An open dialogue with Greek shipping leaders to address the challenges of sustainability, decarbonization, performance and talent in shipping.
Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, hosted its 24thHellenic and Black Sea Committee. This year’s Committee gathered together leaders of the Greek shipping industry and was hosted by the Vice President of South East Europe, Black Sea and Adriatic Zone, Mrs Paillette Palaiologou under the Chairmanship of Mr George Procopiou and in the presence of the President of BV’s Marine & Offshore Division,Mr Matthieu De Tugny.
The annual Committee meeting is a forum for BV to share and discuss industry challenges as well as the latest technical developments. It plays an important role within the ongoing dialogue with the industry to address technical, operational and regulatory challenges.
Mr George Procopiou Chairman of the Committee, welcomed the participants and introduced a new member, Mrs Ioanna Procopiou, CEO of Sea Traders S.A. and founder of Prominence Maritime S.A.. BV’s activities and latest initiatives were presented by Mr Matthieu de Tugny. Hedetailed BV Group’s activities and shared the benefits of the breadth of activity across BV’s operations – Building & Infrastructure, Certification, Agrifood & Commodities, Consumer Products and Industry. He also spokeabout the ever-changing and demanding shippingindustry landscape, focusing on BV’s expertise and technical excellence.
Dr John Kokarakis, Technical Director of SEEBA Zone, gave a thorough presentation on EU andIMO regulatory frameworks, complemented by examples of their effects on vessel running costs. He was followed by Mr Andrew Wilson, Head of Research and Consulting Services at BRS, who focused on a market overview,current geopolitics, the energy transition and the new “carbon market” to which shipping must adapt.
The second part of the Committee commenced with Mr Vassilis Dimoulas,
Technology & Innovation Director of SEEBA Zone, presentingtwo trendingdecarbonization technologies:methanol as a fuel and carbon capture and storage (CCS). This wascomplemented by examples of their effect on vessel OPEX.
Mr Benoit Grovel, Gas Expertise Director,BVMarine & Offshore,delivered an appropriately complementary presentation on liquid CO2 carriers, their technology and trade. He was followed by Dr Kokarakis who explored the question of whether electric and/or synthetic fuels are the right solution to decarbonize shipping.
Finally, Mrs Eleni Letoni,
Communications Sales & Marketing Coordinator, gave a presentation about the historical development of elections in the birthplace of democracy.
Paillette Palaiologou, Vice President Marine & Offshore, SEEBA Zone,commented: “We have long-lasting and deep-rooted relationships across the Greek shipping industry, which reflects our extensive presence and strong commitment to support ship owners and operators inmanaging the industry transition. It is our role as a class society to share our insights and bring together industry leaders to discuss challenges and potential solutions that will help them meet their goals.”
BV is committed to maintaining an open dialogue throughout the industry through its committee meetings held across the world.
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L to R: Nicolas H. Vafias – Paillette Palaiologou – George Procopiou – Matthieu De Tugny – Andrew Wilson
L to R: Paris Dragnis – Marielena Procopiou – Ioanna Procopiou – George Andreadis
L to R: Manolis Kondylis – Theodoros Savvas – John Kokarakis
L to R: Ioanna Procopiou – Paillette Palaiologou – George Procopiou – Marielena Procopiou
Nicolas H. Vafias
About Bureau Veritas
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1ST ROW L TO R :
Marielena Procopiou-Ioanna Procopiou-Frangiskos Kanellakis-Matthieu De Tugny-George Procopiou-Paillette Palaiologou-Katy Therapioti-Elias Gotsis
2ND ROW L TO R :
John Kokarakis-Alkis Sficas-Leonidas S. Polemis-George A. Papagiannopoulos-George Perantzakis-Demetris Condylis-Antonios D. Faraklas-Nikolaos Hondos-George Andreadis-Adamandios L. Polemis
3RD ROW L TO R:
Vassilios Dimoulas-Andrew Wilson-Nicholas Brown-Eleni Letoni-Vassilios Th. Terzis-Manolis Kondylis-Michael Bodouroglou-George Sarris-Bill Stamatopoulos-Benoit Grovel