Bureau Veritas leaders highlight shipping trends at Hellenic zone gathering
The 22nd annual meeting of the Hellenic, Black Sea and Adriatic zone committee of Bureau Veritas, was held on the 17th of May 2019 under the chairmanship of George Procopiou and with the presence of the Bureau Veritas top management, chief executive Didier Michaud-Daniel, and Matthieu De Tugny, president of the marine & offshore division.
This year the event took place in the beautiful surroundings of Elounda in the island of Crete. It was hosted by the vice-president of the Hellenic, Black Sea and Adriatic Zone, Paillette Palaiologou,
Following the welcome by Mr Procopiou, a distinguished colleague of the shipping industry, George N Moundreas of NGM Energy SA, was introduced as a new member.
Mr Michaud-Daniel opened the round of presentations with a detailed review of the latest initiatives and results of Bureau Veritas Group, describing the group’s activities and the benefits of the breadth of activity across BV’s operations – Building & Infrastructure, Certification, Agrifood & Commodities, Consumer Products and Industry. Subsequently, Mr Matthieu De-Tugny delivered a detailed presentation about the marine & offshore division, focusing on the evolving landscape in the field of classification.
Jean- François Segretain, technical director of the marine & offshore division, gave a detailed overview of Bureau Veritas’s latest technological advances and capabilities in shipping, while Andre Urstad, partner in maritime analytics presented the latest market trends in the dry bulk market, looking at the sub-categories of the sector.
The presentation by Dr John Kokarakis, technology and business development director, focused on decarbonisation and how shipping could be shaped following the environmental regulations that will be put into force from January 2020. He pointed to the emerging fuel options, with their advantages and disadvantages, stressing that the question: “What is the most efficient fuel of the future for shipping” does not have a single answer, but rather depends on the type of vessel, its size and the type of cargo, remaining both a commercial and a technical decision.
Mrs Ioanna Procopiou, chief executive of Sea Traders/Prominence Maritime, made an insightful presentation on slow-steaming as what she saw as the most efficient, environmental-friendly and easy-to-implement solution to the problem of decarbonisation.
The presentation of Bill Stamatopoulos, business development manager south-east Europe at Marine Fuel Services, focused on the insights of VeriFuel on IMO 2020 environmental regulations, while Mrs Armelle Breneol, Europe and Middle East marine fuels technical advisor for Exxon Mobil analysed the immediate outlook for marine fuels.
Finally, Ms Eleni Letoni, communications sales and marketing coordinator for Greece, Cyprus and Malta for Bureau Veritas, gave a brief overview of the roots of Greek shipping in Crete.
The meeting concluded with what could be called “the traditional heated discussion” between members on topics of evolving interest, and social time during lunch at the beautiful resort.
As Mr Michaud-Daniel stated: “Bureau Veritas now has more than 75,000 employees all over the world out of which there are 15,000 employees in China, but despite its diversification, Shipping is in our DNA and ship classification is and will remain a fundamental pillar of BV’s activities and culture”.
During the committee meeting the members’ partners had the opportunity to participate in an excursion to Plaka and Spinalonga island.
*HBSA Committee 2019
1st row L-R : George Sarris, Elias Gotsis, Petros Pappas, Adamandios Polemis, Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Paillette Palaiologou, Didier Michaud-Daniel, George Prokopiou, Matthieu De-Tugny, George Dalacouras, Kathy Therapioti, Ioanna Procopiou and Paris Dragnis.
2nd row L-R : Andre Urstad, Bill Stamatopoulos, George Paul Perantzakis, George Mylonas, Lambros A. Chahalis, Antonis Faraklas, Dimitris Patrikios, George Moundeas, Vassilis Terzis, George Andreadis, Elisa Procopiou, Alina Polemi, Dimitris Sficas, Alexis Kondylis, John Kokarakis, Costas Diamantis and Dimitris Condylis.
3rd row L-R : Michael Sergiou, Nikos Balalis, Jean Francois Segratain, Kostas Therapiotis, Manolis Kondylis, Theodore Savvas, Semiramis Paliou, Claude Maillot, Eleni Letoni, Svetlin Stoyanov, Gabriel Panayiotides, Nick Brown and Yordan Minkov.