14th SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum

The 2023 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum took place on Wednesday, 4th of October at Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece, focusing on key safety issues and trends concerning the human factor, as new technology emerges and impacts seafarers’ life and work onboard ships.

This is a PRO BONO/ NON PROFIT event aiming at a target group of more than 600 Delegates / 300 Organizations (Mainly Safety, Technical, Operations, marine departments of Shipping Operators and relevant associated Industry Organizations).

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08:00- 9:00  Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 10:15 Panel #1 Navigating safe seas: Exploring today’s landscape
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Prioritizing crew welfare and fostering a supportive environment can help crewmembers be more vigilant and proactive during emergency situations.

  • Enhancing safety culture onboard: Defining and instilling a safety-first mindset among crew members
  • Leadership and management: Effective leadership practices for fostering a culture of safety
  • Key human performance factors: Impact of fatigue, stress, and mental health on crew performance
  • Crew welfare priorities: Ensuring physical and mental well-being of seafarers


  • Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
  • Dimitris Patrikios, Business Advisor, V. Ships Greece Ltd.
  • Erik Green, Managing Director and Partner, Green-Jakobsen
  • Capt. Adam Parnell, Director Maritime, CHIRP
  • Nicholas Ioannidis, Director, International Maritime Health Association

10:15 – 11:15 Panel #2 Sailing into the future: Digitalization’s role in shipping safety
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

With the use of advanced technology and digital tools, maritime companies can enhance their navigation systems, ensuring more accurate and efficient routes.

  • ECDIS implementation: Review of challenges and successes, regulatory updates and upcoming changes in ECDIS standards
  • Importance of digitalization in safe navigation: Exploring the role of digitalization in enhancing situational awareness for mariners
  • Navigational safety & the future of navigation: Trends in digital navigation tools and their impact on safety
  • How to avoid failures in navigation: Training and competency requirements for navigating in a digitalized environment


  • John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, NorthStandard
  • Jacob Clausen, Performance Director / MD Denmark, Navtor
  • Capt. George Mavrogenis, Marine Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.

11:15 – 11:45 Networking Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:45 Panel #3 Industry’s best practices: Learning from innovative approaches
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

There can be no compromise when it comes safety. It is essential for all maritime stakeholders to continuously strive for improvements and adopt best practices.

  • PSC focus:  Recent trends in PSC performance and inspection outcomes
  • Best practices for proactive crew management: Recruitment, training, and retention strategies for skilled and motivated crew members
  • From being reactive to becoming proactive: How to transform the shipping industry
  • Innovative tools for shipping: Emerging technologies and services that are reshaping the maritime sector


  • Capt. Theodore Lalas, Fleet Ops Manager, The Marshall Islands Registry
  • Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous Group & General Manager, Diaplous Land Services
  • Evangelos Tzitzis, Manager of Unmanned Systems, Diaplous Group
  • Christian Vakarelis, VP, Media Communications, Navarino
  • Thanassis Pagonis, Co-Founder & CEO, Forecode S.A.
  • Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

12:45 – 14:00 Panel #4 Steering a safer course: Crew Management and Safety Culture
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Fostering a culture of open communication and reporting within the industry can help identify potential risks and prevent accidents before they occur.

  • Human factors in shipping: Identifying key human factors that impact crew performance and decision-making
  • Exploring shipping 4.0: Adapting to new technologies and systems for safer and more efficient operations
  • Enhancing safety culture onboard: Strategies for fostering a safety-first mindset among crew members
  • Leadership & management: Effective leadership practices for creating a culture of safety onboard


  • Mariangela Zanaki, Organisational Development Consultant – Psychologist, Ceosan
  • Ross Millar, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
  • Dr.Michela Terrei, Psychologist, I.M.A. ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING CENTER, INC.
  • Capt. Konstantinos Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club

14:00 – 15:00 Networking Lunch

15:00 – 16:15 Panel #5: Building resilient crew: Essential skills training and development for onboard success
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Training programs should focus not only on technical skills but also on promoting a safety culture and fostering effective communication among crew members.

  • Crew management & resilience: Strategies for recruiting, retaining, and supporting resilient crew members
  • Training & development: The importance of ongoing training and skill development for maritime professionals
  • Context drives behaviors: Examining the organizational factors that shape crew behavior at sea
  • Promoting a common shift in culture onboard and ashore: Case studies of companies successfully implementing a culture of resilience


  • Tomi Urho, Director Training Services, Wärtsilä
  • Aggeliki Saranti, Learning and Development Officer, Euronav
  • Capt. Spyros Kyriakopoulos, Training Manager, Prime Tanker Management Inc.

16:15 – 17:30 Panel #6: Industry voices: Ship managers discuss key priorities in industry’s safety agenda
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

The safety of our seafarers must be shipping industry’s top priority. Many examples in shipping prove strong leadership and collaboration can significantly improve safety.

  • Human factors in maritime industry safety: Strategies for integrating human factors considerations into safety management systems
  • Lessons learned from recent accidents: How accident investigations have influenced safety policies and practices
  • Best practices and key priorities to move forward: Identifying key priorities for the industry in improving safety performance
  • Safety remains a key priority: How to elevate maritime safety


  • Dionysios Peppas, Director, Pantheon Tankers Management Ltd.
  • Capt. Nikolaos Chrysomallis, Compliance Manager, Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A.
  • Capt. Andreas Togantzis, HSQE & Marine Manager, DPA / CSO, Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc.

17:30 – 18:30 Networking & Cocktail Reception


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration

Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apo 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 specializing 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. Nikolaos Chrysomallis, Compliance Manager, Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A.

Capt. Nikolaos Chrysomallis graduated in 2002 from Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos. Following ten years onboard career on Tanker Vessels in Eletson Corporation in 2012, he joined Almi Tankers, as DPA & HSQE Manager. In addition, he had active participation in the new building program of Almi Tankers, consisting of 10 Suezmax Tanker Vessels and 2 VLCCs . In 2018, Capt. Nikolaos joined Tsakos Group, assuming the responsibilities of Deputy HSQ Manager. In 2022 he completed his MBA in Shipping from Alba Graduate Business School. In 2023, he was appointed as the Company’s Compliance Manager, in Tsakos Shipping and Trading.


