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Sulphur & Carbon - Can We Leave Them Behind?


Stavros Hatzigrigoris
Stavros Hatzigrigoris

Stavros Hatzigrigoris is the current Managing Director of Maran Gas Maritime Inc., a position which he has held since 2003. For the years 1992 to 2012 he held the position of Managing Director of Maran Tankers Management Inc. Stavros joined Anangel Shipping Enterprises S.A. in 1981 as a Superintendent Engineer. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from University College London, an M.Sc. degree in Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and has studied Management of Ship Operations in the University of Strathclyde. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and has served as one of the SNAME International Vice Presidents. He is a member of the ABS Technical Committee, the Chairman of the DNV-GL Technical Committee and a member of the Greek Technical Committees of LRS, KR and CCS.







George Papagiannopoulos

Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been a principal of Common Progress Co Na Sa since 2006 and a member of the Board of Directors. He is a member of several committees such as the Union of Greek Shipowners External Affairs and Technical and Safety Committee, the Hellenic Advisory Committee of Lloyds Register and Bureau Veritas, Hellenic Technical Committee of Det Norske Veritas and Lloyds Register. He is also an active member of the Bimco KPI Expert group. Mr. Papagiannopoulos holds a Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University College London (UCL).

Tristan Smith
Tristan Smith

Reader in Energy and Transport at UCL has, since 2010, grown a substantial group focused on modeling and analysis of shipping’s efficiency and emissions. He led the 3rd IMO GHG Study, is lead author of ISO 19030 and has been involved in numerous projects across the academic, industry and policy domains. The group maintains a number of models including GloTraM, which is used by several multinationals to explore shipping's future scenarios and technology evolution, particularly under GHG and air pollution constraints. Along with Dr Simon Davies, he is co-founder of University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS). 

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Panos Zachariadis
Panos Zachariadis has been the Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd since 1997. His 35 year shipping experience spans diverse areas including sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers, dry dock repairs, new-building supervision, ship operations and chartering. He holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.

He has been attending IMO since 2004 as a member of the Greek delegation. He was extensively involved with IMO’s Goal Based Standards and the Greek study which reversed the IMO decision to make double hull bulk carriers mandatory, while he was instrumental in the development of the new IMO ballast tank coating standard (PSPC). Currently he is involved in the new IMO environmental regulations for ships. Together with major shipyards he has applied numerous energy saving ideas, some of which have become industry standards.

He has written numerous technical guides, papers and articles and has been awarded the 2011 Efkranti Shipping Personality award for promoting Greek Shipping internationally, the 2017 Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association "Shipping Personality" award and the 2017 Lloyd's List "Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection" award. Member of Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and Union of Greek Shipowners technical committees, BIMCO Marine Committee, ABS European Technical Committee, LR Technical Committee, ASME, SNAME, BOD HELMEPA and MARTECMA.

Shipyard Preparedness in Greece for the New Era

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Apostolos P. Dasios 
Apostolos P. Dasios, was born in Athens in 1976 and he graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) as A Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. In 2003 he completed his postgraduate studies in NTUA. He holds a master's degree in Naval Technology.  

He started his career in Hellenic Shipyards of Scaramanga, initially at the Department of Quality Control and then for Project Management. During this period, he obtained significant experience in the fields of inspection, supervision, project management, contract management, auditing and quality control.  

After a short co-operation with some other companies in relevant fields, he continued his career in New Hellenic Shipyards of Salamina (Spanopoulos Shipyard). His current position is Shipyard Manager and he is actively involved in cost controlling, tender preparation, project management, production supervision. He is also a Safety Engineer and maintains a hands-on attitude on most aspects of shipyard’s activities.  


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Marinos Pollatos

Marinos Pollatos received his diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 1987. Following his graduation, he spent 5 years at Blohm & Voss Hamburg / Hellenic Shipyards, where he was actively involved in the building of MEKO 200HN Frigates of Hellenic Navy as a Member of the Project Management Team and Liaison Officer between the Hellenic Navy and Building Yard. For the next 19 years he was the Technical Manager of Lydia Mar Shipping & Cardiff Marine, dealing with Bulkers, Tankers & Containers, and from 2011 - 2014 he was working in Mesaieed Yard, Qatar, designing and building the 60 meter Motor Yacht Al Adaam on behalf of the Qatari Emir Family. He is currently the Technical Manager and Yard Director of M.M. NAVEP SA, and is a member of MARTECHMA and Germanischer Lloyd's Hellenic Technical Committee. In 1988 he married Ballet Dancer, Examiner & Choreographer Marina Mavrou, and he is the proud father of 3 children, Vanessa, Alexander & Claire.




George N. Pratikakis


George N. Pratikakis, holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering (University of Sunderland) and Naval Architecture, gaining a BSc in Naval Architecture and an MSc in Ship Production Technology from Strathclyde University. He joined his family company “Naval Architecture Progress” in 1998 where he was involved in a number of newbuild and conversion projects, holding various key positions both as Naval Architect/Mechanical Engineer and as Project Coordinator and Manager.

Now stands as the Managing Director and Partner in “NAP ENGINEERING” the sole continuator of the family company.

He is a co-founder of “HeLeNGi Engineering Ltd” company related to Marine Engineering solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas and he stands as a General Manager.

He is a member of the Minister of Shipping Technical Committee, B.O.D Member of EU Council for Maritime Applied R&D, Member of RINA Hellenic Technical Committee, and B.O.D member in Helenic Institute of Marine Technology.

George J. Souravlas

George J. Souravlas

George J. Souravlas,  54,  is  qualified  in  both  Naval  Architecture  and  Mechanical  Engineering (BSc)  from  the  University  of  Sunderland  (UK).  His  academic  background  includes  studies  at the  PhD  level  in  Mechanical  Engineering  (Heat  Transfer)  and  lecturing  at  the  University  of Sunderland for 4 years. He is a member of the Greek National Committees  of the  Japanese Classification Society (Class NK) and the Korean Register. He  is also a member of the Greek Technical  Committees  of  Class  NK,  Det  Norske  Veritas  &  Germanischer  Lloyd  (DNV  GL)and the  Italian  Classification  Society  (RINA).  Furthermore,  he  was  elected twice,  both as  a member  at  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Hellenic  Chamber  of  Shipping  (HCS),and as  Vice President  in  the  Hellenic  Shortsea  Shipowners  Association  (HSSA).AXION HELLAS.

George Xiradakis

George C. Xiradakis


George Xiradakis graduated from the Nautical Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos-Athens and he holds a diploma in Commercial Operations from City of London Polytechnic and an MSc in Maritime Studies from University of Wales. He served as Senior Manager in the French bank Credit Lyonnais before established XRTC Business Consultants Ltd. XRTC is acting as Commercial Representative of international banks and institutions in Greek Shipping Market. Since 2010 XRTC has been an advisor of China Development Bank. George Xiradakis is the President of the Board of Governors of the International Propeller Club of the United States –International Port of Piraeus; General Secretary of the Association of Banking and Shipping Executives of Hellenic Shipping and a BoD member of Paragon Shipping Inc. He is also a Vice President of the Greece- China Association and member of various maritime organizations including The Marine Club of Piraeus, HELMEPA, Mediterranean Committee of China Classification Society and Greece-China Chamber.