Apostolos Belokas

Apostolos Belokas

Apo is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 25 years 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. Apo 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. Apo is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY and Managing Director of SAFETY4SEA.

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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?

What lies beyond zero injuries goal?

Hitting the goal of zero injuries has been a buzzword as of late in the maritime industry. Although most of the efforts have proved beneficial, many others have been brought into question. What is really hiding behind Zero?

HOP vs BBS: It is not either-or, it is both-and

In summer 2017 the US Navy was striving to keep its ships from running into cargo vessels with human element pointed out among others as the root cause, reminding us that the worrisome issue of such maritime accidents and errors still occurs. Is it because we lean towards a quick fix of complex safety problems?

Smart Shipping Survey Findings

Apostolos Belokas, Founder & Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA, presented the results of “the Smart Shipping Survey’’ during 2017 SMART4SEA Conference & Awards. He argued that there is need for the shipping to build cyber awareness momentum to move forward. Regarding autonomous shipping, the survey showed that the majority of the participants believe that it will become a reality for the industry beyond 2030. Mr. Belokas commented that two years ago many would argue that industry is far away from this vision and highlighted that autonomous shipping is now coming fast and it is a one-way street.

Maritime Safety, An Update

- IMO World Maritime Day theme this year was '' IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation'', so the point is- Are we doing enough? Is the implementation of regulation effective in Industry? Should we need more regulation? I have...

Arctic Shipping Developments

First things first, when talking about Arctic shipping, firstly, we need to define the area we are talking about : Arctic is considered the Polar Region north of Arctic Circle, (the 66° 33 parallel) including two shipping roads:...

STCW Rest Periods: Problems and Best Practices

- In an effort to enhance fatigue management IMO has amended the "fitness for duty - hours of rest" requirements to provide watch keepers on-board ships with increased rest periods on the latest STCW Amendments in line with the...

Work and Rest Hours: Problems, Best Practices and KPIs

ILO MLC came into force on 20th of August, 2013 and one of the key problems that would like an extra effort to implement is the issue of the Work and Rest Hours. Rest hours defined in STCW are the same with those of MLC however many industry insiders are confused with the work period issue that according to a 77 hour rest week leaving a 91 hours work week (7×24 – 77 = 91).

ILO MLC: Truth or Dare?

- ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), the so called "ILO Super Convention" is expected to enter into force on August the 20th as the 4th pillar of Maritime Regulatory Compliance along with SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW. As the clock is...


Are we doing enough to keep crew healthy?

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