Registration will close end of the day on January 27.
Presented by the SNAME Greek Section
The SNAME Greek Section is pleased to invite you to its fifth webinar for the 2021-2022 season where George Bourtoulis, Senior Consultant, will make a presentation on the topic of “Poor Practices in Shipmanagement”.
Ship management companies of Greek interest account for about 20% of the world tonnage. Although this is a great achievement, it can be even higher! How this can be accomplished? The practice of recruiting, training, engaging, and retaining employees to optimize their talent and maximize their productivity must be improved. Leadership is a keyword. The role of each department should be clear and according to their managers’ practices, the projects must be assigned fairly and correctly, teamwork is to be promoted, KPIs should be established and if achieved, the credit must be shared among the employees in a fair manner, budget is to be kept faithfully, the working environment ashore and onboard must be employee-friendly. The Owners should share their vision with their employees. Poor practices onshore, as well as onboard, should change and be corrected so that it comes to a smooth, enjoyable, and cost-effective result. Getting work done is only a point and just the beginning. Creating workplaces that encourage people, motivate them, and help them bring their best selves to work goes far beyond mere task allocation. A better retention rate is a “must” for shipping companies. The improvement of several procedures including their employees’ productivity and efficiency is beneficial for the ship management, as it will provide the Owners with the strong pillars to feel confident and “get into the trouble” to invest their well-saved dollars in additional fleet.
George Bourtoulis, Senior Consultant
Having graduated in 1990 from the University of Glasgow with a BEng (Honors) in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, he joined the University of Newcastle getting his Msc in Marine Engineering in 1991, while his dissertation was carried out at the TU Delft in Holland. He is a TEE member and an active member with SNAME (Greek section, papers committee Chair), IMarEST, and Martecma-Greece. He commenced his career in 1993 in ship repairs/drydocks at DOVANKO MARINE INC having undertaken a large number of projects. In 2004 he moved to TRISTAR MANAGEMENT a company with Bulk Carriers and General Cargo vessels and from 2013 until June 2021 he was the Technical Manager at EUROTANKERS INC a shipping company with a mixed fleet of mainly Oil Tankers but also with Bulk Carriers and an Asphalt Carrier. He is currently a Senior Consultant for Piraeus-based shipping companies, improving their technical departments. He is also carrying out several inspections as prepurchase, condition, sales change over, preparation for rightship, specification of repairs as well as drydockings and repairs. He has also handled successfully several marine claims. His work focuses on the optimization of ship management. He has been also invited for lectures at the University of Piraeus in the field of ship repairs and management.