George A. Gratsos
President
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

-Born December 5th, 1942 in Athens, Greece
-Greek citizen
-Graduated ATHENS COLLEGE 1961
-B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT, U.S.A. 1965
-PhD on Shipping Markets by the Aegean University

PUBLIC POSITIONS:
-President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (HCS) where he was also President (1996-2000 and 2004-2010 and re-elected). Initiated a study of the benefits of shipping to the Greek economy with the University of Piraeus which was given to the Hellenic Ministry of Merchant Marine for reference to support policy measures.(*). He is the 2nd generation of Gratsos, father, son, to have presided the HCS
-Vice President of HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association)
-President of Civil Law non profit company "N???"
-Member of the Competitiveness Committee of the Ministry of Development

ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE:
-UNION OF GREEK SHIPOWNERS (UGS) and President of the Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Protection Committee of the UGS (Technical Committee), project coordinator with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Strathclyde University for research and studies to improve ship construction.(*). (He is the 3rd generation of Gratsos, grandfather, father, son, to have served on the Board of Directors of the UGS)
-U.K.FREIGHT DEMURRAGE AND DEFENCE ASSOCIATION LTD (London) (the largest mutual legal cost insurer)

MEMBER OF:
-AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING (ABS) New York
-GREEK NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING (ABS)
-GREEK COMMITTEE OF DET NORSKE VERITAS (DNV)
-HELLENIC TECHNICAL COMMITTEE OF LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPPING (LRS)
-HELLENIC COMMITTEE OF THE KOREAN REGISTER
-Life member of the PROPELLER CLUB of the United States
-SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers)
-HELLENIC AMERICAN UNION

PAST POSITIONS:
-President of the U.K.FREIGHT DEMURRAGE AND DEFENCE ASSOCIATION LTD (London) (1999-2002)
-President of DNV's Greek Technical Committee
-BIMCO (former member of the Board of directors, member of the Executive Committee 1993-1997 and Vice President 1997-1999) (65% of the world's fleet are members of BIMCO)
-Former member of the Board of Directors of TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (Greek tourist property company owned by the Greek state)

SHIPPING RELATED ACTIVITIES:
-Has spoken at many National and International shipping conferences in Greece and worldwide (USA, UK, Europe, China)
-Has lectured at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Strathclyde University of Glasgow, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), the University of Piraeus and the Aegean University of Chios, the Economic University of Athens
-Has presented together with P. Zachariadis (MSC Head of Technical Dept. of Atlantic Bulk Carriers the paper "LIFE CYCLE COST OF MAINTAINING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SHIP'S STRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTALIMPACT OF SHIP DESIGN PARAMETERS" at the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) conference on Design and Operation of Bulk Carrier, in October 2005 in London
-Has presented together with NTUA Prof. H. Psaraftis and P. Zachariadis the paper "LIFE CYCLE COST OF MAINTAINING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SHIP'S STRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SHIP DESIGN PARAMETERS- AN UPDATE" at RINA in October 2009, published in the RINA International Journal of Maritime Engineering Vol.152, Part A3, 2010

BUSINESS POSITIONS:
-President of STANDARD BULK TRANSPORT CORPORATION (Shipping Interests). SBT manages Panamax bulk.
-President of ELASIS S.A. (Real Estate Interests)

BACKGROUND:
Senior member of a Greek shipping family established in 1902 and has extensive Real Estate Holdings.

FAMILY STATUS:
Married, has 3 sons








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