11th GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum

The GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum was scheduled as a 2-day event from Wednesday 27th to Thursday 28th of April 2022!

This was an event aiming at a target group of Technical, Safety, Operations & Marine departments of Ship Operators and other industry stakeholders.

For more information about the GREEN4SEA Virtual Awards, please click here.

Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



Day 1 – Wednesday 27 April

Session #1 – Green Shipping Challenges – Presentations
08:30 GMT / 11:30 EEST / 16:30 SGT

The challenges of sustainable shipping remain numerous and complex. No doubt, the future is green while new regulations, green financing to meet decarbonization goals, innovation and flexibility will drive the industry forward.

  1. Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club – Green Shipping Challenges
  2. Keith B. Letourneau, Partner Maritime, BLANKROME – Maritime Air Emissions
  3. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd – How EU ETS and IMO CII will change Shipping and the Owner – Charterer Relationship
  4. Donald Gregory, Director, EGCSA – THE FUTURE OF SHIP PROPULSION: Fuels, emissions, climate change, technology & solutions
  5. Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting AS – Ballast Water Management Convention – Implementation status worldwide

Session #2 – Focus Presentations
9:30 GMT / 12:30 EEST / 17:30 SGT

  1. Marina Suzuki, GHG Expert of Zero-Emission Transition Center, ClassNK – Transition to Zero-Emission Ships
  2. Martin Hees, International Sales Manager, Aquametro Oil & Marine AG – Shaft Power Meter – the key component for optimizing fuel/propulsion efficiency

Session #3 – IMO/ EU Legislation, EEXI, CII – Presentations
10:00 GMT / 13:00 EEST / 18:00 SGT

  1. Panagiotis Psycharis, Environmental & Energy Performance Engineer, PRIME – IMO’s short-term GHG Strategy & Data Collection Systems Through the eyes of a Tanker Operator
  2. Iason Zacharioudakis, Operational Technology & Energy Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc. – Environmental Compliance & Challenges
  3. Nikos Melachropoulos, Technical Consultant, American Club – Energy Efficiency Index for Existing Ships (EEXI) & Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII)
  4. Prof. Dimitrios V. Lyridis , Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens – Port Energy Upgrade. Case Study: the Port of Igoumenitsa

Session #4 – Air Emissions, IMO, EU, CII, EEXI – Panel Discussion
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
11:00 GMT / 14:00 EEST / 19:00 SGT

Climate change is a key concern for sustainable shipping. IMO has set ambitious goals starting from 2023 with ships in need to calculate their EEXI and establish their annual operational CII ratings. In addition, operators should have in mind that important milestones for the EU MRV and IMO DCS are coming up in the first half of 2022.

  • EU ‘Fit for 55’ challenges for shipping
  • Key considerations of the upcoming EEXI and CII
  • Inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS and a possible global/regional MBM
  • Next steps in implementing effectively strategy of air emissions reductions
  1. Dr. Edmund Hughes, Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd.
  2. Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical And Business Development Director, Southeast Europe, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas
  3. Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA
  4. Miltos Messinezis, Sales Engineer, OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A.
  5. Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, North of England P&I Club
  6. Stela Spiraj, Environmental Expert, RINA

Session #5 – Shipping Decarbonization – Presentations
12:15 GMT / 15:15 EEST / 20:15 SGT

  1. Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Professor, Technical University of Denmark – Shipping Decarbonization: Status & Prospects
  2. Dallas D. Smith, VP of LNG & Alternative Fuels, The Liberian Registry – The Flag States Role in Decarbonization
  3. Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, North of England P&I Club – P&I Club’s approach to decarbonisation and importance of crew training
  4. Miltos Messinezis, Sales Engineer, OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A. – Carbon capture technologies towards decarbonization
  5. Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA) – Wind Propulsion: Building a Level Playing Field for the Decarbonization of Shipping


Session #6 – Ship Recycling – Presentations
13:15 GMT / 16:15 EEST / 21:15 SGT

  1. Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman of the Board Ship Recycling, International Ship Recycling Association -EU Taxonomy & Ship Recycling
  2. Henning Gramann, CEO, Green Ship Recycling Services GmbH – Strategies for identification, selection and control of recycling yards
  3. Yuvraj Thakur, Verifavia Shipping, General Manager-VTS India, VP Commercial VERIFAVIA SHIPPING, CEO VERIFAVIA SHIPPING IHM Singapore Pte Ltd – Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

Day 1 – Wednesday 27 April

GREEN4SEA Awards Ceremony
14:00 GMT / 17:00 EEST / 22:00 SGT (28 April)

Award categories:

  • GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award
  • GREEN4SEA Sustainability Award
  • GREEN4SEA Initiative Award
  • GREEN4SEA Technology Award
  • GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award
  • GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award
  • GREEN4SEA Personality Award
  • GREEN4SEA Leadership Award

Day 2 – Thursday 28 April

Session #7 – Future Fuels – Presentations
09:00 GMT / 12:00 EEST / 17:00 SGT

  1. Vijay Rao, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited – Marine Fuels of the Future
  2. Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor, Standard Club
  3. Jamie Wallace, Legal Director, Standard Club – Insurer’s perspective on alternative fuels
  4. Gregory A. Dolan, Chief Executive Officer, Methanol Institute – Methanol on the Water
  5. Bill Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager, VeriFuel – Can biofuels move beyond the trial phase and scale up as a marine fuel?
  6. Dr. Andreas Schmid, General Manager Technology Development, WinGD – A case for LNG: From the engine builder’s perspective 

Session #8 – Alternative Fuel Options – Panel Discussion
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
11:00 GMT / 14:00 EEST / 19:00 SGT

LNG is not the only fuel option as the industry moves forward; LPG, biofuels, methanol, hydrogen, synthetic fuels, shore power, wind and nuclear options are amongst the promising alternatives. Each of these options have both pros and cons while technology uptake still remains the biggest challenge.

  • Market momentum and success stories
  • Key challenges, Drivers and Barriers of the alternative fuel options
  • CAPEX/OPEX and fuel price considerations along with any real life examples
  • What’s the best choice: competitive strengths and weaknesses of all options
  1. Conor Fürstenberg Stott, Maritime Director, Ammonia Energy Association
  2. Berit Hinnemann, Head of Decarbonisation Business Development, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S
  3. Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical And Business Development Director, Southeast Europe, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas
  4. Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association
  5. Lampros Nikolopoulos, Projects & Dry Docking Engineer, EURONAV
  6. Dr. Andreas Schmid, General Manager Technology Development, WindGD

Session #9 – ESG in Shipping – Presentations
12:30 GMT / 15:30 EEST / 20:30 SGT

  1. Prof. Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Partner, HHX.blue – Sustainable ship finance: challenges and opportunities
  2. Aishwarya Iyer, ESG Manager, RightShip – ESG in Shipping – Positioning for impact
  3. Konstantinos Papoutsis, Sustainability Manager, Euronav – ESG unleashing shipping dynamics

Session #10 – ESG in Shipping – Panel Discussion
Moderated by Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
13:00 GMT / 16:00 EEST / 21:00 SGT

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) have become the new normal for maritime stakeholders; industry is currently focusing on how to apply a holistic transformation of its operations to address ESG challenges and apply requirements from a monitoring and reporting perspective.

  • ESG Challenges, Barriers and Drivers towards sustainable shipping
  • Next steps towards an ESG-ready industry
  • Best practices to address ESG challenges
  • The importance of ESG, industry wide and impact to strategic thinking
  • Lessons to be learned and applied from other industries
  1. Anuj Chopra, Co-Founder, ESGplus LLC
  2. Kostas G. Gkonis, Director / Secretary General, INTERCARGO
  3. Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Odfjell SE
  4. Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, NAMEPA
  5. Stavros Meidanis, Managing Director, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.
  6. Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration


Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International Windship Association (IWSA)
Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by ship owners, ship builders, class, research institutes, academia, NGO’s and seafarers is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy work stream, requiring regular attendance at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), where IWSA has consultative status, and he sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network there too. Other policy fora include the European Sustainable Shipping Forum, IRENA’s Coalition for Action and numerous reference groups and advisory committees focused on decarbonisation in shipping. Gavin has presented at over 100 international fora, including CMA, SMM & Green Ship Technology along with regularly chairing the Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blue Week each year. He was also the coordinator for the ground-breaking ‘Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit at COP23 in Bonn in 2017. His work extends to being a non-executive board member for the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), a work package leader on the EU Interreg Wind Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) and advisor on various shipping decarbonisation projects. He is also a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden among others. Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries. He has contributed to numerous studies, projects, books and articles on alternative propulsion solutions and helped coordinate and contributed to the UN-affiliated IRENA technical brief – Renewable Energy Options in Shipping and more recently was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.


Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor, Standard Club
Capt. Akshat Arora is a Master Mariner based in Singapore with over 11 years of sea-going experience and 6 years of shore experience handling Marine Safety, Loss Prevention, Commercial Operations, Vetting & Technical Management. He joined the Standard Club in 2014 and previously worked with a reputable ship management company as Senior Vessel Manager / Company Security Officer



Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA [Panel Moderator]

Apostolos is the Founder & Managing Director of the SQE Group, including SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY, SAFETY4SEA and RISK4SEA. He is a veteran Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with a 30 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent, Consultant and Project Manager. He entered shipping 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 specialization  as superintendent and later as a Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISPS/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC/DBMS), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 10,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE and Shipping related 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). Apostolos is the founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA that produces a wide range of paper magazines, the globally leading portal in Safety & Environmental protection for shipping (www.safety4sea.com) and numerous large scale events and he is a frequent speaker in many events across the globe, while he has chaired more than 70 large scale forums so far. You may explore more about the activities of the group at (www.sqegroup.com)


Anuj Chopra, CEO ESGplus LLC

Captain Anuj Chopra is an international executive, enterprise risk manager, and big data champion who has successfully forged client relationships in the maritime industry for more than three decades. His deep experience developing ethical, customer-focused EQ & SQ cultures has led him to conclude high-value contracts with some of the largest shipping companies in the world. Captain Chopra cofounded ESGplus LLC, an international consulting firm focused on bringing resiliency, efficiency, and independent board advisory to clients invested in the global maritime supply chain. ESGplus promotes sustainability, increased safety standards, and reducing the environmental impact of the maritime industry. Captain Chopra guides ESGplus as a diversityfocused company, providing client value by promoting exemplary, transparent customer solutions for a sustainable and resilient maritime supply chain. Before his time at ESGplus, Captain Chopra spent nearly a decade as a Vice President of RightShip, negotiating high-level due diligence and compliance agreements in developing business across North and South America leading to over 500% growth. Prior to his time at RightShip, he served as the president of Anglo-Eastern Houston, with direct oversight of vessels visiting US ports, risk evaluation, and government relations. Captain Chopra began his seafaring career as a deck cadet, working his way up to Captain. He has commanded large bulk carriers and tankers and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Captain Chopra currently serves as a Fellow of The Nautical Institute (Chairperson of the U.S. Gulf Branch), an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, Advisory board member of the Houston Maritime Center and on the Board of Directors at the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at the University of Houston, and he has served as a lecturer or teacher for more than 32 years. Captain Chopra is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and a member of NOAA’s Federal Advisory committee titled Hydrographic Services Review Panel. He continually mentors’ students and professionals in the maritime supply chain and is an Adjunct Professor for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program at the College of Technology, University of Houston. He is the CoAuthor and Assessor for NAMEPA’s ESG/CSR Maritime Sustainability Passport Program.


Gregory A. Dolan, Chief Executive Officer, Methanol Institute
Greg Dolan has held a variety of senior management positions with the Methanol Institute over the past 26 years, serving as CEO for more than a decade. Mr. Dolan manages MI’s offices in Washington, Singapore, Brussels, Beijing, and Delhi, while directing international governmental relations, media relations, public education, and outreach efforts. He has presented papers on methanol-related topics at more than 100 international conferences, authored magazine articles, and written book chapters on the methanol industry. Mr. Dolan came to MI after spending a decade in a variety of public information positions in New York State, with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Department of Transportation. Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University and did extensive post graduate work in Political Communication at the State University of New York-Albany.


Conor Fürstenberg Stott, Maritime Director, Ammonia Energy Association

Conor and  Sofia Fürstenberg Stott, partners in Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory (FMA),  provide the Maritime Directorship for the Ammonia Energy Association (AEA). Conor joined FMA IN 2019. Prior to FMA, Conor was Asset Manager with Maersk FPSOs, holding overall operational and commercial responsibility for a specialised LPG offshore facility. His career has included operations management ashore and as OIM/Master both offshore and aboard trading ships. Overall, his maritime career spans 30 years. He assists within the maritime industry on a voluntary basis as mentor and advisory board member. Along with achieving Master Mariner certification, he holds qualifications in ship management from Lloyds Maritime Academy and an MBA from Henley Business School. Besides supporting the AEA, Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory  helps shipowners with their transition journey, developing ESG strategies for mutual value creation and risk sharing. FMA is a member of the Getting To Zero Coalition and supports ocean  initiatives such as  the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. FMA is a partner with The Ocean Opportunity Lab, Oslo and member of MARLOG Denmark.


Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman of the Board, International Ship Recycling Association
Dr Konstantinos Galanis has over 30 years of professional & academic experience. In Jan 2020 he was elected as Chairman of the International Ship Recycling Association. He is a Director at Dido Shipping Company S.A. and held senior positions at shipping companies including one publicly listed at Nasdaq, USA. He is a Lecturer at the Institute of Charterer Shipbrokers, Hellenic Branch teaching Maritime Economics. He serves MIT as Educational Counselor and he is the Founder of Shipping for Kids. He has also served for 8 years’ onboard ships and has taught for several years courses related to Naval Architecture & Marine Hydrodynamics. He is a member of ABS European Technical and ClassNK Greek Technical Committees. He has published several papers at International Journals, Conferences and events and has written several technical reports and projects. Konstantinos holds three graduate degrees from MIT, namely PhD in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering and Applied Mechanics, M.Sc. in Ocean Systems Management and B.Sc. in Naval Engineering.


Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club
Ansuman Ghosh is a Marine Engineer with the UK Club’s Loss Prevention department based in Singapore. Ansuman sailed on various vessel types up to the rank of Chief Engineer. In 2006, he came ashore, working as a Superintendent and Classification Society Principal Surveyor, Regional Lead Auditor. Prior to joining Thomas Miller, he was Technical Head at a ship-owning and service company. Over 10 years with leading classification society in Singapore with responsibilities ranging from on-board surveys, new buildings, dry-docking and management system audits. Extensive experience in Health, Safety, Quality, Environment and Energy management systems audits on Gas Carriers and Tankers.During his time at Class Society, Ansuman was also involved in number of repair, major modification, retrofit projects and management system verifications involving FPSO’s, Jack ups, Semisubmersibles and various types of Offshore Support Vessels.


Kostas G. Gkonis, PhD, Director & Secretary General, INTERCARGO (the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners)

Dr Gkonis is a professional with 20 years of experience. His work has been focusing on maritime policy and the industry’s environmental soundness, decarbonisation, sustainability, ESG, and innovation. He holds the position of Director / Secretary General of INTERCARGO since Oct. 2016. During his time, the Association’s Membership has more than doubled to about 25% (basis deadweight tonnage) of the global dry bulk fleet, bringing together more than 220 forward thinking companies from 30 countries and promoting quality dry bulk shipping. He holds a PhD in Maritime Transport from the National Technical University of Athens – NTUA (Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering), a M.Sc. in International Business (Manchester School of Management, UMIST) and a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in energy (NTUA)


Henning Gramann, CEO, Green Ship Recycling Services GmbH
Henning holds a degree as Environmental Engineer (Diplomingenieur, Dipl.-Ing.) and is actively involved in maritime environmental protection since more than 20 years. Since 2005 he´s working in the field of ship recycling and has become a leading expert for all aspects of green ship recycling and compliance data management. In 2011 he has established GSR Services GmbH for supporting all stakeholders for cost-effective compliance with Hong Kong Convention and EU-Regulation on Ship Recycling from cradle to grave



Donald Gregory, Director, EGCSA

Don has 14 years seagoing experience. He is a Past Chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and previous Chair of the WG on IMO Guidelines for EGCS. He worked for 20 years in BP Marine in a range of technical roles culminating in Director for Sustainability. Don sits on the CIMAC & ISO marine fuels WG and CIMAC lubricants WG for Gulf Oil Marine. Current areas of focus include the implementation of sustainable EGCS solutions for emissions compliance.



Martin Hees, International Sales Manager, Aquametro Oil & Marine AG

Martin Hees has graduated from Technical University of Mannheim Germany and University of Maryland and holds an engineering degree in process engineering. From 1995 on, he is working for different renowned companies in the field of industrial metering and energy savings. Since 2017, he is responsible as International Sales Manager within Aquametro Oil & Marine for Marine as well as for on/off road customers.


