2022 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum
The 2022 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum was scheduled as a 2-day event from Wednesday 19th to Thursday 20th of October!
This is 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 2022 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Awards, please click here.
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Day 1 – Wednesday 19 October
10:30 GMT / 13:30 EEST / 18:30 SGT
Session #1 – Safety Culture – Presentations
Session #2 – Panel Discussion: Human Factors
Human sustainability is the new term currently being used in shipping industry concerning human factors. It is about dignity and respect for every human being in the maritime industry and emerged as increasingly important during the pandemic, representing a call for best practices that will enhance safety and sustainable performance.
Session #3 – Human Factors – Presentations
Session #4 – Panel Discussion: ESG in Shipping
Activity around environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability issues is increasing as governments and citizens exert pressure on businesses to change their operations, said Allianz in a recent report. The maritime industry also keeps pace with this trend and thus, we are constantly hearing in the news, stakeholders to engage to many ESG initiatives.
Session #5 – Best Practices Spotlight
Day 01 – Wednesday 19 October
SAFETY4SEA Awards Ceremony
See event website here
Day 2 – Thursday 20 October
10:30 GMT / 13:30 EEST / 18:30 SGT
Session #6 – SIRE 2.0 – Presentations
Session #7 – Panel Discussion: SIRE 2.0
While currently in development, the new vessel inspection regime, SIRE 2.0, will more accurately report on the quality of a vessel and its crew (on an ongoing basis) and indicate future likely performance, using enhanced tools, strengthened governance processes and more in-depth reporting outcomes, following a risk-based approach.
Session #8 – Best Practices Spotlight
Session #9 – Continuous Learning Spotlight
Session #10 – Crew Welfare Spotlight
Session #11 – Panel Discussion: Crew Welfare
Crew Welfare remains on the top of industry’s agenda. Although the Neptune Declaration Crew Change Index has showed transition to new normal since July, maritime stakeholders remain alert to improve life onboard in the post- pandemic era. As such, ship managers and operators have shed their focus on enhancing the welfare of seafarers, promoting efforts targeting both the physical and the mental health of crew onboard.
Session #12 – Container Fires Spotlight
Session #13 – Security Spotlight
Session #14 – Panel Discussion: Maritime Security
The shipping industry has announced its plans to formally end the High Risk Area designation at the end of the year which signals a significantly improved piracy situation in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, IMB has received the lowest number of reported incidents for the first half of any year since 1994, highlighting though that the areas of risk shift and the shipping community must remain vigilant.
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Capt. Alexandros Arabatzoglou, Vetting Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.
Capt Alexandros joined Latsco Marine Management Inc. back on 1997 since his cadetship. He is a Master Mariner with over 20 years of experience in the shipping and marine industry. He sailed for 14 years on Oil/Chemical/LPGs in all ranks including Master. He came ashore in 2014 as a Marine Superintendent with Latsco Marine Management after which he took over as head of Vetting Department on 2019. In 2016, he completed with distinction the Diploma in Ship Superintendency by Maritime Training Academy. Hefocuses on ensuring that the Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental and Energy Management System is established, implemented and maintained while the safe environment on board is set as first priority.
Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor – Loss Prevention, Standard Club
Akshat Arora is a Master Mariner and a maritime professional with over 11 years of sailing experience on a variety of dry cargo ships (bulk carriers, containers, and general cargo ships). He has been associated with reputed shipping companies and extensively involved with managing aspects relating to maritime safety, security, commercial operations, vetting & technical management. Akshat joined the Standard P&I Club in 2014. He is based in the club’s Singapore office and works in the Loss Prevention department with a particular focus on cargo claims, environmental compliance, maritime safety and security related matters. In recent years, Akshat has been closely involved with issues related to IMO-2020 compliance, maritime security, cyber risk management, sustainable ship recycling, decarbonisation, dry bulk and container casualty-related matters. He is an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI), and a member of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) technical sub-committee and International Group (IG) container loss working group. He regularly speaks at shipping industry events on behalf of the Standard P&I Club. He has also written many loss prevention publications and guidance which are published on the club’s website and various industry forums. More information is available on his LinkedIn profile.
Mr. Chirag Bahri, International Operations Manager, ISWAN
Chirag joined ISWAN in 2015 after the Maritime Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) moved its services into ISWAN. He is responsible for the operation and development of ISWAN’s regional work programme in South Asia, South East Asia and Nigeria. He works closely with various stakeholders to provide support mechanisms for seafarers and their families in need. He began his shipping career in India in 2004 after graduating as a Marine Engineer and has worked on various merchant vessels in different capacities, currently holding a Chief Engineer’s License. Chirag was held hostage by Somali pirates on a hijacked vessel in 2010 and has devoted his life to helping seafarers and their families affected by piracy and many other challenges. His passion to serve seafarers has gained widespread recognition, and he has received prestigious national and international awards.
Capt. Debashis Basu, Founder & Partner, Navguide Solutions LLP
Capt. Debashis Basu is the Founder & Partner of Navguide Solutions, a company that specializes in digital microlearning tools to measurably enhance performance on merchant vessels. He is an ex-VLCC Master, Author of published papers on “Gamification in Maritime Training”, Trainer for Vetting / SIRE / Port State Inspections, and creator of digital processes such as Guide2Inspections and Maritime Skill Enhancer. He is also a Member of the Nautical Institute (AFNI), the Association of Master Mariners and the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI).
Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
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)
Capt. Mark Bull, Consultant
Mark Bull commenced his career 49 years ago and is currently a Marine Consultant specialising in Navigation Assessments and Navigation Assessor training. He is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute, member of council and member of their technical committee. His company has just been awarded The Nautical Institute’s “Recognition” for Navigation Assessor – Masters’ Self-Assessment. He spent 27 years at sea, including 5 in command; 12 years in shipmanagement in senior positions; 3 years in P&I Loss Prevention and 8 years as a consultant. Mark has extensive experience of the ISM Code; implementing the system onboard ship, training his crew and undergoing the first external audit (pre-convention). He then moved ashore where he was responsible for putting the entire fleet through the audit processes, reviewing Master’s comments on the system, amending procedures and re-writing large sections. He qualified as an ISO/ISM Lead Auditor in 1997 and – quote – has lost count of the number of audits he has conducted.