Jacob Clausen, Performance Director / MD Denmark, Navtor

Jacob Clausen is Performance Director and Managing Director of NAVTOR Denmark. He has in the past 15 years been working within optimizing design and operation of ships with the aim of enhancing efficiency and reducing GHG. During his career he has been working on a large variety of projects covering topics such as performance optimization, innovation management, big data and decision support models. He formerly held positions as Director at Marorka, Innovation Manager at Maersk, Sales & Product Manager at Force Technology. He holds a degree in Naval Architecture from the Technical University of Denmark


Dr. Somiyeh Djavanroodi, Deputy Head of The Nautical Institute Academy

Somiyeh’s experience is firmly routed in education and training. She has a doctorate and has held various senior positions in the educational sector. She specialises in education, training and research in development. Somiyeh has been central in building The Nautical Institute Academy to becoming an established academy. She focuses on the development of educational courses which champion effective professional development – specifically in relation to leadership, competency, mental health, wellbeing and training in the Maritime Sector.



Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer-Diaplous Group & General Manager-Diaplous Land Services, Diaplous Group

Nikos Georgopoulos is Chief Business Development Officer at Diaplous Group & General Manager at Diaplous Land Services. Key career highlights as follows:

•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


Erik Green, Managing Director and Partner, Green-Jakobsen

Erik Green, CEO, Green- Jakobsen A/S. Erik Green is one of the founders of Green-Jakobsen in 2001. He is a Naval Architect and has a master’s degree in organisational learning and development. Within the maritime segment Erik’s passion is human performance and how we create an open and trusting environment where people thrive and perform at their best. His expertise relates to the development of corporate and individual safety performance culture, HR processes and leadership development. As a strategic business consultant with more than 20 years of experience Erik is specialised in helping companies develop both at a strategic, tactical and operational level. His professional competence covers human performance strategy, how we best develop our people and make use of the nature and capabilities for the workforce.  Erik is an experienced subject matter expert, strategic executive coach and as a strategic business consultant who is deeply involved in the development of Green-Jakobsen’s concepts and solutions for the maritime industry.


Nicholas Ioannidis, Director, International Maritime Health Association

Nicholas is a Maritime Pharmacist, master’s degree holder in Maritime Health and founder of ShipMedical Ltd, an Athens-based marine medical supplies and services provider. He is a consultant to various UN Bodies and Flag States on medicine chest regulations as well as to companies on medicine chest management and content optimization. Currently he is a PhDc in Nautical Sciences and Director of the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA).



Capt. Konstantinos 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


Costas Kontes, Managing Director, V. Ships Greece Ltd.

Costas Kontes has been working as a Managing Director for V.Ships Greece Ltd. since 2016 while he has been previously serving as Business Development Manager for V. Group since 2008. He is responsible for the office in Greece and for operating a large fleet of Container and Bulk Carrier vessels. Previously he has been serving the Cruise / Leisure sector, working for Iberojet Cruceros. Being responsible for the Marine and Technical operations, Costas has set up the operation in Madrid for the company later on to expand from 1 to 3 owned ships and later on sold to a large cruise line. Other positions held previously were with Martinoli SAM in Monaco following the fleet of Renaissance Cruises being involved on the successful initial launching of Oceania Cruises, as well as working for Festival Cruises both onboard the ships and on the newbuildings in France. He has a BSc, MSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University Upon Tyne and a MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. Later additional qualification was the attendance of Seatrade Cruise Masterclass course and the Executive Leadership Development Course designed for V.Group from Strathclyde Business School while holding the title of the Chartered Engineer from the British Engineering Council. Costas has served 6 years at The International Propeller Club Port of Piraeus as a governor out of which the two years served as Secretary General and is currently in his 3rd year as Vice President.


Spyros Kyriakopoulos, Training Manager, Prime Tanker Management Inc.

Spyros is a maritime professional with almost 11 years’ experience in various domains of the shipping industry including Health, Safety, Quality, Environment, Marine, Crew Development and Training. He has actively participated in numerous working groups in the tanker industry mainly dealt with the Human’s Behaviour and its affect to maritime safety, while he has trained more than 2,000 maritime professionals in a wide variety of HSQE and shipping related topics. He holds a Master’s degree in Shipping Management and a National Diploma in Geopolitics and Strategy. He is a former Hellenic Navy Master Mariner. Spyros is currently the Training Manager of Prime Tanker / Gas Management and Prime Maritime Assessment and Training Center.


Capt. Theodore Lalas, Fleet Ops Manager, The Marshall Islands Registry

Captain Lalas joined IRI’s Piraeus office in January 2009 as Fleet Operations Manager. Before joining IRI, Mr. Lalas gained experience at sea and also worked for many years for reputable Greek shipping companies. He is a graduate of Galaxidi Maritime Academy and completed his Master’s course at Hellenic Training Center for Further Education for Higher Sea Staff and holds a Captain Class “A” Diploma.



Capt. George Mavrogenis, Marine Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc.

Capt. George Mavrogenis is a highly skilled Master Mariner with extensive experience on board Oil Tankers and LPG vessels, currently Marine Manager for a well-established shipping company. Very experienced on navigation and safety matters, an excellent team player with proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines, continuously seeking ways to improve the performance and efficiency of the business.



Ross Millar, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

Ross is a trained Master Mariner with over 18 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. Lastly, he was recently elected Chair of the International Group of P&I Clubs Pilotage Committee.


Capt. Panagiotis Nikiteas, HSQE Manager, DPA / CSO, Maran Dry Management Inc.

