09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Welcoming Addresses:

Capt. Dimitris Bezantakos, President of NAVIGATOR Shipping Consultants

Danae Bezantakou, Managing Director of NAVIGATOR Shipping Consultants

Opening Address:

Kostis Mousouroulis, Minister of the Hellenic Ministry of Shipping and the Aegean

10:00 – 10:50 Market Trends and Piracy Session, moderated by Nigel Lowry of Lloyd’s List

Panel Members:

Pottengal Mukundan, Director International Maritime Bureau / ICC-Commercial Crime Services

Panos G. Moraitis, CEO of Aspida Maritime Security

Nicholas Kosmatos, President, SEA LINK NAVIGATION Ltd.

Irina Taka-Michaelides, General Counsel, Capital Maritime &Trading Corp. /

Capital Product Partners L.P.

Despina Panayiotou Theodossiou, Chief Financial & Operating Officer, Tototheo Group

George A Tsavliris, Principal of Tsavliris Salvage Group

George Xiradakis, Director of XRTC LTD.

Spyridon Zolotas, Country Manager Greece, Italian Registry (RINA)

10:50 – 11:00 Dimitris Efraimoglou, Managing Director of the Foundation of the Hellenic World:

Presentation on the Foundation activities

11:00 – 11:45 Foreign Ambassadors Session, moderated by Emmanouel Vordonis

Panel Members:

H.E. the Ambassador of the United States, Mr. Daniel B. Smith

Dr. David Landsman OBE, British Ambassador

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Maritime Labour Session: addressing the challenges that lie ahead, moderated by Ilias Bissias,

Director of NAFTIKA CHRONIKA Magazine and Member of the Research in Shipping and Ports

Laboratory (RESHIP/ EDINALE) of the University of the Aegean

Panel Members:

• John Couyou, Deputy CSOM – ISM / ISPS / MLC of Bureau Veritas

• Natassa Pavlou, Partner Executive Search Services, Boston Hamilton Greece

• Dr. Maria Progoulaki, Maritime HR Consultant / Research Associate, Shipping and Ports

Laboratory (RE-SHIPS), University of the Aegean, Dept. of Shipping, Trade and Transport

• Michalis Sigalas, Senior ILO Specialist / Marine auditor – Marine Management Systems Office

South Europe, Middle East & Africa Area of Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A.

• Capt. Georgios Tsouris, General Secretary of Masters and Mates’ Union of Greek Merchant Marine

13:00 – 13:15 H.E. Mrs. Jenny Bloomfield, Ambassador of Australia on “The Australian Shipping Industry and

reforms, and opportunities for cooperation”

13:15 – 14:00 Market Trends and Technical Issues Session, moderated by Prof. John Tzoannos

of Athens University of Economics and Business

Panel Members:

• Helena Athoussaki, CEO of Carbon Positive

• Raghuvir C. Bhavnani, Vice President – Global Marketing of VISWA LAB

• Francesc Dianez, Manager of Next Maritime

• Capt Spyros Dovelos, Business Development Manager of FURUNO HELLAS S.A.

• Stelios Drakakis, Marine Risk Coordinator, International Shipping Bureau (Hellas) Ltd.

• Jean-Paul Lebot, Navigation Solutions Sales Manager, TRANSAS Mediterranean SAS

• Dr. Nicos Porfiris, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HELLENIC EXCHANGES S.A.

• Jason Scholey, Admiralty Product Manager, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

• Magnus Sodersten, Manager Sales and Technical support MacGregor – Cranes

• Imran Vohra of Diabos Global Fze

14:00 – 14:15 Cultural Event: Nikos Ververidis, Founder & Managing Director of ελculture cultural organisation:

Presentation of Aegenale and Sea Bonds projects

14:15 – 15:00 Cocktail / Lottery of Travel Gifts

Technical Forum 1

15:00 – 15:45 ADMIRALTY Technical Forum

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45 FURUNO Hellas S.A. Technical Forum

Technical Forum 2

15:00 – 15:45 MacGregor Technical Forum (part 1)

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30 MacGregor Technical Forum (part 2)

Technical Forum 3

15:00 – 15:45 VISWA LAB Technical Forum (part 1)

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45 VISWA LAB Technical Forum (part 2)

We welcome H.E. the Ambassador of Italy, Mr. Claudio Glaentzer, H.E. the Ambassador of Royal

Norwegian Embassy, Mr. Sjur Larsen, the Ambassador Designate and General Counsul of Panama,

Mr. Aymard Jimenez Granda, the Spanish Defence Attache, Capt. SN Javier Rodriguez, and

Mrs. Jaana Oikarinen – Vasilopoulos, Commercial and Media Officer of the Embassy of Finland,

who shall attend the Conference.

Admiralty - Furuno - Technical Forum

Admiralty – Furuno

ADMIRALTY TECHNICAL Forum Wednesday, 7th November 2012, Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, 15:00 – 15:45 hrs

“How do you know you can trust your ECDIS?”


