Spyros Alamanis, Sales Manager, Ship Power, Wartsila Greece SA


Spyros Alamanis graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1989.
He has worked in Shipmanagement companies as Superintendent Engineer, Newbuildings Project Manager and Technical Manager.
In 2005 he joined Wärtsilä Greece S.A. in the Technical Services department of the company. He then moved to the Ship Power department of the company that is responsible for the promotion, marketing and sales of Wärtsilä portfolio for Newbuildings and New Projects, in the position of Sales Manager.
He also has postgraduate studies in the field of Business Administration from the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.


Kristinn Aspelund, Sales & Marketing Director, Marorka

Kristinn_Aspelund-12Kristinn Aspelund is the Sales & Marketing Director and co-founder of Marorka. He graduated with a BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland in 1999. In 2001 he completed a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kristinn Aspelund has over 10 years experience in energy management and energy system optimization for ships and has published several articles on the subject.


Stamatis Bourboulis, General Manager, Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd

bourboulisStamatis Bourboulis has been general manager of Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd since its inception in November 2005. Currently the Piraeus-based company manages a fleet of 17 suezmax tankers.
With 25 years' engineering and management experience, 15 of which at Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd.
He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer in 1981 and having worked in the ship building and ship repair industry in Greece, he joined Ceres Hellenic in October 1996 and until 2000 served as superintendent of bulk carriers, chemical carriers, VLCCs and OBOs.
In 1997 he became ship manager for ice class suezmax tankers and OBOs and in 2000 Technical Manager for the Ceres fleet of dry bulk, crude oil, chemical and LNG carriers before taking up his present position.
He is a member of Intertanko's Safety and Technical Committee, ABS EuropeanTechnical Committee, DNV and RINA Greek Technical Committee, Korean Register Hellenic Committee and the Greek CIMAC Council.


Giovanni Carratino, Head of Material, Welding, Coating and Type Approval, RINA Services SpA

Giovanni_CarratinosmallGiovanni Carratino heads RINA’s  Material, Welding, Coating and Testing Section, managing the testing process since 2006 after spending some four years in the society’s Venice office as manager of PED Directive and Welding Procedure / Personnel Certification – Certification and Industrial Services Division.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Genoa University (1995) and the certificates: International / European Welding Inspection Engineer; International / European Welding Engineer ; and Level 3 in radiographic, magnetic particle, penetrate, visual testing according to EN 473 / ISO 9712.
He is a qualified assessor for the certification of pressure equipment in compliance with directive 97 / 23 / EC; and Auditor of the quality management systems of companies manufacturing welded structures.His professional experience includes a stint as process engineer in the Cogeneration and Renewable Energy Division – Ansaldo Industria S.p.A. From 1997 to 2002 he was with the Instituto Italiano della Saldatura, in both Genova and Veneto, where among his many duties he was assessor for the certification of pressure equipment in compliance with directive 97 / 23 / EC.


Leif Erik Caspersen, Area Sales Manager , OceanSaver AS

leif-erik-caspersenEducated from Norwegian School of Management  in 1979, Specialised in Business to Business marketing and industrial sales.
Worked for several years marketing and selling products to the Offshore and land based industry with products like Cad Cam systems plotters and large format copiers for drawings.
Vice President and Chairman in Jak. J. Alveberg AS, one of the oldest paint companies in Norway. Marketing specialised coatings for areas such as aerospace, fire protection, protective coating for hydroelectric power stations and coatings designed for refurbishing of ballast tanks on older ships.
Managing Director in Orca Maritime AS. The company was marketing innovative and long lasting solutions for corrosion protection of offshore installations, hull and superstructures on ships.
Started working in OceanSaver AS in January 2006. Current position is Sales Executive for Europe and South East Asia.
Leif Erik Caspersen has for several years been a member of NACE International, the corrosion society.


Niels B Clausen, Senior Manager Low Speed Engine and System Application (LEE), MAN Diesel & Turbo

Niels_Clausen_photoNiels B Clausen, born in 1965, graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Technical University of Denmark in 1989 and went to work with Danish consultancy company Carl Bro A/S as a consulting engineer within the field of design of mechanical systems.
In 1992 he joined MAN Diesel & Turbo, Copenhagen, with engine installation and engine application as his working field, becoming heavily involved in numerous investigations of various propulsion system installations.
In 2002 Mr Clausen was appointed manager of the Marine Installation department. In 2006 he completed an MSc degree in Marine Technology (Marine Engineering) with distinction from the University of Newcastle in England having undertaken post graduate studies along with his usual business activities at MAN Diesel & Turbo. Later in 2006 Mr Clausen was appointed personal assistant to the senior vice presidents of R&D and Engineering before being appointed senior manager of Engine and System Application. He has been involved in many new green initiatives involving MAN B&W two-stroke engines through cooperation with various external parties.


