4th SAFETY4SEA Awards

The winners of this year’s SAFETY4SEA Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 1st of October, 2019 at the Yacht Club of Greece. The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.



2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards 

SAFETY4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award

Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc.
For managing a world class fleet of Dry Bulk Carrier vessels, committed to Safety and Environmental Protection and focusing on developing a unique safety culture for all personnel ashore and onboard.

Mr. Elias Kariambas, Director, Regional Business Development, ABS:

It is a genuine pleasure to give this award on Alpha Bulkers, which is committed to environmental protection and is focused on developing a safety culture for all the personnel, both on shore and onboard.

Capt. Andreas V. Togantzis, Safety – Quality & Marine Manager, DPA / CSO, Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc.:

Alpha Bulkers has faced several challenges and difficulties but each one of them has only strengthened our efforts to reach to the highest level and ensure that the word ‘Safety’ is not just a simple word to us but it means a lot and this philosophy has been on-passed to all our masters, officers, crew and shore staff.

SAFETY4SEA Tanker Operator Award

Springfield Shipping Co.
For setting as a core priority the continuous improvement of the services offered to their clients in the areas of crewing, safe and efficient vessels’ operations and environmental protection.

Captain Dionissis Siganakis, Operations Manager, Springfield Shipping Co.:

The coming years are very challenging since shipping industry suffers a lot from heavy regulations, increased number of inspections and work load. The effort of all the members of the shipping community should be towards an industry of “zero incidents” , which we can only manage by enhancing the safety culture of our staff on board and ashore, by caring about them, and recognizing their contribution to the international seaborne trade and the world economy.

SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award

Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)
For bringing together leading companies in the maritime sector to create a sustainable and successful shipping industry by 2040 addressing shipping industry’s social, environmental and economic impacts.

Mr. Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, SSI:

SSI brings together leaders to contribute to a sustainable maritime industry. We are a though leader for the industry focused on doing the right things right, recognizing that no single company can address the complex challenges alone’ collaboration across our sector is essential. In 2020, we intend to explore a new work stream that looks at the Future Human Side of Shipping, given the emergence of autonomous vessels. We will be articulating the scope and agenda of this area of our work over the coming months.

SAFETY4SEA Training Award

Metropolitan College / Warsash Maritime Academy
For collaborating with the aim of delivering comprehensive Naval and Maritime Education with an international perspective.

Mr. Christos Ioannidis, SHQE Director-DPA-CSO, Chandris (Hellas) Inc.:

Chandris (Hellas) Inc. believes that ‘’Building Ships is not enough” and that our “Utmost Priority” is to train the finest seafarers to safely carry cargoes worldwide as well as to protect the environment. Talking about training we are delighted to present this award which rewards a powerful collaboration between Metropolitan College and Warsash School with the aim to provide education for the Maritime industry.

Dr. Fotis Papageorgiou, Piraeus Campus Director, Metropolitan College:

The position of Greece as the leading force in the shipping industry has led us to this strategic investment in our country, in partnership with Solent University, a world-renowned University and a global leader in Maritime and Shipping Studies.  In the future, we envisage to be the greatest Marine Academy in South Europe.  We support this vision by developing a wide range of collaborations with important organizations and institutions of the shipping industry globally.

SAFETY4SEA Technology Award

Synergy Group
For its free and confidential chat and phone based multilingual psychological helpline ‘iCall’. The APP and helpline are potentially life-saving resources for the worldwide maritime community and are run by professional, trained counselors.

Mr. Dimitris Maniatis, Chief Commercial Officer, Diaplous Maritime Services:

It’s a great pleasure presenting the award to Synergy Group for this initiative. iCall is there to protect the lives of our mariners that are in distress and in need.

Mr. Rune Zeuthen, General Manager, Synergy Marine (Europe) A/S, Synergy Group:

Truth to be told, it was the seafarers that voted for us, so this award is really for the seafarers. As a grandson of a ship captain who suffered mental health issues during his career, this is a subject very close to my heart. Taking mental health seriously is not only a social responsibility but also a business imperative. Mental health needs to be addressed, not only for human reasons but because it is the right thing to do. We believe that the mental health of our seafarers should be a part for our safety culture.

