximately 90 vessels (various sizes/types) totalling 3.5 mil dwt began. Central position in fleet was occupied by 6 ULCCs including the “HELLAS FOS” (largest ever built ULCC with total carrying capacity of 555,000 dwt). Currently, CMM manages a fleet of 15 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 9 vessels shall be delivered up to 2018. Website: www.cmm.gr      DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas, and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With our origins stretching back to 1864, our reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges. Website: www.dnvgl.com/maritime         Dorian LPG Dorian LPG is a pure-play LPG shipping company and a leading owner and operator of modern VLGCs. Dorian LPG currently has four modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel on the water. Dorian LPG has 18 ECO VLGC newbuildings due for delivery in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from HHI and Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering Ltd., including the 13 that it acquired from Scorpio Tankers. Dorian LPG has offices in Connecticut, London, and Piraeus.Dorian LPG is incorporated in the Republic of The Marshall Islands. Websitewww.dorianlpg.com   Gray Page Ltd Gray Page is a specialist advisory and consulting group that solves problems around the world for companies and organisations in shipping, insurance and international trade. Often working in sensitive, complex circumstances, we assist our clients by investigating cargo theft, losses, damage, fraud and piracy; locating assets, vessels and witnesses. We also help clients prepare for, respond to and recover from crisis events. Gray Page has also been hardening ships against security threats like piracy for many years. Following two years of research and development, Gray Page has recently launched the DFENCE vessel perimeter protection system. The DFENCE anti-piracy barrier is designed to prevent unlawful over-the-side access to ships, oil rigs and other marine installations. The DFENCE barrier system is safe to handle and easy to fit, making it a practical alternative to razor wire. Website: www.graypage.com   Green-Jakobsen A/S Green-Jakobsen was founded in 2001 and our focus has always been on the improvement of human performance within the maritime segment. We are a group of people with maritime and academic backgrounds, counting some 40 employees in total.  Over the years we have rolled out a vast number of development programmes, facilitated improved human performance, and trained thousands of seafarers and office staff world-wide. We have offices in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai. Our areas of expertise are:

  • Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on defining actions rather than preparing lengthy documents
  • Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders
  • HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance
  • Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars
  • Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development

Website: www.green-jakobsen.com and www.safety-delta.com   Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club The Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club is run by, for, and in the interests of its Members, providing superior cover for ships of virtually any type or size operating under the Hellenic flag. As a mutual club, we have a clear mission: “We combine flexibility with tradition and the highest levels of service to provide Members of the Greek shipping community with specialist, mutual war risks insurance that is second to none.” We are proud of our heritage, but we never stand still. We are flexible in adapting to the changing risks facing our Members and the changing profile of the Hellenic shipping community. From initial enquiry, to day-to-day operating queries and in the event of support, we provide skilled technical assistance based on real experience. Website: www.hellenicwarrisks.com   INSB Class International Naval Surveys Bureau – INSB Class, is an independent-non-governmental-Greek ship classification society working with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the marine environment.  Headquartered in Piraeus since 1977, INSB Class belongs to the cluster of the leading Non-IACS societies with international presence in more than 50 countries. INSB Class main services include:

  • Ship classification scheme including periodic surveys for maintenance of class.
  • Surveys & supervision on site for ships during construction.
  • Engineering studies, plan approval & technical review & calculations services
  • Statutory surveys & certification.
  • ISM & ISPS systems assessment & certification.
  • MLC 2006 assessments and verifications.
  • Technical interpretation and consultancy services.
  • Surveys of Damage, Modification or repairs.

