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EU Maritime MRV accreditation enables Bureau Veritas clients to meet deadline for compliance

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1 March 2017 –

Bureau Veritas, the leading international classification society, has gained accreditation from United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), in their pilot scheme, to carry out assessments and verifications for compliance with the European Union’s Maritime Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.

The regulation, part of the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, requires operators to monitor and report on CO2 emissions based on ship fuel consumption. It applies to all merchant ships of 5,000 GT or above on journeys that call at an EU port.

Reporting is on both a per-voyage and an annual basis, and emissions monitoring plans and reports must be verified by an accredited verifier. Ship operators must achieve a number of milestones before the first monitoring period begins in 2018.

Patrick Le Dily, Vice President, Legal Compliance & Regulatory Management, Bureau Veritas said:

“As a leader in both regulatory compliance and environmental performance services for the marine industry, Bureau Veritas has a deep understanding of EU MRV and the challenges it brings.

UKAS accreditation combined with our worldwide organization and network of EU Maritime MRV Verifiers enables us to help clients meet the deadlines for compliance through timely approval of monitoring plans and future verification of monitoring reports.”

Bureau Veritas will act as a UKAS accredited EU Maritime MRV Verifier in accordance
with accreditation for ISO 14065:2013 certification scheme. Verification activities cover review and approval of emissions monitoring plans (2017), assessment of reports and issuing Documents of Compliance (both from 2019).

For more information, visit www.bureauveritas.com/marine-and-offshore
Marine client portal www.veristar.com

Contact:
Nicholas Brown
Bureau Veritas
+33 (0) 6 04 91 72 41
nicholas.brown@bureauveritas.com

Capucine Rios
Bureau Veritas
+33 (0)6 30 47 09 81
capucine.rios@bureauveritas.com

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Greek Shipping Awards 2016 attended by record 1,200 guests in Athens

A NEW record attendance and a strong line-up of winners contributed to the success of the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards for 2016, which were presented at a packed dinner event on Friday at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel in Athens.

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Thenamaris chief executive Nikolas Martinos (left) with the Tanker Company of the Year Award, presented by Lambros Chahalis, vice-president and regional chief executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region of Bureau Veritas.

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Bureau Veritas Press Release 26th Hellenic Marine Technical Committee - November 2016

The Marine Technical Committee meeting of Bureau Veritas for 2016 took place on November 8th at the Yacht Club of Greece, in Microlimano. The well-attended meeting started as always with the social time, where attendees had the change to exchange their views and latest news from the shipping world.

The meeting started with the introduction of the new members. They were introduced by the Committee's Vice Chairman Mr. Antonis Faraklas, Managing Director of Chartworld Shipping Corp., Mr. Anastasios Angelopoulos, Marine Chief Executive for Greece & Cyprus, Secretary of the Committee, then welcomed the Committee members.

The technical presentations started with Mr. John Couyou, . The title of his presentation was: "EU-MRV Implementation (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification)". Bureau Veritas will act as a accredited Marine EU MRV Verifier in accordance with accreditation for ISO 14065:2013 certification scheme and will perform the following activities:

?Review and Approval of Marine EU-MRV Monitoring Plans
?Assessment of Maritime EU-MRV Monitoring Reports
?Issuance of Document of Compliance

A new mobile application "My Veristar" presented by Mr. George Andeadis, Marine Center Manager. The all-in-one app for marine professionals on the move, monitor your fleet, plan your surveys and stay informed. My Veristar is free and easy to download for both iOS and Android. Simply visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search "My Veristar".

The technical meeting closed with a presentation by Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President Technology & Business Development of Hellenic, Black Sea Region & Middle East Zone, presented "Ballast Water Management - Challenges and Updates". Given that the entry into force is fast approaching this is a hot topic. The latest development from IMO were discussed and ways to ensure compliance with the convention.

Like always the meeting was finished with the traditional dinner, where there were ample opportunities for everybody to fraternize and enjoy the delicious food offered by the restaurant of Yacht Club of Greece.

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Persons in the photo from left to right: G. Andreadis, L. Chahalis, A. Faraklas, A. Angelopoulos, J. Kokarakis

26th Hellenic Marine Technical Committee

Persons in the photo from left to right: B. Stamatopoulos, G. Kavounis, J. Kokarakis, M. Kasmas, A. Angelopoulos

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Persons in the photo from left to right: M. Kamas, Th. Sarris, J. Ioannidis

26th Hellenic Marine Technical Committee

Persons in the photo from left to right: A. Angelopoulos, J. Couyou, J. Ioannidis, Th. Kontes, St. Mavrellos, M. Kasmas, G. Andreadis

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Persons in the photo from left to right: G. Kotsyfis, L. Chahalis

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Bureau Veritas' contribution to the Euro 2016 football competition

Did you know that Bureau Veritas participated in the preparation of the Euro 2016, this football competition gathering the best football team during one month, from June 10 to July 10, in France?