Lt CDR Diego Cánovas-Cánovas, Interagency and Shipping Advisor, Coordinator, European Union Naval Force Operation Atalanta
Lt CDR Diego CANOVAS-CANOVAS was commissioned as an officer in 1997, but he joined the Navy in 1980 as a Seaman Specialist. After serving on board minehunters, corvettes, fregates and aircraft carrier as Air Ops SO, he became Surveyor grade “A” international, and was XO of Spanish Navy Surveying Ship “CASTOR”. Lt CDR CANOVAS-CANOVAS has held various staff appointment on Headquarters, most notably NATO Shipping Centre, at NATO Maritime Component Command in London, UK, and Spanish Navy Fleet HQ, where he was deployed to West Africa as Maritime Security Advisor several times. Currently is in charge of relations with Shipping Industry at strategic level and interagency Staff Officer, and also JOC-MSCHOA Coordinator at EU NAVFOR Somalia as permanent staff, after being involved in the transfer of authority from Northwood to Rota, Spain, and the de-location of MSCHOA to Brest, France, while remaining fully integrated in Operations Dep. at EU NAVFOR Somalia OHQ. The officer holds a Master Degree in Peace, Security and Defence, specializing in Maritime Security in West Africa, and currently is a PhD candidate in International Security. He is Knight of the Royal and Military Order of Saint Hermenegildo at the degree of Commander and Plaque.
Ms. Danielle Centeno, Loss Prevention Executive, American Club
Danielle joined the American P&I Club team in 2015 and currently hold the title of Loss Prevention Executive. Danielle is responsible for development, implementation, and market presentation of loss prevention products with a particular focus on the North American Market. Danielle holds a BSc in Marine Transportation from SUNY Maritime College, a Third Officers license, and is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves. She also carries six years of experience with HSSQE as a Designated Person ashore and Company Security Officer for two U.S. vessel operators. Danielle has three years of sailing experience and maintains her third Mates License for the U.S. Navy Reserve’s Strategic Sealift Officer program.
Mr. Gabriele Dado, Commercial Director, Safetytech Accelerator
With two engineering degrees, Gabriele started his career as a graduate engineer for V.Group, the world’s largest ship management and marine services company. After taking up various roles across the organisation, living in Monaco, the UK, Cyprus and Singapore, Gabriele became the company’s youngest commercial director after only 5 years. His exposure to multiple businesses and cultures sparked his entrepreneurial fire and led him to found his own startup – BLK, in 2018. In 3 years, BLK went from an idea to one of the UK’s top tech companies, raising institutional investment and developing the world’s largest commodity marketplace. Gabriele worked for Enry’s Island, Italy’s no. 1 incubator & accelerator, heading their commercial and fundraising activities, determining Enry’s Island entry into the US market. Gabriele is an avid trader and a writer, having punished 5 historical / adventure novels. In his spare time, he loves to sail, cycle cook and work out.
Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Standard Club
A master mariner, Capt. John Dolan spent 11 years at sea working primarily on oil tankers. John then returned to university for two years and graduated with a master’s degree in Science in International Shipping. He built on his technical and academic experience by becoming a ship manager and for the next 23 years, he worked in most of the key functions and senior roles in ship management including commercial, marine, safety, operational and technical positions culminating in 10 years’ experience as General Manager / Director level of two large shipping companies. During this period, he was also a Board member of the International Chamber of Shipping where he represented Ireland for five years. Today, as Deputy Director, Loss Prevention at The Standard Club he shares his experience and knowledge with underwriters, claims personnel and club members daily.
Mr. Henrik Ehlers Kragh, COO, Risk Intelligence
Henrik is Chief Operating Officer and overall responsible for delivering products and services to Risk Intelligence’s clients. Henrik has been with Risk intelligence since 2013. Before joining Risk Intelligence Henrik was Head of Anti-Piracy Coordination in Maersk Line and he has been working with complex maritime risk and security issues since 2007. Henrik is a graduate from the Danish General Joint Staff Course and before retiring as a major Henrik held a number of command and staff positions, among other as an analyst at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). Henrik holds an international Master in Disaster Management from Copenhagen and Lund universities and has completed an Executive Program on Corporate Risk Management from Harvard Business School”.
Mr. Yiannis Fafalios, CEO, Care4C
Yiannis Fafalios is the CEO of Care4C, a start-up specialising in providing high-tech wearables that aim to improve seafarers’ physical and, subsequently, mental wellbeing. He is also the General Operations Manager at Fafalios Limited, a family run shipbroker that has been operating for 7 generations. He has sailed as a cadet and worked for a Class society and as an insurance broker prior to joining the family business and Care4C. He has studied at Warsash Maritime Academy, graduating in Marine Operations and with first class honours in Bachelor of Science, following which he has worked for Lloyd’s Register and Miller Insurance Services LLP. Furthermore, he has obtained the Level 3 Certificate in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Care4C is a reflection of his passion and mission when he left the ship for shore, to create a better and safer place for seafarers, one that offers them a work environment as close to that of a job ashore.
Mr. Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous Group
- Hellenic Naval Academy / Strategy Operations – Hellenic Naval War College / NATO Special Forces training and Operations.
- Hellenic Navy for 20 years, commanding Special Forces Units.
- Commanding Officer of the Navy Seals Command and Naval Warships.
- Senior Director and Vice President in multinational companies
- Currently in Diaplous Group
Capt. Abhijit Ghosh, Marine Manager, Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited
A Master Mariner with over 30 years of experience in Shipping industry, which includes 15 years at sea working on various types of oil tankers. His sailing experience includes 3 years as Master on VLCCs. He then joined Univan Ship Management Ltd in Hong Kong, where he worked in most of the key functions and senior roles in ship management including Marine, Safety, Vetting and Operational positions for 11 years. He is currently working with Ardmore Shipping, based in Cork (Ireland) for last 5 years, in charge of all Marine, Safety, Vetting & Security matters. He is presently also a member of the INTERTANKO vetting committee.
