Belokas Apostolos

Belokas Apostolos

Apostolos is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than a 20-year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in early 90’s as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers. He then shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 8,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He has also presented and chaired to more than 40 conferences. He holds Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degree in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA.

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ISM Code Implementation: The bar is set too low

It has been 30 years since the initial drafting and 20 years since the mandatory introduction and of the ISM Code. While a lot of ink has been spent around the globe, we do not have a clear structure on how to assess the effectiveness of the ISM Code and at the same time we have seen very limited reports on the subject. However, we have a clear understanding of how shipping stakeholders work and that will guide us to assess where we stand.

7 tips for successful public speaking

Shipping industry offers many opportunities for public speaking, either in a team meeting or at industry events, conferences, webinars and podcasts. Which are, however, the tips towards a better public speaking?

Anxiety vs Performance: How to maintain a balance

Anxiety: Either a short term “state” or a long term “trait”. Studies have shown that although too much anxiety and stress make negative impact in the workplace, when in the right amount, they can enhance one’s performance. It is of essence, therefore that seafarers have the right answers to the following questions…

Why body language is important in the workplace

What does your sitting style or your voice tone say? What message do you send when you cross your arms? Mastering body language can have an effect not only on job interviews, presentations and social occasions, but also on your brain!

Shipping and human element: An underrated relationship

Studies say that the 90% of all accidents at sea are caused by the human factor. There is hope that autonomy can bring a drop in the number of collisions and groundings, particularly when it comes to navigation-related ones. But, what’s the percentage of accidents prevented by humans?

How challenging is for shipping industry to be sustainable?

Shipping industry is an integrated part of the global economy. But, which comes first? Profit, society or environment? How critical is to meet both the increasing environmental and social challenge with the right mindset and resources?

Lessons to be learned from recent cyber incidents

Although it is a new risk, cyber-crime is considered one of the top five risks in shipping.  This is where we stand at the moment; we know only four paths to implementation in shipping. But do we know how successful are they or even which is the most effective?

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ?

In today’s corporate life, dependent on negotiation, compromise, and collaboration, the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) cannot be understated. We hear that many organizations now use EQ testing in order to hire new staff. But, what’s more important in determining life success? Our ability to learn and apply knowledge or emotional intelligence ?

Learnability: A three stage process

Knowledge is freely available at a touch of a button, but is learnability about acquiring abundance of knowledge just by sitting in front of a computer screen all day? The answer is no!

Poll

Is the shipping industry able to move away from the traditional operational model?

maritime events

Alerts Casualties Loss Prevention Maritime Health Regulation Safety Seafarers Security
ferry and container ship collision
Oil washed at French Riviera after ferry and container ship collision
east port said
Egypt reduces fees for ships arriving at East Port Said
sulphur cap
US wants a phase-in implementation of 2020 sulphur cap
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
ghg emissions
GHG emissions in US reduced by 2.7%
emissions
IEA: Energy efficiency policies can reduce GHG emissions by 40%
fuels
EIA: US manufacturers’ ability to switch fuels decline
Connectivity Cyber Security E-navigation Energy Efficiency Maritime Software Smart
stm validation
Tallinn becomes new shore centre for STM Validation Project
port of riga
Port of Riga signs agreement for better use of digital solutions
data assurance
IACS: Data assurance of computer-based systems onboard
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
ships detained in UK
Foreign-flagged ships detained in UK during September
smuggling
Smuggling and ship detentions
houthi holding ships
Houthi militia holding 10 vessels in Port of Hodeidah
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
female captain
BW LNG announces first woman Captain onboard LNG carrier
sustainable shipping companies
Italy proposes tax ease for sustainable shipping companies
women in ports
IAPH Women’s Forum: Pushing the agenda for women in ports
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
port of savannah
Port of Savannah’s container trade up by 12%
port of vancouver
Port of Vancouver announces end of cruise season
offshore wind
US focuses on offshore wind with three key projects
sulphur cap
ODME bypass criminal prosecutions: cause for concern or more of the same?
safety in shipping
Steps to creating safety
us navy develops ship coating
Jotun: Key considerations when choosing antifouling coatings
smuggling
Smuggling and ship detentions