It was a privilege to be part of the 500 French companies that contributed to this ambitious event during which thousands of people from all over the world will support their favorite players in the stadiums.

Indeed, the real kings of the UEFA Euro 2016 in France are the ten stadiums, 4 of them being new constructions and 5 have been totally renovated.

Their safety and reliability were scrutinized from every angle, including by Bureau Veritas experts, to make sure the show goes off without a hitch!

Discover the 10 key points of the painstaking inspection of the stadiums.

EURO 2016

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19th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas

The 19th annual meeting of the Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas was held on the 13th of May 2016 under the Chairmanship of Mr. George Procopiou and the presence of the Bureau Veritas Top Management, namely Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay, President Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Didier Bouttier, Senior Vice President Marine & Offshore Division SEMEA Zone, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Vice President Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Dr. John Kokarakis, Technology & Business Development Director  Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Anastasios Angelopoulos, Marine Chief Executive, Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, Director Marine Sales & Marketing Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Philippe Boisson, Communication Director, Mr. Nicos Attas, Marine Chief Executive of Cyprus,  Mr. Michael Sterghiou, Director SE Europe Bureau Veritas Commodities, Mr. Yordan Minkov, Marine Manager BV Varna, & Mr. George Andreadis, Marine Center Manager.

This year the Committee event took place at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens.

Following the welcome and adoption of the agenda by the Committee's Chairman, Mr. George Procopiou, three distinguished colleagues of shipping were accepted as new members. They were Mr. Michael Bodouroglou, Chairman of Allseas Marine, Mr. Dimitris Patrikios, General Manager of Springfield Shipping Co. & Mr. Svetlin Stoyanov, Executive Director of MTG-Dolphin PLC in Bulgaria.

Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay opened the round of presentations with a critical review on the Bureau Veritas Group's Corporate Activities & Results for 2015 & on the strategic plan 2015-2020. Mr. Donche-Gay pointed out also the importance of the Digital Transformation which will further assist the job of surveyors on board the vessel.

He was followed by a presentation on Shipping & Shipbuilding markets for 2016 by Mr. Nicos Ritsos, Managing Partner of BRS, resulting to an interesting exchange of views.

The presentation by Dr. John Kokarakis, Technology & Business Development Director, focused on the specific aspects of the utilization of LNG as fuel for non-LNG carriers. Many aspects like storage tank type and location, machinery arrangements, safety requirements and types of gas or dual fuel engines were discussed in detail. It was underlined that BV has earned a prominent position with high market share amongst class societies.

The meeting was concluded with the traditional heated discussion on the issues by the members and the social time during the lunch in the beautiful resort.

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Mr. Didier Bouttier, Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Mr. George Procopiou, Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay, Mr. George Dalacouras and Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis.

19th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas

1st row from left to right:
N. G. Fistes, G. Dalacouras, M. Lavidas, P. Donche-Gay, G. N. Moundreas, G. Procopiou, E. Procopiou, N. Chrissakis

2nd row from left to right:
K. Therapiotis, V. Th. Terzis, E. Gotsis, P. Laskaridis, L.A. Chahalis, G. Mylonas, P. Palaiologou, S. Laskaridi, N. Attas, J. Kokarakis

3rd row from left to right:
S. Stoyanov, M. Bodouroglou, M. Kondylis, C. Diamantis, M. Philippakis, A. Angelopoulos, J. Dragnis, N. Balalis, D. Bouttier, G. Gabriel, Th. Savvas, N. Ritsos, G. Perantzakis, M. Sterghiou, A. L. Polemis, P. Boisson, I. Zikas, Y. Minkov, D. Condylis & G. Andreadis.

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D. E. Patrikios, P. Palaiologou, L.A. Chahalis

19th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas

J. Dragnis, J. Kokarakis, C. Diamantis, A. Angelopoulos, D. Condylis

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P. Palaiologou, A. L. Polemis, L.A. Chahalis

19th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas

G. Procopiou, E. Procopiou

19th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas

L.A. Chahalis, G. Dalacouras, A. L. Polemis, M. Bodouroglou, D. Condylis

19th Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas

G. Dalacouras, L.A. Chahalis, P. Palaiologou, E. Gotsis & G.N. Moundreas

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Bureau Veritas Hellas was awarded the prize "PIRAEUS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE 2015"

During the 2015 Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards Gala Dinner which took place on Friday December 4th 2015, at the Athenaeum Intercontinental, Bureau Veritas Hellas S.A. became the first Classification Society to win the prestigious Piraeus International Centre Award.

The award was handed out to Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Vice President, Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region, by Captain Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Mr. Vassilis Papageorgiou and Panagiotis N. Tsakos, on behalf of the sponsor "The Tsakos Group".

It was the first time in the history of the Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards that a Classification Society won such a distinction.

This very award - a profound token of acknowledgement for the French classification Society's marked presence in Southeastern Europe for far more than a generation -,  undoubtedly speaks for the wide acceptance and appreciation met among shipping industry's members towards Bureau Veritas;  and this, against the background of the local center's outstanding results, which are founding on Bureau Veritas team's collective efforts aiming on continually enhancing overall performance so as to accommodate Greek Ship-owners' expectations from a recognized organization, authorized for statutory and voluntary certification and classification services by a vast number of flag States.

