John Kokarakis is a graduate in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (1979). He also holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan (MSE 83, MSE 84 and PhD 86). His doctoral dissertation was in the design of marine risers for oil exploration and production in very deep water. He worked in various projects worldwide as a consultant and technical investigator of maritime accidents and failures. Some of the most notorious were the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger, the grounding of Exxon Valdez, the explosion and fire of Piper Alpha, the capsize of drillship Sea-Crest in the Gulf of Thailand and others. Furthermore, he was a consultant of Sea-Land, American President Lines and Matson Navigation for numerous aspects of containership design, operation and repair. He has extensive experience in ship design and operations, spanning over forty years.
He is currently working at Bureau Veritas in charge of technical development. His work focuses on the implementation of the “green” regulations with specialization in fuel saving techniques, energy efficiency and speed optimization, hydrodynamic optimization, resistance and propulsion, performance monitoring, ship design, machinery and safety, education and training, asset integrity management and alternative fuels.