Mr. Raal Harris, Chief Creative Officer, Ocean Technologies Group
Raal is Chief Creative Officer of Ocean Technologies Group and is responsible for leading brand development, marketing and communications activities for the learning and assessment, fleet management and crew management solutions that group offers, maintaining consistency over the quality and message of the creative team’s output. A keen participator in Industry forums, Raal also evaluates the current and future status of the industry and the market to ensure delivery of relevant and useful products, ensuring that the company remains at the fore of that trajectory. He is also responsible for developing and driving strategy and efforts in developing ‘Direct to Consumer’ services across online courses, assessment and other value-added streams that ensure a great brand experience for all stakeholders. Prior to becoming part of the group Raal was Managing Director of Videotel, where over fifteen years he gained extensive experience in the production of maritime training content and software solutions. An active participant in the maritime industry Raal is involved with numerous seafarer welfare organisations, ship management associations, and international shipping entities. Raal’s diverse background includes university lectureships in interaction design, information product design, and computer games design, which gave him invaluable experience in structuring and designing engaging learning material, evaluating learner performance and creating rewarding user experiences.
Mr. 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.
Mrs. 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.
Capt. Charis Kanellopoulos, Safety, Quality & Vetting Manager / DPA, Sun Enterprises Ltd
Capt Charis Kanellopoulos started his seagoing career in 1998 having graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos. Served on crude, product and chemical tankers, rose through the ranks and in 2008 joined a well-established shipping company as a Marine Superintendent. In 2014 he joined Marine Management Services as DPA and HSQE, Vetting Manager and since 2018 he works for Sun Enterprises Ltd as DPA. Safety, Quality and Vetting manager.
Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club
Kostas is a Greek Master Mariner with significant seagoing experience on-board Bulk Carriers and Cruise Ships. Prior to joining Thomas Miller’s Hellas office in December, 2019 he worked as Claims Manager for a local hull insurer, garnering more than 10 years of experience within the marine insurance industry. Kostas is certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as an ISM and ISPS Internal Auditor. He deals with Loss Prevention related matters and operational enquiries for local Members, and he also conducts crew seminars
Mrs. Johanna Karlström, Loss Prevention Executive, Alandia
Johanna Karlström holds a MSc in Psychology and BSc in Social and Behavioural Science and is a certified coach in Psychological Safety. She joined Alandia in 2019 as Loss Prevention Executive with specialty in Human Factors. Johanna’s work experience is broad; she has had her own company in health business and worked as a counsellor and project manager for youth groups. She is also a member of the Alandica Shipping Academy (ASA) reference group. Recently Johanna has been part of a team developing a mental health package for crew and tools to manage psychological trauma on board
Mrs. Emmanolia Kolias, Channel Director , Mintra
Emmanolia is Mintra’s Channel Director and joined the business from Safebridge GmbH through an acquisition. She is passionate about bringing digital human resource management solutions to existing as well as new clients. Emmanolia is an active member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) and an advocate for true workplace diversity. She is a champion of pressing industry topics including, crew welfare, training and development as well as mental wellbeing onboard. Having worked in various leadership positions alongside notable industry figures, she has developed a profound understanding of her field which has enabled her to build and lead truly diverse and successful teams.
Mr. Takis Koutris, Managing Director, Roxana Shipping SA
Takis Koutris is Naval Architect & Marine and Mechanical Engineer M.Sc. In October 1980, he graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, where he studied Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. After his graduation, he was employed in Alfa Laval (1983-1984) and then in Avin International SA (1984-2000) and Athenian Tankers (2000-2001). Since 2001, he is Managing Director in ROKS Maritime Inc – Roxana Shipping SA.
Mr. Antonios Liappis, Marine HR Manager, GasLog Ltd
Antonis is the Marine HR Manager for the GASLOG LNG Services Ltd group. Antonis brings 19 years of experience in shipping, working for multinational shipping groups such as Stelmar Tankers, the Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), Millenia Maritime Inc. in dedicated HR functions and other operational roles. He joined GASLOG Lng Services Ltd. during 2016 being responsible for the strategy of the group in terms of recruiting and training – developing Marine Human resources. Antonis though started off with an engineering background, has diversified his knowledge with degrees in Quality management and HR management and has a proven track record of successful reforms in human resource management of major organizations in shipping.
Mr. Rich McLoughlin, Head of Maritime Engagement, Safetytech Accelerator
Based in Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre Southampton Rich is a Chartered Engineer with a 20+ year background in naval architecture and marine technology. Through the work of Lloyd’s Register he’s contributed to the compliance, assurance and performance of marine assets including responsibility for the Tanker and Gas Carrier Fleet within the Classification Section. From commercial and strategic perspectives Rich has provided focus on specific market segments and product managed LR’s in-service products and service offerings. He is currently the Head of Maritime Engagement for the Safetytech Accelerator with the objective to encourage wider adoption of technologies to improve safety, risk and resilience in maritime.
Mr. Ross Millar, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
Ross is a trained Master Mariner with over 17 years’ shipping experience and holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics from Glasgow University. His education gives him a remarkable insight into vessel operations. Ross has been invited to speak at numerous global shipping events and participates in all manner of events on industry-related issues as a speaker, panellist, and presenter. Before joining the Club, he worked for a prominent city law firm specialising in marine casualty investigation and contentious litigation. He has handled collisions, groundings, fire, major loss of life, salvage, and cargo claims. His maritime experience includes ferry, offshore, and cruise vessel operations. Ross later served as a Master on Ro-Pax vessels with a well-known ferry operator and prior to moving to London held a Pilotage position at a busy harbour. During this time, he completed over 900 acts of Pilotage on various vessels, gaining a solid understanding of ship handling on a range of different vessel types
Dr. Eng. William Moore, Senior Vice President & Global Head of Loss Prevention, American Club
Dr. Moore is the Global Loss Prevention Director at Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., managers of the American Club. In that capacity, he brings 23 years of experience to the development and implementation of the Club’s loss prevention initiatives to assist shipowners in the reduction of maritime risks and incidents. He formerly worked at ABS in New York and Gard Services in Norway. He acquired his doctorate degree at the University of California at Berkeley in Naval Architecture & Offshore Engineering and is also a graduate of Ocean Systems Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Moore is also formerly the Chairman of the IMO’s Joint Maritime Safety Committee & Marine Environmental Protection Committee’s working group on the Human Element.
