13th GREEN4SEA Athens Forum

The 13th GREEN4SEA Athens Forum is scheduled as a full day event (09:00 – 18:00) on Tuesday 2nd of April 2024 at the Lighthouse of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens.

This is a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 700 Delegates / 350 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.

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Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



08:30 – 09:00 Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 09:05 Forum Opening by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

09:05 – 09:15 Human Factors in Decarbonization Era

Apo Belokas, Managing Director, SAFETY4SEA

09:15 – 10:15 Panel #1: How EU legislation challenges the maritime industry
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • The EU ETS scheme: Understanding the regulatory framework
  • EU MRV: Application & timeline and its relation to the EU ETS
  • Key requirements of FuelEU and other emissions regulations
  • Why accurate and transparent reporting matters


  • Andreas Philippou, CEO, Dromon Bureau of Shipping
  • Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical Director, SEEBA Zone, Bureau Veritas
  • Konstantinos Vlachos, Chief Technical Operations Officer, Castor Ships S.A.
  • Stylianos Psillakis, Technical Director, Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd.

10:15 – 11:30 Panel #2: Decarbonization in shipping
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Addressing uncertainties in the decarbonization journey
  • Emerging technologies & innovation
  • Industry’s needs to facilitate the transition to low-carbon shipping
  • Long-term goals for decarbonizing the shipping industry


  • Nikos Kakalis, Global Bulk Carriers Segment Director, Lloyd’s Register
  • Dr. Harilaos Psaraftis, Professor Emeritus, Technical University of Denmark
  • Dimitris Tsoulos, BLUE CONNECT Sales Director, ERMA FIRST
  • Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club

11:30 – 12:00 Networking Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:45 Panel #3: Navigating alternative marine fuels
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Addressing safety challenges
  • Bunkering & latest revision of ISO 8217 standard
  • Assessing availability & readiness
  • Incentives and regulatory mechanisms for the uptake of alternative fuels


  • Bill Stamatopoulos, Global Business Development Director, VeriFuel
  • Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd
  • Alexander Prokopakis, Executive Director, IBIA

12:45 – 14:00 Panel #4: Best practices for Ship Performance
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • How to enhance vessel performance
  • Environmentally friendly sustainable solutions
  • Focus on modern propulsion schemes
  • Flexibility and capability towards IMO 2030/2050


  • Tom Evensen, Regional Category Manager Hull Performance, Jotun
  • Philippos Sfiris, Head of Go-to-Market Strategy and Vessel Performance, GIT Coatings
  • Philippos Giannakos, Senior Sales Manager, Shipping Solutions, South Europe, Middle East and Africa, NAPA
  • Mats Nyfors, General Manager, Decarbonization & Cooperation, Wärtsilä


14:00 – 15:00 Networking Lunch

15:00 – 15:45 Panel #5: Circular economy for a sustainable shipping
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • How to ensure a profitable circular economy within ports
  • Ship recycling challenges and regulatory update
  • How to modernize waste management in shipping
  • Key consideration for industry’s transition to a circular economy


  • Vincent Favier, CEO, ECOSLOPS S.A.
  • Dr.  Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman, International Ship Recycling Association
  • Georgios Plevrakis, Group CEO, HEC Group

15:45 – 16:00 Focus Presentation: Decarbonization Footpath – We need to be realistic

John N. Cotzias, Projects & Finance, Xclusiv Shipbrokers

16:00 – 17:00 Panel #6: The Green Transition from Ship Managers’ perspective
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • How collaboration supports industry’s green transition
  • Achieving a just and equitable transition towards net zero
  • Addressing the human factors: New skills & training methods
  • Green shipping initiatives for a sustainable future


  • Takis Koutris, Managing Director, Roxana Shipping S.A.
  • George Souravlas, Founder & CEO, Load Line Marine S.A
  • Basil Sakellis, CEO, Alassia NewShips Management Inc.
  • Dimitris Patrikios, Advisor to the Managing Director, V.Ships Greece Ltd.
  • John N. Cotzias, Projects & Finance, Xclusiv Shipbrokers

17:00 – 18:00 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


John N. Cotzias, Co-founder, Xclusiv Shipbrokers Inc

John N. Cotzias, currently acting as the President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association a position he holds for 4th term since 2013. John has 33 years of experience in Shipping business and his family has been the oldest Shipbroking family in Greece, active in both Sale and Purchase and Chartering of ships since 1893 as John represents the 4th Generation of continuity. In Nov 2017, John Cotzias co-founded Xclusiv Shipbrokers Inc, a leading shipbroker outfit for Sale and Purchase, Projects and Finance deals. He is presently Maritime Advisor for NATO’s TGOS and AMSCC and he has been a maritime advisor for a number of Greek and International Shipping companies, educational institutions and financial organisations. He has appeared in various forums and conferences as a moderator, panelist and guest speaker in both Greece and abroad and was the producer and co-host of first weekly Shipping Program aired live on Greek National Television. Mr. Cotzias has completed a vast number of sale and purchase transactions, while he has put together many complex projects, involving financing and long period employment. John N. Cotzias is married to Dr. Maria-Evgenia Kosmopoulou (PhD in Classical Archaeology), has two daughters and holds an MSc degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University Cass Business School (UK) and also holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Buckingham.