Stavros Daniolos, Technical Manager, Minerva Marine Inc

DaniolosStravros Daniolos studied at Sunderland Poly and Newcastle University, graduating with a M.Sc. in Marine Engineering in 1979.
He served his military service as Engineer Petty Officer with the Hellenic Navy.
His first employment as Superintendent Engineer was with Canopus Shipping from 1979 until 1984.
In 1985 he joined Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises as Superintendent Engineer and in 1995 was promoted to the position of Technical Manager held till 2000.
In 2001 he moved to Athenian Sea Carriers as Chief Operating Officer, position held till September 2001.
In 2001 he joined Minerva Marine Inc as Technical Manager, position held today.
Stavros Daniolos is a member of most major classification societies, Vice President of MARTECMA and secretary of the Greek CIMAC association.


Sokratis Dimakopoulos, HSQE Manager, Maran Tankers Management Inc

SOKRATIS_DIMAKOPOULOSSokratis Dimakopoulos is the HSQE (Health, Safety, Quality, Environment) Manager of Maran Tankers Management Inc.
He is a member of INTERTANKO's Safety, Technical & Environmental Committee (ISTEC) and chairman of the LRS Hellenic Technical Environmental Sub-Committee.
He graduated as a chemical engineer from the National Technical University of Athens and he also holds a M.Sc. in Biotechnology from UMIST/UK. In 1994 he joined the Greek ministry of Mercantile Marine, as an officer of the Hellenic Coast Guard responsible for issues related to the implementation of the MARPOL Convention (survey and certification of Greek-flagged vessels). He was also an ISM auditor. In 2003 he was posted as Counsellor at the Maritime Section of the Greek Embassy in Belgium participating as member of the Greek delegation to all EU maritime committees and working groups. In June 2003, he joined the IMO secretariat as Implementation Officer of the Sub-Division for Pollution Prevention of the Marine Environment Division being responsible for MARPOL implementation issues as well as for the issues related to ship recycling and port reception facilities. He was co-secretary of the FSI Sub-Committee.  From January 2006 until September 2007 he was the  DPA / DMR / EMR and CSO of an oil tankers / gas carriers company.


Philip A Embiricos, Chairman, BIMCO Marine Committee

PHILIP_EMBIRICOS_PHILIPMember of an old Greek shipping family, he is a director of Embiricos Shipbrokers Ltd.
He studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Durham University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management from MIT.
He is presently sitting on the executive committee as Marine Committee Chairman, BIMCO. He served as BIMCO’s President and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009.
He sits on the advisory board of the Panama Canal and is a director of the Maritime Industry Foundation.
He is also on the steering committee of Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management School.
He has participated in numerous conferences and study groups and has written many articles. During his time as chairman of Intertanko’s technical committee in the early 80’s he attended IMO’s meetings on safety and anti pollution. Following the Exxon Valdez accident, he wrote a book, ‘The Quest for the Environmental Ship’, a study of tanker designs to reduce oil pollution. He also carried out research with Lloyd’s Register and developed a test model of a system to minimise pollution during accidents. He produced a film on his experiments (Rescue Tanks) (Tankers).
He has had extensive experience in shipping international maritime affairs through his positions in the executive committees of BIMCO (1999-now) and Intertanko (1989-1997 where he was vice-chairman from 1992-1997).
More recently he wrote a book –‘The Panama Canal and its Expansion’, which was directed to the youth of Panama, that explains the rationale behind the construction of a third set of locks. This book has been translated into six other languages and can be down loaded from the BIMCO’s website. He is preparing a series of booklets in the same format on the history of shipping.


Stavros Hatzigrigoris, Managing Director, Maran Tankers Management Inc

HATZIGRIGORIS1992 – present: Managing Director, Maran Tankers Management;
2005 - present : Managing Director Maran Gas Maritime;
1981-1992 : Fleet Manager, Anangel Shipping Enterprises SA
1977: BSc Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from University College London
1979: MSc in Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens
1989: Diploma in Management of Ship Operations from University of Strathclyde
1981: Member of TEE
1989: Fellow, Institute of Marine Engineers
2008; SNAME International Vice President
Member, ABS Technical Committee
Chairman, DNV Greek Technical Committee
Member : LRS Greek Technical Committee
Member : KR Greek technical Committee
Member : CRS Greek technical Committee
SNAME Greek Section Executive Committee, 2003-2006.


