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Jesper D. Rasmussen (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil Opens Athens Office

KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has opened a new office in Athens, Greece.   The new venture comes as part of the group’s broader growth strategy and desire to further develop its key markets. KPI Bridge Oil has been covering Mediterranean ports through its Istanbul and London offices for over four decades but the need for a physical presence in the important Greek market has become stronger in recent years.   The new Athens office which is KPI Bridge Oil’s second addition to the group this year

Michalis Manassakis  (Photo: KPI Bridge)

KPI Bridge Oil Promotes Manassakis to Managing Director

KPI Bridge Oil, a leading global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has announced  the promotion of Michalis Manassakis to Managing Director of KPI Bridge Oil Greece as of July 1, 2016. Manassakis joined KPI Bridge Oil’s London office in 2011 as Bunker Trader and received a promotion to Team Leader in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of the team. When Manassakis relocated to Greece in May 2016, he was promoted to Deputy Managing Director and Sales Manager at KPI Bridge Oil’s new office in

(Photo: Piraeus Port Authority)

Greek Cruise Operators Fret over Strikes Sparked by Port Sale

Greek cruise ship operators are worried of a lasting impact on the sector from an ongoing strike by port workers protesting against the sale of the country's biggest port Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant COSCO.   Greece in April agreed the sale of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port to COSCO for 368.5 million euros under a third international bailout.   Port workers have held 48-hour rolling strikes since late May, disrupting cargo operations and services provided to cruise ships docking at Piraeus over fears their jobs are at risk.   "We are very worried," said Theodoros

Strike Causes Delays at Greek Ports

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a further 24 hour general strike in Greece on December 3 which is expected to affect vessel movements at many Greek ports and terminals. The public and private sector strike action is scheduled to start at 06:00 local time on December 3 and end at 06:00 on December 4. During the stoppage period, berthing, shifting and sailing operations may be delayed, with local ferries, tug boats, pilots and stevedores at all ports likely to be affected, as well as oil installations at Eleusis–Aspropyrgos and Thessaloniki. ISS Greece said it is working with

Strikes Cause Stoppage in Greek Ports

A 48-hour strike by the Seamen’s Union in Greece is expected to affect all domestic and local ferry routes as well as commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).   The Crew Union of Towage and Salvage has also confirmed participation in the strike which started at 6 a.m. local time May 6 and is scheduled to end at 6 a.m. on May 8. A second 24-hour strike is expected to take place immediately after the first strike, from 6 a.m. on May 8 to 6 a.m. on May 9, ISS said.   The action

Port Alert: 48-Hour General Strike in Greece

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a 48 hour strike of the Seamen’s Union in Greece on  January 20, which is expected to affect the routes of domestic and local ferries, and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi, Megara and Thessaloniki ports for cargo discharging. The Crew Union of Towage and Salvage and the Tug Boats Crew Union of Thessaloniki have confirmed their participation on the strike which is scheduled to start at 06:00 local time on 20 January and end at 06:00 on 22 January. During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth

Photo: Sailors’ Society

Fundraiser Event to Benefit Greek Maritime Scholarships

Sailors’ Society said it will hold its first ever fundraising event in Greece on Thursday, October 15, in Athenaeum InterContinental Athens’ ballroom for a night that will see the industry come together in support of the Society’s Greek maritime scholarship program for aspiring seafarers.   The evening’s festivities will begin with a drinks reception in the ballroom foyer at 19.00, followed by dinner and live music. There will also be live and silent auctions to help raise additional funds for the maritime scholarships program.   Sailors’ Society offers

Lefty Charalambopoulos (Credit Dan-Bunkering)

Dan-Bunkering Appoints Charalambopoulos

Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) S.A.M. announced that Lefty Charalambopoulos has been appointed as Bunker Trader. Lefty was born and raised in Athens, Greece, with a resumé which exceeds over 10 years of experience within the real estate industry prior to a career change directed toward the bunker business.    

