NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS proudly announces the organization of the “20th NAVIGATOR  – The Shipping Decision Makers Online Week”, which will be held virtually during the period 12th to 16th & 19th April 2021.

 «NAVIGATOR –  The Decision Makers Forum», one of the most traditional events of the Greek shipping , is organized on an annual basis, bringing together Shipowners, executives and managers of the shipping industry to exchange views and ideas on the most crucial matters of Shipping and Economy on a national and international level. 

In November 2019 “prophetically” perhaps, participants of NAVIGATOR Forum positively responded to #BePartOfTheChange following Forum’s title.

One year later encountering the pandemic and the new regulations, NAVIGATOR Forum marks its 20th anniversary, and #LeadTheChange in order that each and every one of us becomes, the “leader” and adoptable confronter of all radical changes occurred in our professional and private daily routine.

 During NAVIGATOR online week (Monday 12th to Friday 16th April 2021) five (5) closed discussions will be conducted  in Greek, among the Representatives of Ship owning and Ship management Companies, as well as Members of NAVIGATOR Forum Advisory Board, covering the spectrum of the Greek maritime cluster, analyzing the thematic issues of:

  • Human Element in Shipping
  • Supply chain
  • Sustainable Greek Shipping: Commercial and Financial Aspects
  • Decarbonization
  • Smart Shipping

The conclusions and outcome of these discussions will be virtually presented to the whole Greek & International Maritime Community during “20th NAVIGATOR – THE SHIPPING DECISION MAKERS FORUM” on Monday 19th April 2021, 16.00hrs – 20.00hrs Greek Time.



MONDAY 12TH TO FRIDAY 16TH APRIL 2021/17.30-19.30

Monday 12th April 2021 –  17.30hrs-19.30hrs: « Decarbonising Shipping»


Helena Athoussaki, Head of ESG, Sustainability & Climate Change, Motor Oil Group

George Teriakidis, Area Manager, East Mediterranean & Black sea – DNV

Capt. Kostas Karavassilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive – Thomas Miller BV Greek Branch

Costas Kontes, Managing Director – V.Ships Greece

Eleni Polychronopoulou, President, HEMEXPO – Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters & Business Development Manager, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A

Kostas Rokkos, Chairman & CEO – TST International SA.

Panos Theodossopoulos, Chief Digital Officer – OCEANKING

Agenda :

  1. Policy makers, market and investors: their role in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.
  2. Energy efficiency: improving vessels’ performance 
  3. Fuels and technology: which fuels and technologies will best ensure vessel’s safety and competitiveness towards shipping’s energy transition.

Tuesday 13th April 2021- 17.30hrs-19.30hrs: «Supply Chain»


Seraphim Kapros, Director  – MBA in Shipping  – University of Aegean

Kostis Achladitis,  Managing Director – GOLDEN CARGO,

Nikos Doukas, Editor & Journalist, NAFS Magazine

Elpi Petraki, Operations & Chartering Manager, ENEA Management &  President-  WISTA HELLAS


  • Involvement of shipping companies in is integrated supply chains and logistics
  • Shipping market segments concerned (regular/tramping, container/bulk/general cargo etc)
  • Alliances-cooperation forms with other supply chain actors / Involvement in the door-to-door chain 
  • Strategic objectives and expected benefits
  • Coastal shipping / Ferry shipping in the Supply Chains 

Operational forms:

  • Ship logistics
  • Cargo logistics
  • Human resources’ logistics
  • Impact of COVID pandemic on supply chains – how they affected Greek Shipping companies’ strategies related to Supply Chains
  • “One belt-one Road” issues through COVID-19 
  • Challenges and Threats for the Port of Piraeus 
  • Policy implications

Wednesday 14th April 2021- 17.30hrs-19.30hrs: «Smart Shipping»


Panos Theodossopoulos, Chief Digital Officer – OCEANKING

Dimitris Anassis, Partner – FCIarb -Penningtons Manches Cooper International

Dimitra Giordamli, Corporate Affairs Associate – PRISMA ELECTRONICS 

Vasilis Kamitsis, Regional Technical Manager – IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

Vangelis Saitis, Sales Manager – Fortune Technologies SA

Michalis Sariklis, Marketing Director, WinguSuite Cloud Communications Platform

Maria Yiassa, Senior Marketing Manager, The Swedish Club Greece.


  1. (What is smart shipping / digitalization for you?)
  2. Pre/Post-COVID 19 status: Vessel & Shore office
  3. Drivers: Actual needs, Technology, Regulation (MEPC75…), other?
  4. Barriers: Lack of top management support, knowhow, resources, Cyber risk, other?
  5. Application areas / Departments affected within the shipping company.
  6. Third party interactions
    1. Classification Societies
    2. Ports
    3. Insurance
    4. OEM’s
  7. Future trends
    1. Condition-based maintenance
    2. Remote assistance
    3. Autonomous vessels
    4. Blockchain
    5. Other?

