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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 

Maritime technology and marine risk prevention firm, Prevention at Sea, recently hosted a free Bulker Management Self-Assessment (BMSA) workshop in Athens.

The scope of the workshop was to inform the Greek shipping community about BMSA and Prevention at Sea’s position on the envisioned self-assessment programme. The workshop included presentations from Prevention at Sea collaborators Alex Tzortzopoulos and Capt Athanasios Vasilakos who introduced the proposed BMSA and ways in which it is likely to support bulker owners and managers wishing to comply with regulator and customer expectations in areas of vessel management as diverse as safety, piracy and cyber security.

Presentations were also given by leading industry guest speakers that included George Gabriel (Golden Union Shipping), Capt Vassilis Ladonikolas (Enterprises Shipping & Trading), and Capt Apostolos Skempes (Arcadia Shipmanagement).

The speakers gave delegates practical advice in how to achieve compliance with the BMSA, based on their own experiences. The sessions were interactive, with delegates taking part and voicing their concerns and expectations with regards to the BMSA.

The principal objective of the workshop had been to bring together HSQE Managers, Risk Managers, Superintendents and Decision Makers from a range of  ship management companies who are involved in ensuring safe operations of their fleet. The workshop certainly succeeded in this objective and the animated discussions during the coffee-breaks suggested that informal information exchange was as least as important as that which occurred during formal workshop sessions.

A secondary objective had been to place on the table the anticipated elements, envisioned benefits, possible issues as well as legal aspects of the BMSA. This too was achieved through the speakers on the one hand as well as through two-way discussions with delegates, providing food for thought for both the delegates who will be impacted by the BMSA and those who will regulate the BMSA.

“This has been a tremendously successful event with 55 companies sending their DPA or Deputy DPAs and we were also delighted to receive a visit from Mr George Pateras, President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.  I would also like to thank the members of my team and our guest speakers for taking the time to explain the intricacies of the predicted BMSA programme and ways in which bulker owners can introduce robust self-assessment methods and procedures that will comply with regulatory and customer expectations,” said Petros Achtypis, CEO of Prevention at Sea.

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