Sotiris G Kaminis, Managing Director, Kaminco Management Ltd 

SOTIRIS_KAMINISSotirios G Kaminis, was born in Athens in 1961. After graduating from Moraitis High School in 1982, he attended his freshman year at the University of Maryland. He relocated to the U.S.A where he continued his studies while working as a Service Engineer specializing in Digital Control Systems, for Kamewa Marine Propulsion Equipment in Miami and getting hands on training. He returned to Greece with a BSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Majoring in Avionics, and an MBA in Human Resources Management. Among other specialties, he holds a Commercial Captain’s License from the US Coast Guard and he is a Certified Airplane Pilot (Multi IFR).
After fulfilling his military duty in the Hellenic Navy, he joined Kaminco as a Service Engineer for 5 years and from 1995 until presently, he took over the management of the company, adding modern knowledge while promoting and expanding Kaminco into new technology horizons. In 1997 he acquired a PhD degree in International Business Management.
Today with his family runs the Kaminco business in Greece and the U.S.A. They also have controlling interest in several companies throughout the world such as Kaminco Inc and MES (Marine Exhaust Solutions).


Dimitris Katsieris, Regional Technical Manager, BP Marine

DIMITRIS_KATSIERISDimitris Katsieris has a Chemistry degree from the University of Athens.
He joined lubricants business in 1992 and since then he has held various positions as: Chemical Laboratory Supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager and Technical Manager, supporting the Marine, Automotive and Industrial lubricant business.
The last five years Dimitris has taken over the role of Marine Regional Technical Manager, leading the Atlantic Region Technical team. From this position he has been managing the technical support that BP Marine offers to the customers (shipping companies). He also organized various training courses for the Technical teams and crews of shipping companies and attended several presentations on Marine Lubricants for Marine Colleges, Institutes and Marine Engineers’ Associations. He also, has been writing articles on lubrication and lubricants in technical marine magazines.


Karen Kokabi, Managing Director, AG Papadakis & Co – Advisor, MES (Marine Exhaust Solutions)  

KAREN_KOKABIKaren Kokabi is the founder and managing partner of Orecoal and Blueship. He is also the managing director of AG Pappadakis & Co as well as an advisor to MES (Marine Exhaust Solutions). Furthermore, he is the agent of MES for Asia.
He has a diploma in ship management studies (DMS) from the London Metropolitan University and he also has a master’s (MS) in Shipping Chartering from the London Metropolitan University. He has 15 years of solid experience in various roles of the shipping industry from working as a capesize shipbroking in IFCHOR SA, chartering manager at CASS Technava Maritime and has worked in the management department, the technical department, the chartering department, the purchasing department and the law department of Antares Shipmanagement.
With Karen’s unique approach and guidance for the ORECOAL Iron Ore & Coal World Shipping Summit has become one of the most important shipping events in Athens, Greece going on its 4th year.
His recent project is Blueship, which concerns mainly with environmental innovations and technologies.
At AG Pappadakis & Co Karen Kokabi has helped to build a fleet of many bulk carriers and to manage, operate and charter them out on long period charters. Also, was involved & worked in every department from the technical to the legal.
Karen Kokabi holds a membership in the Yacht Club of Piraeus and also the Piraeus Marine Club. He is also on the board of directors of the Hellenic Chinese Chamber of Commerce since 2002.


Dr John Kokarakis, Director of Technical Services, Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Bureau Veritas

sp2Dr John Emmanuel Kokarakis, a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Masters degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and in Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Michigan. He worked for over ten years as a consultant in technical problems worldwide in the area of technical investigation of marine accidents. He participated in the technical investigation of the Exxon Valdez grounding, Piper Alpha fire and explosion, Aleutian Enterprise foundering and many other accidents of less notoriety. The last eleven years he works in the area of classification. He served at ABS and Germanischer Lloyd  in Piraeus. He is currently the Technical Director of Bureau Veritas in the Hellenic and Black Sea Region. He is responsible for the smooth technical operation in the region and the harmonic cooperation with the BV offices worldwide to the benefit of  BV clients. He was a member of the team which developed the Common Structural Rules.


