Bureau Veritas 20th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee 201The 20th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas, hosted by the Vice President Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, was held on the 19th of May 2017 under the Chairmanship of Mr. George Procopiou and the presence of the Bureau Veritas Top Management, namely Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay, President Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Matthieu De Tugny, Chief Operations Officer Bureau Veritas M&O Division, Mr. Didier Bouttier, Senior Vice President M&O Division SEMEA Zone, Mr. Claude Maillot, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive, North Asia Zone & China, Mr.Jean-François Segretain, Technical Director M&O Division, Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director, Mr. Stephen Tierney, Managing Director of TMC Marine, a BV Group Company, Dr. John Kokarakis, Technology & Business Development Director M&O Division, Mr. George Andreadis, Marine Manager & Mr. Michael Sterghiou, Director SE Europe Bureau Veritas Commodities.
This year the Committee took place in the beautiful surroundings of the island of Mykonos.
Following the welcome and adoption of the agenda by the Committee’s Chairman, Mr. George Procopiou, a distinguished colleague of shipping, Mr. Polys Hajioannou, CEO of Safe Bulkers, Inc., was introduced as new member.
Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay opened the round of presentations with a critical review on the Bureau Veritas Group’s Corporate & Marine Activities & Results for 2016. Mr. Donche-Gay pointed out the continuous growth of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division during the past twenty (20) years that the Committee has been taking place.
Subsequently, Mr. Jean- François Segretain made a presentation on the review of Bureau Veritas technology and capabilities, resulting to an interesting exchange of views.
Mr. Stephen Tierney in his turn presented an overview of TMC capabilities and analyzed the project of SEWOL, a Korean Ro-Ro passenger vessel which tragically capsized and sank on April 2014 near the southern city of Mokpo; TMC Marine was instructed as technical consultants for the wreck removal of SEWOL.
The presentation by Dr. John Kokarakis focused on the implications of the global cap of 0.1% fuel sulphur content to be burnt world-wide by ships after January 1st 2020. It examined ways to comply along with the techno-economic issues associated with each option, namely burning distillate fuels, other alternate fuels such as LNG or methanol, or utilizing exhaust gas cleaning systems.
Mrs. Helen Polychronopoulou, Executive Vice President of EPE S.A. & President of HEMEXPO board, made a presentation on the services & products of the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters.
The presentation of Mr. Claude Maillot focused on the current situation of the Asian Shipyards presenting also figures regarding the current order book in China, Korea & Japan.
The meeting was concluded with the traditional heated discussion between the members on topics of evolving interest, and the social time during the lunch at the beautiful resort.
During the Committee meeting the members’ spouses had the opportunity to participate in a very interesting walking tour at Mykonos town, visiting also the Folklore & Archaeological Museums.-
*caption of picture one:1st row L-R: J. Kokarakis, A. Faraklas, V. Restis, G. Dalacouras, E. Polychronopoulou, S. Paliou, P. Palaiologou, G. Moundreas, I. Procopiou, P.Donche-Gay, G. Procopiou, M. Procopiou, D. Bouttier, P.N. Tsakos, E. Procopiou, P. Laskaridis, K. Therapioti, D. Dellaportas & V. Terzis
2nd row L-R: L. Polemis, K. Therapiotis, M. Dalacouras, Th. Savvas, M. Kondilis, M. Bodouroglou, L.A. Chahalis, D. Condylis, E. Gotsis, P. Dragnis, N. Vafias, P. Pappas, A. Poulovassilis, S. Tierney
3rd row L-R: M. Sterghiou, G. Andreadis, N. Balalis, G. Perantzakis, J.F. Segretain, M. De Tugny, A. Polemis, N. Brown, C. Maillot, C. Diamantis, G. Mylonas