By combining traditional Gallic flair with Greek dedication and professional sense of duty, Bureau Veritas Hellas gradually rose - thanks to the unceasing efforts of its people -, to enjoy a predominant position and importance among the twelve international marine centers of our parent Society worldwide.

While the Bureau Veritas registered fleet had doubled in terms of DWT within the last decade, Bureau Veritas Hellas contributed a staggering thirty two percent of this figure, thanks to the shipping industry's trust, dedication and encouraging spurs.

Adhering to the common values and principles for safeguarding property and lives at sea, without compromising on environmental aspects, this trophy reflects the collective efforts of Bureau Veritas Hellas' personnel, who, in difficult circumstances, have made it possible.

 

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Persons from left to right:  Mr. Vassilis Papageorgiou, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Panagiotis N. Tsakos & Captain Panagiotis N. Tsakos

 

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1st CEPA CERTIFICATION Award in Greece

Bureau Veritas Hellas certified the first Greek company "Unidomus" according Cepa Certification- EN 16636. During an event of SEAME -the National Pest Control Association of Greece- Unidomus received their certificate from CEPA President, Mr Montmoreau.

Bureau Veritas Hellas is the first certification body in Greece approved by CEPA, to conduct audits and issue certificates according to EN 16636. Our auditors have extensive knowledge of specific sectors and local regulations, which enables them to provide solutions adapted to various needs.

Bureau Veritas Hellas as a third party confirms that the pest control company meets all the requirements of the standard. The philosophy of the CEPA certification is to demonstrate that Pest Control Companies implement specific procedures which are in line with the procedures mostly of Food companies - Medicines - Cosmetics but also of every other company.

This standard is intended for professionals in the field of pest management, and aims to ensure public health and environmental protection as well as the protection of the client.

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Persons from left to right:  Mr. Amoratis (Lead Auditor BV), Mrs. Triliza (Sales& Marketing BV), Mrs. Sigalou (Managing Director of Unidomus), Mr. Montmoreau (President of Cepa)

 

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SNAME Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) took place this year at the Providence Conference Center in Providence Rhode Island between November 3 and 7. This year was glorious for Bureau Veritas, especially for his Piraeus office. Regional Chief Executive for the Hellenic and Black Sea Region Mr. Lambros Chahalis was elevated to the degree of Fellow of the Society. This honor is awarded to SNAME members who contribute in  the development of new ideas and technology, mentor young engineers and enhance the SNAME ideals. Lambros Chahalis a founding member of the Greek Section was unanimously elected to be a Fellow of SNAME.

On a second note his colleague John Kokarakis, chairman of the Greek Section, received with pride the Super Section Flag from the president of the Society. SNAME recognizes sections that achieve high standards, provide outstanding member services, and deliver professional opportunities to its members. The Greek Section receives this award every year during the last seven years.

 

 

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Lambros Chahalis with the president of SNAME Mr. Joe Comer

 

Dr. Kokarakis with the president of SNAME, Mr. Joe Comer

 

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BUREAU VERITAS Marine and Offshore Division Celebrated Grand Opening in Limassol

Bureau Veritas (Cyprus) Ltd welcomed a large number of guests at its inauguration party at its premises in Limassol. Prominent Cypriot ship owners as well as big names of the Greek Shipping Community were present to welcome Bureau Veritas to the neighborhood.

Although the operation of the new Marine Office will commence in January 2016, the opening reception took place on Monday, September 14th, in parallel to the Cyprus Maritime Conference.

Inspectorate, the flagship of the Bureau Veritas Commodities Division will also commence next January the operation of their petrochemical laboratory in the industrial area close to Vasilikos.  The lab is equipped with the latest and greatest line of equipment. The initial staff of ten, which is expected to grow to thirty in the near future, will specialize in performing oil analyses & testing.

"Cyprus is a great place for doing shipping business.  Bureau Veritas could not be absent from the home of the 3rd largest fleet in Europe comprising 2200 vessels.  We could not be away from the home of the 2nd largest ship management center in the world" commented Lambros A. Chahalis, RCE of Bureau Veritas, who emphasized the productive co-operation with the flag State administration of Cyprus, as regards both the shipping companies statutory certification, as well as a wide spectrum of ISO certification services rendered to domestic industries on a voluntary basis.

