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Cpt. Alexandros Serpanos, Fleet personnel manager, Euronav Ship Management
Konstantinos Agas, training manager, Dynacom Tankers Management
Capt Nikolaos Katechos, Vetting/Marine Manager, Samos Steamship
Gregory Spourdalakis, managing director, CSM Greece
Leonidas S. Polemis, CEO, Empire Chemical Tankers
Captain Panagiotis Drosos, chief operating officer, Capital Ship Management
Martin Shaw, President, IMAREST
Dimitris Lyras, director, Lyras Shipping (chair)

Join delegates including ALTOMARE S.A., SQMS & Vetting Manager; Bernhard Schule Shipmanagement Hellas, managing director, customer relationship manager; Capital Tankers Shipmanagement Corp., Vetting/Marine Manager; Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp, Managing Director; Dynagas Ltd., Quality Manager; Edge Maritime, COO; EISA, Operations manager; ENESEL S.A., Director of Business Operations; Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc., Fleet Operator / Vetting Coordinator; MM Marine, Marine Superintendent, Head of marine dpt; Sea Pioneer Shipping Corp., Vetting/Marine Manager; Thenamaris Ships management Inc., Vetting Supervisor; TMS Tankers Ltd., TMSA/ISM Compliance Supervisor


Chair: Dimitris Lyras, director, Lyras Shipping

9.20 Introduction from event chair

9.30 – Martin Shaw, President, IMAREST How tanker operators can be better prepared for the future

Tanker owners have spent the last few years dealing with crisises – COVID, Ukraine and now the Red Sea attacks. There has been little time to focus on what is coming ‘down the track’ in the future – AI, Climate Change and shortage of officers. Some advice about what to look for

10.00 Cpt. Alexandros Serpanos, Fleet personnel manager, Euronav Ship Management

Tanker Industry Crewing Challenges and Crewing Strategies

10.30 Captain Panagiotis Drosos, chief operating officer, Capital Ship Management

Incident investigation – and finding the real reasons

11.00 Break
Coffee break sponsored by

11.30 Konstantinos Agas, training manager, Dynacom Tankers Management Creating a proper learning environment for crew on board – Challenges and proposed solutions

Challenges with crew training onboard – crowded training matrices, combination of theory and practical training (drills), training the trainers, some lack of support for training
Possible solutions – training on shore, using video, customised training based on past incidents
Creating a training orientated organisation – interaction, trust, proper timing for training

12.00 Panel discussion – SIRE 2.0 – experiences with trials – what will happen when it is operational?

With Gregory Spourdalakis, managing director, CSM Greece; Capt Nikolaos Katechos, Vetting/Marine Manager, Samos Steamship


·        What have we seen so far with SIRE 2.0 inspections?

·        Was it easier or harder than expected?

·        Is there advice we can share about how to make it easier?

·        Do we see it as an improvement on the previous SIRE?

·        Possible operational challenges with SIRE 2.0 – increased numbers of recorded observations, changes to oil major screening processes

·        Human factors relating to SIRE 2.0

1.00 Lunch and close

Topics to be covered include:

Supporting a learning environment for crew
The best way to motivate / support crew as a superintendent
Supporting crew to learn about new systems and processes, including Sire 2.0
Experiences with Sire 2.0 trial inspections.
Preparing for future fuels, their systems and equipment
Digital technology which can assist with learning
Preparing crew for vetting inspections
Supporting crew to develop better situation awareness about the maritime environment, including ability to identify risks
Recruitment challenges
The right working environment – ‘psychological safety’
The limits of what can be achieved with procedures, the need for better problem solving skills in order to continue to improve safety

We may be close to, or at, the level of complexity which today’s ship crew are able to work with, and there’s plenty of new regulation and new work processes around the corner, particularly with decarbonisation.

Can we simplify work with good digital technology? The answer is yes, but that leads to the question of how we find, model and implement technology which supports our work processes without making them more complicated?

Is the answer to develop stronger working relationships, and trusting crew to find the right answer if there is any problem?

Or is the answer supporting people to become better problem solvers?

Or is the only answer to find crew with minds like lawyers, capable of absorbing enormous amounts of complex regulations and procedures?

Conference producer – Karl jeffery, editor, Tanker Operator magazine – jeffery@tankeroperator.com

Sponsorship enquiries – David Jeffries, djeffries@onlymedia.co.uk

See the agenda, attendee lists, videos and presentations from previous Tanker Operator Athens events

Speaker biographies

Stylianos Psilakis, Technical Director of CSM Greece

Mr. Psillakis has extensive seagoing experience on board various types of vessels and more than 15 years of on-shore experience in senior engineering roles of major shipping companies. He has a Master’s degree in Marine Engineering and Management from the University of Greenwich and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering (Honor) from the Merchant Marine Academy in Chania. He is a member of ABS, DNV, Bureau Veriatas and the Lloyd’s Technical Committees. He has led a number of innovative projects such as scrubbers installations, ESDs (AI, MEWIS ducts, flettner rotors, VFDs, PBCF as well as technologically advanced electronic condition monitoring systems for various aux. equipment) and have also been involved, among others, in NB projects, specifications preparation and contract execution.