3rd SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum

The 3rd SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum was a full day event that took place on Thursday 22nd of February 2024 at the Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg, Germany, where the latest maritime trends, including digitalization and decarbonization were explored, taking safety and the human factor into consideration.

This was a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 200 delegates / 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



08:30- 9:00    Welcome Coffee & Registration
09:00- 09:15  Forum Opening – Apo Belokas, Managing Director, SAFETY4SEA

09:15 – 10:15 Panel #1 Exploring the Role of Human Factors

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Fatigue & risk management
  • Best practices for enhanced maritime safety
  • Evaluating human performance
  • Key topics & regulatory framework concerning human factors


    • Lennart Ripke, Director of Sales, Green-Jakobsen
    • Simona Turco, Head of Business Development, Deep Blue
    • Peter Schellenberger, Director and Founder, Novamaxis

10:15 – 10:45 Emerging Ship Security Challenges

Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous

10:45 – 11:00 Focus Presentation

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Coffee Break

11:30 -13:00 Panel #2 Prioritizing Crew Welfare and Resilience at Sea

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Addressing mental health: strategies & initiatives
  • Training & Development under STCW, ILO, MLC
  • The role of leadership in seafarers’ overall wellbeing
  • Digitalization, green transition and other factors impacting seafarers


    • Alexander Held, Head of Commercial, TURTLE GmbH
    • Dr. Joachim von Pritzbuer, Medical Director, Marine Medical Solutions
    • Arun Sankar, Director Business Development CSM Northern Europe, Columbia Shipmanagement
    • Charles Watkins, CEO, Mental Health Support Solutions GmbH

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Buffet

14:00 -15:30 Panel #3 Accelerating Maritime Decarbonization

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Environmental targets & regulatory updates
  • Air emissions & alternative fuel options
  • Where we stand with wind propulsion
  • How to enhance energy efficiency


    • Jori Poikola, Sales Director, NAPA Shipping Solutions
    • Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)
    • Thomas Klenum, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, LISCR (Deutschland) GmbH
    • Richard Marioth, Director of Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland Specialist Group on Ship Efficiency and Founder of Idealship GmbH

15:30 – 15:45 Networking Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:45 Panel #4 Overcoming Green Challenges
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Discussions around biosecurity regulations
  • Hong Kong Convention & IHM Efficiency
  • Key sustainable propulsion systems to consider
  • Best practices and key takeaways for a sustainable shipping


    • Patrick Arand, Sales Manager OEM, SKF Marine
    • Mark Riggio, Technical Director, BEMA
    • Henning Gramann, CEO, GSR Services GmbH

16:45 – 17:30 Forum Closing & Networking



Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)

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


Patrick Arand, Sales Manager OEM, SKF Marine

Patrick Arand has been with SKF Marine for over ten years. He started as a Senior Product Manager, where he was responsible for the development and marketing of products in the field of shaft components. Here he could draw on his extensive experience at a world-renowned intralogistics company and his ability to understand and meet customer needs. From 2021 to 2022, Patrick was responsible for managing and optimizing the portfolio at SKF Marine with a special focus on sustainable solutions such as Simplex BlueRun, a water-lubricated sterntube solution. In 2023 he once more shifted his focus and has concentrated on selling SKF Marine products to OEM customers.


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


Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous

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

•Hellenic Naval Academy / Strategy Operations – Hellenic Naval War College / NATO Special Forces training and Operations.
•Hellenic Navy for 20 years, commanding Special Forces Units.
•Commanding Officer of the Navy Seals Command and Naval Warships.
•Senior Director and Vice President in multinational companies
•Currently in Diaplous Group



Henning Gramann, Managing Owner, GSR Services GmbH

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



Alexander Held, Head of Commercial, TURTLE GmbH

Alexander has been in the maritime industry since 2011 and holds a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and Management from Copenhagen Business School. He has been working in Maersk Line’s Strategy department and held various commercial positions at Zeaborn Ship Management before joining TURTLE in 2022. TURTLE is an online marketplace enabling seafarers to run a fair and self-determined recruitment process and offer reputable shipping companies direct hiring possibilities to global verified seafarers. Today more than 150,000 seafarers are registered on the platform and over 40 shipping companies are using TURTLE. As Head of Commercial at TURTLE, Alexander is working closely with the shipping companies signed up on the platform and is also building up cooperations with other external stakeholders to jointly create awareness around diversity and fair recruitment practices within the maritime industry.