Capt. Sanjive Nanda, Vice President, Senior Claims Executive, American Club
Graduate of Great Eastern Maritime Academy, Mumbai, India. Thereafter joint Great Eastern Shipping Co., a premier shipping company in India and sailed on various vessels, primarily Oil Tankers, in various capacities as Deck Officer. Sailed as Master for 7 years on VLCCs, among other vessels, before quitting sea life, and thereafter took up position ashore as Operations Manager with Essar Shipping. Presently employed with American Club at the headquarters in USA, working as V.P & Senior Executive handling issues / incidents on vessels ranging from Collisions / Allisions / Cargo.
Ms. Aideen O’Driscoll, Vice President, Director Corporate Services, Ardmore Shipping
Aideen O’Driscoll was appointed Ardmore’s Vice President, Corporate Services in 2021, with responsibility for human resources, legal, office management and project management. Aideen joined Ardmore in June 2015 as Legal Associate, before being appointed to the role of Director of Human Resources in 2019. Prior to Ardmore, Aideen had spent five years practicing as a commercial conveyancing and banking solicitor. Aideen holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and an LLM Master’s Degree in Law, both from University College Cork. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2013 and has just completed an Executive MBA with Cork University Business School. Aideen is a member of the steering committee of the Diversity Study Group, promoting greater equality, diversity, and inclusion in the shipping industry.
Dr. Christos Patsiouras, Dean of Maritime Academy, Metropolitan College
Dr. Christos Patsiouras is the Dean of the Maritime Academy in Metropolitan College since February 2021. He holds a PostDoc in the field of Shipping Marketing from Athens University of Economics and business (2021). He also took his PhD in Shipping from University of Piraeus, department of Maritime Studies (2016). He received an MSc degree in Economic and Business Strategy from the same University (2011) and a BSc degree in Management from University of Ioannina. At the time, Dr. Christos Patsiouras is about to finish his Post-Doc in the field of Shipping Marketing in the department of Business Administration of Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr. Patsiouras has published articles in international scientific journals and in international conferences. His research interests include Shipping Management, Management and Shipping Marketing.
Dr. Kate Pike, Director of Projects, Field-Research Ltd
Mr. Lennart Ripke, Director Sales, Green-Jakobsen
Lennart Ripke is an ex-mariner, and he has several years of experience as a deck officer on chemical tankers. After his seafarer career, he joined the maritime learning and development business, where he was heading the office in Germany for a major e-learning provider. Being responsible for the sales there and now in Green-Jakobsen he possesses a profound knowledge of the concerns and demands that exist among the maritime companies. With a passion for the maritime industry and for learning and development, Lennart is not only taking care of sales in Green-Jakobsen, but he is also a valuable subject matter expert involved in the development of solutions and services for our clients.
Mrs. Amelia Rocos, Senior Risk Management Analyst, Diaplous Group
Amelia Rocos is the Senior Risk Management Analyst at Diaplous Group. Being of Greek, Chinese and British heritage, Amelia has a broad understanding of the multi-faceted security challenges in the global socio-political context. Working closely with Diaplous’ in-house Intelligence Analysis & Vital Response Crisis Management Centre, Amelia develops key client-specific and industry-specific analyses and situational outlooks, particularly those relating to major global events and high-impact security incidents. Being on Diaplous’ Oil & Gas Security Survey & Risk Management Committee, Amelia develops Security Management Systems and Security Plans tailored to the specific needs of Diaplous’ international clients, particularly for those in the oil and gas industry and their maritime collaborators. Amelia plays a key role in determining the overall risk management strategies for major clients and helps them establish both immediate and long-term holistic and integrated security solutions. Amelia’s multilingual abilities also provide a particular strength in cross-cultural communication and relationship management.
Mr. David Savage, Director, Oceanfile Marine Ltd
David Savage has been associated with tankers for all his working life. He served on tankers from apprentice to master, then worked ashore for Mobil Shipping Company in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and USA in a variety of operational and commercial management positions. He joined OCIMF as Manager of the Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) Programme in 1994 immediately after its introduction and led the development of the Uniform Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ), the SIRE Ship Inspection Report format, and introduction of the Vessel Particulars Questionnaire (VPQ) enhancement, along with all the radical enhancements to SIRE. He was responsible for the development and introduction, in 2000, of the SIRE Inspector Accreditation Programme. Inspectors who inspect for SIRE must be accredited and during his tenure, more than 600 inspectors attended courses, sat examinations, and underwent periodic on-board audits and classroom refresher training under his leadership.
Mr. Jannis Schack, Key Account Manager, Mintra
Jannis joined Mintra as an Account Manager in the maritime practice, one of the business’ fastest growing areas, following the acquisition of Safebridge, a leading maritime training provider. His studies in ship management and active onboard experience have shaped his passion to bring to market solutions which will support the maritime industry in tackling the most demanding of human resource management challenges. Jannis has been involved with maritime training and HR management since 2014 and has a successful track record of enabling businesses in reaching their strategic human resource management goals through targeted analysis, training identification and modernisation. He is experienced in bringing to the industry intuitive, effective and cost-efficient crewing solutions
Mrs. Stephanie Sjöblad, Loss Prevention Executive/ Claims adjuster, Alandia
Stephanie Sjöblad holds a Masters degree in Maritime Security and a BSc in Marine Operations Management. She joined the UK Merchant Navy in January 2009 and completed her studies in Nautical Science to qualify as a Deck Officer. After nine years at sea on a variety of vessels, Stephanie chose to come shoreside and has since taken up a career in marine insurance with Alandia. Stephanie fills two roles at Alandia: working as a Claims Adjuster in the Hull and Machinery Claims Team as well as undertaking tasks as a Loss Prevention Executive. Having also studied psychology she is interested in the human element of safety at sea/human factors.”