Tom Evensen, Regional Category Manager Hull Performance – ECA, Jotun

Tom H Evensen is a former officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy. He served as Chief of Supplies on a coastguard vessel and has spent 5 seasons at sea. Having studied in Norway, Germany and the US he holds a Master of Science in Business and Economics. After graduation he joined Northern Europe’s largest consultancy company, Tieto. His primary focus being projects related to IT-systems development. He then moved into telecommunications, working as Export Manager for a company producing various accessories related to the mobile industry. Prior to his career in Jotun he worked for 7 years as Regional Sales Manager for a company within the building and construction industry. In 2009 he joined Jotun as Product Manager for the SeaQuantum range, then progressed to Group Category Manager for the Antifouling department and in 2011 he joined the Hull Performance Solutions team as Sales Director. In early 2018 he was assigned the role as Deputy Project Manager for the Hull Skating Solutions project (HSS) and held that position until the solution was launched in March 2020. In early 2024 he took on the position as the Regional Category Manager Hull Performance for Western Europe and Central Asia.


Vincent Favier, CEO, Ecoslops

A graduate of the École Centrale de Lyon and with a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from HEC, Vincent Favier began his career as a strategy consultant. He became Director of Equity Investments at Tikehau Capital in 2012, but also participated in the founding of Ecoslops in 2009, where he was appointed Managing Director in 2016.



Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman, International Ship Recycling Association

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


Philippos Giannakos, Senior Sales Manager, Shipping Solutions South Europe, Middle East and Africa, NAPA

Philippos Giannakos represents NAPA in South Europe and the Middle East region. Philippos has gained experience working with most vessel types applying innovative technologies for Performance Monitoring and Voyage Planning. The target is to optimize operations, save fuel, and reduce the carbon emissions imprint of the vessels. Philippos’ background is in Industrial and Marine Automation, with hands-on experience in commissioning automation systems onboard ships. For years, he has had the opportunity to meet and work with shipping companies worldwide and gain insight into smartly navigating the future demands of shipping.



Nikos Kakalis, Global Bulk Carriers Segment Director, Lloyd’s Register

Nikos Kakalis is the Global Bulk Carriers Segment Director for Lloyd’s Register since 2021. Prior to that Nikos has served as Business Development Manager for Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services, Technology & Projects Manager for CMM/Latsco, and DNV Manager of R&D and Advisory in Greece. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a MSc in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London, as well as a Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. His scientific work has resulted in over 40 refereed journal and conference proceedings publications.



Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club

Kostas is a Greek Master Mariner with significant seagoing experience on-board Bulk Carriers and Cruise Ships. Prior to joining Thomas Miller’s Hellas office in December, 2019 he worked as Claims Manager for a local hull insurer, garnering more than 10 years of experience within the marine insurance industry. Kostas is certified by Lloyds Register of Shipping as an ISM and ISPS Internal Auditor. He deals with Loss Prevention related matters and operational enquiries for local Members, and he also conducts crew seminars


Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical Director, SEEBA Zone,  Bureau Veritas

Dr Kokarakis a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Masters degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Michigan. His doctoral dissertation was in the area of deep-water drilling and the study of nonlinear riser dynamics. He worked in the USA as a consultant undertaking technical problems worldwide. His specialization was in the area of technical investigation of marine accidents. In that capacity he participated in the technical investigation of the grounding of Exxon Valdez, the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger, the capsize of drillship Sea-Crest, the fire and explosion of Piper Alpha platform, the foundering of Aleutian Enterprise in Alaska as well as many other accidents of less notoriety. For over twenty years, he works in Greece, in the area of classification. He is currently the Technical Director of Bureau Veritas in the Hellenic and Black Sea & Adriatic Zone. In his duties Dr. Kokarakis is responsible for the smooth technical operation in the Zone. He is a member of SNAME since 1976 and a Fellow of the Society. He is the Chairman of the Greek Section since 2014.


Takis Koutris, Managing Director, Roxana Shipping S.A.

Takis Koutris is Naval Architect & Marine and Mechanical Engineer M.Sc. In October 1980, he graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, where he studied Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. After his graduation, he was employed in Alfa Laval (1983-1984) and then in Avin International SA (1984-2000) and Athenian Tankers (2000-2001). Since 2001, he is Managing Director in ROKS Maritime Inc – Roxana Shipping SA


Mats Nyfors, General Manager, Decarbonization & Cooperation, Wärtsilä

He has worked in various roles in the maritime sector since 2008 with a keen interest in energy and maritime pollution mitigation. He started his career in 2012 as Project Engineer for a Marine Engineering company, providing consultancy for concept and basic design for ship machinery, auxiliary systems and propulsion systems. He joined Wärtsilä in 2018 as Engineering Manager with integration responsibility of exhaust gas cleaning equipment and retrofit services onboard for a major European container shipping company. In 2020, he joined the newly established Life-Cycle Solutions department as Sales Manager with responsibility of supporting customers in the Mediterranean and Atlantic with parts, field service, service agreements and upgrades for optimized operation of the installed scrubber systems onboard. He is currently working as General Manager for Decarbonization and Co-creation coordinating the co-creation of the next generation zero emission 4-stroke propulsion concepts in collaboration with ship owners, yards, charterers, design companies and class societies. We support our customers on their decarbonization journey to develop highly integrated, efficient and flexible propulsion solutions to shape a sustainable shipping future. He holds a MSc in Process and Systems Engineering & Industrial Management from Åbo Akademi University and also studied Chemical Engineering and Business at Imperial College London. He later undertook a Diploma in Marine Engineering from North Kent College and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. He resides in Helsinki with his wife and two children.