Thomas Klenum, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, LISCR (Deutschland) GmbH

Thomas Klenum (FRINA, C.Eng, Eur.Ing) is Executive Vice President for the Liberian Registry with a career spanning over 30 years as Naval Architect and Principal Surveyor to Managing Director with extensive technical, managerial and leadership experience gained through long term international assignments to China, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, the United States and Germany in addition to extensive experience from the Nordic area based in Denmark. Graduated in 1993 with a B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and after a short period at A.P.Moller-Maersk’s shipyard (Odense Steel Shipyard) in Denmark worked for over 20 years for Lloyd’s Register prior to taking up position as Managing Director for SeaNet Maritime Services & Technical Director for Liberian Registry (both part of the YCF Maritime Group) in 2014. Appointed as Senior Vice President for Maritime Operations from January 2020 and since January 2022 as Executive Vice President for Innovation and Regulatory Affairs with the Liberian Registry.


Richard Marioth, Founder & Vessel Efficiency Expert – Idealship GmbH & Direction of specialist group – Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland

Richard Marioth

Richard Marioth, an esteemed expert in maritime efficiency and decarbonization, began his career in 2012 as a Vessel Performance Supervisor at A.P. Møller Maersk Group. He founded Idealship GmbH, his consultancy company, in 2018. Through Idealship, Richard provides consultancy services to major ship operators and technology providers in areas such as Hull & Propeller Performance Analytics, ESD Benefit Tracking, Pool Point Calculations, and Compliance with Emission Regulations. Overall Richard’s professional journey is dedicated to improving ship efficiency and the ecological footprint of shipping. In 2020, he joined the Expert Group Ship Efficiency at Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN) where he played a vital role in the development of the “Guideline Ship Efficiency”. Since 2022, Richard has been heading this expert group, steering it towards innovative solutions and sustainable practices in the maritime industry.


Jori Poikola, Sales Director, NAPA Shipping Solutions

Jori Poikola, Sales Director at NAPA Shipping Solutions business line owns almost two decades of experience from maritime and shipping industry working for different smart technology companies. Throughout his career Mr. Poikola has been focusing on digitalizing the maritime industry in various countries like China, Singapore and his native Finland, and roles ranging from engineering, business development to sales management. He holds a Msc. in Automation and System technology as well as EMBA, both from Aalto University, Helsinki Finland.



Dr. Joachim von Pritzbuer, Medical Director, Marine Medical Solutions

Dr. Joachim von Pritzuer, German national, has an extensive career in the medical field. Having worked as a Senior Ships Doctor with AIDA Cruises and a General Practitioner at Praxis Gerdts, Dr. Joachim, currently holds the position of Medical Director at Marine Medical Solutions. Furthermore, he is a qualified senior emergency officer specializing in emergency medicine and travel medicine.



Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

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



Mark Riggio , Technical Director, BEMA

Mark Riggio is a recognized member of the global maritime business community and currently operates his own maritime environmental consulting business, Simplify Ballast, as well as serving as the Technical Director for BEMA, the Ballastwater & Environmental Manufacturers’ Association. Mark has served as the Senior Market Manager for Hyde Marine, Head of Marine Business at Filtersafe, a Class surveyor for ABS, a Regulatory Manager, Port Engineer, and Fleet Manager for Crowley Maritime. This diverse past helps him drive innovative solutions for the complex issues of the maritime industry. He is a published author and regular presenter at industry events.  Mark served on the Formation Committee and the inaugural Board of Directors for the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (BEMA), holding the position of President until 2020. A graduate of the USMMA, Mark has an Executive MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Mars, Pennsylvania with his wife Amy and his three children: Hannah, Michael and Jack.