Berit Hinnemann, Head of Decarbonisation Business Development, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S
Berit is working at Maersk with decarbonization and especially with the development and supply of carbon-neutral marine fuels such as green methanol and ammonia. Before joining Maersk in April 2020, Berit worked for Haldor Topsoe for 13 years in roles within R&D, business development, technology scouting and corporate strategy. Before that, Berit worked as a research scientist in materials science at Princeton University. Berit holds a MSc in Physics from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Denmark with a focus on catalysis and ammonia synthesis.


Edmund Hughes, Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd.
Dr Edmund Hughes is Director of Green Marine Associates Ltd. a UK based independent consultancy specialising in maritime policy development, regulatory implementation and management and mitigation of risk with a focus on the decarbonisation of ships. Previously Dr Hughes was Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized technical agency responsible for the regulation of international shipping. As a member of the IMO Secretariat for over 9 years his responsibilities covered MARPOL Annex VI, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, including regulations on controlling emissions to air such as IMO 2020; energy efficiency for ships; and IMO’s work to address GHG emissions from international shipping including the development and adoption of the Initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Prior to joining the IMO, Dr Hughes held roles in the United Kingdom’s civil service including in HM Treasury the UK’s Finance and Economics Ministry, where he worked on risk management and corporate governance, and the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency, where he held policy roles in safety management (ISM Code) and environment (Ballast Water Management and Air Pollution). Prior to that he worked in academia researching engineering design and systems failure. He has a PhD and a degree from Cranfield University in the UK.


Aishwarya Iyer , ESG Manager, RightShip
Aishwarya Iyer is ESG Manager at RightShip (world’s biggest third-party maritime risk assessment and due diligence organization) and is passionate about sustainability. Aish is an experienced financial analyst, having worked with leading players in the commercial and investment banking space. More recently, she has been actively involved in aligning ESG risks with broader financial risk management frameworks to enable focus on sustainable lending. She brings across this experience in promoting and anchoring RightShip’s sustainability proposition and helping the business and maritime community understand ESG risks and opportunities to support better decision-making.


Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Odfjell SE

Øistein Jensen is Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE. He was previously Chief of Staff in Odfjell and was appointed to CSO in August 2020 as a part of the company’s dedicated focus on sustainability. Øistein has been part of Executive Management in the group since 2016.  He was in 2021 elected as a board member of Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). Jensen is an executive with broad experience in naval leadership, management consulting, sustainability, and shipping. Øistein was previously a director at PwC Management consulting for ten years, working on strategy, ESG, and compliance. Øistein came to PwC from the Navy where he served as captain of a submarine and commander for the submarine command training.  Øistein has a Bachelor of Military Science from Naval Academy and MBA from Norwegian School of Economics


John Kokarakis, Technical Director SEEBA Zone , Bureau Veritas
Dr Kokarakis a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Masters degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Michigan. He worked for over ten years as a consultant undertaking technical problems worldwide. His specialization was in the area of technical investigation of marine accidents. In his capacity as a forensic engineer he participated in the technical investigation of the Exxon Valdez grounding, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the drillship Sea-Crest capsize, the Piper Alpha fire and explosion, the Aleutian Enterprise foundering in Alaska as well as many other accidents of less notoriety. In addition, he was a technical consultant for SEALAND, APL, MATSON Navigation, Chevron and other companies. The last twenty years he works in Greece, in the area of classification. Having served in the plan approval office of American Bureau of Shipping in Piraeus, he then joined Germanischer Lloyd heading their tanker and bulk carrier team in Greece. He is currently the Technical Director of Bureau Veritas in the Hellenic and Black Sea & Adriatic Zone. In his duties Dr. Kokarakis is responsible for the smooth technical operation in the Zone as well as in the harmonic cooperation with the BV offices worldwide to the benefit of the BV clients. He is a member of SNAME since 1976 and a Fellow of the Society. He is currently the Chairman of the Greek Section since 2014. He has also served as International Vice President of the Society and a Member of the Fellows Committee.


Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA
Mr Panos Kourkountis is an experienced Technical Director in the shipping industry. He studied Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. From 1994 until 2018 he worked in Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, as Superintendent, Site manager of new building projects, Technical Manager and Technical Director. In January 2018 he joined G.Procopiou Group of companies as Technical Director of Sea Traders SA. He is a member of Hellenic Technical Chamber (TEE), Technical Committee of Union Greek Shipowners, ABS Europe Technical Committee, Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Technical Committee, DNV Greek Technical Committee, RINA Technical Committee, BV Technical Committee, Technical committee of Intercargo, Marine Technical Managers Association (MAR.TEC.MA), Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers SNAME, Naval Architects Association of Greece, Mechanical Engineers’ Association of Greece, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (ELINT).


Keith B. Letourneau, Partner Maritime, BLANKROME
Keith Letourneau focuses his practice on maritime and energy transactions and litigation matters, including: Contract negotiations and disputes; Vessel arrests and attachments; Collisions and allisions; Oil and hazardous materials pollution; Complex commercial litigation; OCSLA transactions and disputes; Oilfield contracts; Insurance coverage opinions and; Cargo damage. Keith’s government contract experience includes shipyard bid protests, labor standards disputes, and appeals of contracting officers’ final decisions before boards of contract, as well as solicitation and bid reviews and evaluations. He has also defended document-intensive shipyard and oil rig repair contract disputes. He is co-chair of the Firm’s Blockchain Working Group. He has published recent articles about the industry, specifically as it relates to maritime matters, and presented on Blockchain issues at the Firm’s Litigation Department CLE program in Philadelphia in November 2017. Keith served as a trial attorney for both the U.S. Coast Guard’s Procurement Law Division and the Admiralty Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division. He is a retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard. His military service included assignments as a deck watch officer aboard a medium-endurance cutter that engaged in drug law enforcement efforts in the Caribbean Basin and as commanding officer of a Coast Guard patrol boat stationed along the southeast Texas coast. Keith is a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary academic society that recognizes law students, teachers, judges, and lawyers for their scholarly or professional achievements. Keith is ranked by Chambers USA for his work in shipping litigation matters, which notes that clients describe him as a “very steady and thoughtful attorney” and that he is “very studious, measured and looks at the overall structure of a case, and what may happen several steps down the road.”


Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, NAMEPA
Carleen Lyden Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience. She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of educational resources promoting marine environment protection. She works to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators, conservation groups and educators to “Save the Seas”. In 2015, Ms. Walker was appointed a Goodwill Maritime Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, INTERTANKO, The National Press Club, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Tall Ships Foundation, and the New Era Academy Transportation Technologies Program in Baltimore. Ms. Walker is also Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, Chief Evolution Officer for SHIPPINGInsight, and the Co-Founder of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage. In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively. Ms. Walker graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration, and is a trained facilitator and media trainer. She held a USCG Captain’s license.


Prof. Dimitrios V. Lyridis , Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens

Dimitrios V. Lyridis is an Associate Professor in the area of Maritime Transport in the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA&ME) at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is currently Director of the Laboratory for Maritime Transport (LMT) of NTUA. He has a Diploma in NA&ME from NTUA, an M.S. in NA&ME (Marine Systems Management) from the University of Michigan (UM), an M.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from UM, and a Ph.D. in NA&ME from UM as well. His main scientific areas of interest are maritime economics, supply chain management, shipping finance, maritime transportation, and energy economics. He has undertaken many research and industrial projects in maritime transport, shipping finance, and energy (including project finance and cost benefit analyses for investment projects) and he has been involved in applied commercial projects in the areas of ship investment, restructuring, marketing, business and operational planning (including feasibility studies and business plans) for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in the EU and in developing countries.


Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association
Madadh MacLaine is the Founder and Secretary-General of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs), CEO of Zero Emissions Maritime Technology Ltd (ZEM-Tech), co-founder of the International Windships Association (IWSA), and an active IWSA board member until March 2020. She has a background in hydrogen water electrolysis and maritime systems having represented ITM Power, plc, in the Maritime industry and in sustainable development as the founder of the NGO, Fair Winds Trust. Madadh has been working in zero-emissions shipping since she began designs for a ZE multi-access cargo ship in 2000. Frustrated by the lack of available technology, she set off on a course to bring ZE Ship Technology to the market and founded ZESTAs to promote the interests of the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Industry. The goals of ZESTAs are to support ZE Technology development, represent its interests in the international shipping industry and regulatory bodies, and ensure a level playing field for Zero Emissions Ship Technologies, as well as shipowners, who are coming under increasing pressure to decarbonize their fleets.