Andreas Chrysikos (Photo: Glander International Bunkering)

Chrysikos Joins Glander International Bunkering

region is growing and by definition so must its team.”   The role of Sales Manager is a new addition to GIB’s Geneva office and has been added to reinforce its trading floor in line with increased demand.   Chrysikos previously worked for a shipping company in his native country Greece for over 10 years

Jenny Kofiani Tomacoglu (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil’s Kofiani Tomacoglu Relocates to Athens

utilize the group’s resources in mind of commercial objectives,” said KPI Bridge Oil Athens Managing Director, Jesper D. Rasmussen. “In analyzing Jenny’s strengths it became clear she was a perfect fit for the Athens team. Considering her suitability and her wishes to return to Greece, both personal and business interests were served.”   Jenny holds a masters and a degree from the American College in Athens. While Jenny’s first language is Greek, she is also fluent in English and Turkish.   Jesper concluded, “Though we have made great headway in

Michalis Manassakis (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil to Relocate, Promote Manassakis

Michalis Manassakis to its Athens office with a promotion to Deputy Managing Director and Sales Manager. Manassakis has been with KPI Bridge Oil London for five years, during this time he has established himself in the Greek market and played a key role in developing KPI Bridge Oil’s presence in Greece which has lead to us opening a local office in Glyfada, Athens.   Though Manassakis will continue to work closely with KPI Bridge Oil London his new focus will be working alongside Managing Director, Jesper D Rasmussen to further strengthen the new Athens office.   Michalis who

Photo: IDC

European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

all member states of the European Union.   The IDC added it completely opposes any attempts to increase job instability and precariousness in the ports, along with any form of privatization that opposes the interests of workers.   Dockworkers from Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Britain, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden and Latvia met in Koper, Slovenia in a demonstration of unity

EU Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Targets Blue Growth

EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union. This is the first EU 'macro-regional strategy' with such a large proportion of non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) cooperating with EU members (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia). The Strategy mainly revolves around the opportunities of the maritime economy - blue growth, land-sea transport, energy connectivity, protecting the environment and sustainable tourism – sectors that are bound to play a crucial role in creating jobs and boosting economic

Photo courtesy of OW Bunker

Kounalakis Joins OW Bunker N. America

sales growth across North America, in line with the company’s global expansion strategy. Kounalakis joins OW Bunker North America from Aegean Marine Petroleum Inc, where she most recently held the position of General Manager – Americas. Having joined Aegean in 2001 as a bunker trader in Greece, Kounalakis went on to become Regional Marketing Manager for Aegean Oil USA Inc before assuming her former role. At OW Bunker, Kounalakis will work within the company’s physical distribution business and will be based out of Stamford, Connecticut. In recent months, OW Bunker has announced

Photo: Paris MoU

Paris MoU Reports 113 MLC Detentions in First Year

, the following 12 member States started enforcing the MLC, 2006 from August 20, 2013: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Spain and Sweden. During the first year of implementation, member states Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta and the United Kingdom began to enforce MLC, 2006, bringing the total to 21

More Strikes Planned at Greek Ports

A new 24-hour general strike in Greece is planned for February 4, by both public and private sector unions, while the Seamen’s Union is scheduling another 48-hour strike on the same date, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. The action is expected to affect the routes of domestic and local ferries and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging. The strike action by the Seamen’s Union involves a new 4-hour stoppage and is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on February 4 and end at 6 a.m. on February 6. The

Nick Sheperd (Photo: Wikborg Rein)

Wikborg Rein Bolsters London Team

its leading presence in the shipping and offshore and onshore construction sectors with the appointment of three key senior hires to its London offices.   Nick Shepherd has joined as a partner from Ince & Co, where he was most recently the head of that firm’s office in Piraeus, Greece. According to Wikborg Rein, Shepherd has a reputation as an 'owner's lawyer' for the Greek shipping market, where he is the first-choice lawyer for a number of the largest shipping groups, including TMS / Dryships / Ocean Rig (George Economou); the Navios Group (MAngeliki Frangou); Alpha Bulkers

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