In this period of transition to digital navigation, it is vital that NAVIGATORs can have complete confidence in the accuracy, consistency and reliability of their ECDIS and the data it contains. In this special workshop addressing the issues that you must consider when choosing your ECDIS and ENC supplier, Admiralty experts will provide insight into the questions to ask, covering subjects such as the key role of official data, quality assurance, coverage, updates, training, product range, customer support, guidance in making the transition and more. It is your opportunity to set your mind at rest regarding the future of navigation for your ship or your fleet.

FURUNO HELLAS S.A. Technical Forum

Wednesday, 7th November 2012, Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, 16:00 – 16:45 hrs


“NAVSKILLS” & “NAVSKILLS CAT”, FURUNO’s answer towards quality training solution.

NavSkillsT is a training solution offered to nautical academies and to ship owners who plan to conduct their own training of deck officers. NavSkillsT provides a training environment that enables you to offer navigation training from day one.
The NavSkillsT concept is based on training expertise achieved by FURUNO INS Training Center since 2005 and it is designed to comply with selected IMO Model Courses. The NavSkillsT training solutions are turnkey training solutions that include provision of a full-mission simulator with a navigation bridge fitted with genuine FURUNO navigation equipment, education of your instructors, training materials and update service, refresher training of your instructors and much more. – They are more than just a simulator.




FURUNO NavSkills CAT (Computer Aided Training) training solution is the subscription-based service package dedicated for ship owners, who are looking to incorporate type specific ECDIS training for models FEA-2107/FEA-2807 and FMD-3200/FMD-3300 into the in-house training scheme for their own NAVIGATORs, hence making FURUNO type specific ECDIS training more cost-effective and accessible. Once signed up for NavSkills CAT service subscription and set up the NavSkills CAT workstation delivered, FURUNO type specific ECDIS training is readily available.



– Capt. Spyros Dovelos, Business Development Manager of FURUNO HELLAS S.A.
– Capt. Ioannis G. Giannopoulos, Owner & Managing Director of GMC Maritime Training Center, Piraeus


Capt. Ioannis G. Giannopoulos is the Owner & Managing Director of GMC Maritime Training Center in Piraeus, with 10 year background in shipping. Former DPA/CSO/Port Captain, with expertise in QHSE projects, being a leading asset in ISM,ISPS,ISO 9001-14001-18001 audits and with more than 3000 teaching hours on ISM/ISPS/ISO/Risk Assessment/Incident Investigation courses. Ioannis holds a MSc in Shipping and he is also a PhDc at Panteion University of Athens. He is the Author of Financial Management in Shipping which is an educational book for all Nationals Merchant Marine Academies of Greece

Macgregor / Cargotec - Technical Forum

Macgregor / Cargotec

CARGOTEC Greece Ltd / MacGregor Technical Forum Wednesday, 7th November 2012,
Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, 15:00 – 17:30 hrs








CARGOTEC Greece Ltd / MacGregor Technical Forum MacGregor products latest update

Cargotec celebrates 75 years of MacGregor innovation
75 years on, Cargotec’s MacGregor range of reliable, innovative technologies continues to provide shipowners and operators with unrivalled expertise and performance in the most demanding marine environments.


This year marks the 75th anniversary of MacGregor, Cargotec’s global market-leading brand in marine cargo handling and offshore load-handling solutions. Although much has changed since its foundation, it continues to provide customer-driven innovations to the marine and offshore markets. Today, half of the world’s oceangoing ships carry MacGregor equipment onboard.


The MacGregor name made its first impression on the industry during the 1920s when engineer brothers Joseph and Robert MacGregor developed the first steel hatch cover in Whitley Bay in the north of England, and patented it in 1929. This was a success and MacGregor & Company was founded in 1937 to promote and sell the hatch covers. Through development, acquisition and merger, the MacGregor product range has grown continuously since then.


Some notable MacGregor milestones in the past twelve months include: the introduction of the first fully automatic MacGregor twistlock, the CA8; winning Offshore Support Journal’s innovation of the year award for the MacGregor Chain Wheel Manipulator; establishing a new joint venture company in China, Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co Ltd (RCI) to grow the company’s offshore MacGregor crane portfolio; and the introduction of a new range of electrically-driven offshore anchor handling/towing winches.
Electric drives are both economical and commercially competitive, they are also easy to install, monitor and service. Cargotec’s growing electric-drive portfolio includes MacGregor RoRo cargo access equipment such as quarter ramps, internal ramps and car decks, MacRack side-rolling hatch cover systems, and MacGregor variable frequency drive cranes and winches. Electrically driven equipment minimises environmental impact by saving energy and eliminating oil leaks that can pollute the sea and damage cargo.

Cargotec’s electric drive technology is part of a broad range of marine and offshore cargo handling equipment. Through its MacGregor brand, Cargotec offers hatch covers, lashing systems, cranes, RoRo cargo and passenger access equipment and self-unloading systems. For ports and terminals, Cargotec delivers MacGregor linkspans, shore ramps and passenger gangways as well as Siwertell bulk handling equipment. And for the offshore industry, its product portfolio includes a broad range of advanced solutions for subsea load handling, anchor handling and towing and mooring operations.

Cargotec believes that the value of its products and services is not confined to their ability to function well; it extends to their through-life performance, reliability and managed costs, achieved through quality assurance on a global scale.