Captain Panagiotis Nikiteas is a maritime professional with 35 years’ experience span in various sectors of the maritime industry including management, marine, vetting, operations, crewing, safety, quality, environmental, energy, security, health, auditing, surveying, incident investigation and training. He had been stationed and worked for a major Classification Society and highly reputable owners/managers  abroad in Manila, Dubai and Singapore and appreciated the benefits of multi-cultural working environment. He is holding Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Master’s degree in International Shipping with distinction, Post Graduate Diploma in International Shipping and Transport Management and is a graduate from Hydra Merchant Marine Academy with distinction. Currently, he is a PhD candidate with EUC. Panagiotis (Panos) is the HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO of Maran Dry Management Inc. (www.marandry.com)


Thanassis Pagonis, Co-Founder & CEO, Forecode S.A

Mr. Thanassis Pagonis has been designing and implementing Maritime-grade, end-user driven apps & services across the HSQE management spectrum, for the past 12 years. He has been strategically involved with DPA & HSQE departments and strongly believes that business processes -ideally, well designed ones- should dictate the underlying technology and not the other way around. He holds a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a MSc in Digital Signal Processing & Communications, with research work on perceptual analysis and cognitive modeling. After an 8-year tenure in ship management companies, he launched a successful Digital Transformation startup in 2019, which shortly after, became Forecode S.A. with the help of his co-founder. Their vision is to cultivate an ecosystem of robust maritime digital products, which elevate the industry professionals’ expectations and meet their modern information management needs. In 2022, after a successful strategy execution plan, Forecode S.A. became part of Navarino S.A. group of companies, with the aim to change the perception of how safety-related maritime software should look and function.


Capt. Adam Parnell, Director Maritime,   CHIRP

Capt Adam Parnell joined CHIRP (the Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme) as the Director of their Maritime programme in 2021. The programme improve safety at sea worldwide by raising awareness of the underlying human factors causes of maritime incidents and near-misses collated from real-world case studies. He is a former marine engineer, ship captain and harbour master.



Dionysios Peppas, Director, Pantheon Tankers Management Ltd.

Dionysios Peppas is heading the HSQE / Marine & Vetting team of Pantheon Tankers Management since the beginning of the Company in 2012. Prior to this, Dionysios held senior position is shipping Companies and the Norwegian Class Society. Dionysios has degrees in Naval Architecture from Athens and Newcastle and an MBA from Imperial College.



Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

Dimitris joined SQE Group back in 2012 and now holds the position of Business Development Manager at RISK4SEA, an innovative SaaS platform which aims to provide Port State Control performance transparency to the market. He has more than 10 years of experience within the industry and held various commercial positions and participated in several projects with the aim to assist shipping companies to improve/maintain their safety and quality standards.



Aggeliki Saranti, Learning and Development Officer, Euronav

Ms Aggeliki Saranti is graduate of Shipping, Trade and Transport department at the University of the Aegean. She had her first experience in Crewing, during a summer internship. After that followed other internships in different shipping companies and an MSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics, till she started working for EXMAR Shipmanagement in Belgium, in 2011. She worked for the Crew department first under LPG fleet and then under LNG for three and a half years. She got a lot of experience, by being involved in operational, administrational and management issues related to the crew. Leaving and working abroad gave her the opportunity to learn about different cultures and different ways of thinking, definitely an asset for her current position. In 2015, she returned back to Greece and continued working  as Crew Coordinator for Euronav Shipmanagement Hellas Ltd. In 2018, she took the role of Crewing Recruitment Officer, seeking for brilliant and promising candidates who will build a career in Euronav while she currently became Learning and Development Officer at Euronav. She loves to travel and to spend time with her family and friends


John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, NorthStandard

John 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.



Dr. Michela Terrei, Psychologist, I.M.A. ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING CENTER, INC.

Dr. Michela Terrei is a Master’s Degree holder in Clinical and Forensic Psychodiagnostics. She also acquired her Masteral for both the Organizational and Job Psychology and the Mindfulness and Positive Psychology. She started to develop the mental well-being campaign in 2019 and her main activity is to continuously implement the programs develop for the wellbeing of the seafarers. She is responsible for reaching out to our seafarers who needs psychological assistance.


Capt. Andreas Togantzis, HSQE & Marine Manager, DPA / CSO, Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc.

Captain Andreas V. Togantzis is currently the HSQE & Marine Manager – DPA/CSO in Alpha Bulkers Ship management Inc. the last 12 years. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, U.K.  He is an ex Master in Tanker Vessels and the last 15 years working ashore involved in HSEQ Management, Risk Management, Vetting process  both Dry and Oil, TMSA 3 / ISM expert of preparation, implementation, supervision, developing and continuous improvement of Company’s Safety Management System and Policies. Responsible for Budget & Finance, responding to Crisis, ERT, PR, and Technical Management, including Crew Selection, evaluation and Training.  He is certified as Lead Audit for ISO Standards ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, 50001


Evangelos Tzitzis, Manager of Unmanned Systems, Diaplous Group

Evangelos is currently the Manager of Unmanned Systems of DIAPLOUS GROUP. Evangelos is Commodore (Retd) of Hellenic Navy with 33 years active service in several positions amongst of which XO, Commanding Officer of Frigate MEKO 200 Class and Fast Attack Craft-Missile Boat, Intelligence Director of Hellenic Navy, Head of Naval Intelligence at NIS (National Intelligence Service) and Deputy President of MoD’s Committee for Industrial Security. He has graduated from Hellenic Naval Academy with distinction and holds MA In International Terrorism, Organized Crime and Global Security. He is certified Ship’s/Company’s Security Officed and Port Facilities Officer i.a.w. ISPS Code provisions. During his carrier in Hellenic Navy, Evangelos, as a drone technology savvy and subject matter expert, led classified projects for the operational use of both, drones and anti-drone systems. As a Senior Executive of Unmanned Systems Operations in the shipping industry, Evangelos was the first in Greece who introduced the indoor/confined spaces drone technology in the context both of, IACS Regulations regarding RIT for ships and MOU and shipping companies’ preventive maintenance systems. Since then, Evangelos has participated in several events and seminars for the use of drones in shipping industry and led the RIT with the use of high-end drones in favor of distinguished shipping companies.


