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GREEN4SEA Ballast Water Masterclass successfully concluded on 16th December 2015, in Eugenides Foundation, Athens, attracting more than 500 delegates representing a number of 220 organizations.

Speaker presentations of the Masterclass in PDF are available online for GREEN4SEA Digital Subscribers.



08:30 – 09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:30 – 11:15 Session 1 : Ballast Water Treatment Theoretical Aspects

30 min panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:45 Session 2: BWTS Experience Transfer and Lessons Learned

30 min panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

13:45 – 15:00
Christmas Buffet

Apostolos-Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, GREEN4SEA – Event Facilitator

Apostolos BelokasApostolos Belokas is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 20 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in 1992 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 issues as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 5,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE & SQE ACADEMY and he is also the Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA and GREEN4SEA.


Stamatis Fradelos, ABS Principal Engineer

Stamatis FradelosStamatis Fradelos is Principal Engineer in the Operational Environmental Performance (OEP) department of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The OEP department provides technical support on energy efficiency, vessel performance and environmental matters. Prior to joining ABS, Stamatis worked as a marine field surveyor and spent six years at Lloyd’s Register as a Plan Approval Surveyor. Stamatis has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (NTUA), a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science (NTUA) and a M.Sc. in Engineering – Economic Systems (NTUA, UoA, UoP).


Dimitris Dedepsidis ,M.Sc.Eng., Customer Service Manager (Greece), Principal Engineer – Ship Type Expert B/C, DNV GL – Maritime

Dedepsidis_Dimitris Dedepsidis, is a Customer Service Manager & Ship Type Expert for Bulk Carriers of DNV GL Piraeus. Graduated on 1992 from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with an M.Sc.Eng at Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. After a fruitful 6-years working experience in major consulting and shipping companies, has devoted to Class Societies Services since 1998. Dimitris has worked at American Bureau of Shipping and Germanischer Lloyd, mainly in plan-approval and service-delivery assignments. Since 2006 is holding leading and managing positions, with primary focus in problem-solving and client-support. Currently in DNV GL, is part of the Regional Business Development team and the Global Network of Ship Type Experts.

Dimitrios Tsoulos, Regional Sales Manager , Evoqua Water Technologies

TsoulosDimitris Tsoulos combines a strong technical know-how with a solid business background and proven work experience within a multinational organization.

Dimitris professional experience as a Head of the Water Technologies Business Unit complemented significantly his technical knowledge and provided him with an excellent know-how about business aspects, P&L management, sales techniques, account management, marketing, organizational behavior, business ethics, negotiations, risk mitigation, people management, accounting and finance principles, that helped him to take over and successfully conduct many challenging business tasks and projects.

With responsibility and commitment Dimitris has recently led the Greek Water Technologies Business Unit through a divestment from Siemens, maintaining minimal impact from carve-out activities and safeguarding business continuity. Currently he is acting as Managing Director of the Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd – Greek Branch and he is responsible for the Electocatalytic Products, Systems and Services for the regional Oil & Gas, Power and Marine market. Electrocatalytic is a leading provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residual water/waste water treatment systems in more than 100 countries.

Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Technical Marketing Executive, ERMA FIRST S.A.

Dimopoulos_Konstantinos Dimopoulos is a Mechanical Engineer with a MBA (Master in Business administration) and specialization in the energy field. He has extended experience in high pressure hydraulic systems (filtration, fluids treatment, etc.), industrial systems design and engineering as he has worked in one of the leading companies in fluid technology, has attended multiple seminars and conducted several researches. He joined ERMA FIRST S.A. in early 2015 as a Technical Marketing Engineer and he is responsible for the technical sales support, vessels surveys and provides assistance to the development of the existing systems.



Efi Tsolaki,Chief Scientific Officer , ERMA FIRST S.A.


Dr. Efi Tsolaki is an Environmental Engineer and holds PhD in Ballast Water Systems. Efi as the first academic with specialization in Ballast Water joined ERMA FIRST in early 2010. From the beginning of her career was focused on the Development and then Certification of the system. She primarily acts as the Scientific Officer of the company with main responsibility the Certification. Following her successful completion of the certification of both ERMA FIRST BWT systems, she in responsible for the ongoing USCG Type Approval process.