Our activities are supported by the expertise & resources developed over almost 4 decades in offering survey & classification services via highly trained surveyors, auditors and experts who apply their decisive experience and knowledge for improving ship safety standards and creation of sound operational reliability and endurance.We respect tight shipping schedules and by being available 24/7 we focus on our high responsiveness and technical expertise that can make a difference to you and your classed fleet. Website: www.insb.gr   MacGregor MacGregor is a family of innovators. By offering engineering solutions and services for handling marine cargoes and offshore loads we make the sea more accessible, safe and reliable for those whose livelihood depends on the changing conditions of the sea. To enable that we have a variety of strong product brands and committed experts with a passion for solving challenges – and the power of the sea is sure to provide those.   Website: www.macgregor.com   MARITA HELLAS SA With more than 45 years experience  MARITA HELLAS SA  has developed a wide range of Safety Products & Services. Our product portfolio includes  Marine Evacuation Systems ( MES), Liferafts ,Fire Fighting equipment  & life saving appliances for total safety solutions on board in the marine safety and survival field for all kind of vessels. MARITA HELLAS SA is authorized representative and distributor of Survitec Group ,a trusted market leader in the safety and survival solutions arena. Survitec Group brings together best in class brands such us RFD,ZODIAC,DSB,BEAUFORT,EUROVINIL,CREWSAVER,ELLIOT,TOYO,LIFEGUARD  and other reputable brands for quality ,design & innovation. Also MARITA HELLAS SA is an ISO 9001 : 2008 certified company and holds approvals from major class societies  for the services provided as per below: BUREAU VERITAS ,ABS, Rina, Loyds Register, GL High standard services such as inspections, maintance  & repair of safety equipment are operated by our continuously trained technical staff at MARITA HELLAS SA’ authorized service station suitable designed and equipped for satisfying the highest requirements and needs for our customers 24/7. Website: www.maritahellas.gr    Marshall Islands Registry International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is the third largest registry in the world, surpassing 134 million gross tons and 3,885 registered vessels at the end of July 2016. IRI has a network of 27 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel or yacht, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele.  The quality of the RMI fleet can be measured by the RMI’s continued White List status on both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The RMI also meets the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris MoU’s New Inspection Regime, and has qualified for the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 roster for 12 consecutive years, which is unprecedented. The most important asset to the Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day. To learn more, visit www.register-iri.com. Website: www.register-iri.com   North of England P&I Club North P&I Club  is a leading marine mutual liability insurer providing P&I, FD&D, war risks and ancillary insurance to 140 million GT of owned tonnage and 50 million GT of chartered tonnage (at February 2017). We are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK with regional offices in Greece, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. We are a leading member of the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG), with over 12% of the IG’s owned tonnage. The 13 IG clubs provide liability cover for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage and, as a member of the IG, North protects and promotes the interests of the international shipping industry. Recent years have seen growth based upon our core values of quality membership, service excellence and financial stability. We have an “A” (stable) credit rating from the financial rating agency Standard & Poor’s. North has grown by attracting quality shipowners and charterers who have maintained and improved the risk profile of the Club.  Website: www.nepia.com   RISK4SEA RISK4SEA objective is to foster Safety and Environmental Excellence by minimizing inspection risk and enhancing the quality and reputation of any ship or operator. We will gather, assess and analyse information available from various sources to provide the necessary insight and analytics in order to prepare company and ships for port calls.   Websitewww.risk4sea.com   SEAHEALTH SEAHEALTH continually seeks to improve the safety, health and well-being of seafarers and contribute to a safer and more efficient maritime working environment. Established over 20 years ago to support Danish-flagged ships, SEAHEALTH has won an international reputation for offering solutions and guidance relating to on board and onshore issues. This global standing has led, in recent years, to seafarers and ship owners worldwide accessing SEAHEALTH’s knowledge and services. With a management board consisting of the representatives of shipowners and seafarers, it is an independent non-profit making body with the principal aim of advancing occupational health and making the working environment of one of the world’s oldest and most vital industries, fit for purpose in the 21st Century.   Website: www.seahealth.dk     SQE ACADEMY SQE ACADEMY is the dedicated Training Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE ACADEMY is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Training, operating a DNV-GL Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management syste Offering at a glance:

  • 45+ Safety, Quality & Environmental related courses
  • Open Courses, In House Courses, Distance & E-learning
  • 10,000 plus Training Delegates