Tomi Urho, Director Training Services, Wartsila

Tomi Urho is a highly experienced training and customer engagement professional with a career in international B2B training roles spanning 25 years. As Director of Training Services at the Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy (WLSA), Tomi has overall responsibility for the delivery, development and continuous improvement of the academy’s world-class training services. WLSA serves the marine and energy markets with a global training portfolio that covers all aspects of managing and operating installations.


Christian Vakarelis, VP-Media Communications, Navarino

Christian Vakarelis is the VP, Media Communications at Navarino. He has been with Navarino for 16 years, during which time he has worked closely with Navarino partners, helping them to enhance their connectivity solutions and has witnessed first-hand the exponential growth in demand for advanced technology solutions in the maritime sector. Christian holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Bristol University, and prior to joining Navarino he was based in Washington DC working for the World Bank.


Mariangela Zanaki, Organisational Development Consultant – Psychologist, Ceosan

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.




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.



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 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 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.



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.




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.




We are the independent expert in assurance and risk management. Driven by our purpose, to safeguard life, property and the environment, we empower our customers and their stakeholders with facts and reliable insights so that critical decisions can be made with confidence. As a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful organizations, we use our knowledge to advance safety and performance, set industry benchmarks, and inspire and invent solutions to tackle global transformations. We are the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and technical advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables, oil and gas, and energy management. We are one of the world’s leading certification bodies, helping businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains.  We are also a world-leading provider of digital solutions for managing risk and improving safety and asset performance for ships, pipelines, processing plants, offshore structures, electric grids, smart cities and more. Our open industry assurance platform Veracity, cyber security and software solutions support business-critical activities across many industries, including maritime, energy and healthcare.




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.




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

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




I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc.

Founded in 2007, I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc. is an in-house maritime training center tailored to meet the unique demands of the shipping industry. With a commitment to upholding maritime standards and enhancing crew competency, we offer specialized services in the realm of assessment and training for both pre-boarding and post-boarding personnel. Understanding the importance of a skilled and knowledgeable crew, our Academy employs a team of seasoned maritime professionals who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our training modules. Our comprehensive training programs are designed to equip seafarers with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform at their best, ensuring the safety, efficiency, and reliability of shipping operations. In addition to our core training programs, we recognize the ongoing need for continuous learning and adaptation in the maritime sector. To this end, we’ve also introduced on-board training initiatives, allowing crew members to receive continuous education and updates, even while at sea. With our state-of-the-art training facilities, coupled with the latest maritime technologies and methodologies, I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc. stands as a beacon of maritime excellence, dedicated to producing world-class seafarers and advancing the global shipping industry.




Inmarsat Maritime is now a Viasat business and continues to power the digitalisation of the maritime industry, making operations more efficient and safer than ever before. Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. With offices in 24 countries around the world, our mission shapes how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate and connect. Viasat is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, reliable, secure, affordable, fast connections to positively impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea, while building a sustainable future in space. On May 30, 2023, Viasat completed its acquisition of Inmarsat, combining the teams, technologies and resources of the two companies to create a new global communications partner. Inmarsat Maritime is based in Viasat’s global international business headquarters in London, United Kingdom.




INTERNATIONAL REGISTRIES, INC. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is one of the leading registries in the world with 5,510 vessels surpassing 196 million gross tons at the end August 2023. IRI has a network of 28 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele. The quality of the RMI fleet can be measured by the RMI’s continued White List status on both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The RMI also meets the flag criteria for a low risk ship under the Paris and Tokyo MoU’s New Inspection Regimes and has qualified for the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 roster for 19 consecutive years, which is unprecedented. The most important asset to the RMI Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.




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.




Navarino is a leading technology company, offering complete solutions to the maritime sector, including hardware, software and connectivity. The company develops cutting-edge services and innovative IT solutions to bring true value to ship operators and to create strong, long-term relationships built on a five-star customer experience.




NAVTOR provides seamless, secure and integrated solutions for smarter e-Navigation and optimal vessel performance. At NAVTOR, we can offer innovative e-Navigation and performance solutions that have the power to transform vessel operations, fleet management and business results. This is more than navigation – this is a connected, smart and data-driven ecosystem that can unlock unique benefits for your shipping business.




NorthStandard offers an unmatched breadth and depth of service that supports your operations, embraces your potential, and helps your business thrive. Our product range is the largest in the International Group, providing over 10 bespoke options for almost every eventuality –- from P&I insurance to FD&D, Hull, War, Offshore, Strike & Delay, and more.  For those members forging new paths, our underwriters will work with you to extend cover or find bespoke solutions – wherever possible – to protect your crew, your vessel and your business. Our footprint spans the world, with offices covering all main shipping regions, including Asia (China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan), Australasia (Australia and New Zealand), Europe (UK, Ireland and Greece), and the USA.  We employ over 700 people globally for an unrivalled claims and underwriting experience, honed by decades of combined expertise and understanding.  With a reach that spans time zones, our team of more than 100 claims managers provide real-time, responsive and proactive claims support 24/7, 365 days a year – backed by the largest team of in-house legal experts, and the local knowledge of our comprehensive broker network. As an advocate for change, we give our members a powerful voice. By championing our mutual causes, pushing boundaries, and influencing thinking, we can help guide the industry’s future direction of travel. We insure approximately 350 million gross tonnage worldwide across all sectors – more than any other P&I club – and have a financial strength and resilience rated A by Standard & Poor’s. NorthStandard – taking on tomorrow, together.’



