2023 SAFETY4SEA London Forum
The 3rd SAFETY4SEA London Forum successfully took place on Thursday 14th of September 2023 at the Ocean Suite of ICS Maritime Hub, London, UK.
This is a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 200 persons / 100 organizations attendance from Safety, Technical, Marine departments of shipping operators and other related industry stakeholders. Attendance will be FREE of charge to delegates, a common feature of ALL SAFETY4SEA forums with sponsors covering all the expenses of the event.
Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration.
Date – Thursday 14 September
08:00-09:00 Welcome Coffee & Registration
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome Address by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
09:05 – 10:15 Panel #1: Safety First: Managing human factors in an era of change
In an industry as vital and dynamic as shipping, safety remains paramount. The era of change brings new technological advancements and regulatory shifts, yet the human factor continues to be central to our operations. In this panel, we will discuss how to manage and optimize human interactions within the shipping sphere, ensuring safety as our unwavering north star.
10:15 – 10:30 Networking Coffee Break
10:30 – 10:40 Results of industry wide SEAFiT Survey by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
10:40 – 11:45 Panel #2: Sailing Strong: Crafting a future ready crew via training & development
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
In the ever-changing landscape of shipping, the ability to adapt and grow is paramount. Training and development aren’t just about meeting today’s demands but crafting a crew that’s ready for the future’s uncertainties. In this panel, we will discuss methodologies, technologies, and strategies that will equip our sailors to be resilient, skilled, and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.
11:45 – 12:00 Networking Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:15 Panel #3: Switching Green: Strategies & Alternatives for a smooth transition
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
On its way to a net-zero carbon future, the maritime industry is assessing cutting-edge new ways to operate in advance of the switch to alternative fuels and green technology, and it is reinforcing this shift with new regulations and a progressive mindset. In this panel, we will discuss strategies and options for a seamless transition.
13:15 -14:00 Forum Closing & Networking Lunch
Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, IWSA
Gavin Allwright is the Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA). Established in 2014, this grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by ship owners, ship builders, class, research institutes, academia, NGO’s and seafarers is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. Alongside his work as association secretary, he also leads the policy work stream, requiring regular attendance at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), where IWSA has consultative status, and he sits on the stakeholders advisory committee for the MTCC network there too. Other policy fora include the European Sustainable Shipping Forum, IRENA’s Coalition for Action and numerous reference groups and advisory committees focused on decarbonisation in shipping. Gavin has presented at over 100 international fora, including CMA, SMM & Green Ship Technology along with regularly chairing the Natural Propulsion Seminar as part of Blue Week each year. He was also the coordinator for the ground-breaking ‘Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit at COP23 in Bonn in 2017. His work extends to being a non-executive board member for the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), a work package leader on the EU Interreg Wind Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) and advisor on various shipping decarbonisation projects. He is also a regular guest lecturer at the UN World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden among others. Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries. He has contributed to numerous studies, projects, books and articles on alternative propulsion solutions and helped coordinate and contributed to the UN-affiliated IRENA technical brief – Renewable Energy Options in Shipping and more recently was an expert reviewer for the IPCC special report on 1.5C climate change.
Maria Athanasiou, Managing Director at MASO STRATEGIC, Founder of Athanasiou & Associates LLC, Partner at AAS Business
Maria Th. Athanasiou is the Founder of Athanasiou & Associates LLC, based in Cyprus. Maria is also the Managing Director of MASO Strategic. Also, she is a non-executive director of AAS Business Consulting Agency, based in Cyprus. She is also a Lecturer in Maritime Law at the European University and Cyprus Maritime Academy. Maria is legal trainer in oil and gas, energy security and maritime law in Oman, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Africa, UK, and Jordan. Maria is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of South Wales and a master’s degree in international Commercial Law from Cardiff University. She is also finalising her Doctorate in the field on the Law of the Sea at the University of Nicosia. She is also certified in the fields of International Water Law from the University of Geneva, Environmental Law and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Methodology from the University of London and ECOPORTIL which consist 7 certificates which includes Air quality, Energy efficiency and Climate change, Water quality (Emphasis on Oil Pollution and BWM), Waste management at ships and ports, Eco mapping of the Environmental condition in the ports, Environmental management systems (ISO, EMAS, PERS) and Legislation governing environmental protection of areas surrounding ports. She is also a co-author of the books “The Future of the Maritime Industry” and “Global Perspectives on Maritime Occupational Wellness”.