Website: www.sqeacademy.com   SQE MARINE SQE MARINE is the dedicated Consulting Services Provider of the SQE Group. Mission of SQE MARINE is to provide Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Consulting, operating a DNV–GL Certified Training Center and a LLOYDS ISO 9001 certified management system. At a glance:

  • Established 1998
  • 10,000 plus Ship Manuals Developed
  • 500 plus Management Systems Developed
  • 850 Plus Clients served

Website: www.sqemarine.com         Steamship Mutual Steamship Mutual’s aim is to provide a comprehensive high quality P&I service backed by sound underwriting and strong reserves. The Managers are determined to ensure that these objectives continue to be met. Steamship Mutual is one of the largest and most diverse P&I Clubs in the world, and a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs participating in the International Group Pool. Our Members remain the centre of our business and we strive to offer them the best advice and support wherever they are around the world. We firmly believe the service we provide our Members will help define our future success. Website: www.steamshipmutual.com   T&T SALVAGE T&T SALVAGE, a member company of the Teichman Group, is committed to serving the emergency response needs of its clients under the highest standards of safety and quality. The Teichman Group since 1957 has grown to become a leading service provider to the international maritime and offshore petroleum industries.  T&T SALVAGE, www.ttsalvage.com, Global response services are supported by salvage stations in Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg and South America. The Group owns and maintain a comprehensive inventory of salvage, firefighting systems, ship-to-ship (STS) lightering systems, anti-pollution systems, three-dimensional sonar, ROVs, and advanced diving systems all packaged so it can be rapidly transported by air, land or sea. The portable assets are complemented by floating heavy lift and salvage support vessels ready to meet both routine and emergency response challenges. In addition, the Group includes an in-house design and fabrication department available on a 24 hour basis to support any urgent in-situ needs a field salvage team may have during an operation.  T&T SALVAGE is a Member of the American Salvage Association (ASA), the International Salvage Union (ISU), the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI). Website: www.ttsalvage.com                     UK P&I Club The UK P&I Club is one of the oldest P&I clubs in the world. It provides Protection and Indemnity insurance in respect of third party liabilities and expenses arising from owning ships or operating ships as principals. One of the largest mutual marine protection and indemnity organisations it insures over 200 million tonnes of owned and chartered ships from more than fifty countries across the globe.   Website: www.ukpandi.com  

SAFETY4SEA Conference addressed safety challenges ahead

The 2017 SAFETY4SEA Conference successfully concluded on Wednesday 4th of October, in Eugenides Foundation, Athens, attracting 750 delegates from 25 countries representing a total of 350 organizations.