OSM Thome

OSM Thome is the world’s leading Ship Technical Management, Crew Management, and other related Marine Services providing company. As the leading provider of technical and management services to the offshore and maritime industry, we work closely with our customers, and partners, to ensure their success 24/7. The reason we deliver outstanding services is first and foremost down to our people. Both onshore and offshore, OSM Thome has always been driven by a strong team spirit, and a united drive to deliver superior performance. At OSM Thome, we care about employees, and it shows in their performance.




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





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.



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.



 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.



V. Group

V.Group provides a full range of ship management and marine support services to ship owners and operators around the globe, as well as the ability to blend those services together in unique combinations to meet specific customer needs. Guided by our values, we aim to deliver excellence in every area in which we operate, with safety being our number one priority. To help us achieve that, our group of companies and brands work interdependently, operating across different sectors, allowing us to become a comprehensive supplier of maritime and offshore services around the world. With over 35 years’ experience in managing vessels in the shipping, cruise, energy, and defence sectors, we’re committed to delivering safe and compliant operations. Helping customers with specific needs and putting them at the heart of our business. We’re also dedicated to working towards a maritime industry free of corruption, as an active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN). V.Group has access to an international network of over 44,000 seafarers, covering all areas of ship management and crewing. With those colleagues all supported by an onshore team of over 3,000 across 30 countries, we’re dedicated to investing in our people, our technology, and our systems, to ensure we deliver the highest quality service to our customers.



Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,500 professionals in more than 240 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2022, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

Wärtsilä Marine Power 
Wärtsilä Marine Power is a global leader in power, propulsion and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. From our end-to-end digital ecosystem planning to our future fuels development, Marine Power is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. Our broad portfolio of engines, digital technologies, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, and integrated powertrain systems delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support our customers. Our offering includes real-time insights into operations, performance, and energy use, performance-based agreements, lifecycle solutions, and an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise.


SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum: Industry needs to embrace the concept of Psychological Safety

The 2023 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum took place on 4th of October 2023, at Eugenides Foundation, Athens, focusing on key safety issues and trends concerning the human factor, as new technology emerges and impacts seafarers’ life and work onboard ships.

Experts agreed that psychological safety is a key area to focus on and discussed the challenges for crew members, highlighting the importance of training and continuous development of their skills.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: MacGregor and SQE MARINE.

Other sponsors were: The American P&I Club, ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Ship Management, Diaplous, DNV, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Green Jakobsen, I.M.A. Assessment & Training Center Inc., Inmarsat, International Registries, Inc., Latsco Marine Management Inc., NAVARINO, NAVTOR, NorthStandard, OSM Thome, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT, Steamship Mutual, UK Club, V.Group and Wartsila.

The event was supported by: Chios Marine Club, International Windship Association (IWSA) and The Nautical Institute.

Opening the event, Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed all delegates and speakers, giving an overview of the agenda and setting the tone for the conversations that were to follow. Belokas highlighted that the maritime industry tends to take a reactive rather than proactive stance. One of the main reasons behind this phenomenon is the secrecy on higher levels, which often hurdles the process of learning about incidents onboard that could be evaluated and used for future reference.

Panel 1 – Navigating safe seas: Exploring today’s landscape

Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, presented key findings from the recent SEAFiT survey, which is the largest survey on crew welfare conducted worldwide, with the participation of 1.6K ships and 19K seafarers. The survey revealed many mental health barriers, and that physical wellbeing is the most ignored among other aspects. Apo Belokas also highlighted that the internet plays a vital role for life onboard. Seafarers need high quality internet to stay connected and communicate with their family and friends ashore, a need expressed by an astounding 91% of participants. Also, the survey put on the table many important issues that industry has not considered as priority for their wellness, such as wages and connectivity with the shore and highlighted that industry remains reactive and not proactive.

Dimitris Patrikios, Business Advisor, V. Ships Greece Ltd., stressed the importance of psychological safety. He explained that it is a new concept , introduced few years ago, that supports a new culture in which individuals feel free to express their opinions and share their problems. In that way, any organization as a whole can learn from experience and move forward. Human error is in our nature; our focus should be to learn from the mistakes and not to adopt blame culture. When people are not afraid to speak up, they are happy and a happy crew is a safe crew, he concluded.

Erik Green, Managing Director and Partner, Green-Jakobsen, pointed out that human performance is context dependent. Erik Green went on to explain that performance is influenced by many factors, but some are more important than others. When trying to enhance performance, the industry often focuses on the individual. Alas, according to the presentation, developing human and safety performance requires that we focus on collective intelligence which is strengthened when people experience psychological safety. Referring to Green-Jakobsen’s own data, Erik Green presented the most important human performance influencing factors such as social reflectivity and argued why we need to make performance reviews on a continuous basis and how we see the relation between task reflectivity and social reflectivity.

Capt. Adam Parnell, Director Maritime, CHIRP, focused on the crucial contribution that anonymous reporting has made to presenting incidents that otherwise wouldn’t be known. Good safety management means that everyone learns from an incident. That is why the CHIRP reporting scheme collects data from incidents for analysis and reports current trends. Adam Parnell also said that safety does not happen on its own, but when people care about it. He concluded his presentation by also highlighting the importance of psychological safety.

Nicholas Ioannidis, Director, International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), talked about the medical guides that the association, in collaboration with medical health experts and other industry associations, has produced with the aim to provide guidance on which medical supplies are needed. He highlighted that dental problems are increasing and thus, dental health must be carefully considered for the crew onboard. Nicholas Ioannidis also mentioned IHMA’s contribution to the publication of medical guides for people on board and said that ship managers need to provide support and related guidance.

Panel #2 Sailing into the future: Digitalization’s role in shipping safety

John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, NorthStandard, presented lessons learned from ECDIS implementation and talked about the upcoming changes to ECDIS, in particular S100. In 2020, the IMO introduced with the S100, a transition of data standards and many changes are going to be implemented in the upcoming years. In that regard, it is important to focus on lessons learned from serious ECDIS- related incidents and how to avoid any issues in the future. Training can help towards to ensure that ship bridge team is aware of the requirements for appraisal, planning, execution, and monitoring.

