Charalampos Anastasakis, Senior Marine & Offshore Specialist, Lloyd’s Register

Charalampos AnastasakisCharalampos Anastasakis graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2003 with a B. Eng. in Naval Architecture and M.Sc. in Marine Technology.

He joined Lloyd’s Register in 2006 and has since been mainly involved with plan approval of Ballast Water Management Plans and keeping up to date with relevant legislation and regulatory framework around the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments as well as other environmental legislation.

He is considered as one of the two local experts on Ballast Water Management. He regularly delivers training courses and seminars both internally and externally on ballast water management.


Joe Angelo, Deputy Managing Director, INTERTANKO

Joe Angelo PictureJoseph J. Angelo is currently the Deputy Managing Director for the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO).  He joined INTERTANKO in January 2005 when he became the Director of Regulatory Affairs and the Americas located in their Arlington, Virginia regional office.  From January 2011 to July 2012, he was the Managing Director of INTERTANKO as part of a long term leadership succession plan.

Mr. Angelo is a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  He began his career with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1977 and was assigned to various positions of greater responsibility until 1992, when he became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES).  In 1995 he became the first Coast Guard Director of Standards for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, a position he held until his retirement from the U.S. government in January 2005.

Since 1980, Mr. Angelo has been a key negotiator and the head of numerous delegations for the U.S. to major maritime safety and environmental protection committee meetings and conferences at the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with international maritime affairs.

Mr. Angelo has received two Presidential Distinguished Executive Service Awards, one from President Clinton in 1999 and the other from President Bush in 2004.  In addition, he was the recipient of the 2003 Chamber of Shipping of America’s RADM Halert C. Shepheard Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Merchant Marine Safety.  Mr. Angelo is also one of a few graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy that have received two Outstanding Professional Achievement Awards from the USMMA Alumni Association, one in 1991 for his work at the US Coast Guard and the second in 2011 for his work at INTERTANKO.


Stefanos Chatzinikolaou, Piraeus Training Centre, R&D / Innovation Hub Manager, RINA Hellas 

Stefanos Chatzinikolaou webStefanos Chatzinikolaou holds a diploma from the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (NTUA). He has served for over ten years as a research engineer at NTUA participating in several research projects, in topics such as maritime safety, ship environmental assessment, air emissions, and energy efficiency among others.

His doctoral research studies deal with the development of methodologies for the assessment of the sustainability concept within the maritime transport sector. From Sept 2015 he has joined RINA, being responsible for the research, innovation and training activities of this classification society in Piraeus, Greece. 


Rasmus Folsø, CEO, DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

Rasmus FolsøRasmus Folsø took up the position as CEO of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S 1’st of December 2011. Prior to this Rasmus was a member of the Board of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, from 2009 to December 2011. DESMI Ocean Guard A/S markets type approved UV-based ballast water treatment systems that are optimized to meet the strict IMO and USCG requirements everywhere in the world, while at the same time matching the shipowner requirements.

Before joining DESMI Ocean Guard Rasmus worked with innovation in Maersk Maritime Technology where he was Head of Strategic R&D. It was in this position Rasmus first started working with ballast water treatment issues seen from the point of view of a shipowner, and in 2009 a joint research project resulted in the establishment of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S.

Prior to joining Maersk, Rasmus held various positions at the Italian classification society RINA, where he over a period of 9 years worked with advanced sea-keeping analyses, fatigue damage assessments and rule development in IACS (International Association of Classification Societies).

Rasmus holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in naval architecture from the Technical University of Denmark.


Stamatis FradelosPrincipal Engineer, OEP Department, ABS 

Stamatis FradelosOCT2015 webStamatis Fradelos is Principal Engineer in ABS’ Operational Environmental Performance (OEP) team. The OEP team provides technical support on energy efficiency, vessel performance and environmental matters.  Stamatis is ABS’ representative on the IACS Environmental Panel.

Prior to joining ABS, Stamatis worked as a marine field surveyor for five years at the Hellenic Register of Shipping and spent six years at Lloyd’s Register as a Plan Approval Surveyor.

Stamatis has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (NTUA), a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science (NTUA) and a M.Sc. in Engineering - Economic Systems (NTUA, UoA, UoP).


Stavros Hatzigrigoris, Managing Director, Maran Gas Maritime Inc

sh dnv photoStavros Hatzigrigoris is the current Managing Director of Maran Gas Maritime Inc., a position which he has held since 2003. For the years 1992 to 2012 he held the position of Managing Director of Maran Tankers Management Inc. Stavros joined Anangel Shipping Enterprises S.A. in 1981 as a Superintendent Engineer.

He holds a B.Sc. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from University College London, an M.Sc. degree in Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and has studied Management of Ship Operations in the University of Strathclyde.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and has served as one of the SNAME International Vice Presidents. He is a member of the ABS Technical Committee, the Chairman of the DNV-GL Technical Committee and a member of the Greek Technical Committees of LRS, KR and CCS.