Mr. John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, North P&I Club
John joined North in December 2016. He is a Master Mariner and joined from a survey and marine consultancy company. Previous to this, John was engaged in shipyard operations conducting new build DP vessel projects in Asia as an owners project representative. He also worked at sea for 16 years, initially on Container Vessels with P&O Nedlloyd, and then on board offshore vessels including a range of DP vessels, AHTS, PSVs, drilling units, and offshore wind farm construction lift boats.
Mr. Mark Sutcliffe, Managing Director, CSO Alliance
After six years in the British Army with the Royal Hussars (PWO), Mark spent two years working on the docks of Hartlepool and Bristol. Then 22 years were evenly spread between blue chip companies, Gearbulk, GAC and Wilh. Wilhelmsen where he was invited to join the board of Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carriers in Southampton. The focus was a mixture of operations and business development in these global companies. In 2013 Mark started CSO Alliance as an effective risk management tool to support Maritime Shipping Company, Port and Cyber Security Officers through the creation of online communities (‘Alliances’) of maritime security professionals within a bespoke, secure and state of the art online platform. There is no cost to join and members are provided with up to date and reliable threat information and assessment as well as a range of useful applications to support maritime risk management requirements. We have run 58 workshops with expert speakers throughout the world. Our members can submit incident reports (anonymously as required) as well as collaborate on these and other maritime security issues with like-minded individuals within a secure environment. This helps close the information gap in missing criminal incident data and so deliver ‘Security through Community’.
Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Managing Director , CSMART Arison Maritime Training Center
RAdm Bill Truelove, born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981. He attended Royal Roads Military College, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Military and Strategic Studies. After graduation, he completed his initial naval officer training in HMC Ship’s CHALEUR, FUNDY, SASKATCHEWAN and QU’APPELLE. In 1986, he was assigned to HMCS ATHABASKAN where he served as a Bridge Watchkeeper, Navigation Officer and Above Water Warfare Officer. This was followed in 1990 by a two-year assignment at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, BC where he led leadership training and evaluation. Bill culminated his 37 year military career as Commander, Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington) and Defence Attaché to the United States from July 2015 – July 2018. He was then globally selected to be the Managing Director of Carnival Corporations prestigious CSMART Academy (https://www.csmartalmere.com/ ) in Almere, The Netherlands where he is responsible for the delivery of world class Bridge, Engineering and Leadership training to the Corporation’s Bridge and Engineering Officers.
Capt. Konstantinos Tsochas, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.
Captain Konstantinos Tsochas is a Master Mariner with over 22 years of experience in shipping industry including his sailing years onboard Container vessels. Since 2008 has pursued a shore based career and worked for Major Shipping Companies as Fleet Operator, Port Captain and Operations Manager in Switzerland and Greece. Has joined Capital Group back in 2013 as Container Fleet Operations Manager and has been Chief Operating Officer at Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. since December 2020, being in charge for a company that Managing a dry fleet that comprised of 36 Container Vessels and 4 Dry Bulk Carriers. He is goal oriented, multitasking and able to communicate, design and implement business strategies, set comprehensive goals for performance and growth, establish policies that promote company culture and vision and foremost leading by example employees to encourage best performance and dedication. Capt Konstantinos is involved with a wide scope of projects and special assignments within the Group, including Newbuildings Assessment and Consultancy, Review and Implementation of Fleet Environmental Initiatives and Cooperation with Company’s Manning Offices worldwide. On top of his professional experience and his great passion for shipping business he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Shipping from Alba Graduate Business School.
Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, Standard Club
Yves Vandenborn is a master mariner and sailed with Exmar Nv. Belgium on chemical/product, LNG and LPG tankers. Since coming ashore in 2003, Yves has worked as a marine superintendent and as an independent marine surveyor undertaking numerous P&I condition surveys, oil major SIRE pre-vettings, TMSA audits, pre-purchase surveys, bulk carrier hatch cover ultra-sonic tests, etc. Yves joined The Standard Club in February 2010 as an in-house marine surveyor based in Singapore. In July 2013 he took over as Director of Loss Prevention for The Standard Club. As the director he is responsible for the risk assessment programme for the club’s membership worldwide. He is further responsible for the club’s loss prevention initiatives, publications and technical advice to the membership, as well as to the underwriting and claims departments. In 2021, Yves was closely involved in setting up the club’s internal working group on alternative fuels including the external advisory panel of industry experts assisting the club in preparing for the fourth propulsion revolution. Yves regularly speaks at shipping industry events across the world on behalf of The Standard Club. He uses his vast personal experience to explain serious issues in a way that is interesting and relevant to the audience. He uses anecdotes and lessons learnt from his sailing career to illustrate best practice guidelines, making him a welcome fixture at many speaking engagements. In line with his beliefs of giving back to the industry, Yves is currently closely engaged in maritime discourse topics such as seafarer wellbeing (physical, mental, and social), misdeclared container cargoes, vehicle car carrier fires and navigation related incidents. Yves is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and became the Hon President of the Nautical Institute Singapore branch in 2020. In this capacity, Yves works closely with the local maritime industry for the improvement of seafarer standards, safety and wellbeing.
Capt. Vasileios Velmachos, Training Manager, COSTAMARE Shipping Company S.A.
Capt. Velmachos Vasilis holds a graduate degree in “Port and Shipping Administration” from Cardiff University. He has joined Costamare Shipping Co. S.A. in 2001 and became Master Mariner in 2010. Since 2017, he holds the position of the Training Manager in Costamare Maritime Training Service S.A. In addition, as Operating Officer, he had the responsibility and the control of the Third-Party Managers consisting of a pool of 54 container vessels in total. Presently, as an Operating Officer, controls and supervises the Private Fleet of Costamare
Sandra Welch, CEO, Seafarers Hospital Society
Sandra Welch joined the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) as Chief Executive Officer in 2020. She oversees everyday operations at the 200-year-old charity, creating and developing welfare programmes for seafarers and fishing communities operating in UK waters and liaising with the wide variety of stakeholders this necessitates. Prior to this Sandra occupied a variety of senior roles during her time in the charity sector, including six years at Sailors’ Society, initially as Director of Programme and then Chief Operating Officer. The latter meant taking on overall responsibility for the creation and development of crew welfare & wellbeing programmes, as well as community development projects for seafaring communities, in 26 countries.