 

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1st row from left to right: Anastasios Angelopoulos, Lambros A. Chahalis, Petros Pappas, Themis Papadopoulos, Maria Mavroudi, Paillette Palaiologou
row back: Alexandros Pappas

Anastasios Angelopoulos, Lambros A. Chahalis, Petros Pappas, Themis Papadopoulos

From left to right: Scott Bergeron, CEO of Liberia Registry, Michalis Pantazopoulos, Lambros A. Chahalis, Paillette Palaiologou

Anastasios Angelopoulos, Harry Hajimichael

Lambros A. Chahalis

 

 

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Κατάταξη Ξενοδοχειακών Επιχειρήσεων & Ενοικιαζόμενων Δωματίων σε Αστέρια και Κλειδιά

Το Ξενοδοχειακό Επιμελητήριο Ελλάδος σε συνεργασία με τους Διαπιστευμένους Φορείς είναι σύμφωνα με το Ν.4276/2014 (ΦΕΚ Α 155) ο αρμόδιος φορέας για την κατάταξη των ξενοδοχείων σε αστέρια σύμφωνα με τις διατάξεις της υπ' αριθμ. 216/2015 (ΦΕΚ Β 10) Απόφασης του Υπουργού Τουρισμού και την κατάταξη των ενοικιαζομένων επιπλωμένων δωματίων - διαμερισμάτων σε κλειδιά, σύμφωνα με τις διατάξεις των υπ' αριθμ. 21185/2014 (ΦΕΚ Β 2840) και 91/2015 (ΦΕΚ Β 69) αποφάσεων του Υπουργού Τουρισμού.

H Bureau Veritas Hellas, είναι από τους πρώτους φορείς που διαπιστεύτηκε από το Εθνικό Σύστημα Διαπίστευσης (Ε.ΣΥ.Δ.) για τον έλεγχο και την κατάταξη ξενοδοχείων και ενοικιαζόμενων δωματίων/διαμερισμάτων σε κατηγορίες αστέρων και κλειδιών αντίστοιχα, καθώς και τη χορήγηση της Βεβαίωσης Συνδρομής Προϋποθέσεων Κατάταξης.
Έχοντας δημιουργήσει ένα εκτεταμένο δίκτυο σε όλη την Ελλάδα από εξειδικευμένους επιθεωρητές, η Bureau Veritas Hellas, πρωτοπορεί στην πιστοποίηση στον χώρο του Τουρισμού και είναι σε θέση να προσφέρει ένα περιεκτικό πακέτο υπηρεσιών προσαρμοσμένο να καλύψει ανάγκες πιστοποίησης εθνικών και διεθνών προτύπων.

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με την διαδικασία της κατάταξης και τις παρεχόμενες υπηρεσίες της Bureau Veritas Hellas, διαβάστε το ενημερωτικό υλικό εδώ.

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Certificates' Presentation to PRODUCT SHIPPING & TRADING

In the traditional premises of Yacht Club of Greece, Bureau Veritas Vice President & Regional Chief Executive for the Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Mr Lambros Chahalis, handed out on Tuesday June 2nd,2015, to the owner, Mr Petros Pappas, and to the Chief Operating Officer of Messrs. Product Shipping & Trading S.A., Mr Stylianos Siafakas, the BV Certificates of the Company's Management System Compliance with ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001, and ISO 50001 standards' requirements, as well as an especially for the occasion crafted commemorative plaquette.

The assembled company's executives and operational managers directly involved in the system's implementation and successful certification process then jointly dined with the BV Piraeus operational managers and with a distinguished delegation of the Marshall Islands' Register officials, as well as with representatives of the Hellenic maritime administration, in the presence of Mr. Didier Bouttier, Senior Vice President BV Marine & Offshore Division South Europe, Middle East & Africa Zone, Mr. Anastasios Angelopoulos, Marine Chief Executive for Greece & Cyprus, Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, Marine Marketing & Sales Director of BV Marine & Offshore Division, Dr. John Kokarakis, Technology & Business Development Director BV Marine & Offshore Division, and of Mr. Nikolaos Trilizas, Industry & Facilities General Manager, who  thus underpinned the significance of the company's achievement.

 

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1st photo left to right: Lambros A. Chahalis, Stylianos Siafakas

1st photo left to right: Lambros A. Chahalis, Stylianos Siafakas

3rd photo left to right:
1st row:
A. Angelopoulos, P. Palaiologou, L.A. Chahalis, P. Pappas, D. Bouttier, N. Trilizas, J. Kokarakis, R. Papastefanou
Row in the back:
D. Dimitropoulos, V. Dimitropoulos, V. Dimoulas, E. Kontos, G. Dilintas, M. Kasmas & G. Andreadis

4th photo left to right: Paillette Palaiologou, Angie Hartmann, Petros Papppas, Lambros A. Chahalis

5th photo: Lambros A. Chahalis

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Regional Hellenic & Black Sea Committee 2015 on Chios Island

The 18th annual meeting of the Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas was held on the 22nd of May 2015 under the Chairmanship of Mr. George Procopiou and the presence of the Bureau Veritas Management, namely Mr. Didier Michaud-Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of Bureau Veritas, Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President, Managing Director Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Didier Bouttier, Senior Vice President Marine & Offshore Division South Europe, Middle East & Africa Zone, Dr. John Kokarakis, Technology & Business Development Director  Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Vice President Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, Marine Marketing & Sales Director Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Anastasios Angelopoulos, Marine Chief Executive for Greece & Cyprus, Mr. Claude Maillot, Senior Vice President In charge of the Marine & Offshore North Asia Zone, Mr. Philippe Boisson, Communication Director & Mr. Michael Sterghiou, Director SE Europe Bureau Veritas Commodities.