Dimitrios A. Heliotis, Chief Operating Officer and Technical Director, Target Group

heliotisDimitrios A. Heliotis, is the COO and Technical Director of Piraeus-based Target Group comprising Target Marine SA and Horizon Tankers Ltd SA, a position he has held since April 2014.

He joined Target in 1999 as fleet manager and new building project manager and between then and becoming group technical director in 2005 he was responsible for projects in South Korea’s Hyundai HI, STX, SPP, Samsung HI, Sungdong, Onomichi and Tsuneishi in Japan as well as Sinopacific Shipbuilding in China.

On obtaining an MSc in Air Transport Engineering and Management at Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK) to go with a B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hull, (UK) he initially worked as an independent consultant and surveyor.

In 1993 he joined Elkco Marine Consultants, before joining marine consulting firm Marinecare Ltd and, from 1996 to joining Target, he was a superintendent engineer for Navitas Co S.A a bulk carrier operator.

Memberships include: UK Engineering Council, Chartered Engineer; Royal Institute of Naval Architects; Technical Chamber of Greece; Hellenic Technical Committees of LR, ABS and NK; is the Vice President of MARTECMA, a member of Intertanko’s Safety, Technical and Environmental committee (ISTEC), and a member of the Marshal Islands Quality Council (MIQC) and the Blue Water Vessel Advisory Group (BWVAG).


Kashif Javaid, Area Sales Manager, OceanSaver AS

Kashif Javaid smilKashif Javaid has extensive experience in working with vessels’ operators, shipowners and shipyards in Europe and Asia.

Based at OceanSaver HQ in Norway since 2013, he is Area Sales Manager for Greece, Germany and Turkey. In addition, he is also responsible for newbuilding and retrofit market in China.

Prior to joining OceanSaver, Mr. Javaid, for several years, has held S&P and Newbuilding ship brokerage positions focusing on Asian and European shipping markets, as well as a consultant in Norway.

Educated at Nottingham Business School and obtained MSc. degree, he is also holding certification from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, UK.


Jae-Chul JungTechnical Sales Manager, NK Co., Ltd

J.C. JungJae-Chul Jung is Technical Sales Manager of NK and specialist for NK O3 BWTS. His academic background is business and marketing.

He had led Commercialization T. F. Team and successful launching for NK O3 BWTS to major ship-owner group. He has been special task force team for NK O3 BWTS up to now and recently focused on retrofitting solution for existing vessels.


Nikolaos Kakalis, Manager R&D and Advisory East Med, Black & Caspian, Italy & Adriatic, DNV GL


Nikolaos Kakalis is the Manager of R&D and Advisory for DNV GL in South East Europe and Middle East. Nikos leads the development and commercialisation of services and tools for analysis and optimization of integrated ship machinery systems with respect to energy efficiency, emissions, costs, and safety.
He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London, as well as a Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. His work has resulted in over 40 refereed journal and conference proceedings publications.

Gregory Kazantzis, Head of Plan Approval (Team V), Maritime Service Centre, Piraeus, DNV GL

gregory kazantzisGregory Kazantzis graduated from NTUA as a Naval Architect/Marine Engineer, MSc degree from Newcastle upon Tyne University.
Previous experience:
- Design department of Elefsis Shipyards
- Head of CAD/CAE department of Elefsis Shipyards.
- Head of Hellenic Plan Approval Office,Bureau Veritas.

Current position: Head of Plan Approval (Team V) Maritime Service Centre, Piraeus, DNV GL.


John Kokarakis, VP Technology & Business Development, Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas

kokarakisDr. John Kokarakis has extensive experience in ship design and operations, spanning over thirty years.  He has served in various positions at ABS and Germanischer Lloyd with emphasis in design and construction. Currently he holds the position of Vice President of Technical Business Development responsible for the South Europe, Africa, Hellenic, Black Sea & Middle East Zone.

His work focuses on the implementation of the “green” regulations with specialization in fuel saving techniques. John is a graduate of National Technical University of Athens, following which he earned a doctorate and MSEs in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.


Christos Koukis, Sales Manager – Ballast Water Treatment Systems, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A.

c koukis photoChristos Koukis, BEng (Hons), MSc, MIMarE, MIMechE Mech. Engineer – Marine & Offshore Engineering, holds the position of Sales Manager – Ballast Water Treatment Systems in ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions SA, since 2013.

Position Responsibilities: – Based in Shanghai, CN for the commercial and technical promotion of ERMA FIRST BWTS in Asian market (China, Korea, Japan, Hong-Kong) including both, Shipyards & Shipping Management Companies

– Manage the Agents sales network in the corresponding countries of activity

– In depth continuous technical training of the Agents sales network

– Leading commercial and technical meetings at all project stages according to requirement (New building and Retrofit projects)

– Remain in direct communication with the Project Management Division for settlement of upcoming technical or commercial issues that require physical presence either in Shipyard or on-board

– Data assessment for evaluation and feasibility analysis of BWTS Retrofit solutions with regular vessel attendances for in-situ verification of technical proposals. 