John Kokarakis, VP Technology & Business Development, Hellenic Black Sea Region & Middle East, Bureau Veritas

KokarakisJohn KokarakisJohn Emmanuel Kokarakis, a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Master’s degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Michigan. He worked for over ten years as a consultant undertaking technical problems worldwide. His specialization was in the area of technical investigation and analysis of marine accidents. In that capacity he participated in the technical investigation of the Exxon Valdez grounding, capsize of drillship Seacrest, Piper Alpha fire and explosion, Aleutian Enterprise foundering in Alaska as well as many other accidents of less notoriety. The last fourteen years he works in Greece, in the area of classification. He has served at American Bureau of Shipping and Germanischer Lloyd. He worked in plan approval, rule development and implementation of environmental regulations. He is currently Vice President of Technology and Business Development of Marine Hellenic, Black Sea & Middle East Zone at Bureau Veritas. In his duties Dr. Kokarakis is responsible for the smooth technical operation in the Zone as well as in the harmonic cooperation with the BV offices worldwide to the benefit of the BV clients.

Konstantinos Stampedakis, General Director at ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A

StampedakisKonstantinos is Chemical and Process Engineer, graduate of the University of Surrey. Having completed his post-graduate studies (Master in Science in Water and Environmental Engineering) and having acquired further academic experiences as a temporary academic assistant at the university, he began his career in Thames Water Ltd, in the sector of waste and potable water management. Returning to Greece, he joined ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ENGINEERING S.A. as the Director of Research, Development and Engineering Department.

In 2009, Konstantinos co-founded ERMA FIRST S.A. and he currently holds the position of the General Director.

One of his great achievements is the development of a Ballast Water Treatment System which makes use of active substances. The main aim of the project has been to research and develop methodologies and technologies for preventing the introduction of nonindigenous species through ships’ ballast water.

Some of the most important moments in his career were when he was on- site manager on the United Nations Development Program for the Oil Spill Cleanup of three sites between Jadra and Ras Al Saadiyat in Lebanon and on- site manager for the spill response caused from the cruise vessel Sea Diamond wreck.

Andreas Kokkotos, Managing Partner, Argo Navis Marine Consulting & Engineering Ltd


Andreas Kokkotos holds a Mechanical Engineer diploma from NTUA. Previously to ARGO NAVIS, Andreas has worked from 1998 until 2005 as a superintendent engineer in two (2) Greek ship owning companies, with fleets of tankers and chemical carriers and participated in on-site newbuilding supervision in two (2) tankers newbuilding projects in Croatia for Greek ship-owners. From 2006 until 2008 he worked as an independent Engineer conducting pre-purchase, vessel condition and damage surveys, new buildings sea trials supervision for various types of vessels and participated in tanker single to double hull conversion studies and plan approvals of various types of vessels.

Andreas Zontanos, Managing Partner, Argo Navis Marine Consulting & Engineering Ltd

ZontanosAndreas Zontanos holds a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer diploma from NTUA, and a M.Sc. Degree in Precision Engineering Metrology by Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK. Before establishing ARGO NAVIS, he has worked in consulting firms as junior and later senior consultant, in two (2) Greek ship management companies as superintendent engineer, led on-site newbuilding supervision teams in two (2) bulk carrier newbuilding projects in Croatia and China for Greek ship-owners and worked as an independent engineer conducting surveys and supervising conversions and repair works.


Markos Vekris, Senior Technical Consultant Manager of Land and Navy Dept. Mechanical Engineer, OCEANKING

VekrisGraduate Mechanical and Electrical Engineer ( MSc) from National Technical University of Athens ( NTUA ) in 1970. Assistant Lecturer in the Chair of Marine Engineering in NTUA (1974-1985). Extensive experience in New Buildings / Repairs / Retrofitting of numerous types of merchant ships, naval vessels , jack-up platforms , having held key positions for 23 years in Hellenic Shipyards S.A. out of which 8 years as New Buildings Manager ( 1988-1996) . Ensign Officer in Hellenic Navy ( 1971-1973 ) Managing Director of TEN Ltd ( 1997-2008) As of 2009 Senior Associate in Oceanking S.A. handling special projects


Nikos Kyritsis, Technical Product Manager, ERMA FIRST S.A.