Jacob Clausen, Performance Director / MD Denmark, Navtor, briefly presented his company’s journey to digitalization to provide solutions for safe navigation, highlighting that weather and environmental conditions, navigation hazards, piracy, cyber security and human error are among the key challenges. For sustainable operations, ships need many data and simple and comprehensive information with regards to passage planning and monitoring, route planning, weather routeing etc.

Capt. George Mavrogenis, Marine Manager, Latsco Marine Management Inc., noted that although the increase in technology, the principles of safe navigation remain the same and the human factor a top priority. Main principles of safe navigation include planning, managing, and directing the vessel’s voyage. George Mavrogenis believes that as the maritime industry is a people-driven industry, smart and innovative solutions should be implemented to minimize errors due to the human factor. Additionally, he pointed out that as technological tools change, so does the situational awareness of the crew.


Panel #3 Industry’s best practices: Learning from innovative approaches

Capt. Theodore Lalas, Fleet Ops Manager, The Marshall Islands Registry, presented an overview of Port State Control data and detentions per MoU and vessel type. Theodore Lalas supports the idea that viewing these data is important in order to improve faults, not to compare with other organizations. He mentioned that bulk carriers had the most deficiencies in 2022, followed by tankers, with fire safety, ISM and LSA being the most common deficiency areas. He also mentioned the IMO resolution on PSC procedures, highlighting that we need to be transparent with the PSCOs and seek assistance and guidance from the Flag Administration. Finally, Lalas supported that a significant amount of the detentions could be avoided if planning was done in advance and repairs where not postponed.

Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous Group & General Manager, Diaplous Land Services, stated that the security risk landscape has changed significantly, and the key to face all challenges is information. He cleared out that the risks are many and variable, not just limited to piracy. However, according to Nikos Georgopoulos, real-time and responsive information can greatly mitigate the risk and provide solutions on all levels of the company on how to deal with an incident as well as prevent it.

Evangelos Tzitzis, Manager of Unmanned Systems, Diaplous Group, discussed the challenges of using drones for ship-to-shore delivery, highlighting that drone delivery service providers should comply with multiple requirements. Drone delivery may be very important to the crew during extended anchorage, but it has some pain points such as technological limits regarding adverse weather conditions and limited weight of delivery and being able to deliver only during the day.

Katerina Liaki, Business Development Manager, Navarino, explained how medical issues are a common problem onboard, as medical care cannot easily be accessed or provided. To tackle this issue, NAVARINO has partnered up with VIKAND to provide medical help solutions through an application and calls with professionals. They also provide aid in keeping a medical chest onboard and regular guidance on various health issues, including mental health.

Thanassis Pagonis, Co-Founder & CEO, Forecode S.A., presented the importance of a HSQE software that is human centric and agile and can help keep personnel up-to-date with all regulations. The only constant is change, Thanassis Pagonis said, highlighting that in today’s dynamic and digital environment, stakeholders need to interact with multiple services and software to receive all information. An API-ready software can help towards, providing a secure and structured way to co-exist with various data sources.

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA, presented the audience with some interesting insights from a PSC Automation case study, highlighting that the use of automation can improve PSC Performance KPIs, streamline operations and minimize OPEX. As he explained, behind any detention, there are three key reasons: Lack of awareness of a PSC Inspection Probability; Lack of awareness of the local PSC Focus items; Inadequate communication of priorities to the ship.


Panel #4 Steering a safer course: Crew Management and Safety Culture

Mariangela Zanaki, Organisational Development Consultant – Psychologist, Ceosan, discussed crew management strategies, viewed through the lens of neuroscience. She outlined the connection between the central nervous system, brain functions, and their impact on safety behaviours and performance. She also offered insights on how to manage people in a more “brain-friendly” manner, thus fostering a safety mindset and enhancing crew interactions, morale, and overall operational efficiency.

Ross Millar, Loss Prevention Associate, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited, referred to the recent developments in technology that impact shipping industry, i.e. AI, MAS, AR, and questioned their impact on seafarers situational awareness. This new technology will be utilized with officers and other crew members to enhance efficiency, this is why they should be designed with the human factor in mind. Ross Millar stated that balance needs to be found between technology and team decisions by combining the raw materials with communication between individuals.

Dr. Michela Terrei, Psychologist, I.M.A. ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING CENTER, INC., pinpointed that in the era of Shipping 4.0, where technology and human expertise converge, situational awareness emerges as a critical factor in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of maritime operations. As seafarers navigate the seas of complexity, a holistic approach that acknowledges the interplay between human factors, technological advancements, and psychological resilience is essential. By addressing the challenges of information overload, complacency, and decision-making under uncertainty, the maritime industry can empower seafarers to harness the potential of Shipping 4.0 while upholding the core principles of situational awareness.

Capt. Konstantinos Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club, started his presentation with data from crew injury incidents during the last year that revealed lack of situational awareness and lack of power distance. This is a concept that help us understand how people perceive the role of authority in different situations. Power distance affects communication, decision making and leadership styles. He explained how power distance is being perceived by different nations and explained what this means for their overall behaviour and attitude onboard ships.


Panel #5: Building resilient crew: Essential skills training and development for onboard success

Tomi Urho, Director Training Services, Wärtsilä, referred to ways that ensure enhanced safety, highlighting the importance of information sharing across an organization and of training. Especially, training is key in implementing decarbonization efforts safely; thus, the focus should be on monitoring successfully the several rules and regulations and systems onboard, the robust and safe operation on vessels as well as personal safety and key actions to take in case of an emergency.

