9th SMART4SEA Athens Forum

The 9th SMART4SEA Athens Forum was scheduled on Tuesday 13th of February 2024 at the Bookcastle of the National Library of Greece of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens.

This was a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 500 Delegates / 250 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



09:00- 9:30 Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:30            Forum opening: Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

09:30 – 10:45
Panel #1 Navigating the future: Smart Shipping Perspectives

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Emerging maritime technologies & Regulations: Bridging the competence gap
  • How leadership in technological developments drives progress
  • Discussing about EDCIS: Key changes and concerns for crew
  • Smart software and trending applications for a smarter shipping


  • John Southam, Loss Prevention Senior Executive – Greece, NorthStandard
  • Marvin Bielek, Project Manager and Instructional Designer, MINTRA
  • Pankaj Sharma, Managing Director, OneLink
  • Elena Matzaridou, AMMITEC Member 

10:45 – 11:00 Focus Presentation

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Break

11:30 -12:30 Panel #2 Powering progress: Energy Efficiency Practices

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Implementing CBM technologies in shipping
  • The future of CBM: Trends and benefits
  • Key applications for digital revolution in Energy Management
  • Enhancing energy efficiency: The role of digitalization


  • Konstantina Manifava, PMS & Performance Engineer, Latsco Marine Management Inc
  • Mike Konstantinidis, Managing Director, Vessel Optimisation Product Innovation, Zeronorth

12:30 – 13:30
Panel #3 On course for innovation: Smart Shipping Challenges

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Cybersecurity: Where we stand and best practices for cyber hygiene
  • Harnessing Big Data: What the future holds
  • Internet onboard ships and connectivity demands
  • An overview of smart shipping challenges up to 2030


  • Nick Andriopoulos, AMMITEC Member & IT Manager of Heidmar, AMMITEC
  • Christian Treu, SVP Danelec Connect & IoT Business, Danelec
  • Thodoris Galanis, Head of Group IT, Latsco Marine Management Inc
  • Stefanos Christakis, IT Innovation Manager, EURONAV

Forum Closing & Networking


Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration



Nick Andriopoulos, AMMITEC Member & IT Manager of Heidmar , AMMITEC

Nick is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience in web application development and systems administration, significantly impacting both general and specialized sectors. His career commenced in 2001, as a web developer and system administrator. Prior to 2013, Nick showcased his versatility through leading web development for a streaming service, crafting a predictive dialer for call centers, pioneering a curated Android App Store, and optimizing performance for high-traffic news portals. He also innovated a logistics company management platform. In the past decade, Nick has focused on the maritime sector, revolutionizing it through digitalization and automation, fostering simplification and interdepartmental collaboration. His notable contributions include creating multiple platforms enhancing process efficiency. He is an active member of esteemed industry organizations such as OWASP, ISC2, AMMITEC, and the Drupal Association, where he shares his expertise. Besides his professional endeavors, Nick is passionate about 3D printing and public speaking, further demonstrating his diverse skillset and interests.


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


Marvin  Bielek, Project Manager and Instructional Designer, MINTRA

A nautical officer with a passion for navigational safety, Marvin Bielek joined Mintra in 2014 as an instructional learning designer and project manager. Marvin is constantly looking for new ways to increase training efficiency and knowledge retention. Starting as a licenced ECDIS trainer, he has a strong interest in how modern bridge infrastructure and technology can serve the navigation officers and the overall safety of the vessel. He is also a proud member of Young Ship Cyprus, a member of the Learning and Performance Institute, the Nautical Institute and a recent MBA in Shipping graduate.



Stefanos Christakis, IT Innovation Manager at Euronav and AMMITEC Member

Stefanos Christakis is IT Innovation Manager at Euronav. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an M.Eng. in Telecommunications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MBA with honours from the Alba Graduate Business School. Stefanos is a Digital Transformation Manager with over 20 years of experience delivering multi-million digital transformation projects across various industries and cultural settings internationally. For the last 6 years he is working in the maritime sector where he has helped transform the way IT is perceived by mariners and has pushed forward the agenda of digital transformation across all levels and departments of a shipping company.



Thodoris Galanis, Head of Group IT, Latsco Marine Management Inc

Thodoris Galanis is the Head of the Group IT of Latsco. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA HHons from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) where he graduated as first of his class. He is also PMP and PSM certified. He has extensive experience with digital technologies and transformational projects and programs across multiple industries, in which he has been involved in leading roles from the design till their delivery. Before joining Latsco he has assumed leading roles in technology and consulting companies in the UK and in Greece, as well as in established companies in Insurance, Pharma and FinTech in Greece.


