Panos Zachariadis is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd an operator of 20 bulk carriers. From 1984 to 1997 he was Marine Superintendent in the company’s New York office. His shipping experience spans diverse areas including sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers, dry dock repairs, new building supervision and specifications, ship operations and chartering.
In addition to his duties within Atlantic, he has been assisting the Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping to enhance the safety of ships by trying to improve new regulations which are formulated at IMO (especially for new ship construction) and trying to convince IACS to make their new Common Structural Rules for the construction of tankers and bulk carriers more robust for stronger and safer ships. In this capacity he has been attending IMO continuously since 2004 as a member of the Greek delegation. He was extensively involved with IMO’s Goal Based Standards from the beginning and he was Greece’s spokesman to IMO on Goal Based Standards. He was also extensively involved in the Greek study which reversed the IMO decision to make double hull bulk carriers mandatory and was instrumental in developing the new IMO coating standard (PSPC) for all ships’ ballast tanks. He has written numerous technical guides and scientific papers and is a frequent article contributor to the magazine Naftika Hronika.
Mr. Zachariadis holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a MSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. Memberships include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, BIMCO Marine Committee, ABS European Technical Committee, LR Hellenic Technical Committee, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping Technical Committee, Union of Greek Shipowners Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Protection Committee, Board of Directors and founding member Marine Technical Managers Association (MARTECMA) of Greece.