Lennart Ripke, Director of Sales, Green-Jakobsen

Lennart Ripke is an ex-mariner, and he has several years of experience as a deck officer on chemical tankers. After his seafarer career, he joined the maritime learning and development business, where he was heading the office in Germany for a major e-learning provider. Being responsible for the sales there and now in Green-Jakobsen he possesses a profound knowledge of the concerns and demands that exist among the maritime companies. With a passion for the maritime industry and for learning and development, Lennart is not only taking care of sales in Green-Jakobsen, but he is also a valuable subject matter expert involved in the development of solutions and services for our clients.


Arun Sankar, Director Business Development CSM Northern Europe, Columbia Shipmanagement


Peter Schellenberger, Director and Founder, Novamaxis Pte Ltd

Born German and multilingual, Peter has spent 35 years in Asia in executive positions.  The maritime part of his career started in Singapore when he managed two leading Ship Chandling companies before joining the VGroup to head Supply Chain and the Marcas Asia procurement pool, Maritime Service business  in Asia development and the VGroup global agency portfolio. In leading shipmanagement company OSM Peter set up smart maritime services company OSERV as Managing Director  to create a digital e-procurement platform for fleet and third party clients.  In the major shipmanagement company Thome he had a similar portfolio (VP Supply Chain and MD Vanir Marine), building a smart industry digital market place with outsourced service procurement functions and catering services.  Since April 2023 he set up Novamaxis Pte Ltd, running a supply chain and maritime consulting network specialised in digitalisation, sustainability and start up financing and nurture. Including own investments and board or ambassadorial positions. Based in Singapore but operating globally for both shipowners/managers and suppliers/service providers addressing industry problem statements and strategic growth areas.


Simona Turco, Engineer, Head of Business Development, Deep Blue

Simona Turco is Head of the Business Development Function in Deep Blue since 2021. Before joining Deep Blue, from 2009 to 2021, she held the role of Program Manager and R&D Manager in the aerospace sector in OMA (Officine Meccaniche Aeronautiche S.p.A.) in Foligno and in IDS (Ingegneria dei Sistemi S.p.A.) in Rome and Pisa, leading several international research and development projects and commercial projects (e.g., SESAR INSuRE, PROuD and Airbus H160 Rotor Brake). Within the ISS (International Space Station) program, Simona has been mission Flight Controller and senior Systems Engineer for the European Space Agency for the on-board systems of the European Columbus module (Systems Team Lead for Flight 1J – Shuttle Flight STS-124) in Munich at Col-CC from 2003 to 2009. In 2007 she was awarded a government contract in Montreal at CSA (Canadian Space Agency), as responsible for on-board Problem Reporting of the Canadian Robotic Arm. She held the roles of Ground Planning and Mission Planning engineer as a contractor in ESA/ESTEC from 1999 to 2002 for Columbus, ATV and Soyuz space missions. She began her career as a software analyst and test engineer in Cap Gemini Italia in 1997. Simona graduated in Electronic Engineering with specialization in Biomedical Engineering in 1997 at the University of Pavia (Italy).


Charles Watkins , CEO, Mental Health Support Solutions GmbH

Charles Watkins, Founder and CEO of MHSS, is a clinical psychologist with a master’s degree from the University Medical Center of Princeton. His devotion towards identifying places of need for dealing with stress and depression has led him to the maritime industry. In 2018, Charles founded MHSS in direct response to the mental health crisis within the sector. With a dedicated focus, Charles, together with his fast-growing team continues to identify and address critical areas of need, providing essential mental health support for the maritime community.




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.



Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp.

Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital-Executive’) currently operates a fleet of 40 vessels including 36 container carriers and 4 modern bulk carriers with a total dwt of 2,915,834 tons and total teu of 180,363 approx. The fleet under management includes vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P. The Capital-Executive team has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Capital Gas Ship Management Corp.

Capital Gas Ship Management Corp. (“Capital Gas”) is a ship management service provider, currently operating a fleet of 14 modern LNG Carriers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 2.44 million cubic meters and a total dwt of 1.14 Tons. Our Team consists of highly skilled personnel with extensive experience in the LNG Sector from initial design and newbuilding supervision to LNGCs operations and technical management. Capital Gas Ship Management is a member of SIGTTO and SGMF.



Capital Shipmanagement

Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 39 tankers (12 VLCCs, 15 Aframaxes, 11 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker) with a total dwt of 5.95 million tons approx. Capital has extensive experience in managing various vessel types and sizes including all tanker segments (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax/LR2, Panamax/LR1, MR/Handy and small tankers), dry bulk segments (Cape, Panamax, Handymax and Handy), as well as OBOs and containers. The excellent performance of Capital Ship Management has been recognized by oil major companies and major traders in the industry. It is one of a few ship management companies to have successfully completed the comprehensive office assessment process of numerous major oil companies and has also established long standing relationships with major traders, liners and operators. The Company offers comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management including: safety and technical management, claims & insurance, bunkering, vetting preparation and attendance, risk assessment, newbuilding design and supervision, IT services, accounting, financial management and other administrative functions, as well as in-house human resources management, such as crewing and personnel training with state-of-the-art technology.



Columbia Ship Management

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



Diaplous Group

Diaplous Group is a security, defence and crisis management company providing both maritime and land-based holistic risk management solutions on a global scale. We implement a robust process in identifying our clients’ threats and designing mitigating measures for minimizing their risks and vulnerabilities with a wider scope to be more stable, productive, and efficient. Diaplous commenced operations as a private maritime security company (PMSC) in 2010, providing high quality security services for protecting Vessels transiting through High-Risk Areas, such as the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea, against piracy, armed robbery and maritime crime. Diaplous Group has since grown into a global leader in maritime risk management, having pioneered and achieved some of the industry’s greatest milestones and missions, including the successful support of world’s largest offshore vessels (FPSOs, FLNGs, etc.) crossings. Diaplous was established with the cumulative experience of its senior management all of whom have accomplished backgrounds with over 30 years of experience in the Navy, special forces, and counterintelligence. Based on their combined experience, expertise, and know-how, Diaplous has proven capabilities to address and manage all levels of security risks and to provide holistic security solutions and services for any and all circumstances and assets. From offering armed or unarmed security guards in the Indian Ocean High-Risk Area (HRA) and security escort vessels in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), to assessing, planning, and implementing holistic security risk management to both land and maritime clients, Diaplous utilizes its operatives’ expertise to provide a full range support ranging from consultancy to on the ground implementation. Furthermore, Diaplous rapidly develops new services and sophisticated systems such as gangway management for vessels on dry-docks, coastal surveillance systems with the utilization of advanced technological equipment and tactical management / integration through Diaplous Operation Center, risk and crisis management services supported by Diaplous Intelligence Analysis and Vital Response Management Center (IAVRCMC), and naval engineering for the design and construction of Special Operations Crafts (SOCs). Located across ten international offices, Diaplous Group boasts an impressive client base comprising of ship owners, ship managers, multinational and international companies, oil & gas firms, and major energy companies.



Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED)

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

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

·       Intermar Chartering (UK) Ltd. in London, U.K.: Covers the London chartering market.

·       Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency in Manila, Philippines: Directly selects, trains, and employs Filipino Masters, Officers, and Crew exclusively for the vessels under EASTMED’s management.

