Presenting the award Mr. Vassilios Kroustallis, Vice-President Europe, said “It is such an honor to be presenting tonight’s GREEN4SEA Personality Award to a true industry visionary from a business renowned for its laser like focus on safety and respect for the environment. A business that routinely exceeds regulatory requirements for environmental procedures and equipment, establishing its own benchmark for quality.”

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Accepting the award Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd, stated “When you love what you do, you will be good at it. In addition, in order to be successful in any job, you have to continuously be educated on the latest developments and, why not, offer your own opinion. As such, I love shipping and I have always had the curiosity to be on top of upcoming regulations and read other people’s studies that may affect our industry in the future.  I feel it is part of my job, firstly for myself, to know what's going on in the industry and also let others know my opinion on shipping topics, with the aim to alert them of possible problems ahead, wrong regulations being discussed, and so on.”

Mr. Panos Zachariadis is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc) and Naval Architect (MSE) from the University of Michigan with a 35-year experience in shipping. Mr. Zachariadis 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. Since 1997, he is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd. Since 2004, he is a member of the Greek Delegation to IMO.  He has contributed to the development of several well-known regulations, such as 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.  Mr. Zachariadis is a member of Technical Committees of several classification societies, UGS and Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO Marine Committee, BoD HELMEPA and MARTECMA. Furthermore, Mr. Zachariadis has written numerous technical guides, papers and articles and has received global recognition for promoting Greek Shipping internationally.

This is a special category award for any individual person that provided industry leadership and contributed toward smarter shipping throughout his/her career, after consideration and review of a list of “Editor’s Pick” nominees by the SAFETY4SEA Team. GREEN4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for green shipping excellence, technology, initiative, clean shipping practices, green ports and personalities that are leading the path toward a more sustainable future. Other winners of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards are: Blue Planet Shipping Ltd for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Navigator Gas LLC for the Tanker Operator Award, MAN Energy Solutions for the Technology Award, International Windship Association (IWSA) for the Initiative Award, Clean Shipping Association 2020 (CSA2020) for the Clean Shipping Award, Port of Valencia for the Port Award and Mr. George Tsavliris, CYMEPA for the Leadership Award.

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2019 GREEEN4SEA Awards at https://events.safety4sea.com/2019-green4sea-awards/