Thursday 15th April 2021 -17.30hrs-19.30hrs: «Human Element in Shipping»


Katerina Skourtanioti, Managing Director – VENLYS Maritime Specialisation Services

Dorothea Ioannou, Deputy Chief Operating Officer – The AMERICAN P & I CLUB

William Moore, Dr Eng, Senior Vice President  & Global Loss Prevention DirectorThe AMERICAN P & I CLUB

Capt. Kostas Karavassilis, Senior Loss Prevention Executive – Thomas Miller BV Greek Branch

Dimitris Lambrinakos, Area Business Development Manager MARICHEM MARIGASES

Capt. George Tsouris, Maritime ConsultantSQLearn

Agenda :

The P&I Perspective: Maritime casualties – the human element impact on liabilities

  • Increasing regulation, increasing oversight, increasingly strict policies, advancing technology, yet human error continues to be the most frequent cause of maritime claims – what’s going on? 
  • Are we learning from mistakes? Are we doing enough from a human element perspective? What about “near misses”? 

Human Element Part II 

  • What have changed in terms of Human Element?
  • Post pandemic startegies;
  • What needs to be done to identify skill gaps for seafarers towards a more sustainable industry.

Friday 16 April 2021-17.30hrs-19.30hrs: «Sustainable Greek Shipping: The financial and commercial aspects»


Costas Constantinou, Managing Partner | Global Maritime Leader – MOORE GREECE, 

Katerina Stathopoulou, Executive Director – INVESTMENTS & FINANCE 

Costis Frangoulis, Founder &  CEO –  FRANMAN

George Kallianis, Founder / CEO Kallianis Bros Shipping S.A.

Kostas Rokkos, Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος  – TST International SA.)

Ioanna Vitta, Shipping law & International Disputes Specialist. FCIarb -Partner Penningtons Manches Cooper

George Xiradakis, Founder & Owner XRTC Business Consultants Ltd, 

Agenda :

  • ESG Regulation and its effect on the shipping company in terms of loan availability and increased costs in being compliant
  • A spinoff on (a) above is that the Finance department and the Commercial department of the shipping company now need to go hand-in-hand and learn to cooperate.
  • We now have a regulatory avalanche in shipping and the requirements that are imposed on the small and medium size Greek shipping companies are increasing tremendously. Will they be cooperating and/or forming joint partnerships in order to survive and streamline the ever increasing costs emanating from these regulatory requirements? Will small Greek shipowners ever consider becoming investors in medium size Greek shipping companies?




16.00-16.10: Welcoming Address

Captain Dimitris Bezantakos, President of NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS



16.10-16.20: Opening Address

Mr. Ioannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy


16.20-17.00: Presentation of the outcome of NAVIGATOR-THE SHIPPING DECISION MAKERS ONLINE WEEK

  • #Decarbonisation: Helena Athoussaki, Head of ESG, Sustainability & Climate Change – MOTOR OIL GROUP
  • #SupplyChain: Seraphim Kapros, Director of MBA in Shipping – University of Aegean
  • #SmartShipping: Panos Theodossopoulos, Chief Digital Officer – OCEANKING
  • #Human Element: 

          Katerina Skourtanioti, Managing Director – VENLYS Maritime  Specialisation Services
          Dorothea Ioannou, Deputy Chief Operating Officer – The AMERICAN P & I CLUB

  • #Commercial &Finance: Costas Constantinou, Managing Partner / Global Maritime Leader – MOORE GREECE


17.00-17.40: Global Organizations are leading the change (#leadthechage)

  • Margi Van Gogh, Shaping the Future of Mobility – Head of Supply Chain & Transport – World Economic Forum
  • Elaine Smith Genser, Responsible For Engagement And Partnerships Development – United Nations Joint SDG Fund
  • Guy Platten, Secretary General – International Chamber of Shipping

Moderators: Danae Bezantakou, CEO – NAVIGATOR SHIPPING CONSULTANTS & Gina Panayiotou , Concept Founder, It’s ALL about Shipping


17.40-19.00: Current Developments on Towage and Port Matters by Members of NAVIGATOR’s Global Towing & Agency Network


Hugh Buchanan, Operations Director – AGENCIA MARITIMA  NABSA S.A

Belgium & The Netherlands

Julian Oggel, Managing Director – Novatug & Counsel – Multraship


Elisio Dourado, Towage Commercial Director – WILSON SONS

Chile, Colombia, Equador, Peru

Diana Villarreal, Commercial Manager – COLTUGS TOWAGE & SALVAGE


Sushil Mulchandani, Chief Executive Officer – JM BAXI & CO.


Jose Echeverria Goldoni, General Manager – ILG LOGISTICS

U.S.A. / West Coast 

Jeff Horst, Vice President of Sales & Marketing – Foss Maritime Company

DIABOS Platform

Meera Kumar, Head of DIABOS Business Unit


 19.00-19.30: Q&A / Closing Remarks


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