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THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN SHIPPING

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN SHIPPING

October 29, 2020
15:00 – 16:15 GMT
17:00 – 18:15 EET (Greece)


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October 29, 2020
15:00 – 16:15 GMT
17:00 – 18:15 EET (Greece)



Online


Free


Without a doubt, the most critical factor in the shipping industry is the human element.
Shipping companies are facing ever escalating challenges in recruiting, developing and retaining their workforce both onboard and ashore, as well as ensuring effective communications and engagement in order to achieve consistently strong performance levels.
In day-to-day operations there is a plethora of important and urgent tasks that need to be carried out safely and efficiently by people who come from different countries and cultures, of varying educational backgrounds as well as a wide range of skills and attitudes. Added complexities are the rapid application of new technology and the strict legislative and market-imposed self assessment framework which necessitates a strict adherence to specific regulations and operating procedures.
This panel’s participants are actively involved in the continuous development of seafarers and maritime professionals and are very much aware of the challenges of dealing with increasingly remote and diverse employees of different skills sets and behavioural competencies.
The main theme of the panel therefore is to discuss and share best practices in addressing these key challenges in order to enhance people management processes and enable the achievement of continuous improvement in business performance.

Speakers

Mr.Apostolos Poulovassilis Senior Executive of the Maritime Industry

Mr. Poulovassilis joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in 1989 and had a distinguished 25-year career with the leading Classification Society, holding the post of Regional Marine Manager , Europe, Middle East & Africa from 2009 until 2015. For the past five years he has held leading positions for Ship Management and Operating companies, and currently is the Chief Operating Officer of a prominent Greek Shipping Company.
He is a very highly-respected Senior Executive of the Maritime Industry and is also actively involved in a number of joint industry projects. He holds a BEng and MSc from Imperial College and University College London respectively.

Mr.Costas Contes Managing Director - V.Ships Greece Ltd.

COSTAS KONTES has been working as a Managing Director for V.Ships Greece Ltd. since 2016 while he has been previously serving as Business Development Manager for V. Group since 2008. He is responsible for theoffice in Greece and for operating a large fleet of Container and Bulk Carrier vessels.Previously he has been serving the Cruise / Leisure sector, working forIberojet Cruceros. Being responsible for the Marine and Technical operations,Costas has set up the operation in Madrid for the company later on to expand from 1 to 3 owned ships and later on sold to a large cruise line.Other positions held previously were with Martinoli SAM in Monaco following the fleet of Renaissance Cruises being involved on the successful initial launching of Oceania Cruises, as well as working for Festival Cruises both onboard the ships and on the newbuildings in France.He has a BSc, MSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University Upon Tyne and a MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School.Later additional qualification was the attendance of Seatrade Cruise Masterclass course and the Executive Leadership Development Course designed for V.Group from Strathclyde Business School while holding the title of the Chartered Engineer from the British Engineering Council.
Costas has served 6 years at The International Propeller Club Port of Piraeus as a governor out of which the two years served as Secretary General and isCOSTAS KONTES has been working as a Managing Director for V.Ships Greece Ltd. since 2016 while he has been previously serving as Business Development Manager for V.Group since 2008. He is responsible for the office in Greece and for operating a large fleet of Container and Bulk Carrier vessels.Previously he has been serving the Cruise / Leisure sector, working for Iberojet Cruceros. Being responsible for the Marine and Technical operations,Costas has set up the operation in Madrid for the company later on to expand from 1 to 3 owned ships and later on sold to a large cruise line.
Other positions held previously were with Martinoli SAM in Monaco following the fleet of Renaissance Cruises being involved on the successful initial launching of Oceania Cruises, as well as working for Festival Cruises both onboard the ships and on the newbuildings in France.He has a BSc, MSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University Upon Tyne and a MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School.Later additional qualification was the attendance of Seatrade Cruise Masterclass course and the Executive Leadership Development Course designed for V.Group from Strathclyde Business School while holding the title of the Chartered Engineer from the British Engineering Council.Costas has served 6 years at The International Propeller Club Port of Piraeus as a governor out of which the two years served as Secretary General and is currently in his 3rd year as Vice President.