This year the Committee event took place in the "Argentikon Luxury Suites", located at Kambos, Chios Island.

The meeting, chaired by Mr. George Procopiou, commenced with Mr. Didier Michaud-Daniel presenting the Bureau Veritas Group Activities for the year 2014, which showed once again a continuation of the strong growth of the Group. 

Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay presented to the members of the Committee the Marine & Offshore Activities for the year 2014, showing similar growth.

Mr. Claude Maillot, based in Shanghai, presented an update of the Asian Shipyards & responded to questions regarding the new buildings in China, Korea & Japan.

Dr. John Kokarakis provided answers to the critical questions associated with retrofitting LNG as fuel to non-LNG carriers.  He also underlined the shipping industry's need to deal with emission regulations in a holistic way.

During the Committee meeting, members' spouses had had the opportunity of participating in a very interesting excursion at both Pyrgi and Mesta.

After the meeting, all participants enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. & Mrs. George Procopiou in their residence at Kambos.

Finally, all participants to the Committee meeting & guests of the Chian local community concluded the day with a gala dinner at "Argentikon Luxury Suites".

During the three-day event all Bureau Veritas' guests enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Chian Shipowners involved, for which, special thanks are to be extended to Captain Panagiotis N. Tsakos, especially as regards the yacht cruise from Chios'port to Kardamyla and the lunch in his manor, to Mr. Antonios D. Faraklas for the excellent lunch at Karfas, and to Mr. Lucas N. Ktistakis for the drinks at his residence & the dinner at Komi.

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1st photo from left to right:
Mr. Didier Bouttier, Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Mr. Didier Michaud-Daniel, Mr. George Procopiou, Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay and Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis.

2nd photo (All Committee Members)
1st row from left to right:
Th. Savvas, C. Diamantis, N. Chrissakis, N. H. Vafias, I. Procopiou, D. Sficas, S. Paliou, P. Donche-Gay, D. Michaud-Daniel, G. Procopiou, Cpt. P.N. Tsakos, D. Bouttier, G. Petridis, G. Dalacouras, V. Restis, E. Procopiou, K. Therapioti, D. Condylis, M. Lavidas.

2nd row from left to right:
L.N. Ktistakis, L.A. Chahalis, P. Boisson, A. Polemi, K. Therapiotis, A.L. Polemis, C. Maillot, S. Zolotas, E. Gotsis, A. Faraklas, D. Psaradakis, N. Balalis, V. Papageorgiou, A. Angelopoulos, N. Fistes, K. Kokkalas, P. Palaiologou, M. Sterghiou, J. Kokarakis, D. Dellaportas, H. Hajimichael, P. Dragnis, G.P. Perantzakis, G. Mylonas, M. Kondylis, V. Th. Terzis, P. Scoufalos & L. S. Polemis

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ISO 26000 CSR Award

Bureau Veritas Hellas evaluated and assessed  ENTERPRISES SHIPPING & TRADING S.A  according to ISO 26000, the first global voluntary Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility.

During Bureau Veritas Hellas S.A. reception held in Ecali Club on May 30, 2014, the Regional Chief Executive for the Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis presented the relevant evaluation report to Messrs. Victor Restis and George Sarris.
As Mr. Chachalis commented during the presentation, "We at BV supporting innovative solutions to improve sustainable actions, are very happy to present to the company, being the first in Greece, such an evaluation report.  This management's decision was greeted as a major leap forward in the firm's trajectory since its founder's, Mr. Stamatios Restis's era, and one that further enhances the organization's commitment in all aspects of safety, environmental and seafarers' conditions of employment across the ships of its whole fleet."

The key benefits of ISO 26000 evaluation offers strategic advantage within each company's competitive industry, streamlines internal processes and assures the implementation of commitment to social responsibility and sustainability ,protects the brand image and increases customer and employee satisfaction and attracts investors and sponsors concerned with social responsibility and sustainable development.

Bureau Veritas Hellas S.A. is the first Independent Organization to perform such Social Responsibility evaluation in Greece, our auditors have extensive knowledge of specific industry sectors and local regulations, which enables them to provide solutions adapted to various needs.

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Persons from left to right: Mr. Victor Restis & Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis

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The 17th annual meeting of the Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas was held on the 23rd of May 2014 under the Chairmanship of Mr. George Procopiou and the presence of the Bureau Veritas Management, namely Mr. Didier Michaud-Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of Bureau Veritas, Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Didier Bouttier, Senior Vice President Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division South Europe, Middle East & Africa Zone, Dr. John Kokarakis, Technology & Business Development Director Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Vice President Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Mr. Anastasios Angelopoulos, Deputy Country Chief Executive for Greece & Cyprus, Mr. Philippe Boisson, Communication Director, Mr. Jean-Francois Segretain, Marine Technical Director Marine & Offshore Division, Mrs. Paillete Palaiologou, Sales, Marketing & Business Development Manager & Mr. Michael Sterghiou, Director SE Europe of BV Commodities.

