January 31 2019

Report on SNAME Greek Section meeting on January 31st, 2019


2019 kicked off with a special meeting organized by the Greek section of SNAME where eight Section members were recognized for their commitment and contribution to the industry; four students of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens presented their diploma thesis and the Section cut its vasilopita.


During the first part of the event the following four NTUA graduates presented their thesis, starting with Dimitris Konstantinidis, whose presentation focused on “Decision Support Tool for the Feasibility of Small-Scale LNG Supply Chains. Case Study on Islands for Power Generation Purposes”. Once Mr. Konstantinidis completed his presentation, Panagiotis Psycharis took the floor and started his presentation on “Theoretical Analysis of the Structural Rules of the International Association of the Classification Societies (IACS), for Ships Sailing in Polar Conditions and their Implementation”. The third presentation was given by Konstantinos Sardelis who focused on “Study of the Propeller – Rudder Interaction in Self-Propulsion Model Tests”. Stavros Siamantas was the last speaker; he gave a presentation on “Elastic Shaft Alignment of a Container Vessel”.


During the second half of the event Ioannis Chalaris and Dimitrios Vekios received a SNAME Undergraduate Scholarship certificate; Dimitris Georgiadis was recognized for receiving the first-ever given Walter M. & Doris H. Maclean Scholarship; Eleni Kourkouliotou was the recipient of a SNAME Graduate Scholarship certificate; Dimitrios Lyridis was recognized as the 2018 Faculty Advisor of the Year; Apostolos Papanikolaou was honored with Vice Admiral E. L. Cochrane Award for his paper "Experimental Studies on Seakeeping and Maneuverability of Ships in Adverse Weather Conditions", published in Journal of Ship Research, September 2017; and Spyros Phokas and Panagiotis Romanos were congratulated on their 50-year commitment and dedication to SNAME.


A Q&A session succeeded each presentation, while a committee that comprised local section’s Executive Committee members, academics and industry representatives evaluated the presentations for their originality, content and contribution to science. Stavros Siamantas’ presentation outweighed the other three and he received a cash prize of €300.00. The other three graduates received a copy of Stability and Safety of Ships: Risk of Capsizing by V.L. Belenky & N.B. Sevastianov as a gift.


During the post-meeting reception, a vassilopita was cut and the winner of the coin received a gift from the SNAME Greek Section.


The four presentations can be found here.

Dimitris Konstantinidis’ presentation

Konstantinos Sardelis’ presentation

Stavros Siamantas’ presentation

John Kokarakis and the 4 speakers on the panel

From left to right: D. Konstantinidis, P. Psycharis, K. Sardelis and S. Siamantas




John Kokarakis, Section Chair, and Harilaos Petrakakos, Section Secretary/Treasurer cut the Greek Section vasilopita and wish everybody a Happy New Year.



Dr. Kokarakis congratulates the 1st-place winner of the NTUA Diploma Thesis Competition, Stavros Siamantas