Konstantinos Kotsos, Senior Principal Engineer , American Bureau of Shipping

K_KOTSOS_PHOTOKonstantinos Kotsos is Senior Principal Engineer of the ABS Piraeus Engineering
Office. Prior to joining ABS, he worked for almost 4 years at Elefsis Shipyards as
Head of CAD/CAM Dept.
He joined the Piraeus Machinery department of ABS in 1996, working in the plan
approval of machinery systems (piping, mechanical, fire fighting), in the review of
plans related to statutory requirements (SOLAS, MARPOL, IBC Code) and in the
type approval of products. He cooperates also with the newly created Environmental
Solutions Group of ABS Piraeus.
Kostas Kotsos is Mechanical Engineer from the National Technical University of
Athens and Doctor of Engineering from same University.


John Kourouniotis, Director, Directorate for International Organisations & EU Affairs, Hellenic Coast Guard HQ

kourouniotisCommander John Kourouniotis has a long and distinguished career within the administration of Greek shipping launched on leaving the Hellenic Coast Guard Petty Officers Academy and joining the ministry of Mercantile Marine in 1987, in the Safety of Navigation Directorate, the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre. Joined the HCG Academy in December 1992 and in March 1994 on graduation was posted deputy Harbour Master, Spetses Port Authority.
In 1995 he was appointed to the ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy, working on shipping policy and development, first as a member of the Bilateral Shipping Relations unit and then in the Greece – EU / International Maritime Affairs Unit.
May 2005 he was seconded to the ministry of Foreign Affairs as Counsellor for Maritime Transport Affairs and posted to Brussels, in the permanent representation of Greece to the EU.
September 2008 he returned to Greece and took up the post of head of Shipping Policy, Directorate for Shipping Policy and Development at the then ministry of Maritime Affairs (now ministry for Development, Competitiveness & Shipping), a post he held until his present appointment.
Along the way he got a law degree at University of Athens and completed postgraduate studies, LLM in EC law  Essex University, UK, has  found time to write legal essays. Among many medals, orders and decorations, is the Golden Cross of the Order of Phoenix and a Commendation Medal of Merit and Honour.


Panagiotis Koutris, Managing Director, Kristen Marine SA – Roxana Shipping SA

Takis_KoutrisPanagiotis Koutris, Naval Architect & Marine and Mechanical Engineer M.Sc, was born in 1957 in Athens. In October 1980 he graduated from National Technical University of Athens, where he studied Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. After his graduation he was employed in Alfa Laval (1983-1984) and then in Avin International SA (1984-2000) and Athenian Tankers (2000-2001). Since then he is Managing Director in Kristen Marine SA – Roxana Shipping SA for a fleet of 25 tankers and bulkers.


Anastasia Kouvertari, Environmental Senior Specialist, Lloyd's Register

Anastasia_KouvertariAnastasia qualified with a BSc (Hons) in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. In 2003, she completed her MSc in Environment and Development from the Geography and Environment Department of London School of Economics, UK.
She has worked as a stagiaire in the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in D1 Directorate for United Nations and other International Specialized Organizations and is also member of the Research and Organization Group of MEPIELAN CENTRE (Mediterranean Programme of International Environmental Law & Negotiation).
In October 2004, Anastasia joined the Lloyd's Register Group and currently holds the position of Environmental Specialist in the Marine Business Department of the Classification’s office premises in Piraeus, Greece. Her role focuses on environmental legislation and product management, whereas she also holds a coordinating role in the HTESC (Hellenic Technical Environmental Sub-Committee) of the Organisation in Greece.


Matthias Mundt, Technical Services Manager Europe & Africa, Shell Marine Products Ltd

Matthias_Mundt-ShellMatthias Mundt has been working as manager for Technical Services for Shell Marine Products’ fuels & lubes business in Europe/Africa since October 2009. He started his Career in Shell Global Solutions (Shell’s R&D division) in 1998, holding a variety of roles within Germany and the UK, developing products for motorsport as well as fuels and lubricants for automotive applications. In 2004 he was involved in setting up the Marine & Power Innovation Centre, the dedicated research facility for Marine Fuels and Lubricants of Shell. From 2004 to 2009 he was responsible for the performance testing of Marine Fuels and Lubricants and involved in a variety of Marine R&D projects.
Matthias Mundt, a German Citizen, holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, Germany.


Eirik Nyhus, Director for Environment, International Affairs, Det Norske Veritas

Eirik_Nyhus_ Eirik Nyhus is presently working at Det Norske Veritas as Director, Environment, with key responsibilities on maritime environmental regulations and related international policy developments. His background includes activities within marine classification and consulting, field work both offshore and as a maritime CAP-surveyor, as well as a five year period at DNV Research & Innovation specialising in maritime energy efficiency and air emission issues. He is currently supporting the Norwegian government in its work on air emissions as an adviser to the Norwegian IMO MEPC delegations, and is the DNV member in International Association of Class Societies Expert Group on Environmental issues. Eirik Nyhus graduated from the Norwegian Technical University in 1991 and holds an MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.