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
Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President Safety & Regulatory, Inmarsat
Peter joined Inmarsat in 2014 as Vice President of Service Delivery for the Maritime business unit, where he was responsible for leading the development of products and services from conception and implementation, through to launch and life cycle management. Peter was instrumental in the launch of Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband service Fleet Xpress launched in March 2016. With over 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, Peter began his career at sea as a Radio Officer, before running his own business and working for a maritime distributor. Peter then spent 15 years with Sea Tel Inc., / Cobham SATCOM as Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he was responsible for overseeing and managing global sales, support, marketing, training, and product management. Peter has a HND Electronics, Marine Radio General Certificate, Radar and Marine Navigation Aids accreditation from Wray Castle Merchant Navy School, and holds an Open University, BSc (Hons) First Class degree on Radio Frequency Systems. Peter is Acting President of Comittee International Radio Maritime (CIRM), on the Board of the World Maritime University and an Ambassador for the Sailors’ Society
Nicolas Charalambous, Project Officer – Ship Safety, The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
Nicolas holds a Diploma and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Gas Turbine Propulsion and Shipping Management and logistics having pursued his studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Cranfield University in the UK and the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). Currently, Nicolas is driven to expand his knowledge further and is dedicated to pursuing a PhD at UCL in London. His research focus is on Computational methods in multiphase flows, with the primary goal of reducing cavitation and underwater noise sources generated by ships. Throughout his career, Nicolas has garnered valuable expertise in the private sector, where he served as an expert in Computational Fluid Dynamics and simulation of engineering systems. His research activities were primarily centred around air emission reduction technologies, with a particular focus on soot filters and NOx reduction for Diesel Engines. In 2004, Nicolas made a transition to the public sector, joining the Deputy Ministry of Shipping in Cyprus serving as a Marine Surveyor. Over the years, he has served in various units, including Seafarer’s and Maritime Labour, Maritime Safety and Security Unit, and Maritime Policy Unit. Notably, from 2012 to 2017, he represented Cyprus as the Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) during IMO meetings. Since July 2017, Nicolas works in EMSA, holding the position of a Project Officer. His work at EMSA has encompassed diverse projects, ranging from Port State Control training to Capacity Building for the development of the inspection supporting tool RuleCheck, as well as projects related to Underwater noise, Antifouling Systems, and Ship Recycling. In December 2022, Nicolas took on a new role in the Safety and Security Unit at EMSA, where he is actively engaged with projects related to MASS and fire safety. Presently, he is focused on developing a tool for risk assessment concerning MASS. Furthermore, Nicolas is actively participating in the Working Group and Correspondence Group for the development of the MASS Code
Dr. Somiyeh Djavanroodi, Deputy Head of The Nautical Institute Academy, The Nautical Institute
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.
Erik Green, CEO and co-founder, 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 organizational 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.
Dr. Edmund Hughes, IBIA Representative to the IMO and Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd
Dr Hughes is Director of Green Marine Associates Ltd. an independent consultancy based in the UK specialising in maritime policy development, regulatory implementation and risk management with a focus on the control of emissions from ships. His current work includes working as a Specialist Adviser to the UK Parliament’s House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee for its inquiry into ‘Net zero aviation and shipping’.Previously, Dr Hughes was Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). As a member of the IMO Secretariat his responsibilities covered MARPOL Annex VI, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, including regulations on controlling emissions to air including IMO 2020 and energy efficiency for ships. He was also responsible for IMO’s work to address GHG emissions from international shipping which included the development and adoption of the Initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Prior to joining the IMO, Dr Hughes worked in the UK civil service for some eight years. This included six years at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), where he held policy roles in safety management (ISM Code) and environment (Ballast Water Management and Air Pollution) including preparing and overseeing the implementation into UK law of IMO and EU instruments: MARPOL Annex VI and EU Sulphur Directive respectively. When in the UK civil service Dr Hughes spent two years in HM Treasury, the UK’s Finance and Economics Ministry, where he worked on risk management and corporate governance for the public sector. Before joining the civil service he worked in academia researching engineering design and systems failure at the University of Bath. He has a PhD and an engineering degree from Cranfield University in the UK.
Marinos Kokkinis, Managing Director, OneLearn Global
Marinos Kokkinis is the Managing Director of OneCare Solutions, a leading health and wellbeing platform, and OneLearn Global, a leading maritime training provider. Under his leadership, these two entities are forging a holistic approach to everything needed to make individuals healthier and more productive, thereby fostering the potential of human capital. Possessing a deep background spanning the multiple industries that play a role in health, wellbeing, and training, Marinos has held senior positions in the maritime, hospitality, pharmaceutical, and financial industries during the past 25 years. Key positions included Director for Merchant Fleet and Support Services with leading marine services provider Oceanic, senior financial analyst with major pharmaceutical company Pharmascience, and numerous roles throughout the hospitality and cruise ship industries, including the Ritz-Carlton and Celebrity Cruises. Marinos speaks regularly on the topic of human capital and the importance of well-managed health and learning initiatives. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Australia, a Bachelor degree in accounting and finance from the University of West London, and he completed an executive programme on the topic of the digital transformation in health care from Harvard Medical School.
