In the framework of our Program’s educational initiative titled “Dialogues with the Industry” students and faculty visited Laskaridis Shipping offices. There, our students were given the opportunity to get a better understanding of the new era of Digitalization in Shipping and get acquainted with the Operations, Chartering and HSQE Departments.

Vice Admiral of the Hellenic Navy (Rtd) Mr. Georgios Christopoulos now Chief Operating Officer of the Company, expanded on the new wave of change known as “Digitalisation”. After a thorough mapping of today’s processes regarding the 4th industrial revolution, Mr. Christopoulos ‘s presentation focused on data-driven operations and the digitalization challenges that shipping companies will face in the future. He concluded his presentation by posing the dilemma “Data Driven or Human Centred Companies?”.

Mrs. Jenny Christodoulou, HR & Strategic Planning Manager, provided insights into the company’s operations, while Mr. Marios Gerardis, Director of Dry Bulk Operations, took the stand to delve into the functions of the Operations Department followed by
Mr. Alexander Barry, Chartering Manager, who presented the individual parts of a Chartering Department. Finally Mrs. Katerina Prifti, HSQE Manager/DPA gave the audience a detailed analysis of the role and challenges that face a HSQE department.

Our visit concluded in exchanging opinions and views regarding digitalization in shipping.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the owner of the company Mr. Panos Laskaridis, for he welcomed us in the premises, as well as Ex-Chief of the Hellenic Navy, Admiral Stylianos Petrakis (Rtd) for his presence throughout our visit.