Bureau Veritas’ Marine Fuel Expert, Lectures on the Importance of Bunker Fuel Management at the Merchant Marine Academy of Michaniona in Greece

May. 16 2017

Industry renowned marine fuel expert, Bill Stamatopoulos, from Bureau Veritas’ VeriFuel team, will provide a lecture to some 100 final-year students and faculty from the engineering department of the Merchant Marine Academy of Michaniona in Thessaloniki on May 19th, 2017.

Bill Stamatopoulos has been lecturing at the Academy since 2004, responding to the need to update the next wave of engineer’s on the latest bunker-related challenges.

Marine fuel issues are constantly evolving as well as the increasingly complex relationship between environmental regulations, quality developments and operational safety and efficiency. 

“It’s vitally important for the ship crew to know how to get the most out of their fuel – safely and without contravening the applicable fuel regulations,” says Mr Stamatopoulos, adding that “training and competence development in bunker management must start in school, not on the vessel.” 

Crew competence in managing fuel is paramount to safe and efficient ship operations.

Bureau Veritas' VeriFuel commits to marine fuel management training in Greek maritime academies to help ensure the next generation of engineers are best positioned to tackle the challenges faced in this dynamic industry.

In their future engineering careers, they will be involved in marine fuel management and must therefore be familiar with the key concerns related to marine fuels. In this regards, the Bureau Veritas VeriFuel lecture serves as an important supplement to the formal training the engineering students have received. 

Marine fuel management, responding to industry dynamics, has evolved into a specialised function. In a comprehensive seminar programme reflecting the growing complexity of marine fuel management, the students will learn about the latest fuel emission regulations, quality specifications, delivery procedures, fuel-related engine problems and safety management. 

Michaniona is a top maritime training institution in Greece for engineers. Final-year students of the academy undergo six-month on-board training attachments with shipping companies before graduation. The seminar is an annual event for graduating students before they enter the shipping industry as third-engineers.

Bill Stamatopoulos holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and an MBA with specialisation in Total Quality Management from the University of Leicester. 

He joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in 1991 and in 2010 Bill became the Regional Manager of DNV Petroleum Services for Europe. 

In 2004 he was appointed at the Hellenic Organization for Standardization, Committee 66 for Petroleum Products, by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.

Bill is a co-Author of 'Marine Fuels', a specialised book in shipping, published in June 2008 and is currently working in a new edition.

During the last 20 years, Bill has given several presentations and training courses on all fuel related issues.

From October 1st, 2015, Bill joined Bureau Veritas as Business Development Manager for the organisation’s Marine Fuel Services brand, VeriFuel.