Dimitris Patrikios, Advisor to the Managing Director, V.Ships Greece Ltd.

Since 1988 he works in the Shipping sector where he served in managerial positions for Springfield Shipping (Onassis Group), Kyklades Maritime, Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement and presently works for VShips Greece. He was born and raised in Athens. He is a graduate of Lycee Leonin High School and holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Athens, a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus. He completed his post-graduate studies in London; he earned a MSc in Management Science from the Imperial College. Chairman of Intertanko Hellenic-Med Panel, Ex Member of INTERTANKO ExCom, Member of the DNV, NK and BV Greek Committee and Fellow Member of ICS (Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers).



Andreas Philippou, CEO, Dromon Bureau of Shipping

Andreas is a Marine Engineer with over two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, founder, director, and technical and quality manager in the shipping industry, who has played integral roles in DBS, a company specializing in ship surveys, inspections, audits and greenhouse gas emissions verifications. Andreas expertise encompasses leadership, management, problem-solving, engineering, and quality assurance, with proficiency in ISO 9001, ISO 17020, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, and verifications of Greenhouse Gas Emissions per ISO 14065, as well as surveys according to the IMO RO Code. Currently serving as the co-CEO of Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS), Andreas has contributed to the organization’s growth and expansion into new businesses and geographical areas.


Georgios Plevrakis, Group CEO, HEC Group

Georgios Plevrakis serves as the CEO of the Hellenic Environmental Center Group of Companies the largest Group in the field of Port Reception Facility Environmental services with presence in more than 20 ports globally. He was the American Bureau of Shipping Vice President for Global Sustainability, responsible for helping owners and operators develop fuel and operational strategies to meet sustainability goals. His experience also includes a number of executive roles spanning power generation manufacturing to classification services such as serving as Business Development Manager for a RINA and Head of Power Plants and Turbomachinery and Marine New Buildings Manager for MAN Diesel & Turbo covering Greece, Cyprus and the Balkan Region. Plevrakis holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business.


Alexander Prokopakis, Executive Director, IBIA

Alexander is the Executive Director of IBIA. Under the direction of IBIA’s Chair and Board he is leading the Secretariat, heading all the activities of the organization and he is responsible for the overall management of the Association. Alexander was the founder, CEO and the architect of probunkers. Prior to founding probunkers, he served Mamidakis Brothers Group as a senior executive, leading all of the Group’s Shipping, Bunkering and Aviation activities, through its respective companies: JetOil, JetTank and STYGA Compania Naviera. Mr. Prokopakis has over 25 years of professional experience in leadership positions, over which he has attained deep knowledge and expertise mainly in the industry of shipping and bunkering. He is a Graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA in Executive Management and holds a BSc Degree in Business Management from the State University of New York.


Dr. Harilaos Psaraftis, Professor Emeritus, Technical University of Denmark

Harilaos N. Psaraftis has a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (1974), and two M.Sc. degrees (1977) and a Ph.D. (1979) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He has been Assistant and Associate Professor at MIT from 1979 to 1989 and Professor at NTUA from 1989 to 2013 and a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) from 2013 to 2023. His interests are in maritime logistics, intermodal logistics, port logistics and green logistics. He has been Principal or co-Principal Investigator of 55 research projects, of which 25 from the EU. He has coordinated 3 EU projects, all at NTUA. He has been a member and chairman of various groups at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has also served as CEO of the Piraeus Port Authority (1996 -2002). He has published extensively and has received several academic and industry awards. His latest book is entitled “Sustainable Shipping: A Cross-Disciplinary View”, Springer (2019).


Stylianos Psillakis, Technical Director, Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd.

Mr. Psillakis has extensive seagoing experience on board various types of vessels and more than 15 years of on-shore experience in senior engineering roles of major shipping companies. He has a Master’s degree in Marine Engineering and Management from the University of Greenwich and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering (Honor) from the Merchant Marine Academy in Chania. He is a member of ABS, DNV, BUreau Veriatas and the Lloyd’s Technical Committees.  He has led a number of innovative projects such as scrubbers installations, ESDs (AI, MEWIS ducts, flettner rotors, VFDs, PBCF as well as technologically advanced electronic condition monitoring systems for various aux. equipment)  and have also been involved, among others, in NB projects, specifications preparation and contract execution.


Basil Sakellis, CEO, Alassia NewShips Management Inc.