Nikos holds BEng in Mechanical, production engineering & management and Msc in automation systems from NTUA. His field of expertise is design engineering and product development. Since 2003 he has been involved in various research projects in CAD, reverse engineering (point clouds or MRI data) related projects, and has experience in systems design, engineering and production. He joined ERMA FIRST in 2009 and after his involvement in the development, design and engineering of company’s systems he is currently responsible for BWTS detail engineering and integration on board vessels, involved in system and production optimization and acts as the head of Design and Engineering department


Theo G Baltatzis, General Manager, Technomar Shpping Inc.

balatzisTheo G. Baltatzis is the General Manager of Technomar Shpping Inc, Athens and has been involved in the shipping industry for 30 years out of which 15 years with Technomar. He holds the following Degrees: B.Sc Maths – University of Kent / B.Sc & MSc Marine Engineering – University of Newcastle / M.B.A – University of Surrey. Mr. Baltatzis was employed between 1985 and 1986 with British Shipbuilders Engineering and Technical Services Ltd, Pallion (U.K.) as a Technical Engineer, from 1986 to 1987 with Marine Design (U.K) Consultants as an Advanced Technical Engineering. In 1988 he joined European Navigation – Piraeus as a Superintendent Engineer till 1989, when he joined Silver Carriers S.A.- Piraeus as a Superintendent Engineer till 1999. On 1999 he was promoted to Deputy Technical Manager till 1994. He was then employed by Maryville Maritime Inc. as Technical Manager and then as General Manager till June 2000. On 2000 he joined Technomar as General Manager.


ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions

ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A. is headquartered in Greece and was established for the purpose of providing to the marine, shipping and shipbuilding industry worldwide turnkey environmental solutions, offering the innovative ERMA FIRST and ERMA FIRST FIT Ballast Water Treatment Systems. ERMA FIRST aims to improve performance by being determined to innovation and original ideas as to hold a leading global market position by delivering world-class engineering solutions, establishing world-wide corporate alliances and preserving exceptional quality and ethical standards as the firm’s backbone of sustainable development. ERMA FIRST’s experience in ballast water system technology translates into appropriate engineering solutions to its clients’ most complex challenges. ERMA FIRST’s systems meet clients’ goals for quality, ease of operation and long-term reliability at the lowest life-cycle cost, helping clients meet their current needs for ballast water treatment.




As a leading international classification society ABS pursues its mission to serve the public interest as well as the needs of our members and clients by promoting the security of life, property and preserving the natural environment. ABS uses its experience to assist in the realization of new generation vessels and has a continuous investment in technology research and development and practical initiatives to support future marine and offshore advances and improvements in operational, safety and environmental performance. ABS undertakes ongoing assessment of new environmental technologies which contributes to guidance and guides such as those for ballast water management, LNG fuelled vessels and services to assist in the implementation of EEDI, SEEMP and CEEMP. ABS provides a global service through four operating divisions: Americas, Pacific, China and Europe, each with a network of local offices to support client operations. Fully integrated fleet management and maintenance software is provided by the ABS Nautical Systems.


ARGO NAVIS Marine Consulting & Engineering

ARGO NAVIS Marine Consulting and Engineering Ltd. was established in Athens, Greece, in 2009 by a team of Engineers having served Ship Management companies as Technical Consultants and/or members of In-house Technical Departments.

The ARGO NAVIS Ltd. team warrants that always carefully selected individuals and firms, all specialized in different areas of technical consulting services join forces in order to truly offer consulting services in a cost-efficient and timely manner.

With a diverse range of planning, design, and engineering services, ARGO NAVIS Ltd. combines the classic art of naval architecture with cutting edge computer technology, offering a distinctive blend of theoretical knowledge and extensive hands-on field experience, resulting in optimum, practical, and cost effective solutions.

Our vision serves as a guide for every aspect of our company by describing what we need to accomplish in order to continue achieving sustainable, quality growth.

We will increase the value of our company and our global portfolio by surpassing our client’s expectations and achieving market leadership and operating excellence through continuous development driven by cooperation, integrity, and innovation.

ARGO NAVIS Ltd. commits to solutions which benefit our clients, undertaking the responsibility to successfully manage our in-house and associate resources in order to carry out technical consulting tasks required while rendering quality and prompt services in a fair, cost efficient, and fully transparent manner.


Bureau Veritas


Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas core values include integrity and ethics, impartial counsel and validation, customer focus and safety at work. Bureau Veritas is recognized and accredited by major national and international organizations.



Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas, and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.

Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With our origins stretching back to 1864, our reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges.


Evoqua Water Technologies

We are the global leader in helping municipalities and industrial customers protect and improve the world’s most fundamental natural resource: water. We have a more than 100-year heritage of innovation and industry firsts, market-leading expertise, and unmatched customer service. Our cost-effective and reliable treatment systems and services ensure uninterrupted quantity and quality of water, enable regulatory and environmental compliance, increase efficiency through water reuse, and prepare customers for next-generation demands.

