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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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!

Ten tips on professional email writing

Organizations –  including maritime ones –  receive a large amount of emails every day. In most cases this can lead to disorganization or inefficiency. These business email tips will help you understand the email writing format!

Building professional resilience: A quick guide

Being resilient means remaining a thriving enterprise despite the emerging challenges. Which are the capabilities, skills, and self-care practices that contribute in building professional resilience in maritime industry?

Training isn’t important; It is vital

Think of smart phones, Google Applications, Amazon, smart aviation technologies or even smart cars! It is obvious that all the above and more will come also into shipping. Thus, what will be the future of the marine training look like?

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Are the vessels’ crew members aware enough of the new requirements of STCW Convention?

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Salvage companies hired to refloat ‘MV Priscilla’
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7 ways to make healthy habits a priority when at sea
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13 die as ‘duck boat’ sinks due to storm
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
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Court dismisses New York’s lawsuit against major oil companies
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IMO to enhance spill preparedness in Northwest Pacific
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Wärtsilä BWMS close to obtaining USCG type approval compliance
Connectivity Cyber Security E-navigation Energy Efficiency Maritime Software Smart
sensors
Sensors provide solutions in navigation, cargo and supply chain safety
drones
Drones can contribute to safer and more efficient shipping
data collection in the arctic
Technology advancements enable data collection in the Arctic
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
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Maersk Line, Cosco services in Nigeria suspended
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Two ships refused access in Paris MoU region
crew underpayment
ITF welcomes AMSA’s decision to ban ship over crew underpayment
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
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Carnival surpasses 2020 emissions target ahead of schedule
plastics policy
Top European countries moving ahead on plastics policy
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5 reasons why high seas need protection
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
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Emergency Procedures: Rescue from Enclosed Space
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Possible special passage regime at Port of Amsterdam due to drought
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Why practicing mindfulness meditation onboard