Vincent Li, Overseas Project Manager, SunRui Marine Environment Engineering Co, Ltd

Vincent LiVincent Li graduated from University of New South Wales in 2012 with a Master Degree of Environment Engineering, study mainly focused on water treatment technologies. Joined SunRui Marine Environment Engineering Company from Sep 2012 till present, now position is Overseas Project Manager in Marine Equipment Dept.

Work content covers oversea marketing, technical & business negotiation and project execution of BalClor ballast water management system, and management of oversea branch companies, offices and sales & after-sale service agents.

Almost four years work specifically on ballast water management system builds up a comprehensive understanding of pros and cons of different treatment technologies as well as status of different regulations. As the manager of several oversea retrofitting projects such as aframax tanker retrofitting pilot project in Turkey and Semi-sub retrofitting pilot project in the Netherlands, experience of practical retrofitting projects, especially potential challenges and trouble shootings during whole project process, has been accumulated.


Christian Mollitor, Vice President, Liberian Registry

Christian Mollitor photoChristian Mollitor is Vice President of the Liberian Registry, the world’s largest white-listed ship registry renowned for excellence, efficiency, safety and innovative service; which includes more than 4,030 vessels aggregating nearly 140 million gross tons—representing 13 percent of the world’s ocean going fleet.

Before his appointment at the YCF Group & the Liberian Registry, Mr. Mollitor practiced law in Alaska, and held maritime and environmental regulatory compliance roles at Royal Caribbean International and Holland America Line. During this time, he served as the NorthWest Cruiseship Association’s representative to Washington State’s ballast water policy work group and as co-director of the joint U.S. Coast Guard/Holland America Line cruise ship mass rescue operation exercise held in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Mr. Mollitor graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. He also earned a Juris Doctor and Certificate of Specialization in Maritime Law from Tulane University Law School, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University. He is a member of the Alaska Bar and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.


Tom Perlich, President, Ecochlor Cyprus Ltd

Tom PerlichTom Perlich has more than 35 years of diversified experience managing engineers in Fortune 500 companies in industrial/municipal water treatment applications, with twelve years directly involved in ballast water treatment. He is the Founder and President of Ecochlor and in 2004, secured international and United Stated patents in Chlorine Dioxide BWTS.

Tom Perlich is regarded as a leading authority on ballast water treatment with articles that have been published by some of the most prominent maritime magazines. He is often asked to speak on issues regarding Ballast Water Treatment and Green Shipping at conferences around the world. Perlich has an aptitude in entrepreneurial opportunities that meet the needs of the customer exceeds sales expectations and builds leading teams with a global reach.


Amy Qu, Sales Manager, Qingdao Headway Technology Co, Ltd

AmyAmy Qu is Sales Manager in Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd.

She studied at the International Business in Zhejiang Gongshang University, China.

She joined Qingdao Headway Technology in 2005. She is married with one child.  


Nobu Su, Chairman, Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT)

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Nobu Su is the Chairman of the Taipei-based shipping company Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT) as well as an environmentalist, philanthropist and vocal proponent of increased participation of Asian shipping companies in the global market. With over 50 years experience in the maritime industry, Nobu is also renowned for his inventions in the field of shipping and communications technology, holding over ten registered patents. His best known technologies are OceanNet and Hybrid Ship.

OceanNet is an efficient and cost-effective system which enables the transmission of data via an offshore mobile communications network, without the need for expensive satellite communications. This new technology will not only enable ship crews to communicate with family and friends, but also improve safety, security and operational efficiency by allowing ships to transmit critical information to other vessels within a 20 to 30km range, such as the latest weather conditions or the location of a strand vessel.

On the road to COP22, there has been a great deal of debate about how the shipping industry can reduce its carbon footprint. Nobu’s ‘Hybrid Ship’ technology was especially developed to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate the problem of ballast water contamination, which has been identified as one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans. Nobu came up with the idea of using hybrid technology to reduce a ship’s requirement for ballast water between 10-20% (depending on the ship’s size), thus minimising harm to marine life. Meanwhile the use of a conventionally driven main propeller and an electrically driven duct propeller reduce CO2 emissions because less energy is needed to achieve the required speed.

Now based in Taiwan, Nobu was educated in Japan and Switzerland, graduating with a BSC in Economics from Keio University and earning an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). On 19 April 2011, he was given the Lifetime Achievement for Entrepreneurship award at the international ShipTek conference.


Masahiro Teranishi, Deputy General Manager, Overseas & Marketing, BWMS Division, JFE Engineering

JFE TeranishiMasahiro Teranishi joined JFE in 1993 after having finished his bachelor degree in faculty of human sciences at the Osaka University. Following 12 years he had been working for the product support and marketing department of steel structure construction division.

From 2005 to 2007, he had been working for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan as an administrative officer on Port and Harbour. After returning to JFE, in 2009 he moved to Ballast Water Management System Division to build up BWMS business and contributed to achieve JFE’s successful share in Japanese market.

With his knowledge accumulated from the beginning of this BWMS business, he now leads the overseas sales & marketing of JFE BallastAce®.