Panos Zachariadis

Panos Zachariadis

Panos Zachariadis is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc) and Naval Architect (MSE) from the University of Michigan with a 38-year experience in shipping. He has served for years as Marine Superintendent in New York, after periods of shipbuilding supervision in Japan and sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers. He is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers since 1997 and a member of the Greek Delegation to IMO since 2004, having contributed to the development of several well-known regulations (e.g. GBS, PSPC, FSA) and the prevention of others (e.g. double hull bulk carriers). In cooperation with major Korean shipyards he has applied numerous energy saving ideas, some of which have become industry standards. He is a member of Technical Committees of several classification societies, UGS and Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO Marine Committee, BoD HELMEPA and MARTECMA. He has been honored with the 2011 Efkranti award for his contribution to Greek shipping, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association 2017 Maritime Personality award, the 2017 Lloyd’s List “Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection” award and the 2019 Green4Sea Personality Award.

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How EU ETS and IMO CII will change the Owner – Charterer relationship

The upcoming entry into force of the EU ETS and CII regulations, part of the ambitious EU environmental agenda aiming to reduce emissions from shipping, is expected to redefine the current landscape of communication between shipowners and charterers, argued Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd., during the 2022 GREEN4SEA Forum that took place in late April.

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Career Paths: Panos Zachariadis, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management

Mr. Zachariadis shares worthwile milestones in his career, highlighting that his decision to sail as engine crew (third engineer) in a bulk carrier and an oil tanker for a full year after obtaining his degree was a unique experience. This assisted him in communicating properly with seagoing personnel, having faith that his instructions to them were technically correct and doable.

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Emissions Regulations: Sense and Nonsense

My presentation on emissions regulations may be a little controversial because I'll discuss about things that more and more people start to realize but so far nobody likes to speak about. The IMO makes environmental regulations by looking at one issue at a time and that sometimes results in regulations which have conflicting effects with other environmental issues. The pressure at IMO to do something fast is high and as a result, the regulation may come before technologies are ready or without enough scientific justification for the effectiveness of the regulation, such as the example of ballast water treatment or even by over simplifying the problem, like in my opinion is the example of EEDI and EEOI. This is not a 100% IMO's fault because Member States threaten to proceed with their own regulations if IMO doesn't do it. ECAs will come down to a limit of 0.1% sulfur from next year with an intention for a global ECA for fuel to be used to contain only 0.5% of sulfur from 2020. However, science tells us that reducing SOx warms the atmosphere i.e. SOx cools the atmosphere according to an article from a scientific magazine actually written by eminent scientists,...

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