The event organized by SAFETY4SEA and sponsored by ABS, American P&I Club, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd, CHALOS & Co PC, Consolidated Marine Management, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Gray Page Ltd, Green Jakobsen A/S, Hellenic Mutual War Risks Club, INSB Class, MacGregor, Marita Hellas, Marshall Islands Registry, North of England P&I Club, RISK4SEA, SEAHEALTH, SQE ACADEMY, SQE MARINE, Steamship Mutual, T&T SALVAGE and UK P&I Club. The event brought together expert speakers who discussed issues concerning safety culture, crew competence, training and vetting. Inspiring presentations and panel discussions highlighted the importance of embracing a safety culture and focusing on safety performance. Experts shared their views on the crew competency gap, crew training needs and Safety Management Systems overhaul, which still remain challenging topics for the industry. In addition, safety-related issues in the cyber and autonomous era were put on the agenda. Panels also addressed the vetting evolution, measurement of safety performance and TMSA 3 challenges. Presentations were given in six panels as follows: Panel No. 1 – Conference Opening David Price, Managing Director, Wallem Ship Management, talked about engagement as the key to safety and operational excellence. He stated that safety of seafarers remains a top priority for Wallem and explained why safety is intrinsically linked with operational excellence. He also explained Wallem’s approach to increase engagement among its people, by referring to company’s safety strategy which focuses on five key areas: communication (ship & shore), retention, training, shipboard working & living conditions, recognition & rewards. Sean Hutchings, Chief Technical Officer, Thome Group of Companies, noted that since the introduction of the ISM Code in the mid 90’s, there has been an increase in the number and complexity of maritime safety management systems. At the same time, there has been a rise in the number of complicated new regulations coming into force combined with increased demands from owners and charterers; all of which, he said, has led to an exponential rise in the number and complexity of administrative tasks on board. Mr. Hutching therefore explained how a SMS can be easy to navigate and understandable to serve its purpose.  Warwick Norman, CEO, Rightship, talked about the vetting evolution over the last twenty years. Capt. Norman said that the motivation for the creation of RightShip was largely a desire to improve safety standards, in particular around the cape fleet where both BHP & Rio shared a common risk. The success of RightShip tells us is that the industry has changed, said Capt. Norman who believes that  human factor will be one of the next area for vetting reviews and a focus for the future. Panel No. 2 – Safety Perspectives Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, presented a set of Key Performance Indicators to demonstrate resilience of a Safety Management system. He outlined the concept behind safety I and Safety II and urged the industry to proceed from reactiveness to proactiveness with a faster pace. Under the key practical definition of resilience as “progress despite adversity” he stressed the fact that adversity for a ship operator may be initiated from encounters with Port State Control, Vetting and Incidents. He demonstrated that the cornerstone of an SMS is the management of its deficiencies and highlighted a set of four KPIs that may act as precursors of a properly operated “resilient” safety management system urging for their employment and benchmarking as an improvement tool. Elias Psyllos, VP Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage, shared his experience from recent incidents and referred to the appropriate steps for a correct risk assessment. The steps that ship operators should take into consideration are: appoint a protecting agent; activate a salvage company; perform on-site assessment; issue a refloating plan; notify OSRO and; execute refloating plan. Konstantinos Voutzoulidis, Senior Engineer, ABS, noted that personnel transfers using ship’s cranes during Ship-to-Ship transfer operations have significantly increased the last years; an increase in related accidents has been reported as well. Loss of time, damage of equipment, injuries and even fatalities are among the reported incidents, he said, and there are many causes that may lead to such, either due to human or equipment factors. Mr. Voutzoulidis advised that ship’s cranes, as being one of the identified causes, should be provided with certain safety features if intended to be used for personnel lifts and should be appropriately designed and meet the respective class requirements. David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Thomas Miller Hellas, talked about important issues related to crew mental health. Mr. Nichol said that a broad range of factors, including anxiety, social isolation, pressure of work and disturbed sleep, can negatively influence the mental health of seafarers. Crew fitness evaluations have previously given emphasis to physical health and it is only relatively recently that due attention is being given to the mental wellbeing of seafarers. Therefore, the UK P&I Club places a high priority on the matter by raising awareness to the problem and in providing support and advice to its members. Panel No. 3 – Loss Prevention Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation, pointed out that we are on the threshold of a major change in our industry; it has already started and it is picking up speed. He said that the new ‘buzz’ word that is around now is autonomous, however, many things need to be considered about. The know on effect is far reaching and will require many conventions to be overhauled or dropped completely, new training systems to be developed, new control centres to be stablished, decisions made on responsibility; the story goes on. He highlighted that history always teaches us and we need to learn from the past so not to repeat the same mistakes in the autonomous era. Chris Adams, Head of Loss Prevention, Steamship Mutual, discussed how cyber risks affect navigational safety. Considering that the computerisation of operating and control systems on vessels requires effective cyber security arrangements, it is vitally important to raise awareness of cyber security risks with personnel and to implement safe practices to avoid putting systems at risk. If however, navigational data should be compromised by a cyber event, traditional navigation skills should ensure that the ship is not placed at risk. Mr. Adams presented two case studies to question whether there is confidence that shipping assets are really protected. Rod Lingard, Joint Managing Director, Thomas Miller War Risks Services Ltd, focused on war risks hot topic at his presentation. Mr. Lingard began by reminding delegates of the War Risks Additional Premium areas and then went on to look briefly at incidents and recent developments in a number of