Registration – Coffee


Yannis Perlepes, General Manager, NAFTEMPORIKI


Irini Athanassiadou, President, NAFTEMPORIKI


Theodore Ε. Veniamis, President, Union of Greek Shipowners,
President & Managing Director, Golden Union Shipping Co S.A.


George Stathakis, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism
Representative of the Hellenic Government


Adonis-Spyridon Georgiadis, MP, New Democracy Party, Vice-President, New Democracy (main opposition)



Theodore Dritsas, Minister of Shipping and Island Policy

Session 1:


Shipping and Employment – shipping industry’s contribution to the reduction of unemployment

Α substantive discussion on the role of Greek owned shipping that might play towards unemployment reduction and the creation of new jobs for Greek seafarers and other human capital working ashore, while maintaining its competitive advantage.


Panel Discussion:

Leonidas Demetriades-Eugenides, President, Eugenides Foundation, President & Managing Director, Eugenides Group of Companies
Dr George Gratsos, President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Laskarina Karastamati, President, Eletson Holdings
Angelos Tsakanikas, Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens, Scientific Adviser, Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research
Capt. Panayotis Tsakos, Founder, Tsakos Group
Capt. George Vlachos, President, Panhellenic Masters & Mates Union (PEPEN)

Moderator: Yannis Perlepes, General Manager, NAFTEMPORIKI


Dr Alexandros M. Goulielmos, BCA Shipping Management Director, BCA College
f. Professor of Marine Economics, University of Piraeus / Dept. of Maritime Studies, f. Secretary General, Greek Ministry of Shipping
“The benefits of the asynchronous education for seamen and middle managers of shipping companies”


Coffee Break

Session 2:


Impediments to the shipping industry – the global aspect of the industry, its competitive international frame of operation and the regulatory settings

Views, proposals, positions and even “disputes” regarding the course of shipping industry in the volatile regulatory frame of the international institutions as well as the new environmental regulations. Among others such as the measures that were already applied by the shipping industry, the set aims and targets, the counterproposals by the international organizations and the EU.


Panel Discussion:

Sadan Kaptanoglu, Board Member, Turkish Chamber of Shipping, Board Member, BIMCO
Fotis Karamitsos, Deputy Director-General Coordination of Directorates C & D, European Commission
Panos Laskaridis, Managing Director, Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd., Vice-President, European Community Shipowners’ Association
Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, Principal, Common Progress Co Na SA, President Designate, BIMCO
John Platsidakis, Managin Director, Anangel Maritime Services Inc., Chairman, Intercargo

Moderator: Lambros Karageorgos, Shipping Correspondent, NAFTEMPORIKI


Lunch Break


Tryfon Alexiadis, Alternate Minister of Finance

Session 3:


Trends and perspectives – freight markets, shipping finance from credit institutions and alternative sources, technology & innovation as pillars of the shipping industry

The course of the shipping industry, its related sectors (dry bulk cargo, containers, liquid cargo, general cargo, LNG, LPG) and their financing will be analyzed and discussed in details.


Stavros Ioannou, Deputy CEO / Group COO & International Activities, Eurobank


Katia Stathaki, Head of Corporate, VGE & Enterprise Solutions, Vodafone Greece
“Vodafone Greece as an Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) provider at the service of the shipping industry”


Panel Discussion:

Basil M. Karatzas, CEO, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co
Leonidas Polemis, Managing Director, Remi Maritime Corporation
Eva Tzima, Head of Research, Intermodal
Harry Vafias, President & CEO, Stealthgas Inc.
Ion Varouxakis, Chairman & Managing Director, FreeSeas Inc.
Kostas Vassiliou, General Manager, Head of Group Corporate & Investment Banking, Eurobank

Moderator: George Xiradakis, Managing Director, XRTC Business Consultants


Coffee Break

Session 4:


The shipping hub of Piraeus – coastal shipping, cruise industry, ship broking and the port industry

An exchange of views on the challenges faced by the sectors that consist the shipping hub of Piraeus.


Panel Discussion:

John Cotzias, Sales Director, Intermodal, President, Hellenic Shipbrokers Association
Stavros Hatzakos, Managing Director, Piraeus Port Authority S.A.
Theodore Kontes, Director, Majestic International Cruises, President, Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated members
Michael Sakellis, CEO, Blue Star Ferries, President Association of Passenger Shipping Companies

Moderator: Antonis Tsiblakis, Shipping Correspondent, NAFTEMPORIKI


Cocktail reception hosted by FreeSeas Inc.