Stavros Meidanis, Managing Director, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.
Stavros Meidanis, with over 24 years experience in shipping industry, first joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRS) 1999 and worked as a Marine Surveyor and Quality Lead Auditor. In 2006, he was appointed Marine Client Manager for Lloyd’s Register. From November 2008, he was promoted to Global Manager/ Principal Surveyor for Marine Management and Safety Systems for Lloyd’s Register Group. He was also responsible for the implementation of LR’s Group Strategy regarding Marine Management Systems in the Supply Chain across the world. From August 2013, he joined the leading shipping company Capital Ship Management Corp, taking the position of DPA/CSO and Safety & Quality Manager. He had the responsibility of Safety & Operational performance -focusing on safety, environmental and energy – of Capital Ship Management fleet –total of 70 vessels, including Oil/ Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers. From January 2021, Stavros was appointed Managing Director of Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp, as well as Chief Sustainability Officer of Capital Maritime (Capital Group). Stavros has an extended experience on several business segments such as Tankers, LNG, Containers and Bulk Carriers. He has published a plethora of technical papers and studies in shipping industry. He is holding degrees in Marine Engineering, Economics and Business Administration. He has successfully completed several Executive Business & Technical degrees from well reputed institutions like LSE and MIT, participating in several working groups studies. Stavros, has being Clinical Professor/ Guest Lecturer in several Academic Institutions.


Nikos Melachropoulos, Technical Consultant, American Club

Mechanical Engineer MSc, PgDip Maritime Law with nearly 24 years of experience in the maritime industry. 5 years as Superintendent Engineer/Fleet Manager & Deputy Technical Manager involved with the technical management of various types of vessels, the routine maintenance, scheduled repairs as well as major repairs in Greece and around the Globe. 19 years as a Marine Surveyor with an international marine surveying & consultancy firm, up to the role of Principal Surveyor and then regional manager for the East Mediterranean region (since 2014). Carried out a wide range of surveys on behalf of P&I Clubs, H&M Underwriters, Charterers, and Lawyers etc. Since September 2021, in the role of Technical Consultant for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Region in the Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. / Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., Managers for The American Club / Eagle Ocean Marine


Miltos Messinezis, Sales Engineer, OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A.

Miltos Messinezis studied Naval Architecture (BEng) and Marine Engineering (MSc), at the University of Southampton. In the past he has worked as Newbuildings Supervisor, mainly in Chinese shipyards and as a Superintendent Engineer, in various Greek shipping companies. Since May 2017 he is working as a Sales Engineer in Oceanking SA, involved with new technologies addressing environmental regulations.


Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting AS

Jad Mouawad is the founder and CEO of Mouawad Consulting, an engineering and consultancy firm specializing in the field of Ballast Water Management. With over 120 employees and branches in Norway, China, Korea, Lebanon and Panama, Mouawad Consulting is considered one of the leading suppliers of services and products to the maritime industry. Jad Mouawad is a Naval Architect, graduated in 2005 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has since had several positions in the maritime industry, first at the Norwegian Maritime Administration (NMA), before joining DNV where he started and developed their class services for Ballast Water Management. Jad Mouawad is engaged in various local and international activities and has initiated the development of the first DNV rules for installation of BWMS onboard ships. He also contributes heavily to the development of the guidelines of the BWM Convention, developed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as an advisor to NMA, and represents Norway in the ISO Technical Committee dealing with standards for BWM. He plays Golf, and is a big basketball fan.


Lampros Nikolopoulos, Projects & Dry Docking Engineer, Euronav
Lampros Nikolopoulos is the Projects & Dry Docking Engineer of Euronav. He is responsible for all aspects of the Dry Dockings, Repairs and BWTS Installations of the Euronav Fleet. In the meantime he works together with the company’s Projects Manager on prospective Newbuilding Projects as well as novel new , zero carbon ship design concepts. He joined the company’s Technical Department as a Junior Technical Superintendent in 2017. Prior joining Euronav he worked for 4 years in Starbulk SA as Newbuildings and Dry Dockings Engineer. He studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens and is completing his PhD Thesis in the University of Strathclyde. His research is focused in the field of Simulation Based Ship Design Optimization under uncertainty with the use of big data and digital twin surrogate models.


Konstantinos Papoutsis, Sustainability Manager, Euronav
Konstantinos Papoutsis has fifteen-year professional experience having held several business and academic roles. Konstantinos currently runs ESG Sustainability at Euronav since May 2021 with twofold responsibility: to support the organization in building its decarbonization as well as the ESG framework. He also served as Sustainability Lead at Nike EMEA Operations for four years leading sustainability strategy and operations at European level. He has been research associate in multiple research and academic institutions as the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Thessaly (Greece). He studied Surveying and Transport Engineering and holds a PhD in Applied Economics. Konstantinos has also published scientific articles in journals specialized in transport economics and sustainability.


Harilaos Psaraftis, Technical University of Denmark
Harilaos N. Psaraftis is a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Technology, Management and Economics. He has a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (1974), and two M.Sc. degrees (1977) and a Ph.D. (1979) from MIT, USA. He has been Assistant and Associate Professor at MIT from 1979 to 1989 and Professor at NTUA from 1989 to 2013.  He has participated in some 55 research projects, of which 25 from the EU. He has been a member and chairman of various groups at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has also served as CEO of the Piraeus Port Authority (1996 -2002). He has published extensively and has received several academic and industry awards. His latest book is entitled “Sustainable Shipping: A Cross-Disciplinary View”, Springer (2019).


Panagiotis Psycharis, Environmental & Energy Performance Engineer, Prime Marine

Panagiotis Psycharis works in the Environmental Department of Prime Marine. His main responsibilities include the analysis of all the company’s engine and vessel performance data, acquired by multiple sources onboard as well as the application of the latest regulations, related to the IMO’s decarbonization strategy to the company’s fleet. In addition he is involved in projects that are related to the energy efficiency enhancement of Prime’s fleet and to the reduction of the company’s environmental footprint. He joined the company in 2021 and has previously worked for Euronav. Panagiotis has studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens and he has academic experience in the subject of fluid-structure interactions modelling, in the University of Aalto.


Vijay Rao, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services

Vijay Rao is a graduate engineer and a qualified marine Chief Engineer and has previously worked for a leading Classification Society and as principal marine engineer in design consultancy. Since joining Steamship Mutual he has worked with various Syndicates assisting with ship machinery related queries and organising and reviewing condition surveys. He has previously worked at sea mainly on oil tankers and ro-ro passenger ferries.



Andreas Schmid, General Manager Technology Development, WinGD

Dr. Andreas Schmid, General Manager Technology Development Andreas Schmid has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETI) in Zurich. Ηe completed his PhD on Automotive Sprays in 2012 and has over 10 years of international experience in researching, developing and ya dating engine technologies. Andreas joined WinGD in 2011 as a Spray and Combust on Research Scientist before taking over the lead of the Future Technologies team in 2016. He was responsible for the coordination of collaborative research with a focus on the development of measurement technologies, piston running and for acquiring a better understanding of spray and combustion. In 2019, Andreas took on the role of General Manager, Technology Development. In this role, he oversees research and development in the field of future fuels, fuel injection, ignition, tribology as well as emission formation and abatement.


Prof. Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Partner, HHX.blue

Orestis has more 25 years of experience in the maritime industry and has widely contributed in research and specialized projects too. Before joining HHX.blue, Schinas was the Professor of Shipping & Ship Finance and Head of the Maritime Business School at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA – www.hsba.de), since 2008.. His professional career includes large corporate assignments, such as IPO and advanced research and business development projects, as well as start-ups and fintech endeavors in the fields of shipping and ship finance. He has gained experiences and offered his services in many sectors, regions and international organizations, and recently he was also appointed as Permanent Representative of a Member State to IMO. His work on marine bunkers, air emissions and energy efficiency of ships as well as on ports and infrastructure is published in renowned journals and collective works, while his book ‘HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance’ is also available in Chinese, reflecting the visibility of his work.


Dallas D. Smith, VP of LNG & Alternative Fuels, The Liberian Registry
Dallas Smith is the Vice President of LNG and Alternative fuels for the Liberian Registry. He develops and executes LISCR’s vision, mission, planning, strategies, and tactics to achieve business growth for the Registry with a specific focus on LNG, Alternative fuels, & Offshore global operations. He leads the service delivery, business development, marketing, networking, and operations of the Registry within the LNG (to include newbuildings of LNG-as-fuel powered ships, LNG bunker vessels, FLNGs, and LNG carriers) and Alternative fuels (hydrogen, ammonia, & methanol) of the Maritime Industry globally. In addition, he manages the Houston office by providing oversight of the Registry’s interface with regulatory, commercial, operational, and compliance of all vessel platforms. Dallas joined the Liberian Registry after 20 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. During his final 6 years in the Coast Guard, he ran the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise. Where he was responsible for executing the USCG’s entire liquefied gas safety, security, and environmental compliance mission around the world. He holds an M.B.A. with honors from Liberty University, B.S. degrees with honors in Technology Management and Organizational Leadership from University of Houston, and an A.A.S. in Electronic Engineering from Thomas Edison State College.