areas including, the Gulf of Guinea particularly Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, Asia particularly the Sulu Sea and some incidents in other areas. Mr. Lingard concluded his presentation with a brief look at Cyber Attack Exclusion Clauses. James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page, raised awareness on how terrorism has distorted industry’s security priorities. Sixteen years ago, the shipping industry was told that there was a significant threat “to the security of passengers and crews and the safety of ships”. Mr. Wilkes noted. In response, IMO produced the ISPS Code, the first and only global maritime security regulation of its kind. Mr. Wilkes explained how the shipping industry’s response to concerns about terrorism has distorted its physical security priorities and why tackling regular and common security problems in shipping should be central to its security priorities in the future. Panel No. 4 – Crew Competence & Training Dr. William H. Moore, SVP, Loss Prevention, American Club, focused on loss prevention challenges regarding seafarer competency assessment and competency assurance. Dr. Moore presented concerns over seafarer competency and important key points associated with training. He highlighted that training is necessary for both skill development and regulatory compliance and that learning outcomes should be consistent with performance criteria objectives.  Above all, he emphasized that commitment to training, assessment and competency assurance is vital to maintain the quality of their seafarer’s skill sets and employment and referred to tools for shipowners, based on claims experience, surveys and regulatory developments. Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention), North P&I, shared his views on the ‘right crew’ from a loss prevention perspective. Mr. Gillespie explained that at North, officers who have the right combination of knowledge, experience and attitude as recognized as ‘The Right Crew’. During his presentation, he explored the relationship between systems and people, focusing on the three key elements of safety culture: Sensible Systems, Safety Behaviour and the Right Crew. George M. Teriakidis, Regional Business Development Manager, DNV GL, presented findings from a training survey which was conducted last year among the main shipping clusters in the world. The main target was to investigate if shipping community does have safety high on their agenda and which crucial elements contribute to safety awareness and culture. Mr. Teriakidis presentation gave an overview of these results and how crew, along with its training, is considered one of the main pillars of safety awareness. Panel No. 5 – Safety Culture Yuzuru Goto, Managing Director, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Ltd, gave advice on how to avoid major accidents in LNG shipping. Mr. Yuzuro stressed that failures occur because it is difficult to eliminate risk in a complex industry like shipping, regardless all efforts on technology, training, regulations and procedures. He also noted that when we focus on doing everything right in the first place and police this through inspections and audits, we risk making people reluctant to admit their failures, concerns and mistakes. This, in turn, creates and supports a culture of cover-ups – creating a negative cycle based on distrust. Taking into consideration that in shipping accidents, crew knew before the event of the failures that caused the incident, but they failed to raise or correct the issue, the way to tackle this, is to create strong organisational culture. Erik Green, CEO Green-Jakobsen A/S, explained how to measure real safety performance, considering that TMSA3 requirements and industry stakeholders are increasingly turning their attention towards safety performance that is driven by people’s enhanced soft skills. The latter are very much linked to reflection and learning from experience rather than learning from incidents, he said. Mr. Green further presented the his company’s approach in cooperation with four shipping companies , for measuring the safety performance and highlighted its importance for meeting the requirements of safety excellence through building resilient safety cultures. Vivek Menon, Head of Occupational Health and Safety Dept, SEAHEALTH, focused his presentation on the ‘Safety Recruitment Assessment’ which assesses the likelihood for individuals to perform in a safe manner and enables the maritime industry to recruit the right people. Each potential staff member is assessed by using three elements -Knowledge, Personality and Reasoning. The process is on three distinct aspects that combine to filter applicants through to identify one firm safety profile. Panel No. 6 – Ship Operators Vetting Capt. Panagiotis Nikiteas, HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Anangel Maritime Services Inc, encouraged operators instead of discussing about vetting theory and following directly or indirectly imposed requirements, to discuss and implement actions to bring operators and managers, instead of followers, to the forefront of developments and applied innovations. During his presentation, Capt. Nikiteas suggested how industry players can work towards reduction and elimination of substandard shipping and presented actions to denote different approaches. Stavros Meidanis, DPA/CSO, Safety & Quality Manager, Capital Ship Management Corp. , presented how TMSA 3 presents a new challenge for the Ship Operator. The 3rd edition, launched in April 2017, adopts a similar document structure as previous TMSA editions, but with more wording clarity, consistency of language and focus on continuous improvement.  Mr. Meidanis talked about the major changes introduced such as expansion of Element 6 – Cargo, Ballast, Tank Cleaning, Bunkering, Mooring and Anchoring Operations, an updated Element 10 combining Environmental and Energy Management and a newly introduced one, Element 13-Cyber Security. Also, special focus has now been given on continual improvement cycle, taking into consideration additional KPIs with ultimate target an effective performance management. Capt. Panos Chatzikyriakos, HSE Director, Sea World Management & Trading Inc., provided insight into the current vetting challenges. As we became experts at slicing and dicing data to obtain amplified details on SIRE performance, the threat of sidetracking from our target grows, he said. Therefore, Capt. Chatzikyriakos urges for caution in determining the right indicators and targets for companies with this type of culture as the individuals may see their role as managing the indicator rather than managing the process that it is indicative of. All sessions ended with a round table discussion and exchange with the audience. Finally Apostolos Belokas as the Forum Chairman thanked the delegates for their participation, the sponsors for their support and the speakers for their excellent presentations and also the organizing team of the event for their contribution towards forum objectives.

