2nd International Conference on Maritime Education
“The Challenges of Educating the Seafarer of 2030”

Wednesday, June 12th 2019

Eugenides Foundation

About the Conference

Main Theme

“The Challenges of Educating the Seafarer of 2030” will be the conference’s main theme. This theme will be further developed in 4 discussion panels, covering contemporary issues such as the seafarers’ resilience at sea, the adaptation of young seafarers training to the modern requirements of the shipping industry where technology is a key factor, the need for continuous training on environmental protection issues and the future of maritime employability.

The conference is organized by Metropolitan College’s Maritime Academy, one of the biggest educational institutions in maritime and shipping studies in South Europe.

The conference will welcome international speakers of major shipping companies and industry stakeholders.



Learning from the Shipping Experts

International Speakers

Dr. Marina Papaioannou
Dr. Marina PapaioannouManager Maritime Academy Greece, DNV GL
Apostolos Belokas
Apostolos BelokasManaging Editor, SAFETY4SEA
Ilias Bissias
Ilias BissiasDirector, Naftika Chronika & Isalos.net
Sue Harland
Sue HarlandSenior Lecturer, Warsash Maritime Academy
Jason Stefanatos
Jason StefanatosSenior Research Engineer, DNV GL
George Tsavliris
George TsavlirisChairman, CYMEPA | Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group
Mary Pothitos
Mary PothitosParalegal Maritime Services
Capt. Michalis Fragkias
Capt. Michalis FragkiasSenior Marine Advisor , SUN Enterprises
Dr Konstantinos Poulis
Dr Konstantinos PoulisGeneral Manager, Epsilon Hellas
Mr. Dimitris Patrikios
Mr. Dimitris PatrikiosCEO, Kyklades Maritime Corporation
Panos Zachariadis
Panos ZachariadisTechnical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers | Member of Technical Committee, HELMEPA
Dr. John Kokarakis
Dr. John KokarakisTechnical Director, Bureau Veritas
Kostas Vlachos
Kostas VlachosManaging Director, Latsco Marine Management
Vice Admiral Antonis Vidalis
Vice Admiral Antonis VidalisHead of Metropolitan College Maritime Academy
Vassilios Dimoulas
Vassilios DimoulasTechnology & Innovation Manager, Greece Cyprus & Malta | Bureau Veritas
Panos Mitrou
Panos MitrouTechnology & Innovation Manager for Marine & Offshore in South Europe, Lloyd’S Register
Giannis Moraitakis
Giannis MoraitakisSenior Business and Sales Development Manager, Electrical & Automation Expert, Wartsila
Professor Dinos Arcoumanis
Professor Dinos ArcoumanisChairman of the Academic Board, Metropolitan College
Captain George Tsouris
Captain George Tsouris Masters & Mates Union of Greek Merchant Marine
Mr Nick Contopoulos
Mr Nick ContopoulosChief Operating Officer, Anemoi Marine Technologies

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Conference Programme

Wednesday 12th June 2019


Opening Remarks

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis (Chairman of the Academic Board, Metropolitan College)
Mr. Leonidas Dimitriadis-Eugenides (President, Eugenides Foundation)

Panel #1: Optimizing Seafarers’ Resilience

Vice Admiral Antonis Vidalis (Head of Metropolitan College Maritime Academy)
Mr. Apostolos Belokas (Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA)
Capt. Michail Fragkias (Senior Marine Advisor, SUN Enterprises)
Mrs. Sue Harland (Senior Lecturer, Warsash School of Maritime Science & Engineering)
Capt. George Tsouris (Representative, Masters & Mates Union of Greek Merchant Marine / Operations Manager and DPA-CSO, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd)

Panel #2: Digital Awareness & Technology Evolution

Mrs Mary Pothitos (Paralegal Maritime Services)
Mr. Vassilios Dimoulas (Technology & Innovation Manager, Greece Cyprus & Malta, Bureau Veritas)
Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou (Technology & Innovation Manager for Marine & Offshore in South Europe, Lloyd’s Register)
Mr. Giannis Moraitakis (Senior Business and Sales Development Manager, Electrical & Automation Expert, WARTSILA)
Mr. Jason Stefanatos (Senior Research Engineer, DNV GL)

Panel #3: Protecting the Environment beyond Regulatory Responsibilities

Dr. Marina Papaioannou (Manager Maritime Academy Greece, DNV GL)
Professor Dinos Arcoumanis (Chairman of the Academic Board, Metropolitan College)
Mr. Nick Contopoulos (COO, Αnemoi Marine Technologies)
Dr. John Kokarakis (Technical Director, Bureau Veritas)
Mr. Panos Zachariadis (Member of Technical Committee, HELMEPA / Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers)

Panel #4: The Future of Maritime Employability

Mr. Ilias Bissias (Director, Naftika Chronika & Isalos.net)
Mr. Dimitris Patrikios (CEO, Kyklades Maritime Corporation)
Dr. Konstantinos Poulis (General Manager, Epsilon Hellas)
Mr. George Tsavliris (Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group)
Mr. Kostas Vlachos (Managing Director, Latsco Marine Management)

Closing Remarks

Dr. Fotis Papageorgiou (Director-Piraeus Campus, Metropolitan College)

Communication Sponsors

Client 1

Conference Location

Venue Details

Eugenides Foundation

The 2nd International Conference on Maritime Education, organized by Metropolitan College’s Maritime Academy, will take place at the Auditorium of Eugenides Foundation. The Eugenides Foundation is an internationally acknowledged technological and educational multi-center. Its modern convention centre-auditorium, fully renovated in 2016 and with easy access from the city centre and the southern suburbs of Athens, was one of the first conference facilities in Greece.


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