Mark  Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, North of England P&I Club
Mark previously worked as a Fleet Superintendent and Technical Superintendent after a period as Marine Engineer and is now involved with all aspects of loss prevention. Mark is a Member of North’s decarbonisation working group which provides guidance to our Members and also monitors trends with respect to problematic fuels including VLSFOs and as we move forward, alternative fuels.



Stela Spiraj, Environmental Expert, RINA

Stela Spiraj serves as Environmental Expert for RINA Marine, based in Piraeus, Greece. In her current position, Stela is responsible for helping owners and operators develop emission, fuel, and operational strategies to meet the goals arising from the marine environmental regulatory framework. Stela joined RINA as a plan approval engineer of machinery and prolusion items. Before joining RINA, she worked at the corporate fleet performance centre of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and the technical department of the tanker arm of Angelicoussis Shipping Group, Maran Tankers Management Inc. Her experience includes the verification ship emission reports, performance analysis of vessels, evaluation of energy efficiency improvements measures, newbuilding / retrofitting plan approval, and drydock supervision. She holds a Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and was a co-founder of the research group Oceanos, which represents NTUA to international competitions dedicated to naval energy efficiency.


Bill Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager , VeriFuel
Bill Stamatopoulos holds a Bachelor and an MBA with specialisation in Total Quality Management from the University of Leicester. He joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in 1991 and in 2010 Bill became the Regional Manager of DNV Petroleum Services for Europe, responsible for sales, lab operations, technical, surveys and consultancy. Since 2004 he is appointed at the Hellenic Organization for Standardization, Committee 66 for Petroleum Products, by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping. Bill is a co-Author of ‘Marine Fuels’, a specialised book in shipping, published in 2008 and the main author of the book’s latest editions published in 2018 and 2021.During the last 20 years, Bill has given several presentations and training courses on all fuel related issues and has also been involved in numerous quality disputes and bunker claims as a fuel expert. He is a member of advisory panels and working groups such as Intertanko Bunker Sub Committee and IMO MSC (Fuel Oil Safety). From 2015, Bill joined Bureau Veritas as Business Development Manager for the organisation’s Marine Fuel Services brand, VeriFuel.


Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Andrew has a truly international background in the maritime industry, working for leading maritime service providers, in the position of Chief Operating Officer, such as Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Wallem Group, in a career which has seen him working in the UK, UAE, USA, Norway and Hong Kong. He was responsible to lead and manage business transformation, continuous improvement, integration and change management programmes, drive strategic planning and implementation consequently delivering on improved customer satisfaction, business performance and efficiency. After a successful period in both international groups he joined The Sustainable Shipping Initiative in August 2018, where he is responsible for leadership of the Secretariat


Marina Suzuki, GHG Expert of Zero-Emission Transition Center, ClassNK


Yuvraj Thakur, General Manager-VTS India, VP Commercial VERIFAVIA SHIPPING, CEO VERIFAVIA SHIPPING IHM Singapore Pte Ltd
Yuvraj Thakur is a Marine Engineer who has an Engineer on Tanker and container ships. He holds a B Tech Marine Engineering degree from MANET, Pune and an MBA degree in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Jain School of Global Management (Singapore, Sydney and Dubai). Yuvraj is our Commercial VP for Maritime Transport, our Global Head of IHM, and the General Manager of Verifavia Technical Services (VTS). Yuvraj is an EU MRV and IMO DCS auditor, and a Hazmat expert. Yuvraj speaks English and Hindi, and is based in Chandigarh, India.


Jamie Wallace, Legal Director, Standard Club

Jamie Wallace is the Legal Director at the Standard Club. He joined the club in 2019 after working in private practice in a London shipping firm, where Jamie was a partner from 2010. Jamie is responsible for the handling of defence class claims within the club, providing claims input in relation to underwriting and loss prevention (including on alternative fuels), promoting the club’s policies on key issues and managing the club’s representation on the International Group’s committees and working groups, as well as sitting on a number of IG committees and working groups.



Panos Zachariadis, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd
Panos Zachariadis is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc) and Naval Architect (MSE) from the University of Michigan with a 38-year experience in shipping. He has served for years as Marine Superintendent in New York, after periods of shipbuilding supervision in Japan and sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers. He is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers since 1997 and a member of the Greek Delegation to IMO since 2004, having contributed to the development of several well-known regulations (e.g. GBS, PSPC, FSA) and the prevention of others (e.g. double hull bulk carriers). In cooperation with major Korean shipyards he has applied numerous energy saving ideas, some of which have become industry standards. He is a member of Technical Committees of several classification societies, UGS and Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO Marine Committee, BoD HELMEPA and MARTECMA. He has been honored with the 2011 Efkranti award for his contribution to Greek shipping, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association 2017 Maritime Personality award, the 2017 Lloyd’s List “Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection” award and the 2019 Green4Sea Personality Award.


Iason Zacharioudakis, Operational Technology & Energy Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.
Iasonas Zacharioudakis joined Latsco Marine Management in 2018 and is currently the Operational Technology & Energy Manager. His career began in 2004,  in shore industry and Power Plant construction sector while working at  Public Power Corporation and METKA, Mytilineos SA. Iasonas joined Marine Management Services MC (Callimanopoulos group) in 2009 initially as shipbuilding Electrical Supervisor and next as Fleet Electrical Manager.  He holds an MBA in Techno-Economic Systems and a Master’s degree in Maritime Science & Sea Technology on top of his Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).



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.




SQE Marine is a leading provider of Safety, Quality and Environmental Solutions providing Consulting, Training and Information products in these areas. We have been successfully providing a product and service range to more than 1,200 clients (based in 75+ countries) over the last 20 years, operating a DNVGL Certified Training Center and a LR ISO 9001 certified management system. Strong enough to provide immediate response and feedback to all client queries and needs, we provide a range of competitively priced services and timeliness for product / service delivery; we provide foolproof products and services to ensure full after sales support for as long as necessary. Last but not least, technical competence is the core of our management system & operations. Our vision is to be a leading world class corporation that provides reliable maritime solutions in the areas of Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental, Crisis, Security, and Risk Management. Our mission, therefore, is to provide real life, effective and efficient maritime solutions range including Consulting, Training and Information provision in order to maximize client benefit and minimize risk.




American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the United States – indeed, in the entire Americas. The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping. Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations. Responsibility for damage to cargo, for pollution, for the death, injury or illness of passengers or crew and for damage to docks and other installations are examples of typical exposures. Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I such as that offered by the American Club distinguishes itself from ordinary forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.




Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD was established in Athens in 1998 with a clear strategic goal – “the safe transportation of cargoes worldwide with respect to the environment”. Initially the Company assumed the management of two different types of vessels (dry and wet) but at a later stage ARCADIA, realizing the increased demands and responsibilities of the current times, focused its activities on tanker management. Following the Company’s establishment in 1998, an ambitious investment program began with the construction of high specification aframax and suezmax tankers, in South Korean Yards, on behalf of Companies that had entrusted the management of their vessels to ARCADIA.




Since 1928, Aquametro Oil & Marine has been among the leading manufacturers and suppliers of measurement, optimization and monitoring solutions for all kinds of fluids on ships, vehicles and industrial applications. Our range consists of more than 100 different oil fuel meters and management systems which have been developed specially for ships, transport vehicles and other heavy machinery in the shipping and industrial sector. We are also considered experts in viscosity measurement and control as well as in measurement, monitoring and management systems for fuel performance and fuel switching units (HFO to MDO and vice versa). For the industrial sector we offer flowmeters and dosing units for special fluids. Aquametro Oil & Marine operates from its headquarters in Therwil/Switzerland and Rostock/Germany as well as from Singapore for the Asian market. With further subsidiaries in South Korea and China and representation offices in India and Japan plus a global service network and numerous sales partners around the world we can offer you seamless, professional and solution-driven support.