Mr. Antonis Vrondissis, Vice President QHSE and Vetting, Navios Group:

We have our focus on safety and operational excellence. Mental health should be in the agenda for anyone that believes in a strong safety culture. Based on the welfare of seafarers, many are those who suffer from impair of psychological wellbeing, including social isolation and depression. It is a great credit that they are all using their expertise and reputation to address seafarer wellness which is an issue of utmost importance to us all. iCall is a lifesaving resource for the worldwide seafarer community and is a critical new approach to managing safety.

SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award

The North of England P&I Club
For launching SCORA which is an on-line Safety Culture Organisational Assessment tool, developed in collaboration with Green Jakobsen that provides an insight into any organisation’s capacity for safety.

Mr. Stergios Papangelis, Insurance Manager, Minerva Marine:

Congratulations to North of England P&I Club for their initiative and safety culture, providing an insight into any organisation’s capacity for safety, which is the ability to enhance safe work processes and safe behaviours. This is another step towards making our industry more technologically advanced, creating a sustainably safer working environment for mariners and crew onboard.

Mr. Savraj Mehta, Chief Commercial Officer, The North of England P&I Club:

The idea for SCORA grew directly from the interaction between North’s Loss prevention department and our ship owner members. We noticed that often members are aware of potential weaknesses in how operational safety was managed within their organisation but had no proactive way to check whether their awareness was correct. Instead lagging indicators such as LTIFs were used.

SAFETY4SEA Personality Award

Dr. Sadan Kaptanoglu
For her overall contribution to BIMCO, TURMEPA and INTERMEPA, inspiring industry with her personality, especially for the role or women within a male dominant industry.

Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE Marine:

Apart from being the head of one of Turkey’s most prominent and historic shipping companies, Dr. Kaptanoglu is the first woman to take the helm in BIMCO – the world’s largest shipping association. In particular, becoming the first woman to reach that position is proof that industry’s efforts for gender diversity have started to pay off. Diversity in management can only bring benefits to shipping industry and nowadays, we are delighted to witness more and more women in high-ranking positions.

Mr. Panagiotis Smyroglou, Founder, Abacus, on behalf of Dr. Sadan Kaptanoglu:

As a few days ago it was the World Maritime Day, Dr. Kaptanoglu is empowering us already starting from her shipping company, and now for being a constructive and very dynamic personality.

SAFETY4SEA Leadership Award

Mr. Dimitrios Fafalios
For providing industry leadership and promoting shipping interests in the global maritime community especially in the way of his involvement with the work of INTERCARGO.

Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE Marine:

Having leaders who work together with all maritime community to bring change is not an easy task, especially for our industry which is still considered to follow a more traditional approach. This is why we need inspirational leaders who are able to strike the right balance between achieving great improvements and managing people. In addition to this, it is important to reward significant efforts and acknowledge excellence.

Mr. Dimitrios Fafalios, President, INTERCARGO:

On behalf of INTERCARGO, its membership and secrerariat, I am honored to accept the award. SAFETY4SEAand INTERCARGO share common goals in the promotion of safety and quality in shipping and indeed in dry bulk shipping. INTERCARGO’s 2,200 entered vessels managed by 142 member companies strive daily for a higher quality of operation and a level of safety above the industry average.

About SAFETY4SEA Awards
SAFETY4SEA Awards are part of the SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum within the scope of fostering Excellence & Sustainable Shipping. The process to be employed is a combination of open nomination and vote. The award categories are:

SAFETY4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award
To be awarded to any ship operator of bulk carriers, or general dry cargo vessels that demonstrated safety excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity

SAFETY4SEA Tanker Operator Award
To be awarded to any ship operator of oil or chemical tankers, or gas carriers that demonstrated safety excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity

SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award
To be awarded to any organization that contributed towards sustainable shipping

SAFETY4SEA Training Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of maritime training

SAFETY4SEA Technology Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant technological achievement or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of maritime safety activity

SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award
To be awarded to any organization or association that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed in any initiative fostering safer and sustainable shipping

SAFETY4SEA Personality Award
To be awarded to any individual person that provided industry influence and contributed towards safer shipping

SAFETY4SEA Leadership Award
To be awarded to any individual person that has provided industry leadership and contributed towards safer shipping throughout his/her career

Notification procedure is initiated few months ahead of the event with an open invitation to the industry stakeholders to propose nominations online via relevant form at dedicated awards page. Shortlisted nominees are announced within a week after nomination submission is concluded and open vote to declare the winner of each category is available for a period of three months through relevant application at dedicated awards page. Winners are announced during the welcome reception & award ceremony, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Forum, in Athens.