Mike Konstantinidis, Managing Director, Vessel Optimisation Product Innovation, Zeronorth

Mike Konstantinidis has more than 30 years of leading positions experience in the IT sector and over the last years focused on the maritime sector, as a significant contributor to shipping’s digital revolution.  He is a strong advocate for High Frequency Sensors’ Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, having been named as one of Top 10 technology leaders 2020, by Lloyd’s List. Holding the position of Managing Director, Vessel Optimisation at ZeroNorth A/S, he participates in conferences as speaker, in panel discussions and published articles in worldwide recognized media to educate the market on embracing  IoT, AI and on the disruption brought by the digitalization of Maritime which goes hand-in-hand with decarbonization.



Konstantina Manifava, PMS & Performance Engineer, Latsco Marine Management Inc

Konstantina Manifava is a highly skilled professional currently serving as the PMS & Performance Engineer in the Operational Technology & Energy Management department at Latsco Marine Management Inc, since February. Konstantina holds a PhD(c.) from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Additionally, she earned an MBA in Shipping from the University of Aegean, Greece, and an MEng in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from NTUA, Greece.



Elena Matzaridou, AMMITEC Member 

Elena Matzaridou is a shipping professional with over 15 years of industry experience, based in Piraeus, Greece. She holds a Postgraduate diploma in Maritime Transportation from National Technical University of Athens and a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Education from the University of Brighton, UK. With a robust maritime background that spans more than two decades as a professional sailor, she possesses an in-depth understanding of the challenges of maritime operations. Elena taught Leadership development through Offshore sailing in the Greek Naval Academy for 12 years. Subsequently, she took on the role of Digital Strategy Coordinator at Dalex Shipping, where her visionary approach played a pivotal role in spearheading the company’s digital transformation. She has a keen interest in a diverse array of issues related to digitalization in the maritime industry. Her unique blend of practical experience, academic qualifications, and commitment to technology underscores her standing as a forward-thinking professional in the maritime sector.



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.



Pankaj   Sharma, Managing Director, OneLink

Master Mariner with more than 20 years of experience in the maritime industry. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, MBA from IE Business School Madrid with an entrepreneurial mindset. Pankaj has wide international exposure ranging from performance optimization, digital applications to strategic management. Pankaj is currently Managing Director of OneLink, an innovative one-stop-shop platfrom managing the complexities of vessel performance and emissions regulations, linking maritime operators to the future of performance.



John Southam, Loss Prevention Senior Executive – Greece, NorthStandard

John is a Master Mariner and joined from a survey and marine consultancy company. Previous to this, John was engaged in shipyard operations conducting new build DP vessel projects in Asia as an owners project representative. He also worked at sea for 16 years, initially on Container Vessels with P&O Nedlloyd, and then on board offshore vessels including a range of DP vessels, AHTS, PSVs, drilling units, and offshore wind farm construction lift boats.



Christian Treu, Senior Vice President DanelecConnect & IoT Business, Danelec

Christian Treu, a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the maritime and software sectors, serves as the Senior Vice President of DanelecConnect & IoT Business at Danelec since joining in 2023. His career journey encompasses notable roles at industry giants such as IBM, Maersk, and Zeronorth, where he honed his expertise in commercial shipping, software sales and development, and maritime digital transformation. Alongside his extensive industry knowledge, Treu brings sailing experience to his leadership repertoire. He holds a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School and has furthered his leadership skills through courses at renowned institutions including INSEAD, IMD, Wharton, and Harvard Business School.



Mintra is a leading provider of human resource management solutions and digital learning to the maritime industry. Our technologies have been developed over 30 years to provide the scope, scale and capabilities required by companies of all sizes, to keep up with the complexities of deploying a skilled global workforce. Mintra’s Trainingportal is a market-leading learning and competency management system which enables efficient upskilling as well as reskilling of staff globally. The solution hosts a comprehensive and growing library of 2,000 eLearning as well as classroom-based courses. Today, 1.5 million people from 3,600 companies use the platform and a course is completed every 30 seconds. Mintra’s complete crew management software solution OCS HR has been developed in partnership with our global customers to meet the unique needs of the maritime industry. The market leading human resource management solution allows HR departments to oversee and manage the work of their global workforce from one central interface and securely store all employee data. With headquarters in Bergen and offices in Oslo, Stavanger, Aberdeen, Limassol and Singapore, Mintra provides services to over 4,000 companies, including four out of the top five largest global energy companies.




