Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Lecturer: George Vrakas
This lecture will explore the key attributes of one of the greatest assets of Modern Greece, The Hellenic Shipping Industry. It will provide an insightful and pragmatic approach to the subject offering facts and largely unknown details about the evolution and current state of Hellenic Shipping.
Firstly, George will provide a definition of what we mean by "shipping" noting the different market segments and their significance globally. What do we mean when we hear the phrase "The Greek shipping fleet is the largest in the world". Is it true? How has Greece, with such a small population, only 11m people which translates to 0.15% of the world's population managed to control approximately 16% of global cargo tonnage? Has it always been this way? What do Greek Shipowners know that has made them so successful?
We will embark on a brief journey of the last 2 centuries exploring the key eras that have distinguished Hellenic Shipping. Who were the key players? What were the hallmarks of each era? How has Hellenic Shipping evolved over time? What role did the Greek state play in the successes and failures of Hellenic Shipping?
Thereafter, we will explore the Hellenic Modern Shipping industry in more depth including its contribution to the Hellenic economy and its position on the global stage.
Finally, we will explore the challenges it currently faces and the opportunities that may lie ahead.
If you want to learn more about Hellenic Shipping, its evolution in recent times, its position and significance for Greece and globally, then join us for an hour of exploration, questions and answers on this exciting subject.
George is a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos Greece and an awarded Graduate of a Masters in Business (MBA) specialising in International Supply Chain Management and Applied Economics from Victoria University in Melbourne. He also holds certification relating to Contract and Relationship Management, Negotiations, International Regulations, Problem Solving and Change Management.
His industry expertise expands over 22 years and covers a variety of positions ranging from travelling around the world on Lyras and Latsis oil tankers as a Navigation Officer (Captain Class C), as a Procurement and Operations Manager for ANL Container Line in Melbourne procuring vessel chartering, port services, road and rail transport to now working for Patrick Ports and Terminals at The National Operations Centre in Melbourne, ensuring the delivery of best practice Contract and Relationship Management levels of service.
George is the author of the industry themed blog, www.georgevrakas.com and has had articles published in various industry publications such as, Procurement and Supply Australasia and TheSource e-news. He has also hosted webinars on Action Management and featured as a guest lecturer and speaker at RMIT and Victoria University on Global Shipping and Movement of Freight, Services Procurement and the Future of Supply Chain.
George has also served on the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) and the Greek Australian Cultural League for which he was the 2012 Chief Editor of the Antipodes periodical.
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