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




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



Green Jakobsen

Green-Jakobsen A/S is a maritime consultancy offering ship owners, operators, ship management companies and maritime entities a unique combination of skillsets that encompasses all aspects of managing the human factor in shipping. Our approach is to analyse, diagnose and then improve the safety mindset, leadership and human resource performance of people on shore and at sea. Our combined decades of experience with proven, custom-made programs is the foundation of our work. By balancing industry knowhow with out-of-box thinking, we transform strategy into daily work by using tangible tools which we implement alongside our customers on board and in the office. We are a group of people who combine our academic, seafaring and business experience and we are based in Copenhagen, Manila, Athens and Mumbai, with some 30 employees in total.

Our areas of expertise are:

· Maritime safety performance – reducing LTIF, providing strong tools and methods to support the safety initiatives and focus on behaviour and actions

· Maritime leadership – training leaders to fulfil the performance driving role, providing knowledge and tools to act as competent leaders on board and ashore

· HR performance and management – linking the management and development of people and their competencies with leadership skills and safety performance

· Soft skills courses – offering a wide range of subjects for company specific courses and seminars

· Measure and develop safety performance – strengthening a proactive safety culture in an ongoing cycle in a plug-and-play solution including on board training and development




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.




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



OneCare Solutions

Offering a full spectrum and tailor-made solutions to the maritime industry.

OneCare Solutions is a leading Health and Wellbeing Platform, established in 2022 to offer a collection of services to the maritime industry, ranging from health and wellbeing services, trainings, recruitment, and medical supplies.

We are an enduring global entity that strives to improve seafarers’ health and wellbeing through a strong network of specialists, who are committed to this aspiration. We have a strong commitment to delivering high-quality healthcare to our seafarers, underpinned by a disease prevention approach. Our in-depth medical expertise and our health and wellbeing platform can enhance medical access and minimize health risks, leading to proactive interventions and a decline in over disease burden, unnecessary shoreside referrals, and spending. Through our global network of medical providers, we can support medical emergencies, medical referrals, case management, and medical supplies on a worldwide scale. Our mental health training can assist organizations in reducing the risk of incidents related to human error and improving safety and team dynamics, enhancing productivity, and reducing absenteeism. Our medics are recruited through a rigorous selection process, which includes meticulous curriculum vitae screening, credentials checks, and clinical interviews with all potential candidates, ensuring only the highest caliber candidates are selected.




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.



SKF Marine

SKF Marine has been in the marine industry for more than 70 years, applying innovative thinking and expertise to critical machinery. Our products and services support shipowners, ship operators, and shipyards in boosting productivity and reducing operating costs. We are your partner throughout the entire ship lifecycle, helping you make better decisions during the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of parts such as seals, bearings, lubrication systems and condition monitoring equipment. Our experts aim to enable shipping companies to reduce environmental impact, boost performance, increase ship uptime, and extend the lifespan of machines. Together, SKF Marine and its customers can create a more sustainable maritime industry.









2024 SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum: Paving a safe path towards a net zero maritime industry

The 3rd SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum was a full day event that took place on Thursday 22nd of February 2024 at the Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg, Germany, where the latest maritime trends, including digitalization and decarbonization were explored, taking safety and the human factor into consideration.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having SQE MARINE and Macgregor as the lead sponsors. More sponsors of the event included the following organizations: Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. LTD, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Ship Management, Diaplous Group, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Green Jakobsen A/S, Latsco Marine Management Inc., NAPA, OneCare Solutions, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT, and SKF Marine.

Supporters of the event included: Ballastwater Equipment Manufactuters’ Association (BEMA), Maritime Cluster Northern Germany, CHIRP, The Nautical Institute, GSR Services, Port of Hamburg. Also, Worldoils was the event’s media sponsor.