Blue Planet Shipping Ltd

Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS) was established and based at Piraeus since 1996, to manage 8 Dry Bulk Carriers. In 1998, BPS split into two separate companies. BPS retained its root name and Third Millenium Shipping Ltd (TMS) was set up to manage vessels for different owners. BPS managed 7 out of the 8 vessels; (AKMI – ARIS – EVMAR – COSMAR – ALMAVITA – AFROS & ALKIMOS) and the management of the ASTROMAR was undertaken by TMS. In 2002, clients of the company placed an order for 6 New Building Supramax vessels in China, of which 5 were delivered in 2003 and 1 in 2004. The new vessels (APOLLON – APEX – AKMI – EVNIA – NICOLAOS A and AVRA) were registered under Cyprus and Greek Flags. With the company by then managing a total of 14 vessels, it began recruiting different nationalities to man the ships, focusing mainly on Greek, Ukrainian, Burmese and Moroccan crews.




Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas, a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services, employs approximately 75,000 employees located in more than 1,500 offices and laboratories around the globe. Within Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas works to provide our clients with the support and in-depth knowledge they need to protect their people, ships and offshore structures, making us go beyond the scope of individual projects to find new ways to anticipate and manage risk across the industry, promoting health and safety, and protecting the marine environment.




Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 23 vessels including 5 modern bulk carriers and 18 container carriers with a total dwt of tons approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. The Capital-Executive team has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp. is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 7 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 1.2 million cubic meters. Our team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector with experience, Mariners / Naval Architects (50 years cumulative experience in LNG) from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Shipmanagement

Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 55 vessels including 41 tankers (6 VLCCs, 5 Suezmaxes, 2 Aframax, 27 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker), 4 modern Capesize bulk carriers and 10 container carriers with a total dwt of 5.70 million tons approx. Capital is a a subsidiary of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. The fleet under management includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P.




Founded in 1899, ClassNK is a ship classification society dedicated to safer and cleaner seas. ClassNK provides diverse technical services including surveys and classifications of ships and marine structures based on its own rules, statutory certifications on behalf of more than 110 flag states, management system certifications in line with ISO and other international standards.



Columbia Ship Management

With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. Since our founding in Cyprus, we have developed a global reputation by continuously exceeding our clients´ expectations when providing the highest quality and professional management services. Our success is based on the tremendous added-value granted to our clients by leveraging a strong global network and the will of being a leading force in the maritime industry.



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.



Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED)

EASTMED is a ships management company with head offices in Glyfada (Athens), Greece. Presently the company has under management 78 vessels, employs 200 shore based personnel and a further 3000 seagoing staff. The fleet comprises of 29 tankers, 39 dry bulk carriers and 10 container ships, adding up to a total DWT capacity of 7.2 million tons. Principally both the tankers and the dry cargo vessels are employed on the spot market and occasionally will enter into short period charter agreements on a number of ships of the fleet.

The following overseas companies are employed as exclusive agents of EASTMED:

  • Intermar Chartering (UK) Ltd. in London, U.K.: Covers the London chartering market.
  • Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines: Directly selects, trains, and employs Filipino Masters, Officers, and Crew exclusively for the vessels under EASTMED’s management.

EASTMED was granted by Lloyd’s the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification in December 2010 and is in the process of being certified with ISO 50001 within 2016. EASTMED is presently a member of BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO, thus joining forces for improved standards in the industry. EASTMED voluntarily participates to AMVER reporting system, operated by the US Coast Guard for promoting safety of life and property at sea. Managed vessels are honored with AMVER awards on an annual basis.




ERMA FIRST has been developing cutting-edge BWTS solutions and has set the standard for effective ballast water treatment with superior operational readiness, build quality and ease of use.  Now, ERMA FIRST is one of the top makers worldwide in quality & sales with a significant number of contracted and installed systems. Long-term co-operation and commitments to customers/operators are proven by large fleet agreements signed up with prestigious shipping companies.




Euronav is an independent tanker company engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil. The Company is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on Euronext Brussels and on the NYSE under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. Sustainability is a core value at Euronav as it ensures the long-term health and success of our people, our business, and the environment we work in. It involves a commitment to safety and environmental practices, as well as an innovative approach to the use of technology and information.



Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Latsco Marine Management Inc. a subsidiary company of Latsco Shipping Ltd., has been established 1st January 2019 and is currently located at Kifisia. Latsco’s history begins over half a century ago as part of Latsis Companies’ Group. Latsco provides 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. Latsco pursues all entrepreneurial ventures with ethics, integrity, consistency to incident-free operations and ultimate aspiration of providing excellent services through long-lasting customer relationships. Currently, LMM Inc. manages a fleet of 27 vessels (MRs, LR2, VLGCs), while another 2 vessels shall be delivered up to 2020.



North of England P&I Club

North is a leading global marine insurer with over 160 years of history in the industry. Our purpose today remains as it was on our inception in 1860; to enable our Members to trade with confidence. Over the years our service offering and our global office network has grown but our business has remained grounded where it all began; the North East of England. With a global service built around you and your business, expect a warm and friendly welcome whenever or wherever you deal with us, from people who genuinely care about your business. Founded and headquartered in in Newcastle, our reach stretches around the world. We have regional offices in Greece, China (Shanghai and Hong Kong), Japan, Singapore, Ireland and the USA. You’ll also see us playing a leading role in the International Group; an association of 13 principal underwriting clubs insuring around 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage. The experience of our staff is unrivalled in the industry. From our global team of 90+ claims specialists to the largest team of specialist in-house FD&D lawyers within the International Group, your needs can be dealt with by us and not a third party. Our loss prevention team put themselves in your shoes, providing you with the information, support and guidance to help you avoid having to make a claim. Focussing on safety culture, we provide technical and operational expertise from our master mariners and engineers with many years of seagoing experience.




OCEANKING is a leading marine engineering and commercial group serving the Greek and International maritime community as well as the Greek public and industrial sector. OCEANKING was founded in 1989 and operates in Piraeus – Greece as well as in Cyprus. OCEANKING employs qualified naval architects and marine engineers and is managed by Costas Hassiotis and Panos Yannoulis with a permanent staff presently consisting of 20 persons. Our experience covers the areas of ship design, ship construction and operation, shipbuilding methods and management, marine engineering systems, materials supply and management as well as logistic support. Our company follows strict quality procedures and is certified according to ISO 9001:2015 by Lloyds.




With 160 years of experience across a wide range of industries, RINA is a multinational company that helps clients build strong, successful businesses. Through a global network of 4.000 talented professionals operating out of 200 offices in 70 countries, we support market operators across the entire lifecycle of their projects, whilst assisting them in renewing their products, technologies and services. Entrusting a project to us means being sure that everything will be taken care of, and our mindset allows us to apply a simple approach to complex situations. Ship classification has been at the core of our business since its inception and today it makes us one of the top-ranking marine classification societies in the world. Over time, we’ve progressively extended our services and expanded our range of operational sectors. The experience offered, combined with a policy of continuous development and training of our team, mean we work with the utmost professionalism and competence. We promote a green approach to the Marine industry with a strong commitment to energy saving, emissions reductions and optimisation of fuel consumption. We help support the sustainable growth of Energy operators throughout the world to meet growing market demands in oil and gas, power generation (conventional, renewables and power grids) including environmental protection. Our third-party Certification services provide an independent guarantee of compliance with associated regulatory standards, in order to support enterprises across all aspects of projects, operations, logistics and legislation.




RISK4SEA is an online platform to provide PSC performance transparency to the market by analysing PSC Data providing KPI, Demographics, Detentions Analytics, reports, Benchmarks and Insights for 23 fleet segments in an advanced analysis of the last 5 years to assist stakeholders to:

-PREPARE for forthcoming PSC inspections
-ANALYSE PSC performance to identify strengths & weaknesses
-BENCHMARK fleets against competition and the industry



Standard Club

The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and member of the International Group of P&I clubs, owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. The club has been insuring shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties for over 100 years and insures about 10% of the world fleet. The Standard Club prides itself on quality of service to members, and sets great store in responsiveness and support at all times, especially in times of crisis. Claims are managed from one of our 6 international offices, and our global reach is expanded by our correspondent network. We also put an emphasis on financial strength and stability, which has resulted in an S&P A rating and no unbudgeted supplementary calls for over 20 years. The Loss Prevention department works to minimise losses through ship surveys, member risk reviews and a programme of educational events and publications. The loss prevention team is continuously developing its tools and training its personnel to enable it to provide expert technical and loss prevention advice to members round the clock. The Safety and Loss Advisory Committees are key to the club’s loss prevention initiatives and meet twice yearly to discuss claim trends and industry issues. Various initiatives have come as a result of the committee meetings, such as the member risk review programme, introduced in 1993 and unique to all International Group clubs



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, led by Stephen Martin, 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.