  The 2017 SAFETYT4SEA Awards were presented at a prestigious awards ceremony which took place on Tuesday 3rd at the Yacht Club of Greece, one night before the SAFETY4SEA Conference. The SAFETY4SEA Awards are awarded to organizations that demonstrated outstanding performance within the scope of fostering Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping following an open nomination process. The winners of the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Awards are: Thome Group received the SAFETY4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award for representing a unique combination of the best elements of Scandinavian shipping traditions & Asian business enterprise, with a focus on high standards. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management, Clipper Group and Pacific Carriers Limited. Wallem Ship Management received the SAFETY4SEA Tanker Operator Award for its ‘Wallem Engagement Programme’ which is designed to proactively enhance engagement among both seafarers and staff shore and to empower them with ownership over their own safety. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Arcadia Ship Management, Besiktas Shipping Group, Emarat Maritime LLC, Scorpio Tankers Inc. WISTA received the SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award for creating a dynamic global network supporting women at management level in the maritime industry with the aim to highlight the important role that women play in the industry and encourage their participation and engagement. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ISWAN, Sea Health, UK Chamber of Shipping. RINA Academy Philippines received the SAFETY4SEA Training Award for offering quality training introducing a Competence Management System to continuously assess and train seafarers, shore-based personnel and staff through a Career Development Plan. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Damage Control School Hellenic Navy, JWC International Ltd, MAN Diesel & Turbo, VSTEP. Marlink received the SAFETY4SEA Technology Award for its ‘XChange Telemed’ which is a new telemedicine service designed to improve the health and safety of crew/passengers, while meeting new MLC and STCW regulations for health and medical treatment onboard. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ClassNK, Marine Armor System, Marine Traffic, Q88 LCC. Alert! By The Nautical Institute received the SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award for including a valuable resource of professional maritime articles and bulletins with a focus on fatigue, ergonomics & training, health to improve awareness of the human element in the maritime industry. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Allianz (AGCS), CHIRP, Propel, Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd. Capt. Warwick Norman received the SAFETY4SEA Personality Award for his overall contribution to the shipping industry while holding the role of CEO at RightShip since its inception in 2001, ensuring organization’s success towards maritime safety and environmental sustainability. Capt. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, IMO Secretary-General Emeritus, Chairman, “Maria Tsakos” Foundation, received the SAFETY4SEA Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding career in the shipping industry and his overall contribution to the work of IMO in which he held many positions, acting also as Secretary-General for two consecutive terms (2004-2011).  
Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2017 SAFETY4SEA Awards at awards’ dedicated webpage at https://www.safety4sea.com/2017-safety4sea-awards/ 
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