May – June 2022: SHIPPING 4.0

The May/ June issue of Greek Business File is out

This issue of Greek Business File is dedicated to Shipping, the most prolific and proud industry of Greece, and the changes driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Some years ago, ships running on fuels other than fossil or managing a ship from shore would be hard to imagine. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to immensely affect maritime transport.

In this issue of GBF:

• Antonis Karamalegos presents the alternative fuels under consideration

• Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Chairman and CEO of Advent Technologies talks about “the power of methanol”

• Dimitrios V. Lyridis, Director of the Laboratory for Maritime Transport School of the National Technical University explores the possibility of introducing electric ferries in Greece.

On the geopolitical front:

• Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director of Columbia Shipmanagement explains “The importance of being proactive”

• Dr. Anna Bredima, Senior Policy Advisor on European Affairs of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners talks about the “Ukrainian crisis: Pandora’s box and Greek Shipping”

• Dr. Konstantinos Melas, Programme Leader of Business & Economics at the Metropolitan College looks into ”The Russian – Ukrainian war and the Greek shipping industry- How will the Greek ports be affected?”

• Vicky Kaliakou writes about the “Alexandroupolis Port: The new energy node in Europe”

• Kostas Kechagias presents “The Egnatia of Ports, a growth lever for Greece”

• Kerin Hope analyses “The role of Greece and Bulgaria towards the unification of the Balkan energy market”.

Moreover, Michalis Konstantinidis, METIS CEO, talks about “Smart devices for smart decision making” in the shipping industry.

In the Sustainability department, Suzanna Laskaridis, Director of Laskaridis Shipping and Founder / Director of BlueCycle writes about “BlueCycle: Turning marine waste into reusable tools and art” .

In other departments of this issue:

• Theodore Kontes, Honorary President in the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members (EEKFN) says that “Cruise ships are expected by the hundreds”
• Dimitrios Pefanis explains how real estate is found “Between a rock and a hard place”
• Dr. Georgios Konstantopoulos, President of the Greek Exporters Association (SEVE) warns that the “Ukrainian war is a blow to Greece’s competitiveness”
• Kevin Featherstone, Director of the Hellenic Observatory of London School of Economics says that in Greece “There’s progress, but it’s a long way to Ithaca”

In the Greece produces department, V. Kaliakou writes about “Tsipouro & wine from the foot of holy rocks”, the “K.Tsililis SA” distillery-winery.

In the Education department, Dean of the Economics and Political Sciences School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Grigoris Zarotiadis, reviews “The active role of Greece in South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region”

This issue continues the tribute to the Greek Diaspora with the story of “The Greeks of the Danube River/ The Greek community in Romania” by George Vailakis.

In the Comments of GBF
• Antonis Papagiannidis writes about “Clouds with silver linings”
• Anthony Kefalas asks “An inflection point: tragic or enticingly promising?”
• Nick Papandreou deploys the “Four war policy mistakes” made by the Europeans

Finally, in the Business History department we present:
• the story of “Halyvourgiki: Born against all odds” by Lefteris Anastasakis, Vice President of Priority SA
• the story of “Eugene Eugenides: The cosmopolitan benefactor” by G. Vailakis



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  • Release date: June 2022 / No 137
  • Publisher: economia Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 84
  • ISBN: 1109 1592 06
  • Cover type: Soft Cover
  • Managing Editor: Antonis D. Papagiannidis