Chris Oliver, Principal Director Marine – Head of the Marine Department, ICS
Chris Oliver is the Principal Director Marine – Head of the Marine Department. Chris is currently responsible for the development and implementation of ICS policy on technical, operational and environmental regulatory risks affecting international shipping. As head of the Marine Department he provides management oversight relating to all aspects of technical, environmental and operational matters. This work includes being the ICS accredited representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to represent the interests of ICS Members, shipowners and operators and working with IMO member States and other relevant stakeholders to develop and maintain statutory regulations. Chris has over 40 years of experience in the shipping industry, is a qualified Master Mariner with 15 years sea experience with an oil major, followed by 23 years operational and ship management experience ashore with a dry cargo company, before joining ICS in 2017.
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.
Capt. Leonid Zalenski, COO, Columbia Group
Captain Zalenski has 20 years of seagoing experience, including eight years in command. He moved ashore in 1999 and was assigned to lead a Manning and Training Office for a large Shipmanagement Company. Captain Zalenski joined Columbia Shipmanagement in 2004 and held various positions within the organisation. Since August 2021 he assumed the role of Group COO. He has an in-depth knowledge of the ship management, incident investigations, maritime and quality assurance, is actively involved and participates in various industry forums and committees, including INTERTANKO, Cyprus Shipping Chamber, and MACN.
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.
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.
Columbia Ship Management
With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider. Since our founding in Cyprus, we have developed a global reputation by continuously exceeding our clients´ expectations when providing the highest quality and professional management services. Our success is based on the tremendous added-value granted to our clients by leveraging a strong global network and the will of being a leading force in the maritime industry.
Dorian LPG 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
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.
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.
The entrepreneur needs to have a personal adviser by his side. The person who can give solutions to everything. At the same time to direct him correctly. That’s why we created MASO Strategic. Our company is new, however both myself personally and my partner Sotiris Papadopoulos have managed entrepreneurs locally and internationally. We understood the need of the entrepreneur to have a person who is responsible for the tasks that belong to the legal, communication and accounting departments. MASO Strategic are an integrated team of Public Policy Consultants, Strategic Communications Professionals and Lawyers with expertise in both the legal and technical aspects of the policies that shape our client’s business era. As a company we combine the substance, specialist skills and experience needed to success. Certainly unlike more services such as lobbying, public relations or law firms, we are a coordinated team of Consultants working together to provide our clients with a comprehensive solution. MASO Strategic already has a network of consultants in Cyprus, Greece, UK, Malta, Oman and is in discussions to network in New York. The company’s goal is to have a network of more than 100 law, communications and accounting consultants around the world within a year.
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.
OneLearn Global was created to provide training solutions to serve the maritime, energy, hospitality and industrial sectors and offers an enormously effective and intuitive next-gen Learning Management System (LMS), designed to deliver both an enhanced and engaging, yet personalised and intuitive, enjoyable learning experience through digitalisation.
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.
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.
2023 SAFETY4SEA London Forum: Shipping is not sailing in uncharted waters
The 2023 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, which was held on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at the Ocean Suite of ICS Maritime Hub, London, UK, during the London International Shipping Week (LISW), covered the most recent technological developments, regulatory updates, and trends, demonstrating that there has been progress on all fronts in creating a framework to deal with the impending challenges.
The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having SQE MARINE as lead sponsor. More sponsors of the event included the following organizations: Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd (BPS), Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. , Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Shipmanagment, Dorian LPG, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Green-Jakobsen A/S, Inmarsat, Latsco Marine Management Inc., MASO STRATEGIC, NAVTOR, OneLearn Global, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT, V.Group.
Supporters of the event included: INTERCARGO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International WindShip Association (IWSA).
Main issues discussed
- Recognizing the critical role of leadership in redefining and strengthening safety norms and practices within the industry
- Implementing technological solutions and strategies to minimize mistakes and enhance safety
- Addressing the human aspects that shape the onboard environment, fostering unity and collaboration
- Focusing on seamless communication and data transfer to support operational efficiency
- Advancements in Autonomous Shipping and MASS (Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships)
- Exploring core competencies and the latest training techniques
- Understanding the impact of soft skills in maritime operations
- Emphasizing the importance of interpersonal relations and maintaining mental health while at sea
- Identifying necessary skills and training for the green transition
- Assessing our alignment with STCW and MLC standards
- Evaluating current standings and envisioning the roadmap to achieve 2030 to 2050 sustainability goals.