Basil Sakellis has been the CEO of Alassia NewShips Management Inc since the company was founded by Nicolas Hadjioannou in 2009. He previously worked in London in investment banking and private equity with Rothschild and HSBC, and was a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Safebulkers Inc from the company’s IPO in 2008 until the formation of Alassia in 2009. Basil holds a first-class honours MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Philippos Sfiris, Head of Go-to-Market Strategy and Vessel Performance, GIT Coatings

Philippos has over a decade of experience in the marine coatings market driving business development, sales and vessel performance. He joined GIT Coatings in March 2024 as Head of Go-to-Market Strategy and Vessel Performance. Prior to joining GIT, he worked for 10 years with Hempel A/S in various global positions such as Market Intelligence Manager, Head of Market Strategy and Head of Hull Performance Solutions. Philippos holds a Masters degree in Product and System Design Engineering from the University of Aegean, a Masters degree in Marketing & Communication from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. Among his special interests are (a) the quantification of the hull coating impact on ship owners and operators to support decision making prior to investments and (b) the advisory role of paint suppliers in enhancing vessel performance and supporting operators in implementing ship-specific biofouling management strategies.


George Souravlas, Founder & CEO, Load Line Marine S.A

George Souravlas, 60, is qualified in both Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering (BSc) from the University of Sunderland (UK). His academic background includes studies at the PhD level in Mechanical Engineering (Heat Transfer) and lecturing at the Universities of Sunderland and New Castle for 4 years. He is a member of the Greek Committees of the Japanese Classification Society (Class NK) and of the Korean Register (KR). He is also a member of the Greek Technical Committees of ClassNK, Det Norske Veritas & Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) and the Italian Classification Society (RINA). Furthermore, he was elected twice, as a member at the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (HCS), and twice as Vice President at the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association (HSSA). He is also appointed member of BIMCO’s Advisory Panel. Mr Souravlas, with over 15 years of experience in senior ship management, co-founded ‘Elmira Shipping and Trading S A’ in 1997 and had held the position of the Technical Director until 2009. During his tenure at Elmira, the company had ordered and taken delivery of several new building Bulk Carriers in Japan and had managed on a worldwide basis, a fleet comprising of Dry Bulk Carriers (18), Reefer vessels (4), RO ROs (6), Crude Oil Chemical and Product tankers (11) and Multi-Purpose heavy lifters (5). Additionally, he had been responsible for the successful execution of 5 scientific expeditions with the Indian Government to the Antarctic, on a specialised ice-classed vessel. During that period, the company realised an IRR of 55% (levered) in operating returns and capital gains over two shipping cycles. George Souravlas had also been invited to speak on several occasions at International Conferences on various operational aspects of Ship Management. He also chaired ACI’s 4th Optimising Ship maintenance Conference that was held in Rotterdam in January 2011. Mr Souravlas is a member of the prestigious ‘’Who is Who’’ Society in Greece, as well as of the International ‘’Who’s Who’’ Society of Professionals. Furthermore, in 2016 he was accepted as a member in the exclusive ‘’Athens Club’’ and in the same year, he became a founding member of the NPO, Axion Hellas – Supporting Society. In September 2009, he founded ‘Load Line MarineS A’, a company that manages a fleet of 11 Handy size, Supramax & Ultramax high quality Bulk Carriers that trade worldwide. The company has contracted 3 Bulkers in well known Korean and Chinese Shipyards. Load Line Marine S A, is a value-driven company which seeks to achieve high performance in order to ensure consistently top standards in a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, while being a company with environmental responsibility as a core part of its business strategy. Load Line Marine was the Winner of the prestigious Safety Award at 2022 Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards.


Bill Stamatopoulos, Global Business Development Director, VeriFuel

Bill Stamatopoulos holds a Bachelor and an MBA with specialization in Total Quality Management from the University of Leicester. He joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in 1991 and in 2010 Bill became the Regional Manager of DNV Petroleum Services for Europe, responsible for sales, lab operations, technical, surveys and consultancy. Since 2004 he has been appointed at the Hellenic Organization for Standardization (ELOT), Committee 66 for Petroleum Products, by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping. Bill is a co-Author of ‘Marine Fuels’, a specialized book in shipping, published in 2008 and the main author of the book’s latest editions published in 2018 and 2021 on marine fuels and lubricants. During the last 25 years, Bill has given several presentations and training courses on all fuel related issues and has also been involved in numerous quality disputes and bunker claims as a fuel expert. He is a member of advisory panels and working groups such as Intertanko Bunker Sub Committee, IMO MSC (Fuel Oil Safety) and the leader of the Greek CIMAC NMA – WG 7 for fuels. On October 1st, 2015, Bill joined Bureau Veritas and is currently the Global Business Development Director for the organization’s Marine Fuel Services brand, VeriFuel.


Dimitris Tsoulos, BLUE CONNECT Sales Director, ERMA FIRST

Dimitrios Tsoulos is the Sales Director Manager for ERMA FIRST’s BLUE CONNECT Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) System. Located in Athens Greece, he is responsible for the business development and global sales of BLUE CONNECT. Tsoulos holds a Batchelor in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Power Engineering and Management. With more than 20 years professional experience, Tsoulos is a highly accomplished business and sales executive with strong technical know-how and solid business background. His previous work experience includes positions in Siemens – Head of Siemens Water Technologies Business Unit-, in Evoqua WT – Sales Manager for Marine -, in DeNora – Sales Director of DN Marine Technologies.


Konstantinos Vlachos, Chief Technical Operations Officer, Castor Ships S.A.

