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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Shipping 2020 & Beyond: Navigating uncharted waters

We are currently navigating the 4th industrial revolution, the so called Shipping 4.0 which focuses on digitization, environmental leadership and safety excellence. During the course of 2018 we have ween IMO announcing an ambitious strategy toward 2050 emissions reduction by 50%, discussions over the forthcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap implementation and also a heated debate on whether to scrub or not to scrub.

Working with difficult people

We have all perceived colleagues being more difficult to work with than others. But, have you ever wondered to what extend the super-competitive,  grumpy and miserable colleagues or the intrusive leaders impact negatively the quality of your own work? Luckily, there are techniques for dealing with a variety of different behaviors – like negativity, aggression or selfishness.

Crushing the “ANTs”: The alternative to toxic thoughts

“I can’t do much”, “This always happens to me”, “My whole day is ruined”. Do you hear similar “ANTs” buzzing around in your ears, sabotaging your best self? The wide field of ANT (Automatic Negative Thinking) is gaining more and more popularity lately. Having already discussed the “Cognitive Behavior Theory” in previous SAFETY4SEA Issues, it is high time we address where negative thoughts come from.

Cyber security to be treated to a new sight in 2019?

There have been flare-ups in the maritime cyber security era over the last two years, when major cyber incidents begun striking industry’s operations. Theft of credentials is said to have increased significantly, with phishing and malware being the most popular cyber threats.

The difference between being a leader and a self-aware leader

Lately, there have been many signs that leadership development is being flawed; an assumption rising from the fact that although people search what behaviors to change in order to become a better leader, they do not search how to change those behaviors. It is of essence therefore, to generate a discussion on leadership development focusing on the self-awareness part, the foundation to ensure good leadership.

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?

Poll

The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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