This year the Committee event took place in Grand Resort Lagonissi.

The meeting, chaired by Mr. George Procopiou, started with the announcement of the new Committee Members:
Mr. Demetris Condylis, Commercial Manager of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. & Captain Elias Gotsis, President of Eurotankers Inc.

Mr. Didier Michaud-Daniel presented the Bureau Veritas Group Activities for the year 2013, which showed once again a continuation of the strong growth of the Group. 

Mr. Philippe Donche-Gay presented to the members of the Committee the Marine & Offshore Activities for the year 2013.

Mr. Lambros Chahalis presented the latest Marine & Offshore Activities in the Hellenic & Black Sea Region, including the great response and acceptance by the local shipping community. This has been materialized by record number of transfer of class ships & new buildings entrusted to Bureau Veritas.

Mr. Jean-Francois Segretain presented the technical developments within Bureau Veritas focusing on containership safety introducing innovative new rules which account for actual loads as opposed to the more conservative North Atlantic conditions. Bureau Veritas is pioneering new techniques to study phenomena like whipping and springing which are not fully understood or considered in the design of "flexible" slender vessels like Lakers, VLOCs and ULCCs. In the same spirit, he discussed the technique applied by BV to study the alignment of shafting taking into account the deformations of the Engine Room

Dr. John Kokarakis then discussed the challenges associated with the selection and installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. Given the large number of required retrofits, the short time available and the extended scope of class approval, review and approval of the design is a challenge by itself. The convention allows for application of advanced tools like 3-d laser scanning and flow cytometry. It is necessary to study all available systems in great detail in order to be able to select the most suitable one. On the other hand caution should be exercised to preserve coatings and the targets of reduced CO2 emissions.  Global and local currents might render the treatment process meaningless.

Special guest of the event was the Managing Director of The Republic of the Marshall Islands - International Registries Inc., Mr. Theofilos K. Xenakoudis.

All participants to the Committee meeting concluded the day with a lunch at the "Kohylia" Restaurant of the Grand Resort Lagonissi.

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Persons from left to right: Jean-Francois Segretain, Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos, Didier Michaud-Daniel, George Procopiou, Philippe Donche-Gay, George Dalacouras, Didier Bouttier & Lambros A. Chahalis

Persons from left to right: Lambros A. Chahalis, Paris Dragnis, Victor Restis & George Procopiou

1st row from left to right:
V. Terzis, M. Lavidas, G. Dalacouras, G. Procopiou, K. Therapioti, P.Donche-Gay, D. Michaud-Daniel, G.Mylonas, V.Restis, D.Manos, L.A. Chahalis
2nd row, left to right:
K. Kokkalas, L.Polemis, D.Sficas, D. Condylis, C.Diamantis, A.Angelopoulos, Capt. P. Tsakos, E.Gotsis, S.Zolotas, G.Perantzakis, Dr. J. Kokarakis, P. Boisson
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N. Balalis, P. Palaiologou, M.Sterghiou, A.Polemis, A. Kondilis, J.F.Segretain, D. Bouttier, T. Xenakoudis, P. Dragnis, M.Scufalos, T. Savvas

Persons from left to right: Capt. P. Tsakos, D. Michaud-Daniel, L.A. Chahalis, P.Palaiologou, P.Donche-Gay, L. Polemis

Persons from left to right: G. Procopiou, P. Dragnis

Persons from left to right: Capt. P.Tsakos, G.Mylonas

Persons from left to right: L.A. Chahalis

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On Friday 11/4/2014, the Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Vice-Admiral Athanasios Athanasopoulos, and the Vice President, Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region of Bureau Veritas, Mr Lambros Chahalis, have both signed the new authorization agreement which enables the Society to continue rendering class and statutory services to Greek ships and their management companies in accordance with the applicable international and national legal instruments.

In the presence of Mr Didier Bouttier, BV Senior Vice President M&O Division South Europe Middle East & Africa Zone, both sides expressed their determination to retain the excellent level of cooperation that prevails in their common pursuit to safeguard human life & private property at sea, and to protect the air & marine environment, as provided for by the European maritime safety regime in force.

All leading Greek Coast Guard officers, the Bureau Veritas Marine Deputy Country Manager, the Sales, Marketing & Business Development Manager, as well as the majority of the Bureau Veritas Piraeus Operational Managers depicted below, witnessed the proceedings.

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Persons from left to right: Commodore Antonis Vidalis, Capt. Demetrios Soulos, Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, The Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Athanasios Athanasopoulos, Mr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos, Vice Admiral Alexandros Redoumis, Mr. George Andreadis & Capt. Ioannis Kourouniotis.