Ralf Plump, Head of Department Environmental Research, Strategic Research and Development, Gemanischer Lloyd

ralf_plump Ralf Plump is a Naval Architect M.Sc. (Diplomingenieur, Dipl.-Ing.)
He gained his diploma in naval architectures in 1989 at the University of Hamburg. In the same year he joined Germanischer Lloyd (GL) Container Department. He worked in field of container stowage and lashing systems for about 7 years with several special duties like rules development, etc.
Until 2001 he did hull drawing approval for ship newbuilding of nearly all ship types with several stays in East Asia (South Korea and P.R. of China) as a hull surveyor and on-location drawing approval engineer.
The last five years he was the deputy head of the ship acoustic department at GL. With beginning of 2008 he became head of environmental service group within GL’s Strategic Research Department.
In April 2009 he became head of the new founded Environmental Research Department in GLs business unit Strategic Research & Development.


Arie Smits, General Manager Low Speed, ABB

arie_smitsArie Smits studied electronics in the Netherlands and worked mainly in the dredging and offshore business.
He joined ABB Marine in 1986 but changed to ABB Turbochargers some years later to become head of the turbocharger service station in Rotterdam.
In 2001 he moved to the ABB Turbocharger headquarters in Switzerland to become head of new business.
Arie has currently the global responsibility for the low speed segment, covering the turbochargers for the 2 stroke engines.
He just recently returned to Switzerland  from a 9 months assignment in South Korea showing his vast international experience.


C. Dean Tseretopoulos, Director, Quality Assessment and Certification of Organisations QACE

DEAN_TSERETOPOULOSC. Dean Tseretopoulos graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and MBA. He also gained a degree in Finance and Business Law at the same institute.
He spent 14 months on sea duty, with Orion & Global Chartering (Goulandris Group, NY) and from 1971 to 1975 participated in the newbuilding projects in Japan and as a superintendent in Orion & Global’s technical department monitoring 64 bulk carriers and tankers.
Joined Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc in 1975 as a superintendent of tankers and newbuildings. In 1990 he was appointed manager of Thenamaris’ technical department and for the next 19 years oversaw the technical operation and maintenance of 50 vessels and a newbuilding programme involving 38 tankers and eight bulk carriers in South Korea and China.
He took up his present position with QACE, a CIC company set up by IACS and the EC, in 2009.
He has served as Technical Committee member of ABS, BV, ClassNK, DNV, LR and RINA. He was chairman of LR’s Technical Committee for eight years; chairman of Intertanko’s Safety, Technical and Environment Committee 2004 / 2009; and has served on various Bimco, IACS, IMO and RoundTable committees.


Bjoern Wallentin, Global Sales Director, Hull Performance Solultions, Jotun

Jotun_Bjoern_WBjoern Wallentin joined Jotun in 1995 after having finished his master of science degree in electrochemistry at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Following 5 year working on the development of TBT-free antifoulings in Jotun HQ laboratory he has had several positions within product support and marketing. In 2006 Bjoern moved to South Korea with his family to take the position as Vice President of the Jotun company. After returning to Norway in 2009 he has held the position as Regional Marine Director Europe & Americas before he took the responsibility for the Hull Performance Solutions concept summer 2010.


Peter Zoeteman, Managing Director Product Centres Inert Gas and Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Alfa Laval Aalborg

peter_joetemanPeter Zoeteman holds a master degree in business administration, a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and has achieved all the Marine Engineering Certificates. He holds the positions as Business Area Director for the Inert Gas Systems business area and the Exhaust Gas Cleaning business area in Aalborg Industries A/S while being the Managing Director of Aalborg Industries Inert Gas Systems BV in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Peter’s professional career began in 1980 as a marine engineer and he worked for approximately seven years at sea. He sailed on heavy cargo vessels, general cargo vessels and coasters but most of the time, he worked for offshore contractors Heerema and McDermott building platforms and laying pipelines at sea. Later, he achieved employment for a smaller marine company, Van Mill International, specialised in rental and sales of used winches and hydraulic cranes. In 1994, he joined Wärtsilä and worked first as area sales manager, then became Vice President Marine in France (Cummins/Wärtsilä jv) and later Sales Director Propulsion.
In January 2004, Peter joined Aalborg Industries Inert Gas Systems as Business Area and Managing Director.