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“Thank you for your excellent organisation of last week’s conference in Athens. I enjoyed the day, particularly the discussions generated by the presentations.
The audience were very keen to learn.”
Jeff Houlgrave, Senior Associate, Marina Projects Ltd.

The 2nd Annual East Mediterranean Superyacht Forum will once again be jointly produced by Quaynote Communications, the specialist conference company and producers of global events such as Opportunities in Superyachts, the annual conference in Malta, and Oceda S.A., the new Greece-based yacht services company managed by Jennifer Timinis, formerly of Hill Dickinson.

This international conference will bring together superyacht industry experts from across Europe and further afield to discuss chartering, marinas, crew and related issues in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. The target audience includes yacht brokers, marina operators, yacht managers, lawyers, corporate service providers, yacht associations, yacht captains, owners` representatives and anyone with a vested interest in what the future holds for the eastern Mediterranean and a superyacht hub and destination.

The conference will discuss The Future for superyacht sales globally; Marinas in the east med; the impact of Paradise Papers on superyacht ownership Structures?; The Perfect Profit-Making Charter Yacht, and The Role of Crew on a Charter Yacht and other topics designed to appeal to an international audience, while throwing the spotlight on Greece and the East Med.

At the end of the conference there will be transportation to take all delegates for drinks and dinner at Delfina a traditional fish restaurant on the waterfront, famous among Athenians for its fresh fish and delicious lobster spaghetti! What better way to watch a sunset and network in a more informal manner after a conference.

For further information on this event please email alison@quaynote.com or telephone 44 (0) 203 560 8154.

08.30Refreshments and Registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.30Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.35Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
Chaired by: Michael Dunkerly, Tethys Equity S.A
09.40Opening Presentation: Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism
09.50Presentation: What data can tell us about superyacht trends & values
Sam Tucker, Project Leader, Superyachts, Vesselsvalue
10.10Questions
Session Two: Market Overview: Global Superyacht Sales and Projections
10.20Brokers` panel: The Future for superyacht sales globally
A panel of brokers to give their predictions for future sales
Moderated by: Mike Taylor-West ACII, Director, La Playa Insurance
Panellists Include:
Michel Chryssicopoulos, Managing Partner, IYC
Adam Papadakis, Camper & Nicholsons
Dimitris Kyriazakos, Managing Director, Ekka Yachts
Tony Vamvakidi , Chairman, North Star Yachting
11.00Refreshments and Exhibition
Session Three: Marinas
11.30Panel Discussion
*What are the experiences of superyacht captains in the region, their belief about the future of superyachts in the region? How can Marinas best serve them as home ports or transit ports?
*What are superyacht captains` key considerations when looking for suitable Marinas for long-term or short-term berthing and where do they go to get their information?
*Which are the up and coming destinations in the East Med?
*How much influence does the destination have on the choice of marina?
*What do marinas lack? E.g. Hard connections for internet; Amenities for
resupplying quickly and locally; Secure anchorage with proper moorage
points; Bunkerage & previsioning facilities where trucks used for refueling can
access quays, facilities for fixed discharge, grey water, black water; metered electricity
Moderated by: Stavros Katsikadis, President, Greek Marinas Association
Panellists to include:
Zacharias Kiafas, General Manager, Hellenic Marinas
Captain George Paraskevepolous, former Superyacht Captain of M/Y “A”
Captain Apostolos Korakas, Superyacht Captain of M/Y “MY TOY” &; Secretary of Hellenic Yacht Crew Association (HYCA)
Andreas Christodoulides, CEO, Limassol Marina
Session Four: Captain’s perspective
12.10Presentation: Creating a congenial living space on board a superyacht
Captain Mark Souter, Superyacht Captain of M/Y Guilty &
Author of “Marine Surveying of New Motor Yachts”
12.30Questions
12.40Lunch
Session Five: Superyacht Management
14.00Performance Optimisation in Superyacht Management
Mark O’Neil, CEO, Columbia Marlow
14.20Questions
Session Six: Tax & VAT
14.30New rules on Chartering in Greece
Jennifer Timinis, Communications Director, OCEDA
14.55Questions
15.00Panel: What might be the impact of Paradise Papers on superyacht Ownership structures?
How will Brexit affect yacht ownership structures?
Money laundering, sources of funds, confidentiality
French challenge to Maltese (and impact on Cyprus) lease schemes
How are Italy, France & Croatia responding?
Moderated by: Tony Allen, Partner, Hill Dickinson
Panellists Include:
Alison Vassallo, Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Katherine Ellis, Group Director, Boston Multi Family Office
Peter Brigham, Director, Rosemont Yacht Services & Management
Andrew Wilson, Head of Marine & Aviation, Zedra
Session Seven: Chartering & Crew
15.40Panel Discussion:
What is the ideal chartering superyacht?
Chartering costs versus revenue
The role of crew on a charter yacht
Moderated by: Jennifer Timinis, Communications Director, OCEDA
Panelists include:
Marie Molls, Charter Representative, Burgess Athens
Daphne Tsevdos, Charter Manager, SSH Maritime
Cpt Stavros Papadakis, Superyacht Captain of M/Y AQUA LIBRA
Antonis Stelliatos, President, Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners
Association
16.20Chair`s Closing Remarks
16.25Exhibition and Refreshments
Session Six: Champagne Roundtables
16.55Roundtable discussions enable delegates to debate specialist topics of interest. Delegates choose the roundtable they join and each discussion will be moderated by a speaker or industry leader.
Roundtable topics include:

* What crew training or other steps does the industry need to put in place to ensure that the best people are attracted to work on superyachts?
Captain George Paraskevepolous, former Superyacht Captain of M/Y “A”

* Relocating a yacht to the East Med
Capt.Andrija Simic, Simmor d.o.o., Adriatic Yachting Alliance

* Summary of key changes in tax and VAT
Alison Vassallo, Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates & Jennifer Timinis, Communications Director, OCEDA

* The Union Customs Code and its tax implications for commercial and private yachts
Miguel Angel Serra, Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales

* Cruising secrets in the East Mediterranean
Captain Mark Souter, M/Y Guilty, Author of “Marine Surveying of New Motor Yachts”

* What are the implications for excise duties on fuel and for seafarers following the recent EU notices? How will the changes to the “high seas” definition in Italy affect yacht charter companies?
Carla Bellieni, Studio Piana Illuzzi Queirolo Trabattoni

* What is the contribution of marinas to maritime tourism and to growing
the local economy?
Stavros Karnakis , General Manager, Athens Marina S.A

18.00Transportation to Restaurant for Dinner and Drinks
22.00Return to Hotel

Elena Kountoura

Minister of Tourism

Michael Dunkerly

Tethys Equity SA

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Sam Tucker

Project Leader, Superyachts, Vesselsvalue

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Mike Taylor-West ACII

Director, La Playa Insurance

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Michel Chryssicopoulos

Managing Partner, IYC

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Adam Papadakis

Camper & Nicholsons

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Dimitris Kyriazakos

Managing Director, Ekka Yachts

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Tony Vamvakidi

Chairman, North Star Yachting

Stavros Katsikadis

President, Greek Marinas Association

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Zacharias Kiafas

General Manager, Hellenic Marinas

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Captain George Paraskevepolous

Superyacht Captain of M/Y "A"

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Captain Apostolos Korakas

Superyacht Captain of M/Y "MY TOY" & Secretary of Hellenic Yacht Crew Association (HYCA)

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Andreas Christodoulides

CEO, Limassol Marina

Captain Mark Souter

Superyacht Captain of M/Y Guilty & Author of “Marine Surveying of New Motor Yachts"

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Mark O'Neil

CEO, Columbia Marlow

Jennifer Timinis

Communications Director, OCEDA

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Tony Allen

Partner, Hill Dickenson

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Alison Vassallo

Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Katherine Ellis

Group Director, Boston Multi Family Office

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Peter Brigham

Director, Rosemont Yacht Services & Management

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Andrew Wilson

Head of Aviation & Marine, Zedra

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Marie Molls

Charter Representative, Burgess Athens

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Daphne Tsevdos

Charter Manager, SSH Maritime

Captain Stavros Papadakis

Superyacht Captain of M/Y AQUA LIBRA

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Antonis Stelliatos

President, Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association

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Capt.Andrija Simic

Simmor d.o.o., Adriatic Yachting Alliance

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Miguel Angel Serra

Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales

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Carla Bellieni,

Studio Piana Illuzzi Queirolo Trabattoni

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Stavros Karnakis, General Manager

General Manager, Athens Marina S.A

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The conference hotel is now fully booked. If you need a hotel then please contact our preferred travel partner – Trevor Hann at Travel Tailor – email: trevor@traveltailor.co.uk or Tel: 00 44 (0) 1932 230600.

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