Mr. Kostas Vlachos is the Chief Technical Operations Officer of Castor Ships S.A. He started his career in the maritime industry working for 15 years a representative member of the Hellenic Flag Administration in IMO and EU in Safety and Environmental Committees. Following this, he has progressively held several leadership positions internationally in all evolving roles of an owning company. Throughout his career progression, he has developed strong expertise and has built deep knowledge over the ship construction and operations – technical management of oil tankers, chemical carriers, containers, LPG & LNG carriers and bulk carriers. He has also been actively involved in international decision-making bodies of the industry, as well as, lead or participated in various joint industry projects and initiatives, focusing always on innovation; implementation of new technologies; enhancement of safety; and, the utmost benefit of ship owners and shipping industry in general.



Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd

Panos Zachariadis is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc) and Naval Architect and Marine Engineer (MSE) from the University of Michigan with a 40-year experience in shipping. He served for years as Marine Superintendent in New York, after periods of shipbuilding supervision in Japan and sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers. He is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers in Greece since 1997 and, since 2004, a member of the Greek Delegation to the U.N’s International Maritime Organization, having contributed to the development of several well-known international shipping regulations (e.g. GBS, PSPC, FSA) and the prevention of others (e.g. double hull bulk carriers). In cooperation with major Korean shipyards he has applied numerous energy saving ideas, some of which have become industry standards. He is a Fellow member of the American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, member of Technical Committees of several shipping Classification Societies and the Union of Greek Shipowners, Chairman of BIMCO’s Marine Environment Committee and elected in the Board of Directors of HELMEPA, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and MARTECMA. He has written numerous technical guides, papers and articles and is the recipient of several national and international shipping awards.



– Jotun protects property-

Jotun is one of the world’s leading paints and coatings manufacturers, combining the best quality with constant innovation and creativity. For almost a century, Jotun has protected all types of property – from iconic buildings to beautiful homes. The Jotun Group has 39 production facilities, 67 companies and is represented in more than 100 countries and operates in four segments: Decorative Paints, Marine Coatings, Protective Coatings, and Powder Coatings. Jotun is the market leader in high-performance coatings for the maritime industry, delivering high-quality coatings for seastock, newbuilding, tanks, cargo holds, and drydocking projects.




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.





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.




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



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 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.




Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc. is an independent company that provides excellence and quality in crewing for shipowners and ship managers looking for partners they can depend on. Döhle Seafront is the crewing arm of Döhle Group in the Philippines. As part of a group of companies focused on the shipping industry, the resources Döhle Seafront can tap within Döhle Group allows the company to be a one-stop shop crewing firm that can provide timely and suitable crew for international shipowners. Döhle Seafront is ISO 9001:2015 certified and Maritime Labor Convention ( MLC) 2006 compliant. Both certifications were given by the classification society Bureau Veritas. The focus of the crewing operation is on continuous improvement, optimizing productivity, performance, improving safety, and environmental awareness. The overall aim is to execute recruitment and training programs that ensure the achievement of the goals and expectations of our principals and future clients.



Dromon Bureau of Shipping

Established in 2003, we have grown to be among the leading engineering service providers with the objective of protecting the environment and life at sea. Our core services consist: Classification of ships and other marine structures; Statutory certification; Verification services under various environmental schemes; Independent engineering services. Our extensive experience in assessing the design and construction of ships and other marine related structures has established DBS as one of the leading independent classification societies. The efficiency and performance of DBS is based on the skills and competency of its people. Through our research and development we ensure continues technical knowledge and updating that focus on our mission to be meet the needs of our clients and at the same time be beneficial to the community. We maintain a Quality Management System, assessed and registered against ISO 9001, ISO 17020, ISO 14065 and ISO 45001 standards.  The system covers classification of ships and other marine structures, statutory certification services on behalf of flag States and verification services under various environmental schemes.



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.




Ecoslops is a cleantech company that is bringing hydrocarbons into the circular economy thanks to an innovative technology that recovers petroleum residues and used lubricating oils into new fuels and light bitumen. The solution proposed by Ecoslops is based on a unique industrial micro-refining process that transforms these residues into commercial products that meet international standards. The Scarabox, a containerized solution delivered on a turnkey basis, provides a solution to the problems of managing petroleum waste and used oils for a large number of ports. More than 300 ports would be able to recycle waste oil in a transparent, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective way, turning it into 2nd-generation fuels that meet international standards.




ERMA FIRST – Preserving and Protecting the Marine Ecosystem

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Greece, ERMA FIRST is a leading manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWΤS) and sustainable marine equipment solutions. Our robust systems and solutions ensure worldwide compliance, provide operational simplicity and reduce operational expenditure.

ERMA FIRST’s customer-centric approach offers flexible and convenient servicing through a trusted network of certified engineers worldwide. ERMA FIRST provides sales, maintenance and training to clients via a network of offices in 46 countries.

ERMA FIRST offers a complete range of ballast water treatment solutions (BWTS), holding USCG & IMO Type Approvals. In addition, ERMA FIRST is an experienced manufacturer of pioneering sustainable marine equipment solutions.

ERMA FIRST won the Lloyd’s List Technical Achievement Award (2013) and the GREEN4SEA Technology Award (2016).




GIT Coatings

GIT is a Canadian company developing sustainable graphene-based hull and propeller coatings. With a commitment to delivering environmentally friendly, efficient, and economically viable solutions, the company is helping ship owners reach optimal vessel performance while achieving sustainability goals. GIT Coatings is showcasing remarkable growth.




