Advisors Board

 

OLIVER PETRAKAKOS

Oliver is an expert in Marine Insurance and Ship Production and Repair for the Maritime industry with over 10 years experience. Oliver is the Director and Senior Surveyor of P&P Marine Consultants Inc., a specialized independent consultancy company. He is appointed by shipowners/ship-managers, underwriters, P&I Clubs or other Stakeholders to attend, investigate and report on the cause, extent and nature of casualty or damage, while, also estimating the damage repair cost and repair time. Surveys have been conducted on Bulk Carriers, Oil & Chemical Tankers, Containership, Ro-Pax, AHTS, Yachts etc. for all types of Hull and Machinery claims such as damages to main and auxiliary engines, turbocharges, boilers, gear boxes, shafting and propulsion, loss of containers, groundings and collisions. Alternatively, he is also appointed to attend dry-docking on various ships in Ship repair facilities globally. Dry-Dockings have been for both special survey and intermediate docking surveys. During his first years, he spent more than 5 years in the Newbuilding department of P&P Marine Consultants Inc., where he managed more than 20 vessels during their construction from contract signing to delivery.

Oliver is also a co-founder of Ursus Maritime Finance, an investment company that provides alternative turn-key project finance for fuel efficiency retrofits, exhaust scrubber installations and alternative fuels for the Maritime industry, as well as other sustainability and tech projects globally. The project financing is based on a proprietary shared savings model and other alternative funding models, helping owners meet the growing new requirements and changing market dynamics.

Oliver has broad experience in shipping, having worked for ship owners, insurers, ship charterers, class societies, finance, and the technology providers, able to effectively bring solutions that benefit all parties, effectively combining both a commercial and a technical perspective to problem solving.

Oliver holds an MSc degree from Newcastle Upon Tyne University. in Marine Engineering and received his BSc in Marine Technology with Honours in Naval Architecture from Newcastle Upon Tyne University.

 

 

MARY E. POTHITOS LLB

Marine claims consultant and trainer, with twenty six years’ experience as Head of the Legal & Insurance Department of the family ship-management company. In 2016 started Paralegal Maritime Services, offering dedicated, professional assistance for efficient and cost-effective, out-sourced management of claims and consultancy.

The success of a claim is based on the proper and timely collection of the documentation. Having commercial, operational and legal experience, can truck down key information for a claim, that can assist owners and their lawyers, in settlement of hearings and trials.

Paralegal Maritime Services offers first class claims service and a range of other services such as claims risk analysis and proactive service in loss prevention. Focused on early intervention and document management through each step of the claim process, ensures that important tasks and deadlines are not overlooked and delivers value to clients.

Experienced trainer. Developed and delivers for DNV GL Academy the seminar: Marine Insurance and Claims Handling, a 2 day seminar, included in the standard DNV GL’s portfolio.

 

 

IOANNA VITTA

Ioanna is a Partner in the marine, trade and international shipping team of Penningtons Manches Cooper. Ioanna has over 25 years' experience in shipping litigation and dispute resolution and specialises in disputes arising from international trade and shipping, including Bills of lading; Charterparties ; MoA; Shipbuilding disputes. Ioanna also advises on casualties including LOF salvage, Collisions, Groundings, General Average, Fire and Cargo claims. She is also a member of the Emergency Response team of the Firm.

Her practice regularly involves the handling of cases in London arbitration, mediation and litigation in the English Courts . Ioanna became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2018(FCIArb). She has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and often is actively involved in sale and purchase transactions with or without finance.

She is a qualified lawyer in Greece since 1991 and qualified Solicitor of England and Wales since 2002. Prior working in private practice, she worked as in-house Legal Counsel for shipping companies as well as the Maritime and Transports’ Division of the European Parliament in Brussels and Luxembourg. Ioanna holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Athens and a Master of Laws (LL.M) on Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. Ioanna speaks Greek and French. She regularly provides clients with in-house training and presents seminars worldwide on a wide range topics including bunker claims, Scopic and General average, Bills of Lading and Letters of Indemnity and others.

Ioanna has been highlighted in Global Chambers since 2008 annually and Chambers Europe who have commented that “her dedication to the industry and ability to get results are why she has a great reputation…” She is also rated among market sources for her “diligence, experience and spot-on advice”. Ioanna has been awarded the International Choice Client Award in 2018.

 

 

ALEXANDROS PETRAKAKOS

Alexandros is a senior partner in P&P Marine Consultants Inc. with more than 10 years of experience on shipbuilding and repairs. During this time he managed multimillion dollars projects with outstanding results. In the most innovative project that he managed P&P delivered successfully the first in the world Dual Fuel - Polar class Asphalt carrier and the first in the world Dual Fuel chemical tankers for Canadian Owners. As the newest member of P&P fresh out of University he worked in all aspects of new buildings from Hull & outfitting to Machinery commissioning in order to fully understand all the aspects of shipbuilding, preparing himself to be able to become a successful project manager and an important asset of the company. As a project manager he created multicultural teams and led the people to get the best results possible. He is able to adapt in difficult environments and different cultures. Problem solving and negotiations is two of his most honed skills.

 

 

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