- Crafting emission strategies that resonate with the latest guidelines and industry expectations.
- The promising alternative fuels, their performance benchmarks, and the pivotal considerations in their adoption.
- Exploring groundbreaking technologies that will drive the maritime industry to a carbon-neutral future.
- Analyzing the potential impact and opportunities of these eco-friendly marine routes.
Opening the event, Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the delegates and speakers and thanked all sponsors and supporters of the event, emphasizing that ’Partnerships is the key priority for shipping for the time being as collaboration is the new fuel.”
”We look forward bringing all industry stakeholders together to discuss and find solutions to ongoing challenges. In this respect, it is extremely important for all industry stakeholders to collaborate and support our people, both onboard and ashore, with more initiatives, more projects and more tools.”, he said.
The following experts gave presentations on specific items as follows:
- Apo Belokas, SAFETY4SEA, presented the key outcomes from SEAFiT Survey, that run during 2023Q1&Q2, and highlighted the important findings by pointing out that overall wellness and happiness have increased, in comparison to previous years. The pandemic is now seen as a bygone occurrence, and connectivity onboard has improved due to an increase in bandwidth and the fact that many operators offer their crews free internet access. These two factors have greatly influenced the rising levels of previous SEAFiT indices.
- Erik Green, Green-Jakobsen, A/S, highlighted that human performance is influenced by many factors, but some are more important than others. Seen in a safety and beyond-compliance perspective Green-Jakobsen can document what factors positively influence safety performance. Referring to specific client cases, his presentation discussed the most important human performance influencing factors, the need for continuously performance reviews and the value of psychological safety.
- Nicolas Charalambous, EMSA, presented the RBAT methodology which aims to provide a structured approach for risk assessment and safety equivalence evaluation. This tool focuses specifically on the concept development stage for future vessel operations that incorporate automated or autonomous functionalities. In the current absence of clear rules and standards for such technology, safety should be ensured by adhering to functional requirements developed using goal-based approaches, as outlined in the draft MASS Code, he stressed.
The following experts formed in three different panels discussed key industry’s challenges and addressed priorities in the agenda:
Panel #1: Safety First: Managing human factors in an era of change
In an industry as vital and dynamic as shipping, safety remains paramount. The era of change brings new technological advancements and regulatory shifts, yet the human factor continues to be central to our operations. In this panel, participants discussed how to manage and optimize human interactions within the shipping sphere, ensuring safety as our unwavering north star.
Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President Safety & Regulatory, Inmarsat; Nicolas Charalambous, Project Officer – Ship Safety, The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA); Chris Oliver, Principal Director Marine – Head of the Marine Department, ICS and; Capt. Adam Parnell, Director Maritime, CHIRP discussed how to effectively manage human aspects as we go towards further digitalization and automation while putting safety first.
Panel #2: Sailing Strong: Crafting a future ready crew via training & development
In the ever-changing landscape of shipping, the ability to adapt and grow is paramount. Training and development aren’t just about meeting today’s demands but crafting a crew that’s ready for the future’s uncertainties. In that regard, methodologies, technologies, and strategies are needed to equip our sailors to be resilient, skilled, and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.
In this panel, the following experts participated: Dr. Somiyeh Djavanroodi, Deputy Head of The Nautical Institute Academy, The Nautical Institute; Erik Green, CEO and co-founder, Green-Jakobsen A/S; Marinos Kokkinis, Managing Director, OneLearn Global and; Capt. Leonid Zalenski, COO, Columbia Group.
Panel #3: Switching Green: Strategies & Alternatives for a smooth transition
On its way to a net-zero carbon future, the maritime industry is assessing cutting-edge new ways to operate in advance of the switch to alternative fuels and green technology, and it is reinforcing this shift with new regulations and a progressive mindset.
The experts of this panel discussion agreed that we need to take immediate action today to align with industry’s ambitious targets, as revised after MEPC 80 last summer and discussed strategies and options for a seamless transition. The participants were: Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, IWSA; Maria Athanasiou, Managing Director at MASO STRATEGIC, Founder of Athanasiou & Associates LLC, Partner at AAS Business; and Dr. Edmund Hughes, IBIA Representative to the IMO and Director, Green Marine Associates Ltd.
Who Should Attend
This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Maritime Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Shipping , including:
- Ship owners
- 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
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. Attendance does NOT include accommodation and/or traveling 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 Ocean Suite, ICS Maritime Hub, London, UK. For more information on the venue, please click 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!