Mr. Man Hangjian Seacon Ships Management

Mr. Man Hangjian is leading the Greek Branch of Seacon Shipping Group founded in 2002, as a professional third party ship management company with more than 150 vessels under management. At present, the management and operation center is located in Qingdao with branches or representative offices located in Tianjin, Yantai, Shanghai, Zhoushan, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Athens, Hamburg and Tokyo. Except full technical management the group is also covering Crewing agency, Husbandry protective agency and Consultancy services

Ship Management
Accredited to the highest industry standards, with a professionally certified and well organized shore-based management team, we work closely with owners to achieve the common goal of quality operation. Timely monitoring and reporting is achieved through strict implementation of Quality Assurance procedures together with the incorporation of innovative marine software solutions as well as regular hands-on inspections. Our main goal is to ensure the vessels we manage are in a good condition and ready to operate anytime, anywhere – to the highest possible performance levels and at the most competitive cost levels.
Management capabilities
•Tankers
•Gas carriers
•Bulk carriers
•Container vessels

Crewing
We offer a comprehensive crew management service which includes selection, recruitment, training, and continuous development and management of seafarers. We provide diversified crew to operate efficiently and effectively and believe that professional development is as equally important as personal growth.
We offer:
• Diversified number of seafarers and self-sufficient pool of Junior Officers with modern selection and recruitment process and career advance program
•Recognized training centres seminars and conferences in China, Ukraine, Croatia, Greece and Myanmar
•On-board certified training programs

Ship Agency in China
Ship Agency provides a range of services such as husbandry protective agency and marine services. We manage spot calls and contractual agreements for maritime assets. From the single spare part delivery to the most complex dry-docking operation, we take care of every aspect of our customers’ needs. We strive to achieve the highest operational efficiency, while saving costs for our principals.

Ship Inspection, PSC and Vetting preparation
With our Chinese network of inspectors, we provide timely and cost-effective ship inspection services.
•Pre-Purchase Inspection
•Asset Condition Monitoring (On/Off Hire, Annual Inspections)
•Pre-Vetting RIGHTSHIP and SIRE Inspections, PSC preparation
•Maritime ISM/ISPS/MLC Internal Audits

Project Management – Dry Docking and Repairs
Provide services for all types of vessel dry docking and repair regular and emergency.
•Provision of our Chinese Senior Superintendent Engineers for Dry Dock and Repair on behalf of Greek Owners
•Planning Yard Schedules and Shipyard Evaluation/Selection
•Execution and Management of Yard Activities
•Cost Negotiation with Shipyard
•Daily Compilation of Reports

Mr. Stavros Meidanis Capital Ship Management

Stavros Meidanis, with over 23 years experience in shipping industry, first joined Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LRS) 1999 and worked as a Marine Surveyor and Quality Lead Auditor. In 2006, he was appointed Marine Client Manager for Lloyd’s Register, based in Piraeus. From November 2008, he was promoted to Global Manager/ Principal Surveyor for Marine Management and Safety Systems. He was also responsible for the implementation of LR’s Group Strategy regarding Marine Management Systems in the Supply Chain across the world.
From August 2013, he joined the leading Shipping Company Capital Ship Management Corp, taking the position of DPA/CSO and Safety &Quality Manager. He is responsible for Capital Ship Management fleet –total of 70 vessels, including Oil/ Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers. He is also responsible for the Safety Performance of the fleet, focusing to safety, environmental and energy performance.
Stavros’s extended experience on several business segments such as Tankers, LNG and Dry, has published a plethora of technical papers and studies in shipping industry. He has successfully completed several business & technical courses from well reputed institutions like LSE, MIT participating in several working groups studies. Stavros, has being Clinical Professor/ Guest Lecturer in several academic institutions.

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