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Bureau Veritas S.A. became the first society authorized by the Greek maritime authorities to render MLC 2006 related statutory tasks on board Greek flagged ships

The president of Bureau Veritas Hellas A.E. and Bureau Veritas S.A. Vice President & Regional Chief Executive for the Hellenic & Black Sea Region Mr Lambros Chahalis, in the presence of leading Hellenic Coast Guard officers of the Merchant Ships' Inspection General Directorate and Rear Admiral (HCG) (T) D. Giannoutsos, has signed on December 17th the relevant bilateral agreement which empowers the Society to render MLC 2006 inspection and certification services on board Greek flagged ships.
Thus, BV became the first EU recognized organization entrusted with statutory tasks as regards MLC 2006 by the Greek flag State administration. 

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Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis & Rear Admiral (HCG) (T) Dionysios Giannoutsos.

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Mr. George Andreadis, Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, Mr. Dionysios Giannoutsos, Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Mr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos & Mr. Dimitrios Soulos..

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Bureau Veritas Hellenic Marine Technical Committee 2013

The Marine Technical Committee meeting of Bureau Veritas for 2013 took place on June 6th at the Yacht Club of Greece.
The well-attended meeting started as always with the social time, where attendees had the chance to exchange their views and latest news from the shipping world.

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Persons in the photo from left to right: George Kotsyfis, Lambros Chahalis, George Sarris

Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2013

Persons in the photo from left to right: Paillette Palaiologou, Lambros Chahalis, George Sarris, Anastasios Angelopoulos, Christos Christoforou.

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Award of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum

Within the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum & Exhibition, which took place in Megaron Athens International Conference Centre on May 28 & 29, the Certificates of ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 for Quality & Environment respectively were handed out by Mr. Lambros A. Chahalis, Vice President Regional Chief Executive Hellenic & Black Sea Region of Bureau Veritas, to the Chairman and CEO of Piraeus Port Authority S.A., Mr. Yiorgos Anomeritis.

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Piraeus is the largest port in Europe and one of the world's largest in passenger traffic and is a major destination for cruise ships in the Mediterranean.  The anthropocentric character of service of the Main Port is an essential selection of the Port of Piraeus.  In this context and based on ongoing upgrade services Service of cruises offered, the Piraeus Port Authority entrusted the Bureau Veritas to evaluate the Quality and Environment Management Systems implementation.

Mr. Chahalis congratulated the Management, Staff and the Consulting Team of the Piraeus Port Authority for this success and wished them good luck in this very competitive field.

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Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas.

The 16th annual meeting of the Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas was held on the 17th of May 2013 under the Chairmanship of Captain Panagiotis Tsakos and the presence of the Bureau Veritas Management.

This year the Committee event took place in The Westin Resort of Costa Navarino, located next to the Ionian Sea coastline of The Dunes Beach in Messenia, southwest Peloponnese.

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Certification of PIRAEUS PORT AUTHORITY S.A. from Bureau Veritas Hellas S.A.

Bureau Veritas Hellas S.A. certified PIRAEUS PORT AUTHORITY S.A. for the scope of "PROVISION OF CRUISE PORT SERVICES", according to ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14001:2004 management systems.

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ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Certification - Enterprises Shipping and Trading S.A. - PRESS RELEASE

From left to right: Mr.Nikolaos TRILIZAS Managing Director of Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas S.A., Mrs.Katia RESTI (EST), Mr.Victor RESTIS (EST) and Mr.Bernard ANNE, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Bureau Veritas Marine Division

 

Enterprises Shipping and Trading S.A. hosted a reception at the Athens Golf Club on the 5th June 2012 in light of the Posidonia Exhibition, to celebrate two major achievements: ISO 50001:2011 and EBEN Gold Bee.

The ISO 50001 Certificate was handed over to Mr. Victor Restis by Mr. B. Anne, VP of Bureau Veritas, congratulating him for the accomplishment of such a demanding task.  This certificate verifies EST's commitment to continuously improve its energy efficiency, while it is the 1st awarded by Bureau Veritas in Greece.

In his speech, Mr. Restis thanked all the employees both ashore and onboard the 91 ships managed by Enterprises for their contribution and loyalty. None of this would be possible, he said, without the support of our people stationed all over the world and their families.

ISO 50001 is a voluntary international standard requiring an energy management system, an action plan to measure and manage the energy usages, a baseline to set targets, programs and practical measures to ensure energy conservation.  

In addition to the above, EST is the first company to obtain the "Gold Bee-State of Honesty Award" in six criteria. The European Business Ethics Network Greece (EBEN GR) presented EST with the award through its European President Mr. A. Gortzis on the 5th June 2012 at Megaron Mousikis during an elegant ceremony.

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ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Certification

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Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas S.A. has certified Enterprises Shipping and Trading S.A. one of the leading shipping companies worldwide with ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System.

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ISO 50001 is an international standard which purpose is to enable organizations to establish systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption, which will lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts and energy cost through systematic management of energy.

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Bureau Veritas Hellas A.E. implements an Environmetal, Health & Safety [HSE] System.