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.



Lloyd’s Register

Trusted maritime advisers, partnering with clients to drive performance across the ocean economy.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global professional services group specialising in marine engineering and technology. Created more than 260 years ago as the world’s first marine classification society, to improve and set standards for the safety of ships. Today we are a leading provider of classification and compliance services to the marine and offshore industries, helping our clients design, construct and operate their assets to accepted levels of safety and environmental compliance. We also provide advice, support and solutions on fleet performance and optimisation, voyage optimisation, enhancing our clients’ digital capability. Our digital solutions are relied upon by more than 20,000 vessels. In the race to zero emissions, our research, technical expertise and industry-firsts are supporting a safe, sustainable maritime energy transition.  Lloyd’s Register Group is wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a politically and financially independent global charity that promotes safety and education.




Marine & Industrial Systems (MIS) 

Marine & Industrial Systems (MIS) Ltd. represents first-class makers, covering a wide range of equipment and services for the shipping industry and the industrial sector in Greece, Cyprus and Romania, presenting reliable products with strong track records, competitive prices, and global service networks. The MIS team has excellent technical knowledge of the products it represents and long term relations with all its Principals, which, together with the accumulated commercial experience, allows the team to provide added value to customers through the selection of the appropriate equipment for every single project.     The company is the agent for Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment Systems, Wärtsilä Moss, Hamworthy Pumps, Atlantium Purestream, API Marine, Tenmat Ltd., Aco Marine, NextCorr, Hydropath Marine and Graphite Innovation & Technologies while it also maintains strong connections and partnerships with first class companies around the world and is able to supply spare parts and services for a wide range of marine equipment.




With over 30 years of operation, NAPA is a leading software and data services provider for ship design and operations to enable safer, more sustainable, and future-proof maritime industry. Headquartered in Finland, NAPA employs 200 experts, combining expertise in naval architecture, fleet operations and digital services. NAPA operates globally, with a presence in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, the USA, Germany, Greece, Romania and India. With over 90% of new vessels built by NAPA customers, NAPA’s ship design software is the global de facto standard in shipbuilding. Furthermore, NAPA is a market leader in ship stability management and safety data services for passenger ships, and its cloud-based solutions for ship performance monitoring and voyage optimization support shipping’s decarbonization journey.




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.



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 emphasize innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Wärtsilä Marine is a global pioneer in power, propulsion and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. From developing industry-leading technologies to advance maritime’s transition to new fuels through to building an end-to-end digital ecosystem where all vessels and ports are connected, Wärtsilä Marine is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future. We are doing this through our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, exhaust treatment, shaft line solutions and digital technologies, as well as integrated powertrain systems. Our offering, which is underpinned by our performance-based agreements, upgrades, lifecycle solutions, decarbonisation services, as well as an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise, delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support a safe and sustainable future for our customers, our communities and our planet.


2024 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum: Going green, one step at a time

The 2024 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum successfully took place on Tuesday 2nd of April 2024 at the Lighthouse of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens. The event focused on the various alternatives that the maritime industry explores in its ongoing efforts to reduce emissions, planning for a green and sustainable future. 

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: Jotun, MacGregor, and SQE MARINE. The event was also sponsored by: ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd, BUREAU VERITAS, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, DÖHLE SEAFRONT Crewing, Dromon Bureau of Shipping, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), Ecoslops, ERMA FIRST, GIT Coatings, Latsco Marine Management Inc., Lloyd’s Register (LR), Marine & Industrial Systems (MIS), NAPA, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT, UK P&I Club, V. Group, and Wärtsilä.

Supporters of the event included the following organizations: Clean Shipping Alliance 2020, GSR Services, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (H.I.M.T.), International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA), International Windship Association (IWSA), INTERCARGO, Marine Technical Managers Association (MARTECMA), Worldwide Industrial and Marine Association (W.I.M.A.), Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs), and Π.Ε.Π.Ε.Ν. Furthermore, Worldoils acted as the event’s media sponsor.

Agenda Highlights

  • The EU ETS scheme: Understanding the regulatory framework
  • EU MRV: Application & timeline and its relation to the EU ETS
  • Key requirements of FuelEU and other emissions regulations
  • Why accurate and transparent reporting matters
  • Addressing safety challenges
  • Bunkering & latest revision of ISO 8217 standard
  • Focus on modern propulsion schemes
  • Flexibility and capability towards IMO 2030/2050
  • How to ensure a profitable circular economy within ports
  • Ship recycling challenges and regulatory update
  • How to modernize waste management in shipping
  • How to ensure a profitable circular economy within ports
  • Ship recycling challenges and regulatory update
  • How to modernize waste management in shipping

Opening the forum, Apo Belokas, the Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the attendees and speakers and expressed gratitude to all the event sponsors and supporters. During his enlightening presentation, Apo Belokas emphasized the current maritime industry’s tendency to undervalue and underestimate the importance of human factors. He explained that even though industry stakeholders try to implement environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies, they tend to put most of the effort on the environmental aspect. He also pointed out the obstacles slowing down the push for decarbonization, highlighting high expenses and possible delays as major challenges. Additionally, he mentioned that there’s expected to be a rise in operating costs, including those related to human factors.