SUN ENTERPRISES LTD. serves as the consolidated operating company for a modern fleet of tankers and dry bulk carriers totaling 20 in number with deadweight capacity of just under 2.0 million tons. Since its inception, SUN has negotiated newbuilding contracts with major Japanese (including Hakodate, MHI and Namura), Korean (HHI, STX) and European (Kockums, Odense) shipyards and was the first concern to place VLCC shipbuilding orders with Hyundai Heavy Industries. The tanker fleet under the Company’s purview is readily and widely accepted for chartering by major independent oil companies as well as state-owned oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Latin America, Japan and Korea.




Your Fully Integrated Maritime Partner: Safety | Compliance | Efficiency | Innovation

With its roots in the Scandinavian shipping tradition, the Thome Group of Companies (Thome Group) prides itself upon offering innovative ship management services globally from its headquarters in Singapore. For over 50 years the company has been at the forefront of the ship management industry and today offers clients all over the world integrated services; from ship management, crewing and training to offshore structure management, Thome offers a complete range of products and services essential in managing a wide range of marine assets worldwide. The Thome Group also provides a number of ancillary services to its clients including newbuilding and conversion project management; marine consultancy and marine services. Building on Singapore’s dynamic growth as an international maritime center, the Thome Group is now recognized as one of the world’s leading independent ship managers with more than 300 vessels under its management, serviced by over 800 shore staff and more than 12,000 crew members operating worldwide.



UK 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.




WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.) is a leading developer of two-stroke low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. WinGD sets the industry standard for reliability, safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability. WinGD provides designs, training and technical support to engine manufacturers, shipbuilders, ship operators and owners worldwide. Headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since its inception as the Sulzer Diesel Engine business in 1893, it carries on the legacy of innovation in design.


2022 GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum: ESG in industry’s new priority in the sustainability agenda

The 2022 GREEN4SEA Virtual Forum successfully concluded on April 27-28 focusing on industry’s ambitious numerous and complex challenges of a more sustainable shipping. No doubt, the future of shipping is green while new regulations, green financing to meet decarbonization goals, innovation and flexibility will drive the industry forward.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: MacGregor & SQE MARINE. The event was also sponsored by: American Club, ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, AQUAMETRO OIL & MARINE, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd, BUREAU VERITAS, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp, Capital Shipmanagement, ClassNK, Columbia Ship Management, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), ERMA FIRST S.A., EURONAV, Latsco Marine Management Inc., North of England P&I Club, OCEANKING, RINA, RISK4SEA, Standard Club, Steamship Mutual, SUN ENTERPRISES LTD, THOME GROUP, UK Club, WinGD

Currently, decarbonization is one of the biggest challenges the maritime ecosystem has ever faced, but it might also present a great opportunity. A greener future is a key issue of discussion among all stakeholders who have realized that investing in sustainable practices is critical and part of their ESG strategy.ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance and has become the new trend within all business sectors and not only maritime. Actually, it is not a trend, it is a necessity. In that respect, the two-day events focused on the promotion of green based policies and ESG efforts within our industry with the aim to foster environmental awareness and sustainability.

Session 1: Green Shipping Challenges – Presentations

Ansuman Ghosh, Director Risk Assessment, UK P&I Club, mentioned that the transition to a green maritime sector is among industry’s key challenges; in this context, scaling up zero carbon fuels and implementing strategic planning are necessary to adapt to the new terms and standards.

Keith B. Letourneau, Partner Maritime, BLANKROME, referred to air emissions updates in the maritime sector, presenting the IMO’s, EU’s and USA’s approach on the issue, while stressing the challenges ahead for the GHG reduction and the regulatory landscape.

Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management LTD, discussed how the EU ETS and IMO CII will change shipping industry and will redefine the relationship between owners and charterers. As the EU ETS law is not drafted, all managed ships will have a problem since the Regulations is not ship-specific but ‘Manager-Specific’, he noted.

Donal Gregory, Director, EGCSA, highlighted the vital role that scrubbers play in reducing CO2 emissions, and stressed how important is to implement the regulation properly, having a goal-based approach. NGOs continue to make unsubstantiated claims of harm caused by ESGC discharge water, but no assessment has been made of IMO hybrid fuels, he said.

Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting AS, gave a presentation on the Ballast Water Management Convention – and its implementation status worldwide and highlighted that now is the right time for operators to identify the technology and manufacturer best fitted for their ships and understand the retrofit process.


Session #2 – Focus Presentations

Marina Suzuki, GHG Expert of Zero-Emission Transition Center, ClassNK, noticed that as climate change is gaining more and more attention on a global scale, companies are increasingly setting their ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. ClassNK evaluates to what extent the CO2 emissions from the customer’s fleet are aligned with their targets.

Martin Hees, International Sales Manager, Aquametro Oil & Marine AG, gave a presentation about the Shaft Power Meter, its recent measurement and application, highlighting that it is the key component for optimizing fuel/propulsion efficiency.


Session #3 – IMO/EU Legislation, EEXI, CII – Presentations

Panagiotis Psycharis, Environmental & Energy Performance Engineer, PRIME, gave an overview of the IMO’s environmental regulation regarding the short-term GHG strategy, referring to the data acquisition and its challenges in the era of digitalization.

Iason Zacharioudakis, Operational Technology & Energy Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc., referred to key challenges of environmental compliance, explaining what ‘Fit for 55’ means from shipping industry. One of the major challenge to achieve the environmental ambitious targets is data integrity, and then to develop standards and processes for data transparency and validation, he said.

Nikos Melachropoulos, Technical Consultant, American Club, talked about the Energy Efficiency Index for Existing Ships (EEXI) & Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII). With regards to EEXI, he highlighted that in total more than 30,000 vessels will be affected when it comes into effect in 2023 and be revised in 2025 as planned.

Prof. Dimitrios V. Lyridis, Associate Professor, National Technical University of Athens, presented a holistic approach on the modern port challenges and the possibility of their green transition and demonstrated a case study for the Port of Igoumenitsa in Greece.


Session #4 – Panel Discussion

Climate change is a key concern for sustainable shipping. IMO has set ambitious goals starting from 2023 with ships in need to calculate their EEXI and establish their annual operational CII ratings. In addition, operators should have in mind that important milestones for the EU MRV and IMO DCS are coming up in the first half of 2022.

Experts of Session 4: Dr. Edmund Hughes, Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd.; Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical And Business Development Director, Southeast Europe, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas; Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA; Miltos Messinezis, Sales Engineer, OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A.; Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, North of England P&I Club and ; Stela Spiraj, Environmental Expert, RINA debated on next steps in implementing effectively strategy of air emissions reductions

Experts briefly referred to new emission regulations that are coming into place, pushing stakeholders to become greener. This is actually the target and given the climate emergency, the maritime industry needs to ensure smooth transition and adapt successfully. However, since there are different schemes, both at IMO and EU level, and not one solution to fit all ships, there is need for harmonization and a common framework. There are tricky challenges towards emissions reduction and confusion as well. New EEXI and CII, for instance, are not clear how they will impact ship operating routes. Key concerns of these measures refer to the cost of compliance, the retrofitting, plans. EEXI is a technical measure while CII is an operational; by definition, this is key difference, however, measures that are taken to improve EEXI will apply to CII as well, although EEXI will not have a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions eventually. These are short term measures and many more are coming in the mid term (MBMs) and long term (alternative fuels). As such, industry needs to take one step at a time and focus on improving related KPIs.

Furthermore, industry needs to be aware of how the global economy will react with regards to these new parameters which are going to have a great geopolitical impact. EU ETS creates additional challenges to ship emissions, and therefore there is need to clarify how the proposed EU measures will return back to finance green projects as early movers have a huge financial burden and need incentives to move forward. In that regard, collaboration is vital and green corridors is an example of the collaboration needed that can add value. It was suggested to develop hubs around each port and link sectors who use energy sources in order to support alternative fuels and build an ecosystem outside the ports. All experts agreed that the IMO has a key role to play towards as it is the fundamental instrument to define the potential collaboration and unify everybody in order to avoid local schemes. Overall, many actions are taken into decarbonization and minimizing carbon footprint; the shipping industry is part of the change, playing a vital role.


Session #5 – Shipping Decarbonization – Presentations

Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Professor, Technical University of Denmark, gave a presentation entitled “Shipping Decarbonization: Status & Prospects” referring briefly to short measures adopted during MEPC76 and two ways to measure CII which are both endorsed by the IMO as well as to MBMs for sustainable shipping which although suspended back in 2013, are now in the agenda again.