Revd. Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers
The Revd Canon Andrew Wright was educated in Oxford before studying Theology at The University of St Andrews in Scotland. In Cambridge, he prepared for ordination in the Church of England. Having served in parishes in Liverpool, Carlisle, and Wigan, he returned to Oxford where he spent 16 years in a co-educational boarding school – as Chaplain, Head of Religious Studies, and Housemaster. In 2007, he moved into maritime welfare, firstly in a senior operational post at the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. In 2013, he took up his current role as Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers. He has had the responsibility of leading this global charity through a period of extensive change and development – in programme, in structural reorganisation and governance reform, and in major fundraising initiatives. Alongside his responsibilities at the Mission, he is also currently Chairman of the International Christian Maritime Association, the umbrella body bringing together most of the organisations engaged in frontline maritime welfare. Beyond his work, he has a range of interests including walking, cycling, and doing his 5km Parkrun every Saturday! He has been heavily involved in drama, both as actor and director. He also enjoys writing, poetry, and history. He is married and has a son, three daughters, and several grandchildren.
Mrs. Mariangela Zanaki, Managing Director, Ceosan Consulting
A proactive and action-oriented organisational psychologist, highly proficient in driving strategic and operational HR facets with integrity and a sharp focus on growth. Adept at translating business visions into science-based HR initiatives that nurture collaboration, promote well-being and build a winning culture. Leading HR projects with a quality of confidence, calmness and trust, which I also bring in building relationships, empowering people and delivering results. Adept at training teams and individuals on HR matters.
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.
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.
Alandia is an insurance company with focus on Marine, Cargo and Boat insurance. With over 80 years of experience Alandia provides superior marine insurance expertise and claims service to its customers by creating long-term relationships in a committed and accountable way. Headquartered in Aland islands and with offices in Helsinki, Stockholm and Gothenburg Alandia employs approximately 120 professionals. www.alandia.com
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
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.
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.
Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.
Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 40 vessels including 36 container carriers and 4 modern bulk carriers with a total dwt of 2,915,834 tons and total teu of 180,363 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. (“Capital Gas”) is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 14 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.44 million cubic meters and a total dwt of 1.14 Tons. Our Team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. Capital Gas Ship Management is a member of SIGTTO and SGMF.
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 39 tankers (12 VLCCs, 15 Aframaxes, 11 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker) with a total dwt of 5.95 million tons approx. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including all tanker segments (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk segments (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and containers. The excellent performance of Capital Ship Management has been recognized by oil major companies and major traders in the industry. It is one of a few ship management companies to have successfully completed the comprehensive office assessment process of numerous major oil companies and has also established long standing relationships with major traders, liners and operators. 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.
Diaplous has built a world-wide reputation as one of the most compliant, widely approved and certified PMSCs in the world. With a security force of over 700, Diaplous is active in all high-risk areas: the Indian Ocean, the West African seas and other piracy areas. Meanwhile, we maintain a presence in regions that are valuable for business entrepreneurship, but still under political or social unrest. The skills of our operatives are not the sole driving force behind our security services: we have a deep site-specific knowledge on each region, as well as local contacts (agents, armories and government officials) that can deliver upon any situation.
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.
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.
Green-Jakobsen A/S is a maritime consultancy offering ship owners, operators, ship management companies and maritime entities a unique combination of skillsets that encompasses all aspects of managing the human factor in shipping. Our approach is to analyse, diagnose and then improve the safety mindset, leadership and human resource performance of people on shore and at sea. Our combined decades of experience with proven, custom-made programs is the foundation of our work. By balancing industry knowhow with out-of-box thinking, we transform strategy into daily work by using tangible tools which we implement alongside our customers on board and in the office. We are a group of people who combine our academic, seafaring and business experience and we are based in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai, with some 30 employees in total.
Our areas of expertise are:
· Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on behaviour and actions
· Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders on board and ashore
· HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance
· Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars
· Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development
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.
Since 1982 and until today, Metropolitan College has focused on a strong vision of the intellectual and academic progress of its students. We support the sector of higher academic education with consistency, and we have been established among our students as well as among parents, as the leading choice of high quality university education in our country. Metropolitan College’s main priority is the continuous development of critical thinking, academic progress and academic research spirit for each of our students. With 37 years experience in Greek education, Metropolitan College collaborates with distinguished educational institutions abroad in order to offer academic courses that lead to contemporary technical and scientific knowledge and respond to the current demands of the national and international employment market. Metropolitan College’s academic structure, the Academic Board, the know-how, expertise and on-going development of our academic staff, the infrastructure, the fully-equipped library of thousands of titles and the technological support of the educational procedures, ensure the excellence in the quality of the educational services provided by the college. At Metropolitan College we believe that it is our responsibility to maintain and enhance the quality of student life and experience, through both academic and non-academic provisions
Mintra is a leading provider of human resource management solutions and digital learning to the maritime industry. Our technologies have been developed over 30 years to provide the scope, scale and capabilities required by companies of all sizes, to keep up with the complexities of deploying a skilled global workforce.
Mintra’s Trainingportal is a market-leading learning and competency management system which enables efficient upskilling as well as reskilling of staff globally. The solution hosts a comprehensive and growing library of 2,000 eLearning as well as classroom-based courses. Today, 1.5 million people from 3,600 companies se the platform and a course is completed every 30 seconds.
Mintra’s complete crew management software solution OCS HR has been developed in partnership with our global customers to meet the unique needs of the maritime industry. The market leading human resource management solution allows HR departments to oversee and manage the work of their global workforce from one central interface and securely stores all employee data.