Session #1: How EU legislation challenges the maritime industry

Andreas Philippou, CEO, Dromon Bureau of Shipping, delivered a presentation focused on the EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System) and its impact on the EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification) framework. He began by discussing the EU ETS policy context, providing an overview, and explaining its scope of application. Shifting his focus to the EU MRV, he detailed its application and timeline, highlighting the new requirements for MRV monitoring plans and emissions reports.

Dr. John Kokarakis, the Technical Director at SEEBA Zone, Bureau Veritas, delivered a comprehensive presentation on the FuelEU Maritime legislation, which is mainly technical and focuses on fuels. He began by thoroughly exploring the primary objectives of the regulation, providing a detailed analysis of its framework, and offering insights into its advantages and disadvantages. Furthermore, Kokarakis elaborated on the different compliance options that are available under this regulation. He went on to highlight potential loopholes within the legislation that could pose significant challenges for stakeholders in the maritime industry.

Konstantinos Vlachos, Chief Technical Operations Officer, Castor Ships S.A., offered his valuable insights during discussions, noting that he considers Fuel EU as the measure that will incentivize a lot of developments and change in the industry. Meanwhile, Stylianos Psillakis, Technical Director, Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd., expressed the idea that it will be quite challenging for existing vessels to comply with the new legislation and for people to adapt to change and learn to comply with all the novel requirements.

Session #2: Decarbonization in Shipping

Nikos Kakalis, Global Bulk Carriers Segment Director, Lloyd’s Register, centered his presentation on the subject of improving energy efficiency and making the right fuel choice. The presenter gave a specific focus on bulk carrier vessels, as they comprise most of the commercial fleet. Furthermore, Nikos Kakalis pointed out the increasing need for innovation and new technologies to be developed for maritime operations and the important need to focus on the human factor.

Dr. Harilaos Psaraftis, Professor Emeritus, Technical University of Denmark, focused on recent advancements in shipping decarbonization and future prospects. He contrasted the approaches of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union (EU), highlighting the significant uncertainties facing the journey to net-zero emissions. These uncertainties encompass the results of the impact assessment for the package of measures, the specific contents of this package, including a carbon levy, and the intersection of policies between the IMO and regional regulations.

Dimitris Tsoulos, BLUE CONNECT Sales Director, ERMA FIRST, explored the benefits of a holistic approach to the decarbonization challenge in the maritime industry. Dimitris Tsoulos explored comprehensive strategies and solutions aimed at reducing carbon emissions in shipping operations. His presentation also covered a wide range of topics, including a variety of innovative technologies, shore power, regulatory compliance, and best practices to achieve sustainable and safe maritime operations.

Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club, addressed the uncertain environment in which owners and managers currently operate, particularly in relation to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ambitions for decarbonization. The presentation also delved into important subjects, including human factor considerations, transition challenges, readiness regarding alternative fuel infrastructure and handling, carbon capture technologies, and the contractual changes and associated risks during this transitional period.

Session #3: Navigating alternative marine fuels

Bill Stamatopoulos, Global Business Development Director at VeriFuel, delivered a comprehensive presentation on the anticipated ISO 8217:2024 standard. Scheduled for publication in May of that year, his talk provided attendees with an in-depth overview of the forthcoming updates to the standard. Bill Stamatopoulos focused on key areas, including changes in chemical composition, the shift towards alternative fuel sources, and advancements in testing methodologies, offering essential insights into the evolving landscape of marine fuels.

Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd., focused on challenging the common perceptions and misconceptions surrounding the role of green hydrogen in decarbonizing the shipping industry. The presenter explained that unburned hydrogen escaping into the atmosphere is a dangerous greenhouse gas, while only 1% of hydrogen is green and electrolysis-based. He also highlighted the significant total cost of 9.5 trillion dollars to replace the current infrastructure to support alternative fuels.

Alexander Prokopakis, Executive Director, IBIA, gave a presentation on the importance of bunkering for the maritime industry. He explained the role and goals of IBIA as an organization, standards, vision, and future aims. He also advocated for small steps towards an energy transition. He explained that the two following decades will bring about a number of changes, raising the need for the maritime industry to stay alert and informed in order to keep up.

Session #4: Best Practices for Ship Performance

Tom Evensen, Regional Category Manager Hull Performance, Jotun, delivered a presentation emphasizing the significant impact of maintaining a clean hull on maritime operations and environmental sustainability, saying that. He highlighted that a clean hull not only reduces speed loss and saves fuel but also minimizes a vessel’s operational downtime. Furthermore, Tom Evensen stressed the importance of clean hulls in ensuring regulatory compliance and protecting biodiversity by reducing the risk of transmigration of foreign aquatic species. He pointed out that protecting the current merchant fleet from biofouling could potentially cut CO2 emissions by up to 19%.

Philippos Sfiris, Head of Go-to-Market Strategy and Vessel Performance, GIT Coatings, emphasized the significance of maintaining a smooth and fouling-free hull, especially as the shipping industry strives to achieve the ambitious IMO targets for emissions reduction. Philippos Sfiris pointed out the advantages of proactive cleaning or grooming as a preventive strategy for biofouling management, contrasting it with the damaging effects of reactive cleaning, which can harm the paint and release harmful substances into the water.