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.



Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc.

Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila) Inc. is a premier Philippine manning agency providing excellent and quality crewing services directly to the Döhle Group and various international ship owners and operators since 2009. As part of a group of companies with expertise in the shipping industry, the resources Döhle Seafront can tap within the Döhle Group allows it to be a preferred one-stop-shop crewing firm that provides timely and suitable crew for international shipowners. Döhle Seafront is ISO 9001:2015 certified and the Maritime Labor Convention ( MLC) 2006 compliant. Both certifications were given by the classification society Bureau Veritas.

Create a dynamic partnership with Döhle Seafront! Get in touch with us at (+632) 9705 8490 and (+63) 999 223 1304. You may also send your email to [email protected] 

KNOW MORE: https://www.linkedin.com/company/doehle-seafront-crewing-manila-inc


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.



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.





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




RISK4SEA is an online platform to provide PSC performance transparency to the market by analysing PSC Data providing KPI, Demographics, Detentions Analytics, reports, Benchmarks and Insights for 23 fleet segments in an advanced analysis of the last 5 years to assist stakeholders to:

-PREPARE for forthcoming PSC inspections
-ANALYSE PSC performance to identify strengths & weaknesses
-BENCHMARK fleets against competition and the industry




SEAFiT, powered by SAFETY4SEA, is a pioneering mental health program providing comprehensive guidance and a holistic approach to maritime stakeholders to evaluate the mental health state of both their shore and sea staff and raise awareness over wellbeing issues.



V. Group

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.





2024 SMART4SEA Athens Forum: Digital trends transforming the shipping industry

The 2024 SMART4SEA Forum successfully concluded on Tuesday 13th of February 2024 at the Bookcastle of the National Library of Greece of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens, focusing on key trends that shape the future of the maritime industry, highlighting the need to focus on reliable data and bridging the competence gap due to the new technologies and green shipping developments.

The event was organized by SAFETY4SEA having as lead sponsors the following organizations: MacGregor and SQEMARINE. Other sponsors were: ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT CO. LTD, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp., Capital Gas Ship Management Corp., Capital Shipmanagement, Columbia Ship Management, Dohle Seafront, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), EURONAV, Latsco Marine Management Inc., NorthStandard, RISK4SEA, SEAFiT and V.Group. Supporters were the following organization: AMMITEC and CIRM.

Opening the event, Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, welcomed the distinguished delegates and thanked all sponsors and speakers for their support. He referred to the SAFETY4SEA Petition, in which SAFETY4SEA has been asked by several stakeholders and participants to test the waters, moving forward seeking ways to effect change in way of making internet connectivity of adequate quality and bandwidth, a prerequisite mandatory provision for seafarers onboard ships.


Panel #1 Navigating the future: Smart Shipping Perspectives

In the first panel, moderated by Apo Belokas, the following experts participated in a discussion around the next technological trends that will impact the maritime industry: John Southam, Loss Prevention Senior Executive – Greece, NorthStandard; Marvin Bielek, Project Manager and Instructional Designer, MINTRA; Pankaj Sharma, Managing Director, OneLink and; Elena Matzaridou, AMMITEC Member.

In particular, John Southam delved into the future initiatives and changes anticipated for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). He focused on upcoming developments, particularly the integration of S-100 data and automatic digital delivery services. As the industry moves towards greater automation and digitalization, understanding the practical implications of these changes becomes crucial for ensuring seamless navigation, improved safety, and enhanced operational efficiency on board, he highlighted.

Moving on, Marvin Bielek highlighted that the maritime industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability. In that regard, it is vital to address the competence gap and empower seafarers through immersive training solutions. A critical aspect of this evolution involves understanding the GHG regulation timeline leading up to 2030 and promoting the uptake of alternative fuels in the world fleet by gross tonnage. He also referred to some examples, such as underwater inspections, which highlight the importance of leveraging data-driven decision-making.

In the panel discussion, Pankaj Sharma and Elena Matzaridou provided their insights about the adoption of Artificial Intelligence by the maritime stakeholders, highlighting that reliable data will make the difference. They also mentioned the challenges and opportunities that Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites bring to connectivity onboard and emphasized on the leadership required to set the example in the adoption of every new technology. Overall, all speakers stressed that although the market may appear hesitant in the beginning to adopt new tools and technologies, the green regulatory requirements are becoming the changing factors towards.