With headquarters in Bergen and offices in Oslo, Stavanger, Aberdeen, Limassol and Singapore, Mintra provides services to over 4,000 companies, including four out of the top five largest global energy companies.
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.
OCEAN Technologies Group
Ocean Technologies Group provides maritime professionals across the globe with digital learning, assessment, maritime HR and fleet management solutions. It is built on the world recognised e-learning providers Seagull Maritime and Videotel and has been further strengthened by the Compas, Marlins, MTS and Tero Marine brands. The group boasts over 100 years’ collective experience of helping the most successful ship operators achieve the highest standards of safety and operational excellence. Dedicated to realising the potential of every seafarer and every ship, Ocean Technologies Group and its global team of over 450 Oceaneers help make the industry safer, stronger and able to excel.
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.
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
Safetytech Accelerator is a non-profit established by Lloyd’s Register. It is the first fully dedicated technology accelerator focused on safety and risk in industrial sectors. Their mission is to make the world safer and more sustainable through wider adoption of safetytech.
SEAFiT, powered by SAFETY4SEA, is a pioneering mental health program providing comprehensive guidance and a holistic approach to maritime stakeholders to evaluate the mental health state of both their shore and sea staff and raise awareness over wellbeing issues.
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’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.
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.
2022 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum: Safety and seafarers’ wellbeing are key priorities
The 2022 SAFETY4SEA Forum took place virtually from 19 to 20 of October 2022, focusing on key safety issues and latest updates of the regulatory agenda for the maritime industry and priorities on the agenda to move forward.
Experts focused on safety culture, human factors, ESG issues and best practices for the maritime industry. Furthermore, SIRE 2.0, crew welfare, container fires, maritime security and best practices for continuous learning and development were discussed.
The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: Columbia Ship Management, MacGregor, SQE MARINE.
Other sponsors were: Alandia, American Club, ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Diaplous, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Green Jakobsen, Latsco Marine Management Inc., Metropolitan College, MINTRA, North of England P&I Club, OCEAN Technologies Group, OCEANKING, RISK4SEA, Safetytech Accelerator, SEAFiT, Standard Club, Steamship Mutual, UK Club.
Session #1 – Safety Culture – Presentations
Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Standard Club highlighted that navigation related major claims are on the rise and the associated costs are huge. As we have entered a new era of e-navigation, it is not just the seafarer who needs focus. Pilots have a critical role to play and so do shoreside management too.
Danielle Centeno, Loss Prevention Executive, American Club analysed lessons learned from accidents, highlighting that in order to prevent reoccurrence, the following are important: analyze the causes, take corrective actions, take preventing measures and manage the change. Above all, when there is a failure, it is important to investigate it and ask ‘why’ at least five times.
Amelia Rocos, Senior Risk Management Analyst, Diaplous Group shared her perspectives on safety culture in times of change and transition. When safety culture is at its most effective, staff have a proactive attitude to working to ensure nobody gets hurt, which reduces accidents/ incidents, saves costs and allows for operational excellence, she said.
Session #2 – Panel Discussion: Human Factors
Experts of this panel discussion, moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, discussed key considerations about human factors and best practices for enhanced safety culture & safety learning. The following experts participated: Johanna Karlström, Loss Prevention Executive, Alandia; Antonios Liappis, Marine HR Manager, GasLog Ltd.; Dr. William Moore, Senior Vice President & Global Head of Loss Prevention, American Club; Dr. Christos Patsiouras, Dean of Maritime Academy, Metropolitan College; John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, North P&I Club and; Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, Managing Director, CSMART Arison Maritime Training Center. Sharing interesting perspectives, panellists encouraged industry stakeholders to focus on psychological safety, soft skill development and human sustainability.
Session #3 – Human Factors – Presentations
Raal Harris, Chief Creative Officer, Ocean Technologies Group gave a presentation on how a Human Factors approach to learning can help drive people performance, highlighting five pillars to focus on: learning and shaping a culture to reduce risk, have well executed tasks and procedures, well designed equipment and controls, develop skills to respond to emerging situations and learn before and after failures.
Capt. Vasileios Velmachos, Training Manager, COSTAMARE Shipping Company S.A. mentioned that shipping industry is a dynamic sector, featuring a hard environment to live and work in, hence human factor plays a significant role on the smooth operation of the vessel. When analyzing Human factor, our focus should be on how to eliminate failures and increase the overall performance.
Capt. Konstantinos Tsochas, Chief Operating Officer, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. said that effectiveness is interconnected with the ability to solve problems, and especially in the maritime Industry, it’s related with crisis management. To achieve results, it is the Manager’s responsibility to plan. If success is not achieved, it is the Manager who should step forward and assume the burden of the failure.
Stephanie Sjöblad, Loss Prevention Executive/ Claims adjuster, Alandia highlighted that being compliant does not necessarily mean safe. Changes need to be implemented in a sustainable way and people are one of the organisation’s most valuable resources. As there is a direct link between human factors and safety, effective communication is vital.
Session #4 – Panel Discussion: ESG in Shipping
Activity around environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability issues is increasing as governments and citizens exert pressure on businesses to change their operations, said Allianz in a recent report. The maritime industry also keeps pace with this trend and thus, we are constantly hearing in the news, stakeholders to engage to many ESG initiatives. In this panel, moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, experts referred to ESG trends and key barriers and drivers to implement an ESG strategy with effective monitoring and reporting. The following experts participated: Gabriele Dado, Commercial Director, Safetytech Accelerator; Raal Harris, Chief Creative Officer, Ocean Technologies Group; Aishwarya Iyer, ESG Manager, RightShip; Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Odfjell SE and; Aideen O’Driscoll, Vice President, Director Corporate Services, Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited.
Session #5 – Best Practices Spotlight
Takis Koutris, Managing Director, Roxana Shipping SA mentioned the three principles of human performance: 1. Error is normal; 2. Humans want to do a good job; 3. Human error is opportunity for system improvement. These principles are important and can result in fearless engagement and success, as people feel comfortable to share their concerns, appreciate diversity become committed to their team and leaders.