Capt. Spyros Kyriakopoulos, Training Manager, Prime Tanker Management Inc., explained why people behave in a certain way when a system is being influenced for any reason. We must understand what the organisational influences are, and why people make the decisions they do, he said, noting that people make decisions that are locally rational. They don’t go to work to hurt themselves, or other people. They don’t go to work to ruin their supervisor’s day or damage equipment. If we are empathetic and curious, we shall understand why they did what they did because it made sense at the time, he stressed.

Aggeliki Saranti, Learning and Development Officer, Euronav, stated that the industry needs to focus on what is best for the crew. She once pointed out the crucial role of psychological safety onboard and developing a life-long learning environment that is not limited to technicalities but also expands to developing a culture that fosters opportunities to develop and understand that a failure can also be a lesson.


Panel #6: Industry voices: Ship managers discuss key priorities in industry’s safety agenda

Dionysios Peppas, Director, Pantheon Tankers Management Ltd, focused on various thinking and perception patterns that influence decision making and life onboard. For instance, one scope of his presentation on fast and slow thinking, as presented by Daniel Kahneman in his bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow. He also analysed another concept presented in the book, WYSIATI. WYSIATI is an acronym for ’What you see is all there is’, practically, a cognitive bias. Dionysios Peppas also presented ways in which thinking patterns can be used to improve safety conditions.

Capt. Nikolaos Chrysomallis, Compliance Manager, Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A., mentioned that human factors can affect but also intervene and stop the sequence between a hazard and an incident. The basic principles to keep in mind are: People will make mistakes; People’s actions are rarely malicious and usually make sense to them at the time; Mistakes are typically due to conditions and systems that make work difficult; Understanding the conditions in which mistakes happen helps us prevent or correct them; People know the most about their work and are key to any solution.

Capt. Andreas Togantzis, Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement, highlighted once again that research during the last 50 years, has shown that human error is the cause of 80% of accidents. Ever since, most of the published studies on maritime accidents have found that maritime accidents are caused mainly by human errors. In the shipping industry, despite the changes, the digitalization, the modern integrated safety management models, the crews training, we have not manage to reduce the accidents. In contrary, we see same accidents to be repeated. This element shows that we do something wrong and that we are not on the right track to reverse the situation, he stressed.


  • A.B. Maritime Inc.
  • Abacus Marine Consultants Ltd.
  • ABC Maritime AG & ABC Hellenic Management Ltd.
  • ABS
  • Aegean Cargo Management SA
  • Aegean College
  • Aegean Shipping Enterprises M.C.
  • AGS Maritime Advisers
  • Air Academy of Greece
  • Alassia Newships Management Inc.
  • Alberta Shipmanagement Ltd.
  • Alison Management Corp.
  • Alpha Bank
  • Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc
  • Alpha Management Co S.A
  • Alpha Marine PC
  • Alpha Victor Marine
  • Ambrey Ltd
  • Angelakos (Hellas) S.A.
  • AON Greece
  • A-Rex Shipinvest Ltd
  • Ariston Navigation Corp.
  • Astecaum Inc
  • Atelier Srl
  • Ath. Kopoukis – S.T.A.D. SA
  • Athanasiou & Associates LLC
  • Atlantis Management Inc
  • Attica Group
  • Bahri Ship Management
  • Besiktas Shipping
  • BG Tunisia
  • BHCC
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Blue Planet Shipping
  • British Embassy Athens
  • Cape Shipping S.A.
  • Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.
  • Carnival Corporation
  • Carras (Hellas) S.A.
  • Castor Ships S.A.
  • Ceosan
  • Chandris Hellas Inc
  • Chris Adams Maritime Consulting
  • City Unity College
  • Columbia Shipmanagement
  • COSCO Shipping Line
  • Costamare Shipping Company S.A
  • Cotzias Consulting
  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • D. Papavasiliou & Associates Law Firm
  • Danaos Management
  • Danesa Management
  • Dianik Bross Shipping
  • Diaplous Group
  • DNV
  • Dorian LPG
  • Dynacom TM
  • Dynagas Ltd.
  • Eastern Pacific Shopping Pte. Ltd.
  • Ecomar Navigestion
  • Economic Chamber of Greece
  • Edge Maritime Inc
  • Efnav Company Ltd
  • Elios Navigation S.A.
  • ELNAVI Monthly Shipping Review
  • Empire Navigation Inc
  • E-Nomikos Corp.
  • Ephestos Trading and Marine
  • EPS Shipmanagement
  • Euronav
  • European Maritime Navigation
  • European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
  • Eurotankers Inc.
  • Flumar
  • Forecode S.A.
  • Fortius Ship Management Ltd
  • Fortune Technologies Sa
  • G.D. Areteos & Associates Marine Technical Bureau
  • Genimar Shipping & Trading
  • Genmarco
  • Giovanti Travel
  • Gleamray Maritime Inc
  • Global Voyager Assistance Black Sea
  • Globus Shipmanagement
  • Graham Shipping Co.
  • Greek Welding Institute
  • Green-Jakobsen A/S
  • GS Maritime Safety AB
  • Hellas Confidence Shipmanagement S.A.
  • Hellenic Naval Academy
  • HKT Marine Technology Co., Ltd
  • Hochleitner Marine
  • Hydrema Baltech Ltd
  • I.M.A. Assessment and Training Center, Inc.
  • ICS Solix
  • IMEQ Center
  • IML Marine
  • Intercargo
  • International Maritime Health Association
  • Intersy Investments Ltd
  • Interunity Management Corporation S.A.
  • ISEM
  • ISRA
  • JGR
  • Jibe Hellas LLC
  • Kassian Maritime Ltd.
  • KMK Marine Consultants
  • Kondinave Sa
  • Kongsberg Digital
  • Korean Register
  • Kyla Shipping and Trading Corp
  • Lanibra D.O.O.
  • Latsco Marine Management Inc.
  • Lemur Maritime
  • Leon Shipping & Trading S.A
  • Levanteferries Mc
  • Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc
  • LMZ Shipping
  • London P&I Club
  • LR
  • LS Consultoria Naval
  • M Maritime Corp.
  • M2Intelligence
  • MAC
  • Marad
  • Maran Dry Management
  • Maran Gas Maritime
  • Marfin Management S.A.M.
  • MARIAPPS Marine Solutions Europe Gmbh
  • Marin Shipmanagement Ltd.
  • Mariners Shipping Agency S.A.
  • Maristela
  • Maritime & Healthcare Group
  • Marsh LLC Insurance Brokers
  • MASO Strategic
  • Mestex Shipmanagement
  • Metis Cyber Technology
  • MHSS
  • Mideast Chemical Ship Management
  • Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy
  • MINTRA Group
  • Montana Ship Management Inc.
  • MPK Shipping Inc
  • MPP Carriers
  • National Bank of Greece
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • Navarino
  • Navtor
  • Niovis Shipping Co S.A.
  • NorthStandard
  • Ocean Technologies Group
  • Oceantech Shipping & Trading
  • OneCare Solutions
  • Oriani Hellas
  • Orpheus Marine Transport Corporation
  • Pantheon Tankers Management Ltd.
  • Paralegal Maritime Services
  • PB Maritime Personnel, Inc.
  • Phoenix Register of Shipping S.A.
  • Piraeus365.gr
  • Pleiades Shipping Company S.A.
  • Polforce Shipping
  • Poseidon Maritime
  • Posidonia Exhibitions SA
  • Prime Tanker Management Inc.
  • Prisma Electronics SA
  • Ranger Marine S.A
  • Ridge Global Europe
  • RINA
  • Ritelane Marine Inc.
  • Roswell Tankers Corp.
  • Rotzun Global Concepts Limited
  • Royal Caribbean Group
  • S.E. Smyrlakis & Associates
  • SBM
  • S-Bulkers Ltd
  • SCB Hellas
  • Scottish Fishermen’s Federation
  • Sea Pioneer Shipping Corp.
  • Sea Trade Marine Sa
  • Sea Traders S.A.
  • Seably AB
  • Seafair
  • Seafarers Boost Method
  • Seamar
  • SGS Greece SA
  • SIA Vanguard Security
  • Silk Searoad Maritime S.A
  • Smit Boskalis
  • Springfield Shipping Co. Panama S.A.
  • Stag Marine
  • Stealth Maritime
  • Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
  • Sun Enterprises Ltd / S. Livanos Hellas
  • Survitec Group
  • Synergy Maritime Pvt. Ltd
  • Technical University of Crete
  • The American Club
  • The Marshall Islands Registry
  • Third Millenium Shipping Ltd
  • Top Ever Marine Management Phil. Corp
  • Trafigura
  • Training Centers, Security Expert
  • Tri Bulk Shipping Ltd.
  • Tritan International Ltd
  • Tsakos Shipping and Trading S.A.
  • Tsavliris Salvage Group
  • UK P&I Club
  • Ulysses
  • Unicartagena
  • University of Essex
  • University of Piraeus
  • University of The Aegean
  • Unix Line Pte Ltd Singapore
  • UOT
  • V Group
  • V. Ships Greece Ltd.
  • Valiant Shipping S.A.
  • Variety Cruises
  • Velos Tankers Ltd.
  • Virono Union Maritime S.A.
  • Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd
  • Wärtsilä
  • WCI Maritime Services SA
  • Weathernews Inc.
  • West of England
  • Zodiac Maritime Ltd