Main issues discussed

  • Fatigue and risk management
  • Best practices for enhanced maritime safety
  • Evaluating human performance
  • Addressing mental health: strategies & initiatives
  • Training and Development under STCW, ILO, MLC
  • The role of leadership in seafarers’ overall wellbeing
  • Digitalization, green transition and other factors impacting seafarers
  • Environmental targets & regulatory updates
  • Air emissions and alternative fuel options
  • Where we stand with wind propulsion
  • Discussions around biosecurity regulations
  • Hong Kong Convention & IHM Efficiency
  • Key sustainable propulsion systems to consider

Opening the event, Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the delegates and speakers and thanked all sponsors and supporters of the event. In his insightful presentation, Apo Belokas highlighted the prevailing undervaluation and underestimation of the human factor in the current maritime landscape. Furthermore, he underscored the challenges hindering the urgency of decarbonization, citing high costs and potential delays as significant barriers. Expanding on the discussion, the presenter noted that there is an anticipated increase in shipbuilding and operation costs, encompassing those associated with the human factor.

Session #1 Exploring the role of human factors

Lennart Ripke, Director of Sales, Green-Jakobsen, highlighted in his presentation that when evaluating onboard performance, we know more about the lube oil in the main engine than about our people on board. As a result, the speaker sees great significance of data in providing a quantifiable assessment of the onboard work environment and the collective intelligence of the crew. As the speaker explained, leveraging data enables the customization of action plans that aid in preventing accidents, incidents, and dire commercial impacts.

Simona Turco, Head of Business Development, Deep Blue, delved into the importance of fatigue management within the maritime sector, highlighting its pivotal role as a key process in mitigating safety risks associated with human factors. Furthermore, Simona Turco also provided an overview of the SAFEMODE project, emphasizing its cross-fertilization approach. As explained, this approach results in the development of a comprehensive framework and methodology aimed at capturing human elements and their interaction with other system components.

Peter Schellenberger, Director and Founder, Novamaxis, offered his valuable insight regarding the human factor and its impact on safety onboard. During the panel discussion, Peter Schellenberger offered his input on how to improve performance and explored key topics regarding crew welfare and safe maritime operations.

After the first session, Nikos Georgopoulos, Chief Business Development Officer, Diaplous, gave a presentation on emerging ship security challenges. The presenter explored the current reality in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea concerning maritime terrorism and attacks on commercial shipping and explained that understanding the reasons behind these attacks is crucial for devising effective countermeasures. Nikos Georgopoulos highlighted that exploring the most effective ways to mitigate the impact of these diverse attacks becomes imperative, considering the multifaceted challenges stemming from them.

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA, gave a focus presentation on how using automation can improve port state control performance and minimize operational expenses. Additionally, Dimitris Psarros focused on the importance of implementing an Automated Port Call Risk Assessment (POCRA) system. According to the presenter, by utilizing a POCRA system, ships can predict when they will undergo inspections, allowing them to prepare efficiently. Moreover, automated systems can generate ship and PSC Focus Checklists, properly prioritized for the specific context, ensuring thorough preparation.

Session #2 Prioritizing crew welfare and resilience at sea

Alexander Held, Head of Commercial, TURTLE GmbH, delivered an insightful presentation which explored the historical recruitment structures within the maritime industry and highlighted the transformative advantages that a digital platform can offer. He delved into the contemporary landscape of (digital) recruitment, shedding light on the evolving processes and the associated improvements benefiting seafarers. Alexander Held also provided compelling examples illustrating how seafarers are empowered throughout the recruitment process, showcasing the positive impact of digitalization on enhancing efficiency, transparency, and overall experiences for maritime professionals.

Dr. Joachim von Pritzbuer, Medical Director, Marine Medical Solutions, advocated for a holistic approach to seafarer well-being. Emphasizing the importance of expanding the crew circle, he proposed integrating various elements such as enhanced knowledge, vessel management, owner considerations, and insurance aspects. The ultimate goal of this comprehensive strategy is to foster the health and motivation of seafarers. Overall, Dr. von Pritzbuer highlighted the interconnected nature of these factors and how addressing them collectively can contribute to a more robust and resilient maritime workforce.