Dallas D. Smith, VP of LNG & Alternative Fuels, The Liberian Registry, shared insights for maritime decarbonization from the Flag States perspective,k highlighting that starting in 2023, ships will get a CII rating of their energy efficiency using rating categories A,B,C,D or E where A is best. Ships rated D or E for three consecutive years will be required to submit a corrective action plan.

Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, North of England P&I Club, provided the “P&I Club’s approach to decarbonization, highlighting the importance of crew training towards. Mr. Smith explained how North Members can navigate through their dedicated decarbonization website, share their decarbonization stories and find technical guidance.

Miltos Messinezis, Sales Engineer, OCEANKING Technical & trading S.A., gave a presentation on the carbon capture technologies, explaining that these are separated in pre-combustion; oxyfuel capture method and post-combustion from exhaust gas. They offer many advantages as they are easy to handle, are combined with a SOx scrubber and are suitable for the existing fleet.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA), talked about the application of wind power in the shipping industry, presenting market forecasts and the pipelines status towards industry’s journey to decarbonization.


Sessions #6 – Ships Recycling – Presentations

Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman of the Board Ship Recycling, International Ship Recycling Association, talked about the EU Taxonomy, which is a classification system establishing a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities, and its relation to ship recycling.

Henning Gramann, CEO, Green Ship Recycling Service GmbH, provided an overview of all the steps required to develop and implement a recycling strategy, highlighting the importance of creating transparent processes and strong supervision.

Yuvraj Thakur, Verifavia Shipping, General Manager-VTS India, VP Commercial VERIFAVIA SHIPPING, CEO VERIFAVIA SHIPPING IHM Singapore Pte Ltd, explained the notion of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials, while presenting the company’s maintenance process and systems.


Session #7 – Future Fuels – Presentations

Vijay Rao, Loss prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited, gave a presentation about the marine fuels of the future and referred to pros and cons of each option. For example, LNG is a well matured technology in the supply chain but is an explosive gas. Methanol is a clean fuel but toxic when inhaled.

Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor, Standard Club, said that the key drivers influencing ship decarbonization are: regulations and policies, access to investors and capital, expectations of cargo owners and consumers. Outlook for technologies and fuels. He also referred to energy efficiency technologies such as: hull coatings, air lubrication and hydrogen fuel cells.

Jamie Wallace, Legal Director, Standard Club, shared his views on the alternative fuels for the maritime industry from the insurer’s perspective, noting that the wide range of disputes possible regarding allocation of compliance, risk and costs and the uncertainty of current regulations entail charterparty challenges.

Gregory A. Dolan, Chief Executive Officer, Methanol Institute, highlighted the rapid development of methanol use around the world and referred briefly to the advanced fuel technologies that will change the industry in the years to come.

Bill Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager, VeriFuel, gave an overview of the benefits and challenges of biofuels in the marine sector, emphasizing that they are an indispensable stepping-stone towards decarbonization.

Dr. Andreas Schmid, General Manager Technology Development, WinGD, gave a presentation on LNG from the engine builder’s perspective, highlighting that LNG can be the transition fuel needed but the industry must reduce the methane emissions to an absolute minimum. Synthetic methane as a drop in fuel has a very high potential, he concluded.


Session #8 – Alternative Fuel Options – Panel Discussion (No presentations)

LNG is not the only fuel option as the industry moves forward; LPG, biofuels, methanol, hydrogen, synthetic fuels, shore power, wind and nuclear options are amongst the promising alternatives. Each of these options have both pros and cons while technology uptake still remains the biggest challenge.

Experts of Session 8: Conor Fürstenberg Stott, Maritime Director, Ammonia Energy Association; Berit Hinnemann, Head of Decarbonisation Business Development, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S; Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical And Business Development Director, Southeast Europe, Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas; Madadh MacLaine, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association; Lampros Nikolopoulos, Projects & Dry Docking Engineer, EURONAV and; Dr. Andreas Schmid, General Manager Technology Development, WindGD discussed about the key challenges, drivers and barriers of the alternative fuel options.

A diverse panel of experts debated on the technical level and key milestones of the alternative fuel options as well as competitive strengths and weaknesses. All experts agreed that ambitious decarbonization targets are on the way up to 2050, including many challenges. In that regard, stakeholders need motivation which comes from legislation but it also is self-driven as many stakeholders are now asking for green solutions to make a real change and act in favor of a better future for our planet. Experts acknowledged that we need more than the motivation that comes from awareness; to make actual changes during this decade, we need policies, carbon price, reinvest money in technology and action.

As a key trend, few speakers noticed that shipowners are in favour on green methanol as the technology is ready and the legislation is under development. What is more, methanol is another feasible fuel as it works with bio fuels and can make an impact. Green ammonia has also a great potential, but more work needs to be done for its safety and technical usability. Hydrogen is a very promising and attractive fuel but there is need to invest in technology and its transition to acquire know-how. LNG is not the only one solution, but it can be used as a transition fuel to net zero operations. In general, all alternative fuels show several advantages in their technology uptake and production. Which one will prevail is not easy to predict today, however few experts agreed that wind propulsion is considered as a very promising alternative source of power, that has come to the front, offering many benefits. Furthermore, it is difficult to make predictions of the best fuel option for the future due to uncertainty and ‘black swan’ events, such as pandemic and Ukraine-Russian war and other geopolitical events. In that regard, many parameters will need to be considered for the decision while the use of proper metrics can help to determine the best possible sustainable option. Concluding, experts agreed that key priorities are to enable the scale up of the production of green fuels and enhance collaboration across the supply chain so that green fuels to become available.


Session #9 – ESG in Shipping – Presentations

Prof. Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas, Partner, HHX.blue, referred to the several challenges and opportunities of sustainability ship finance. As he said, the freight market does not pay higher for green services while carbon tax and MBM will impact operations. Thus, financing of assets of higher prices is required.

Aishwarya Iyer, ESG Manager, RightShip, talked about the ESG challenges in the maritime sector, giving an overview of the financial costs required to decarbonize shipping and shedding light between the link of ESG and the financial needs.

Konstantinos Papoutsis, Sustainability Manager, Euronav, gave a presentation entitled “ESG unleashing shipping dynamics’’, highlighting that shipping is gaining grounds in addressing ESG and as a key priority is to build trust and transparency through the ESG performance disclosure.


Session #10 – ESG in Shipping – Panel Discussion

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) have become the new normal for maritime stakeholders; industry is currently focusing on how to apply a holistic transformation of its operations to address ESG challenges and apply requirements from a monitoring and reporting perspective.

Speakers of Session 10: Anuj Chopra, Co-Founder, ESGplus LLC; Kostas G. Gkonis, Director / Secretary General, INTERCARGO; Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, NAMEPA; Stavros Meidanis, Managing Director, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. and; Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, highlighted the importance of ESG for the maritime industry and their impact to strategic thinking.

Experts agreed that the last couple years, the maritime industry has embraced ESG. The pandemic crisis has brought both challenges and opportunities, but the sustainability issues are on top in industry’s agenda. With regards to ESG issues, the main challenge for shipping is the ‘G’ dimension (Governance); in oder to address this successfully, decision makers need to realize there is no future for the organizations lacking vision and leadership. Another significant driver of ESG, not to be forgotten, is safety. Overall, the ESG is a journey that can only offer benefits, but stakeholders need to embrace change towards. Albeit the pandemic, we have already witnessed enormous developments, however the forthcoming regulations create a complex landscape. On the other hand, due to COVID-19, many challenges arose for our seafarers. Here comes ESG, that demonstrates an opportunity to make real change. In that regard, there is need for a level playing field, investments, transparency and ESG reporting.

The demand of social justice, D&I and transparency governance are now key drivers of change. As an industry, we also need to; focus more on diversity; bring real change in culture; implement SASH (Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment) policies; focus on training, Only if we demonstrate commitment towards these and take action, we will attract new talents. For effective compliance the following are important: to understand who the stakeholders are; to implement a global framework for ESG and a standard measurement for performance; to invest in new technology today and allocate resources; to focus on effective leadership and educate small organizations about the ESG requirements; to focus on standards – GRI needs to be adapted to maritime as well and; to make ESG part of the business strategy, to embed it into the corporate culture. To succeed towards, industry needs to develop the right mindset and gain the respect it deserves. By operating in a higher level which includes operating all dimensions of ESG and being open to new ideas and trends, maritime organizations can ensure business survival and become proactive.

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Maritime Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Shipping , including:

  • Ship owners & staff within Technical, HSQE, Operations & Marine Dept.
  • Maritime Compliance Executives
  • Regulatory Authorities & Flag state Representatives
  • Marine insurers & P&I executives
  • Green Technology Vendors & Experts
  • Maritime Professionals interested in environmental issues

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