MacGregor experts in merchant marine business that will present the latest products and services:


– Anders Oberg (Manager Technical Services Cargotec Sweden)
– Mattias Ljungdahl (Senior Technical Trainer MacGregor -Cranes) / Presentation on Crane Control system
and Emergency Spare Box
– Magnus Sodersten (Manager Sales and Technical support MacGregor- Cranes) / Presentation
on the Electrical Crane
– Stefan Mattsson (Technical Support Competence Center MacGregor-RoRo)
– Torbjorn Dahl (Senior Naval Architect MacGregor Bulk Carrier Hatch Covers, Cargotec Finland) / Presentation
on the Electric drives for side-rolling hatch covers.
– Stefan Pisarski (Lashing Systems Development Consultant) / Presentation on MacGregor containers lashing
– Marcus Ejdersten (Business Development Manager, Lashings, Cargotec Sweden) / Short introduction of our
solution sales: the business benefit of letting Cargotec design both hatch covers – lashing system – lashing
bridge and a Short example of owner benefits of converting existing vessels with new external lashing system

Viswa Lab - Technical Forum

Viswa Lab – technical Forum

VISWA LAB Technical Forum Wednesday, 7th November 2012,
Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, 15:00 – 16:45 hrs


Recurring Fuel related machinery problems and how to secure protection – Dr.R.Vis, Viswa lab

In last year alone, Viswa Lab was involved with 3 ships that had a blackout, drifted and had to be towed to the nearest port. Each of these occurrences resulted in a $1.5 to $2.5 million loss.

Ever since Marpol Annex VI came into force in 2005, there has been pressure on bunker fuel suppliers to conform to increasingly stringent emission regulations. The regulatory screw has been progressively tightening, Emission Control Areas are expanding and certain global areas (California and EU) are laying down their own conformance regulations. Refineries and bunker fuel blenders and bulk suppliers are scampering hurriedly to find quick fix solutions. What used to be blending with cutter stock to reduce density and viscosity has now altered to blend to lower the sulfur content of the fuel. These occurrences have coincided with perhaps the worst period for this shipping industry itself with plunging profitability and bleak picture on cargo availability. Perhaps this has pushed some of the suppliers to resort to low cost cutter stock and other blending improvisations to bring down sulfur levels. The net result has been a spate of problem fuels causing machinery problems and machinery damage. We will address the most pressing problems below


A – Main Engine Piston Ring Breakage


Number of Cases – Over 130 cases.


Breakage associated with high wear of the piston ring. Reduction in width of the ring. Accompanied sometimes by high wear in the cylinder liner and also the piston groove.


Causes :

PFIN issues (Combination of High MCR, CCAI, Asphaltene, Reserve Stability Number and Xylene Equivalent Number) High catfines Scuffing due to CLO problems and alkaline fuels


B – Main Filter Blocking

Number of Cases – Over 200 Rapid filter choking with blackouts and in some cases drifting of the vessel in high seas.


Causes :

Contaminants in the fuel identified by FT-IR such as polymers Contaminants in the fuel identified by GCMS such as indene, styrene, DCPD, phenol, FAME’s Stability problems caused by improper blending techniques or cutter stock such as shale oil


C – High Wear of Piston Ring and liner due to high catfines Number of Cases
Over 50 Increasing catfine content in ARA area.


Causes :

Purifier performance efficiency not monitored Poor management of onboard treatment plants

Viswa Lab has addressed each of these problems in detail. It provides solutions through value added services, which include additional instrumentation for FBTN (Filter Blocking Tendency Number), Scuffing etc. It also provides algorithms and benchmarks to flag each type of problem. In addition, it carries out a two-stage purifier efficiency determination (PED) service, which evaluates purifier performance through conventional means (mostly spectroscopic) and also additional patented particle count methodologies. These efforts represent the passion behind Viswa Lab’s efforts to save the fuel users from the newly emerging problem fuels. The Best Protection in Prevention. The Best Prevention is Detection, prior to occurrence. Truth be told, detection will never be possible through routine testing alone. Additional testing is a small price to pay to detect and then to protect. Questions are often asked as to what use is detection since the fuel is already onboard and de bunkering is not easy. There are clear 3 benefits.


a. If additional tests identify a problem, mitigating it through blending or use of additives is possible.

b. Bunker purchase is a commercial transaction. In every transaction there is an element of faith and trust and integrity that is also transacted. Once the bunker buyer finds that he has been supplied a problem fuel and he informs the supplier, the supplier knows that his future business is in jeopardy if he does not resolve the problem satisfactorily. He may pay for the additives; he may agree to supply a small quantity of the good fuel to be blended; he may agree to give a discount to compensate for the problems.


c. Most importantly, testing which includes additional testing is like a lock on the front door. The thief can easily break the lock but he would prefer to burgle a house, which has no lock. In other words, there is significant psychological deterrence in carrying out comprehensive testing and letting the supplier know loud and clear that you will continue to monitor the fuel quality comprehensively.


Article by Dr.R.Vis, Viswa Lab. Not to be reproduced without his permission.


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