Bureau Veritas’ magnificent 500…

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A view of the main hall; a full house!

A view of the main hall; a full house!

In less than a month, following the successful Beaujolais event in London’s Trinity House, another full house, this time in Piraeus – home of the world’s biggest shipping fleet, was recorded at Bureau Veritas’ premises!

In festive mood the 500 plus strong faithful enjoyed earlier this afternoon in a Christmas decorated atmosphere at the society’s main hall the food …great food as usual with new recipes too, a unique variety offered by our hosts as this is an event of diverse gathering reflecting no doubt to our hosts diverse circle of businesses: maritime, offshore, industrial to name but a few. Did I hear you say sweets, tarts, or the traditional Greek Christmas specialities? Melomakarona, Courambiedes etcetera… Oh well, not only plentiful but tasting…finger-leaking good! And what about the drinks: Champaign and wines the name of the…game; Santé! A la votre!

Didier Bouttier and his daughter Daiane

Didier Bouttier and his daughter Diane

Didier Bouttier, Bureau Veritas’ head of the Marine & Offshore Activities for the New Zone of Hellenic, Black Sea and Middle East, Lambros Chahalis the regional chief executive  of Bureau Veritas for the Hellenic and Black Sea regions, Tassos Angelopoulos, the deputy country chief executive for Greece and Cyprus, Pailette Paliologou, the sales, marketing and business developments manager, Dr. John Kokarakis, vice president, technology & business development manager, George Andreadis, the marine centre manager of BV in Piraeus, their colleagues and respective teams created the atmosphere for a memorable event. Worth mentioning the female factor, where Bureau Veritas has a say in the field with Pailette Paleologou leading the team and the administrative sector headed by Vasso Giannioti, with Vicky Priovolou, Maggie Aredjian, Maria Papanayotou, Dora Kafetzi and all the other Bureau Veritas ladies!

Who wasn’t there? The Hellenic Coast Guard headed by Vice-Admiral Konstantinos Kounougeris, Deputy Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Rear Admiral (HCG) Christos Koutsoukos, Rt Radm (HCG-Technical) George Stroumbis, and Rt.Radm (HCG) Thimio Liberopoulos from LiberoServices…

Vasso Giannioti, Lambros Chahalis, Demetris Condylis and Pailette Paleologou

Vasso Giannioti, Lambros Chahalis, Demetris Condylis and Pailette Paleologou

Insurance brokers led by Maria Kouliga-Pavlou head of Trinity Marine, Diane Bouttier general manager of FOA international marine insurance brokers and claims consultants, marine insurance specialist and ADR consultant Jenny Pournara, lawyer Costas Avgeris legal consultant of BV…

Shipowners Captain Panagiotis N. Tsakos from the Tsakos Group, Dimitris Melissanides of Aegean, Nondas Logothetis of Karlog Shipping, Dimitris Sfigas from Dalnave Navigation, Alexis Condylis from Larus S.A., Panos Iliopoulos from Ilios Shipping, Vassilis Terzis from Queensway, Stephanos Zolotas from Newlead Holdings, Elias Gotsis from Eurotankers, George Sarris managing director from Enterprises Shipping & Trading, Demetris Condylis from Oceanbulk Maritime, as well as many managing and technical directors from various maritime entities where there too…

Academics where there too with Prof. Grigoris Grigoropoulos and Dimitris Lirides from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), as well as shipbrokers – spotted Captain Kostas Karademas from Allied Shipbroking Inc….

George Salliaris, Jenny Pournara, Anny Zade and Tassos Angelopoulos

George Salliaris, Jenny Pournara, Anny Zade and Tassos Angelopoulos

Technical consultants – the biggest group, amongst them  Harry Petrakakos from P & P Marine Consultants, and George Maghioros from Shipcare Marine Services both on high spirits, George D. Salliaris of marine consulting services with his unique humour; John Iakovides, vibrant and smiling, former BV surveyor George Sarbanis, Gerry Ventouris chief commercial officer from Capital Ship management corporation and his son Dimitris; Aristidis Pantos, technical manager from Action Maritime S.A.; Aristidis Pittas technical manager from Oceanbulk Maritime; Nedime özoğlu from the repair division of Besiktas Shipyards in Turkey; Andreas Christophoridis, technical consultant, Costas Vassiliades, Christos Giannoulis from Oceanking, Michael Lavidas, Marcos J. Tripolitis  of Pireaus Marine Services and President of the Chios Marine Club, Manoli Balis from Turbomarine, and Petros Lalangas, chairman of SNAME Greece…

Gerry Ventouris with his son Demetris

Gerry Ventouris with his son Demetris

Journalists where there too; spotted Stefanos Papandreou from ELNAVI and Natassa Vassilaki managing director of Naftiliaki together with Samantha D. Glass from the same organisation.

All in all a great event leading as usual to many discussions on technical issues, the markets and the coming Festive Season!

We managed to get a short interview from Lambros Chahalis on the Society’s progress, targets and new year; log on herebelow to listen: 

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