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5th SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum

The 5th SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum is scheduled as a full-day event (09:00 – 15:30) on Wednesday 31st of January 2024 at the Columbia Venue Centre of Columbia Plaza, Limassol, Cyprus.

This is a NON-PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 200 delegates / 100 organizations attendance from Safety, Technical, and Marine departments of shipping operators and other related industry stakeholders. Attendance will be FREE of charge to delegates, a common feature of ALL SAFETY4SEA forums with sponsors covering all the expenses of the event. Attendance is FREE.

08:30- 9:00    Welcome Coffee & Registration
09:00  Forum Opening – Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

09:00- 09:15  Keynote Address – Dr. Stelios D. Himonas, Permanent Secretary, Shipping Deputy Ministry

09:15 – 10:15 Panel #1 Navigating the waves: Safety insights in maritime
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Human Capital Return on Investment: Best practices for investing in and developing the human factor
  • Developing Robust PSC Preparation Strategies: Challenges and success stories in PSC compliance
  • IMO Resolutions in force: Implications and compliance requirements for ship owners and operators
  • Applications of AI for enhancing safety and efficiency in shipping: Opportunities and challenges
    • Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA
    • Ioannis Liakakos, General Manager, Dromon Bureau of Shipping
    • Nicholas Rich, Director Fleet Management, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Cyprus) Ltd

10:15 – 10:30 Focus Presentation

Dimitris Psarros, Business Development Manager, RISK4SEA

10:30 – 11:00 Networking Coffee

11:00 -12:00 Panel #2 Harmony on high seas: Strategies for crew welfare and resilience

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

The industry is facing several and diverse challenges and needs to be proactive to balance associated risks. Therefore, implementing loss prevention measures and best practices can help industry stakeholders prepare for the disruptive changes that will eventually take place.

  • Seafarers’ Health: Understanding the challenges, health programs and services for seafarers
  • Balancing work-life at sea: Strategies for building crew welfare & resilience
  • Fostering safety culture at sea: Key considerations for effective communication and training
  • Psychological safety matters: The link with operational performance
    • Capt. Konstantinos G. Karavasilis, Regional Director, Loss Prevention, UK P&I Club
    • Marinos Kokkinis, Managing Director, OneCare Solutions
    • Capt.  VS Parani, Vice President – Marine, Tufton Asset Management

12:00 -13:00 Panel #3 People, Process, Performance: HR strategies for shipping

Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Human Resources Management in shipping: Factors contributing to workforce attrition
  • HR retention and performance strategies: Overview of the unique challenges
  • Bridging skill gaps: Key consideration for training and development programs
  • Soft skills and future workforce: Best practices for future-ready maritime professionals
    • Capt. Faouzi Fradi, Director Crewing and Training, Columbia Shipmanagement
    • Dr. Anastasios Hovardas, Senior Associate Scientist, Cyprus Marine & Maritime Institute – CMMI
    • Capt. Rohit Tandon, General Manager, FML Ship Management Ltd, Cyprus 

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Buffet

14:00 – 14:15 Keynote Address – George A. Tsavliris, President, CYMEPA

14:15 – 15:15 Panel #4 Greening the seas:  Decarbonizing the maritime industry
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Maritime decarbonization: Current challenges & opportunities
  • Carbon-neutral fuels: Feasibility, challenges and consideration for widespread use
  • Emissions regulatory framework: Navigating compliance challenges and risks
  • Low-emission technologies: Assessing viability and environmental impact 
    • Marc Caramondanis, Technical Operator, CYMEPA
    • Andreas Chrysostomou, Executive Director, Clean Shipping Alliance
    • Dr. Chara Georgopoulou, Senior Research Engineer II and Head of Maritime DNV R&D and Advisory, Greece

15:15 – 16:15 Panel #5 Crew competence: Key training and development practices
Moderated by Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

  • Future learning needs: Trends and innovations in training
  • Competency trends: Strategies for crew preparedness & experience transfer
  • Developing maritime crews: The role of technology and innovation
  • Identifying training needs: Enhancing safety and addressing key issues of seafarers’ certifications 
    • Valentinos Steliou, Innovation Director, MINTRA
    • Stavros Fokas Kavalierakis, Chairman, ICS Cyprus Branch
    • Barbara Loyal, WISTA Cyprus member & Joint CEO of ESM Esmeralda Shipmanagement, WISTA CYPRUS

16:15 – 17:15 Farewell Networking Cocktail