Philippos Giannakos, Senior Sales Manager, Shipping Solutions, South Europe, Middle East, and Africa, NAPA, pointed out the need for flexible technological platforms to help ship owners comply with evolving regulations and maintain a competitive advantage. During his presentation, Philippos Giannakos also emphasized the benefits of improved voyage planning and up-to-date performance information for efficient ship maintenance. Additionally, the presenter supported the idea that the human element will be the driver for smarter ships.

Mats Nyfors, General Manager, Decarbonization & Cooperation, Wärtsilä, presented the audience with the reasons why a strategic roadmap aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through the adoption of energy-efficient engines, innovative propulsion systems, hybrid technology, and integrated powertrain solutions is a valid option on the way to decarbonization. Furthermore, he urged industry leaders to take proactive steps in shaping the future of sustainable fuels, emphasizing that leveraging today’s technology can future-proof newbuild projects for tomorrow.

Session #5: Circular Economy for Sustainable Shipping 

Vincent Favier, CEO, ECOSLOPS S.A., addressed the challenges associated with waste discharge at sea, emphasizing that compliance often incurs costs for waste collection. Vincent Favier acknowledged that while treating waste can sometimes be more expensive than purchasing new items, it has the potential to be profitable for all parties involved. His presentation advocated rethinking traditional waste management practices to unlock circular economy opportunities while addressing environmental concerns.

Dr. Konstantinos Galanis, Chairman of the International Ship Recycling Association, provided insights into the current and future landscape of ship recycling. He addressed the environmental challenges of existing ship recycling methods and highlighted opportunities for more sustainable and eco-friendly approaches. Additionally, the presentation delved into regulatory developments, technological innovations, and best practices aimed at enhancing the sustainability of ship recycling processes.

Georgios Plevrakis, Group CEO, HEC Group, made interesting points during his presentation, stressing that there needs to be a value chain comprising different stages in order to manage waste. According to the speaker, a zero waste, circular economy bears great benefits, significantly improving operations.

John N. Cotzias, Projects & Finance, Xclusiv Shipbrokers, delivered a focus presentation titled “Decarbonization Footpath: We Need to Be Realistic,” advocating for reducing emissions in a practical and realistic way. He mentioned how the broking profession and sales have been impacted by environmental ratings on vessels, especially the Carbon Intensity Index (CII), which, in the presenter’s opinion, needs to be revised. The speaker explained that compliance becomes increasingly challenging for medium sized companies that cannot always bear the cost. He explained that rather than trying to reinvent many wheels, maybe he should try to optimize the one we already have.

Session #6: The Green Transition from Ship Managers’ Perspective

During the last panel discussion, Takis Koutris, Managing Director, Roxana Shipping S.A.; George Souravlas, Founder & CEO, Load Line Marine S.A.; Basil Sakellis, CEO, Alassia NewShips Management Inc.; Dimitris Patrikios, Advisor to the Managing Director, V.Ships Greece Ltd.; and John N. Cotzias, Projects & Finance, Xclusiv Shipbrokers, offered their valuable opinions on decarbonization policies and how the ever-changing landscape impacts ship management and finance.

The speakers discussed current challenges regarding emission reduction regulations, which are not always reflecting the readiness of the industry. They agreed that achieving net zero is a long road, marked by uncertainty, which considerably increases the need for vigilance and makes it unlikely for the industry to switch fuels anywhere in the near future.




Who Should Attend

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

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

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 is at the Lighthouse of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Kallithea. 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!

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a complex in the bay of Phaliron in Athens which includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the National Opera, as well as the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park. It is fully accessible to general public and strives to ensure that everyone is welcome and has access to the programs and services offered. The hill of the Park which is the biggest part of it, is also accessible by everyone. The touring towards the top of the hill is possible through the Park’s walks and the planted rooftops of the buildings, reaching 32 meters height. The material of the walks’ ground layer (stabilized ceramic floor) and the incline of the Park which is 3-5%, allow all visitors to move around the Park easily, which is also accessible to parents with strollers and people with mobility limitations.

Shuttle bus
For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma, makes a stop at Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.
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Find the route to SNFCC


  • 130: Piraeus – Nea Smyrni  (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
  • 217: Piraeus – Dafni Station (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
  • 550: Kifissia – Palaio Faliro (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onassio Stop southbound)
  • 860: Palaio Faliro – Schisto (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
  • Α1: Piraeus – Voula (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
  • Β1: Piraeus – Ano Glyfada (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
  • Β2: Syggrou-Fix – Agios Kosmas (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onasseio Stop southbound)

Line 10 from Chalandri Square to the Epaminonda stop. Walk towards Peisistratou and Sahtouri street and you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.

Tzitzifies & Epaminonda Station.
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Bicycle parking spaces are available at the entrance of the parking of the SNFCC (Peisistratou and Sahtouri Street), at the Visitors Center (Eyrypidou and Doiranis) as well as at the taxi rank. The parking of bicycles in these areas is under the responsibility of the owner / holder for any damages arising (theft, damage, etc.).
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On foot
Open entrances for the visitors:

  • Evripidou & Doiranis (entrance for the SNFCC Visitors Center)
  • Evripidou & Irakleous
  • Evripidou & Dimosthenous (entrance for the Running Track)
  • Peisitratou & Sachtouri
  • Esplanade Pedestrian Bridge

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