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ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 [IT Services] Accreditation

Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas is the first certification body in Greece that moved to the certification per ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 [IT Services] - Accreditation : itSMF....Read more

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ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 Certification

Certification for MAKRO CASH & CARRY HELLAS at EN ISO 9001:2008 and EN ISO 22000:2005 by Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas ....Read more

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FSSC 22000 Accreditation by UKAS

Neuilly sur Seine (France), January 6 2011 - Bureau Veritas Certification is pleased to announce that it has been recently accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the FSSC 22000 scheme ....Read more

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Bureau Veritas new Rule Note NR 557, High-Voltage Shore Connection System, covers design principles, installation requirements and testing procedures of high voltage installations used as a shore supply by vessels alongside a quay. Connecting ships to shore power eliminates virtually all emissions from the ships while they are docked at a berth.


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Bureau Veritas has been granted definitive approval as a Designated Auditor for the certification of Maritime Training Institute by the Maltese authorities. This is in line with STCW and the future requirements of MLC 2006. Bureau Veritas Marine can now provide certification service to Maritime Training Institutes worldwide which wish to be recognised by the Maltese Register. Bureau Veritas Malta has already certified two local maritime training institutes and is currently working on its third.

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Greece's Attica Group ordered two ro-pax ferries at Korea's DSME for the Greek island trades. They will be delivered in summer 2011 and 2012. They will join Attica's Blue Star Ferries which already operates three modern ferries built at DSME with BV Class. With an overall length of 145.5m and a service speed of 26 knots, they will have a maximum passenger capacity of 2,400 and carry 450 private cars or 50 trucks and 150 cars.

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Συμβόλαιο Συνεργασίας Επιθεώρησης κατασκευής του Αυτοκινητοδρόμου Ελευσίνας/Κορίνθου/Πατρών/Πύργου/Τσακώνα

Το Bureau Veritas Hellas και το Apion Kleos Construction Joint Venture (ΑΚΤΩΡ, ΑΘΗΝΑ ΑΤΕ, J&P ΑΒΑΞ, VINCI CONSTRUCTION, HOCHTIEF) υπέγραψαν συμβόλαιο συνεργασίας για την επίβλεψη της κατασκευής του αυτοκινητόδρομου Ελευσίνα-Κόρινθος-Πάτρα-Πύργος-Τσακώνα. Το συνολικό μήκος του έργου είναι 365,4 χλμ., η διάρκεια της κατασκευής είναι έξι (6) έτη και η αξία του ανέρχεται στα 2,8 δις ευρώ.

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ΠΙΣΤΟΠΟΙΗΣΗ του ΤΑΧΥΔΡΟΜΙΚΟΥ ΤΑΜΙΕΥΤΗΡΙΟΥ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΑΤΕ από τo Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas A.E.

Το Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas A.E. πιστοποίησε τη Διεύθυνση Γενικών Υπηρεσιών και την Υποδιεύθυνση Προμηθειών του ΤΑΧΥΔΡΟΜΙΚΟΥ ΤΑΜΙΕΥΤΗΡΙΟΥ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΑΤΕ, σύμφωνα με το ISO 9001:2000.

Σε ειδική τελετή που πραγματοποιήθηκε στις 11.02.2009 στα κεντρικά γραφεία του Ταχυδρομικού Ταμιευτηρίου, ο Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος του Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas A.E., κ. Νικόλαος Τρίλιζας απένειμε το πιστοποιητικό ISO 9001:2000 στον Πρόεδρο του ΤΑΧΥΔΡΟΜΙΚΟΥ ΤΑΜΙΕΥΤΗΡΙΟΥ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΑΤΕ, κ. Άγγελο Φιλιππίδη.

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Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas S.A. have certified HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A., one of the major shipyards in Greece and a member of the German THYSSEN KRUPP MARINE SYSTEMS, currently involved with building of submarines for the Greek Navy as well as with other constructions, for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

The Regional Chief Executive for Hellenic and Black Sea Region Mr. Francois Teissier, presented in a special ceremony at the shipyard's permises, the certificates to the COO & Member of BoD, Mr. Prodromos Mademtzoglou.

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HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A. certification by BUREAU VERITAS CERTIFICATION Hellas S.A.

From left to right: Andreas-Max ROBAK Quality Management Director, Nikolaos TRILIZAS Managing Director of Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas S.A., Ioannis MANOLEMIS Naval Ships Sales & Project Management/Naval Projects Director/ Member of BoD, Prodromos MADEMTZOGLOU COO & Member of BoD, Karsten MOELLER CSO, Uta ANDERS CFO & Compliance Officer, Simos SARVANIDIS HSY Services Manager/HSE Management Representative, Francois TEISSIER Regional Chief Executive for Hellenic & Black Sea Region, Jan-Kees PILLAR Marine Services Director & Member of BoD, Michael KARATZAS Certification Officer of Bureau Veritas Certification Hellas S.A., Matthew SOROTOS Health & Safety Committee Representative

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