Focus Presentation

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA, highlighted the importance of big data in PSC Automation. Using automation will only bring benefits, for example it can effectively streamline operations and minimize operational expenditures (OPEX). He stressed that automation not only improves efficiency but also addresses the challenging realities faced by PSC and it can work seamlessly with calls import and bring radical innovation.


Panel #2 Powering progress: Energy Efficiency Practices

The second panel, moderated by Apo Belokas focused on implementing condition-based monitoring (CBM) technologies in shipping. By embracing predictive and proactive approaches enabled by CBM, the maritime industry can enhance operational reliability, reduce downtime, and optimise maintenance costs. The following experts joined the discussion: Konstantina Manifava, PMS & Performance Engineer, Latsco Marine Management Inc., and; Mike Konstantinidis, Managing Director, Vessel Optimisation Product Innovation, Zeronorth.

Specifically, Konstantina Manifava shed light on the convergence of planned maintenance system (PMS) and condition-based monitoring (CBM) notations but also intricately explored the nuanced similarities and deviations between these essential systems. Through her insightful presentation, she skillfully outlined a clear pathway towards CBM accreditation, providing a roadmap for seamlessly integrating these methodologies.

Following with an insightful presentation, Mike Konstantinidis, Managing Director, Vessel Optimisation Product Innovation, ZeroNorth, examined how high-frequency sensor data transforms the maritime business. He said that this method optimizes vessel performance by giving real-time operational information. Fuel usage drops significantly when high-frequency sensor data is used, improving cost efficiency and sustainability. He highlighted that early detection using high-frequency sensors prevents engine damage and enables proactive maintenance, depending on the condition of the equipment.

Panel #3 On course for innovation: Smart Shipping Challenges

In the third panel, moderated by Apo Belokas, the following experts participated: Nick Andriopoulos, AMMITEC Member & IT Manager of Heidmar; Christian Treu, SVP, Danelec Connect & IoT Business, Danelec; Thodoris Galanis, Head of Group IT, Latsco Marine Management Inc and; Stefanos Christakis, IT Innovation Manager, EURONAV. The discussion focused on the challenges encountered in the pursuit of innovation within the realm of smart shipping.

In his presentation, Nick Andriopoulos, AMMITEC Member & IT Manager of Heidmar, AMMITEC highlighted that as AI integration into maritime operations advances to enhance efficiency and productivity, the paramount concern becomes bolstering cybersecurity measures to counter associated risks. He explained what overdependence on AI will entail for the industry, mentioning the so-called ‘AI hypnosis’ and the associated risks and concerns.

The remaining speakers of the panel – Christian Treu, Thodoris Galanis and Stefanos Christakis– joined the discussion around AI, highlighting that it is important to consider human factors and built trust into the systems. As new systems and technologies become increasingly integrated, the maritime sector faces the imperative of adapting to these changes, all panelists concluded. They also highlighted the need for collaboration, data transparency and standardization as well as focusing on optimization for flexibility amid technological advancements.

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  • S.E.Smyrlakis & Associates
  • Sailtozero.com
  • Seagull Maritime Group
  • SeaHawk Maritime S.A
  • Seaspan
  • Shahia Food Industry Limited
  • Shipnext
  • Shipshave AS
  • StarBulk
  • Stephenson Harwood
  • Strategic Investment Consultant
  • Sunstone Group
  • TMS Dry Ltd.
  • Tototheo Maritime
  • Tsavliris Salvage Group
  • Ulysses
  • Union Maritime
  • V Ships
  • Valiant Shipping S.A.
  • Vantage Shipping Lines S.A.
  • Veson Nautical
  • Weathernews Inc.
  • Wilhelmsen Ship Management
  • World Link Communications
  • ZeroNorth

Who Should Attend

This is a must attend event for all companies and individuals interested in Ship Technology and Sustainable Shipping, including:

  • Shipowners
  • 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

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 at the event venue. Attendance does NOT include accommodation and/or travelling or parking which should be paid in by the delegates as decided/applicable.

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

At the event

Where is the event being held and how do I get there?
The event location is at the Bookcastle of the National Library of Greece at 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.
Read more about the timetables

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.
Check the routes

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.).
View the map here

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

View the map here



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