Arun Sankar, Director Business Development CSM Northern Europe, Columbia Shipmanagement, articulated insightful perspectives on the influence of key maritime trends, including digitalization and decarbonization, on seafarer welfare and safety. Emphasizing the significance of incorporating the human factor into the equation, the speaker underscored the pivotal role of strategies, comprehensive training programs, and regulatory frameworks to effectively address the challenges associated with the industry’s commitment to decarbonization.

Charles Watkins, CEO, Mental Health Support Solutions GmbH, focused on cultivating a supportive and effective environment of psychological safety. Building on this foundation, Watkins delved into the significance of actively inviting engagement and cultivating trust among the crew. Furthermore, he highlighted the influential role that wording plays. By emphasizing the power of language, Charles Watkins underscored the importance of mindful communication and proper leadership in enhancing overall safety awareness.

Session #3 Accelerating maritime decarbonization

Jori Poikola, Sales Director, NAPA Shipping Solutions, gave a presentation regarding the current commercialization status of wind-assisted propulsion in the shipping industry. He also emphasized the crucial role of weather routing for vessels utilizing wind assistance. Moreover, the presentation included a detailed case study comparing conventional and wind-assisted ships, while exploring the significant impact weather routing has on vessel performance.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA), provided a comprehensive exploration of wind propulsion and its crucial role in reducing shipping emissions. Gavin Allwright tackled the subject on multiple fronts, including market development, interesting initiatives, and costs surrounding the implementation of this alternative form of energy. He also explored barriers that stall the wider adoption of wind propulsion systems, and advocated for an improved regulatory framework that will aid in the adoption of such technologies.

Thomas Klenum, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, LISCR (Deutschland) GmbH, provided valuable insights into the current state and prospects of technologies and strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector. He explored the regulatory framework and forecasted the readiness and availability of various alternative fuels that can be utilized within the maritime industry. The presenter also drew attention towards important joint industry projects aimed at addressing the challenges associated with emissions reduction.

Richard Marioth, Director of Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland Specialist Group on Ship Efficiency and Founder of Idealship GmbH, offered insights into the upcoming revised version of the upcoming MCN Guideline Ship Efficiency, which provides an overview of technical solutions as well as maintenance and operational measures that can be considered to improve fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the presentation placed a significant emphasis on analyzing and comparing the future of marine fuels.

Session #4 Overcoming green challenges

Patrick Arand, Sales Manager OEM, SKF Marine, underscored the significance of condition monitoring as a proactive measure to address potential issues before they lead to damage. Additionally, he explained how electrification endeavors for critical applications, like stabilizers, help decrease the use of hydraulic systems, resulting in reduced sustainability footprints and improved operational efficiency. The presentation offered a comprehensive view of how these strategies and technologies contribute to the overarching objective of reducing emissions in maritime operations.

Mark Riggio, Technical Director, BEMA, highlighted the critical importance of Ballast Water Treatment (BWT). He emphasized that while ballast water is indispensable for ensuring ship stability and safety, its proper treatment is crucial in preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species. Mark Riggio pointed out that beyond the ecological concerns associated with inadequate water treatment, there are significant economic and human health impacts. For instance, improper treatment can have adverse effects on human well-being, as it contributes to the spread of organisms that may pose health hazards.

Henning Gramann, CEO, GSR Services GmbH, gave a presentation focusing on the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM). IHM is a document outlining all the existing hazardous material onboard ships. The presentation delved into critical IHM issues pertinent to both suppliers and ship owners. Henning Gramann also shared insights into the challenges and best practices surrounding IHM, addressing its efficiency, and drawing from practical experiences in the maritime industry.


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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

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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 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?
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At the event

Where is the event being held and how do I get there?
The event location is at the Empire Riverside Hotel, Hamburg, Germany. 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

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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

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