Evoqua’s unparalleled portfolio of proven brands, advanced technologies, mobile and emergency water supply solutions and service helps cities across the world provide and discharge clean water, and enable leisure and commercial industry to maximize productivity and profitability.

Every day, millions of people and thousands of companies rely on Evoqua Water Technologies to help them meet their needs for clean water



OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A

OCEANKING is a leading marine engineering and commercial group serving the Greek and International maritime community as well as the Greek public and industrial sector. OCEANKING was founded in 1989 and operates in Piraeus – Greece as well as in Cyprus. OCEANKING employs qualified naval architects and marine engineers and is managed by Costas Hassiotis and Panos Yannoulis with a permanent staff presently consisting of 17 persons. Our experience covers the areas of ship design, ship construction and operation, shipbuilding methods and management, marine engineering systems, materials supply and management as well as logistic support. Our company follows strict quality procedures and is certified according to ISO 9001: 2000 by Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH.


GREEN4SEA Ballast Water Masterclass successfully concluded on 16th Dec 2015

GREEN4SEA is pleased to announce the successful completion of Ballast Water Masterclass which took place on Wednesday December 16th, 2015 in Eugenides Foundation, Athens, attracting more than 500 delegates representing a number of 220 organizations.


A unique panel of 12 experts presented latest updates surrounding the Ballast Water Management Convention, providing real life feedback and discussed all implementation issues. Following ratification of Indonesia, Morocco and Ghana, as of 30 November 2015, the BWM Convention has been ratified by 47 Member States representing the 34,08% of world tonnage. IMO Secretary General has recently announced that the Convention may enter into force worldwide from 24 November 2016 in case the updated figures of tonnage meet the ratification criteria. The event organized by GREEN4SEA and had ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions as lead sponsor. Other sponsors were: ABS, Argo Navis Marine Consulting & Engineering, Bureau Veritas, DNV GL, Evoqua Water Technologies and OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A.


During his welcome address Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor of GREEN4SEA, as the Event Facilitator, outlined the objectives of masterclass, including enhancing ballast water awareness and helping shipowners/ operators to take the right decisions now that the time has come for BWTS installations on board.

Presentations were given in two sessions as follows:

Session 1: Ballast Water Treatment Theoretical Aspects

  • Stamatis Fradelos, ABS, provided an overview of BWM legislation and timeframes for implementation.
  • Dimitris Dedepsidis, DNV GL, presented the main technologies of Ballast Treatment and share his insight on taking the right choice.
  • Dimitris Tsoulos, Evoqua, presented the USCG type approval process and principles.
  • Apostolos Belokas, GREEN4SEA, analysed the VGP court ruling recent case and addressed PSC and human element issues related to the Convention.
  • Konstantinos Dimopoulos, ERMA FIRST, gave his feedback on BW filtration challenges and presented best practices
  • Efi Tsolaki, ERMA FIRST, gave her feedback on BW sampling challenges and presented best practices
Session 2: BWTS Experience Transfer and Lessons Learned

  • John Kokarakis, Bureau Veritas, addressed the challenges in the Installation and Operation of BWTS
  • Konstantinos Stampedakis, ERMA FIRST, gave a presentation on BWT using fresh water
  • Andeas Kokkotos, Argo Navis, covered the retrofit study challenge from the class approval and installation drawings scope
  • Andreas Zontanos, Argo Navis, focused on the retrofit works specification by providing generic examples and referring to the 3D technology
  • Markos Vekris, OCEANKING, presented challenges and lessons learned as a maker during BWTS retrofit process
  • Nikos Kyritsis, ERMA FIRST, gave a presentation on BWTS installation and operation from Maker’s perspective
  • Theo G Baltatzis, Technomar Shipping S.A., provided his real life feedback on BWTS from Ship Manager’s perspective
All sessions ended with a round table discussion and exchange with the audience.

Concluding the Masterclass Mr Apostolos Belokas, Event Facilitator, thanked all delegates for their participation, the sponsors for their support and the speakers for their excellent presentations and also the organizing team of the event for their contribution towards masterclass objectives.

All speaker videos will be uploaded on GREEN4SEA YouTube channel . Speaker presentations of the Masterclass in PDF are available online for GREEN4SEA Digital Subscribers, here.


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