Session #6 – SIRE 2.0 – Presentations
Capt. Sanjive Nanda, Vice President, Senior Claims Executive, American Club, prepared the audience for SIRE 2.0 inspections. As explained, to initiate such inspections, the process firstly involves a request by vessel owner to Oil Major, for inspection of specific vessel. Then, vessel owner will receive confirmation from the Oil Major. Upon receipt of confirmation, vessel owners are expected to upload information on OCIMF website.
Capt. Debashis Basu, Founder & Partner, Navguide Solutions LLP referred to changes that SIRE 2.0 brings and ways to handle them; for example, by upgrading SMS & procedures, planning workshops to raise awareness, preparing enhanced checklists, pre-SIRE, Pre-Vetting inspections and mock SIRE 2.0 inspections. He also highlighted the benefits of microlearning videos to prepare vessels at a deeper level.
Capt. Alexandros Arabatzoglou, Vetting Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc. highlighted that one of the major change in SIRE 2.0 is the increased emphasis on human factors and understanding the reasons for any negative observations. It also identifies the Performance Influencing factors (PIFs) which influence human performance. Optimising PIFs will reduce the likelihood of all types of human failure, he stressed.
Session #7 – Panel Discussion: SIRE 2.0
While currently in development, the new vessel inspection regime, SIRE 2.0, will more accurately report on the quality of a vessel and its crew (on an ongoing basis) and indicate future likely performance, using enhanced tools, strengthened governance processes and more in-depth reporting outcomes, following a risk-based approach. In this panel, moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, experts discussed how to incorporate the human factor into SIRE 2.0 to drive change. The following experts participated: Capt. Mark Bull, Consultant; Abhijit Ghosh, Marine Manager, Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited; Capt. Charis Kanellopoulos, Safety, Quality & Vetting Manager / DPA, Sun Enterprises Ltd; Lennart Ripke, Director Sales, Green-Jakobsen and; David Savage, Director, Oceanfile Marine Ltd.
Session #8 – Best Practices Spotlight
Apo Belokas, CEO, RISK4SEA presented a case study to explain how PSC automation can improve safety and minimize OPEX and shared PSC analytics and best practices.
Session #9 – Continuous Learning Spotlight
Jannis Schack, Key Account Manager, Mintra, noted that training following an arduous day, or night, onboard puts pressure on seafarers and ultimately this limits the impact any learning will have on the individual’s performance. As such, the introduction of bitesize learning makes it easier for crew to digest and fit training into their daily lives.
Ross Millar, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited highlighted the need for evolution of training, considering change in ship operations, the emerging regulatory, new technologies and new skills needed. As such, the development of training standards is inevitable while modern technology solutions need careful attention and consideration in their integration.
Session #10 – Crew Welfare Spotlight
Mariangela Zanaki, Managing Director, Ceosan Consulting explained why Crew Welfare needs to become a strategy priority. In that regard, promoting a culture of care with wellbeing and mental health resources to embrace a workplace culture with leadership, policies, procedure and related practices, is vital.
Yiannis Fafalios, CEO, Care4C, noted that the maritime industry is making steady progress towards a more supportive and human- centric working environment for seafarers, but still has a long way to go. In that regard, industry must care for the crew; communicate with them with greater awareness; enhance ESG strategies to focus on the S and implement processes that will proactively ensure healthy crew.
Session #11 – Panel Discussion: Crew Welfare
Crew Welfare remains on the top of industry’s agenda. Although the Neptune Declaration Crew Change Index has showed transition to new normal since July, maritime stakeholders remain alert to improve life onboard in the post- pandemic era. As such, ship managers and operators have shed their focus on enhancing the welfare of seafarers, promoting efforts targeting both the physical and the mental health of crew onboard. Experts of the panel, moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, focused on lessons learned from the pandemic and the several crew abandonment cases as well as best practices with regards to crew welfare. Participants were: Emmanolia Kolias, Channel Director, Mintra; Dr. Kate Pike, Director of Projects, Field-Research Ltd; Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, Standard Club; Sandra Welch, CEO, Seafarers Hospital Society and; Revd. Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General, The Mission to Seafarers.
Session #12 – Container Fires Spotlight
Rich McLoughlin, Head of Maritime Engagement, Safetytech Accelerator presented several technological solutions for the early fire detection on containerships such as thermal imaging and visual analytics, battery-less sensors, linear heat detectors. He explained how AR and VR can help fire fighting and encouraged industry stakeholders to join their containership cargo fire initiative.
Session #13 – Security Spotlight
Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club mentioned that rates of drug trafficking are increasing in an alarming rate and suggested ways to raise crew awareness. For example, guidance notes of how to prevent drug smuggling, warning posters, information leaflets, whistleblowing policies and a ‘hotline’ for crew to call with information can help towards.
Session #14 – Panel Discussion: Maritime Security
The shipping industry has announced its plans to formally end the High Risk Area designation at the end of the year which signals a significantly improved piracy situation in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, IMB has received the lowest number of reported incidents for the first half of any year since 1994, highlighting though that the areas of risk shift and the shipping community must remain vigilant. Panel experts provided an overview of overview of the security landscape and suggested ways to move forward with incident reporting, highlighting that although the decrease in pirate attacks, there is no room for complacency. The following experts participated: Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA (moderator); Capt. Akshat Arora, Senior Surveyor, Loss Prevention, Standard Club; Chirag Bahri, International Operations Manager, ISWAN; Lt CDR Diego Cánovas-Cánovas, Interagency and Shipping Advisor, Coordinator, European Union Naval Force Operation Atalanta; Henrik Ehlers Kragh, COO, Risk Intelligence; Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous Group; and Mark Sutcliffe, Managing Director, CSO Alliance.
Who Should Attend
This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Ship Technology and Sustainable Shipping, including:
- Ship owners
- Ship Manager Company Staff (Technical, Marine, Operations, Safety & Quality)
- Maritime professionals
- Regulatory & government authorities
- Flag state representatives
- Classification societies representatives
- Marine Insurers & P&I Executives
- Experts on information technologies (IT) onboard
- Other relevant with smart technologies Industry Organizations/ Executives/ Experts
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