A podcast on the stories of the seas, shipping & seamanship. The Greek Shipping Podcast was created out of our love for travel and Greek Shipping.This monthly podcast aims to give a voice to the people of Greek shipping and to pass essential messages to the industry. Hosted by journalist Minas Tsamopoulos.
In this interview, Mr. Vokos describes how the Posidonia exhibition has evolved to what it is today, from the 1960s, and also gives us an overview of this year's Posidonia which is set to reach the maximum number of participations, since the beginning of the exhibition.
We discuss the perspective of the Shipping Industry development in Greece, the unchanged love of the Greek shipowners for everything Greek, their admission to wanting Greece to be the most advanced shipowner country, while keeping the Greek character of the Shipping Management and offering jobs to as many Greeks as possible.
As he tells us in his interview, “Timing” remains a key feature for the shipowners, which one would dare to say is passed on from generation to generation, making Greeks open new successful paths in the global Shipping Industry.
In regards to the future of Posidonia, Mr. Vokos predicts that in the coming years, the uniqueness of Posidonia will become the Totem of the shipping exhibitions
Theodoros Vokos, Managing Director, Posidonia Exhibitions SA
Theodoros Vokos joined Posidonia Exhibitions S.A. in 2003 and is the company’s Managing Director since 2017. He is responsible for the international shipping exhibition Posidonia and launched the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum in 2011, which has become the most important event for the Sea Tourism industry in the East Med region.
Mr. Vokos holds an M.A. in International Relations & European Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Prior to joining Posidonia Exhibitions he served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary General for Industry at the Ministry of Development and as the Public Relations Manager at Unisystems SA Information Technology. Mr. Vokos was a member of the team that launched the “Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career Development” exhibition and conference in 2008, at Zappeion Megaron, in cooperation with the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He speaks Greek, German and English.
Giannis P. Dragnis
Mr. Dragnis, in the interview he gave us last September, talks about the Yachting industry and the leading position of Greece on the world map, the important advantages of working in the industry, as well as the ever-increasing presence of women in it.
In addition, we discussed the boat construction in Perama, the staffing of crews by Greeks, as well as the great development opportunities that Greek companies, offering yacht services, have.
Concluding, he pointed out the challenges of the industry and the importance of minimizing carbon dioxide limits in shipping, as well as the way in which the Greeks will provide the -next day- solution.
George M. Foustanos
George M. Foustanos was born in Athens in 1948. He studied Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding at the Southampton College of Technology before joining his family’s business – Valmas Shipping Ltd. – in 1972. Between 1979 and 1989 he was the director and partner at the Seastar Navigation Co. Ltd. and head of its technical department. From 1990, he has been focused exclusively on researching maritime history and documenting the evolution of the Greek merchant marine since its transition from sail to steam. He has served as the publisher of the maritime periodical “Argo” for 25 years and is the author of 35 books on shipping. George M. Foustanos also heads the Greek Shipping Miracle, the first online maritime museum, which he established in 2014 in order to communicate worldwide, the timeless achievements of modern Greek merchant shipping.
In this podcast, recorded in December, Mr. Foustanos talks about the motivation behind the creation of the online Greek Shipping Miracle and the impressive development of the Shipping Industry following World War II. He describes to us the contribution of Shipping over the years, in regards to the union of peoples and the need to recreate these successful, Shipping cooperation examples, on land, because "life is much simpler" as he states.
In this Podcast, we look back at the history of shipping and the creation of the Greek Miracle and discuss about how the explosive growth of Greek shipowners has benefited several countries, especially Japan, which has since become a leading shipbuilding country.
Mr. Foustanos, besides sharing with us the motivation, leading him to the creation of the Greek Shipping Miracle and his love for this truly amazing project, he describes as well the two peculiarities which characterise Greek Shipping.
Lastly, he gives us a glimpse to his work of many years in gathering books and information about the evolvement of Greek Shipping and the way an information should be evaluated, in order for the right lessons to be taught for future references.
Costis J. Frangoulis
In the third episode of the Podcast we have the pleasure to host Costis J. Frangoulis, the Founder and CEO of Franman. For thirty-one years now, Franman has connected Greek shipping companies with a number of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to the maritime industry. During these three decades the company has equipped approximately 4.500 newbuildings. Today, Franman is considered a leading Trading House internationally. Costis J. Frangoulis among other, is also the President of the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus, Vice President of the International Propeller Club and Ambassador of the Sailors’ Society.
He will be discussing with us on the podcast about how the Frangoulis family's course in Shipping started.
The experience he gathered and his memories from his family’s connections with the late Stavros Niarchos and the impact, that it had on him, as well as his first steps in the Shipping industry and his important voyage, which led to the founding of Franman in 1991. He will also tell us about the characteristics of the Greek shipowners, which make them the most successful in the world. Finally, he will also be talking about his work with the Propeller Club, Piraeus.
Harry N. Vafias
In the second episode of the Podcast we have the pleasure to host Harry Vafias, who at the age of 27, led StealthGas at the stock market and thus, becoming the youngest CEO of any shipping company, listed in any stock market worldwide.
In today’s podcast we’ll be discussing about the starting point of the Stealth Maritime, the working opportunities that the shipping industry has to offer, as well as the risks that Greek ship owners undertake. What are the issues concerning the future of shipping and where the next generation of shipping leaders is focused on? Stay tuned
Manolis Vordonis a leading executive, for 45 years, of the Greek and global shipping industry.
On the first edition of this engrossing podcast on Greek Shipping, we are proud to invite Mr. Manolis Vordonis, a leading executive for many decades on the Greek and global shipping industry.
Today’s podcast will be offering a great introduction to the roots of Greek Shipping, the core values that constructed this “Greek Empire” and a few personal experiences from Mr. Vordonis 40 year career as the Executive Director of Thenamaris shipping company. His involvement in discussions of the wider maritime trade, as well as being active in civic groups within his local and international community, will give us insights of the Industry.
More info about our guest: Mr. Vordonis majored in physics focusing on the theory and philosophy of science and his post graduate studies and research were in systems analysis, control, cybernetics and complex systems modeling. He has participated in cross-disciplinary explorations in the domains of naval architecture, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, socio-economic simulation and planning. He joined Thenamaris Ships Management Inc. at the beginning of his career and as its Executive Director, he was a member of its core governance team.