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Safety 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

Delegate Helpdesk

General Information

Who can I contact for more information on the event?
Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com


How do I register?
To register you should fill in the online registration form and follow the instructions contained in the Registration Form.

Is the event free to attend for the delegates?
Attendance to the event is FREE subject to online registration. In case you are interested, please complete the online registration form and confirm with the organizers. FREE attendance includes coffee, snacks and drinks during breaks plus lunch at the event venue. Attendance does NOT include accommodation and/or travelling or parking which should be paid in by the delegates as decided/applicable.

What happens if I am unable to attend despite being registered?
Appreciate if you could inform the organizers by e-mail as soon as possible before the event.

At the event

Where is the event being held and how do I get there?
The event location is at the Eugenides Foundation, Athens. You may find instructions here.

What happens when I get to the event venue?
When you arrive at the event please go to the registration desk and collect your badge which should be worn at all times. Welcome coffee and snacks are available during registration and breaks.

After the event

How may I evaluate and comment on the event?
You may comment with the organizers at any time, during or after the event. Furthermore an event evaluation form will be available online after the event to complete anonymously any comments you may have.


Please contact the organizers directly at e-mail: info [at] safety4sea [dot] com

We look forward to welcoming you at this event!

By car

Via Leoforos Athinon

Via Syntagma Square

Via Glyfada


By the Public Transport

By bus
The bus lines that serve the Eugenides Foundation are:

550         (P.Faliro-Kifissia) *Eugenides/Planetarium stop
(Kifissia-P.Faliro) *Onaseio stop

B2           (Agios Kosmas-Akadimia) *Eugenides/Planetarium stop
(Akadimia – Agios Kosmas) *Onaseio stop

A2           (Akadimia – Voula, via Amfitheas) *Iasonos stop
(Voula-Akadimia, via Amfitheas) *Iasonos stop

126          (P.Faliro-Syngrou/Fix metro station) *Trapeza stop

229          (Piraeus – Ag.Dimitrios – Dafni metro station) **Onaseio stop
(Ag.Dimitrios-Dafni metro station-Piraeus) **Iasonos stop

E90           (Panepistimioupoli – Peiraias) * Chrisaki stop
(Peiraias – Panepistimioupoli) *** Chrisaki stop


By trolley
The trolley line that serves the Eugenides Foundation is:

10           (Halandri – Tzitzifies) *Chrisaki stop
(Tzitzifies – Halandri)  * Chrisaki stop

*Above lines are served by Syngrou-Fix metro station
**Above line is served by Dafni metro station
***Above lines are served by HSAP N. Falirou train station.



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