2014 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum successfully concluded on 1st October


The 5th Annual SAFETY4SEA Forum, a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 1st of October 2014 in Eugenides Foundation Athens. A unique panel of 22 global experts debated a wide range of issues, covering regulatory update and latest developments in the shipping industry regarding maritime safety, security and loss prevention issues, best practices for the industry and also crew management onboard.

The event has been well attended by 500 delegates at the venue representing 270 companies/organiζations. The event organized by SQE Marine Group and sponsored by Four Shield Solutions, SpecTec, Steamship Mutual, ABS, ASPIDA Maritime Security, Blank Rome LLP, CAPITAL Shipmanagement, CHALOS & CO P.C., DNV GL, DORIAN LPG, FURUNO Hellas S.A., Future Care, INCE & CO, Liberian Registry, MAGSAYSAY Maritime Corporation, Marine Response Alliance, Marshall Islands Registry, SEAMAR Management S.A., SQE ACADEMY, TRANSMAR SHIPPING CO S.A., UK P&I Club. Also the event supported by ALBA, BIMCO, EENMA, GREEN AWARD Foundation, HELMEPA, InterManager, IFSMA, MARTECMA and NAMEPA.

During his welcome address Mr. Apostolos Belokas, as the Forum chairman outlined the objectives of this PRO BONO event, including enhancing Maritime Safety and Security Awareness and promoting Best Practices for the shipping industry. He also announced the SAFETY4SEA full Scholarship for the ALBA MSc in Shipping Management and the launch of GREEN4SEA.com this October, the new Maritime Portal which aims to update daily the maritime community with latest environmental developments on ballast, emissions, fuels and all related green shipping issues.

Presentations were given in four sessions as follows:

Session 1 : Regulatory Update & Key Stakeholder Views

•Apostolos Belokas, SAFETY4SEA, opened first session of the forum giving an update on the Maritime Safety Regulatory Landscape
•Raffaele Piciocchi, ABS, gave a presentation on the safety aspects of the new IGC and IGF Code
•Peter Lundahl Rasmussen, BIMCO, focused on the human element challenges in the industry
•Capt. Theodore Lalas, Marshall Islands Registry, explained what role the Flag State has during Port State Control Inspections
•Capt. John W. Dickie, IFSMA, presented how the criminalization of the seafarer is a growing threat to the industry
•Alastair Evitt, V.Ships, gave a presentation on the fight against complacency

Session 2 : Safety, Security & Loss Prevention

•Chris Adams, Steamship Mutual, explained how Loss Prevention addresses navigational risk
•Nick Milner, The UK P&I Club, gave a presentation on co-mingling and SOLAS compliance
•Lindsay Malen, Marine Response Alliance, covered issues regarding salvage and marine fire fighting
•Dimitris Maniatis, Aspida Maritime Security, focused on the security trends in East and West Africa
•Thrasos Tsangarides, Four Shields Solutions Ltd, presented security landscape from a PMSC perspective

Session 3 : Best Practices

•Dr. Michael Pantazopoulos, LISCR Hellas, analysed the detention prevention program
•Jeanne Grasso, Blank Rome LLP, explained the regulatory hurdles in US legislation
•Capt. Stuart Francis, INCE & CO, highlighted the use of VDR and other electronic data in casualty investigations
•Niki Kalogiratou, Capital Ship Management, gave a presentation on the communications prerspective on a Listed Shipping Company
•Lawrence Jacobson, Future Care, presented how standards of maritime healthcare have been raised in the 21st Century

Session 4 : Human Element Session

•Sokratis Dimakopoulos, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement, focused his presentation on the new initiatives regarding crew competence assurance management
•Marlon Rono, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, highlighted how important is the crew management in the MLC era
•George M.Chalos, CHALOS & Co P.C. International Law Firm, gave a presentation on the fight for due process and fair treatment of seafarers in the US
•Dr. Marina Papaioannou, DNV GL, covered issues relevant the current trends in maritime training
•Dimirios Stamoudis, Minerva Marine Inc., closed the last session of the forum highlighting how bureaucracy on ships can be a real burden

All sessions ended with a round table discussion and exchange with the audience.
Finally Apostolos Belokas, Forum Chairman thanked the delegates for their participation, the sponsors for their support and the speakers for their excellent presentations and also the organizing team of the event for their contribution towards forum objectives.
All speaker videos will be uploaded on the web within the next week, while you may find more details of the event, view photos or request speaker presentations of the Forum in PDF and DVD at http://www.safety4sea.com/forum/9

SAFETY4SEA is a PRO BONO concept to promote Safety and Environmental Excellence, including www.SAFETY4SEA.com, SAFETY4SEA Log quarterly publication and SAFETY4SEA/GREEN4SEA Forums held annually in Athens.

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