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The 3rd 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.

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

AGENDA (subject to change)
08.30Refreshments and registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.30Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.35Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
Michael Dunkerly, Fathom Yachts (legal consultancy); Entropia (yacht brokerage); Green Mountain (medical cannabis )

09.45Opening presentation
Session Two: Cruising destinations: West Med versus East Med
10.00Presentation: Comparing the East & West Mediterranean:
What do the stats tell us?
*Why is the East lagging behind?
Sam Tucker, Head of Superyachts, VesselsValue
10.20Questions and Discussion
10.30Panel: Comparing the top Cruising Destinations, Yacht Hubs & Jurisdictions: How can the East catch up with the West Med?
* A tour around the top East Med cruising destinations calling at Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro and Turkey
* Comparing standards, facilities, crews between East & West
*What areas does the East need to improve to catch up with the West?
Moderated by: Jennifer Timinis, OCEDA
Panellists Include:

Onur Ugan, Operations Director, D-Marin
Captain Richard Goché, YCM Member, M/Y ABILITY
Tony Browne, Marina Director, Porto Montenegro
11.15Coffee Break
Session Three: Brokers Panel: Reviewing the year behind and the year ahead
11.45Panel: Leading brokers take stock of sales over the past year and offer
predictions for the next 12 months
Moderated by: Mike Taylor- West, Director, La Playa Insurance
Panellists to include:
Vassilis Fotilas, Sales Broker, Fraser Yachts
Dimitris Kyriazakos, Managing Director, Ekka Yachts
Adam Papadakis, Camper & Nicholsons
Tony Vamvakidi, Chairman, North Star Yachting
Dimitris Maroulis, Burgess Athens
Session Four: On-board Art
14.00The implications of having art on-board a yacht
* Yachts as the second home and what it says about the Owner
* How on-board art impacts Captains, Crew, Yacht Managers, etc
* Addressing the lack of understanding of the burden on crew
* Best practice: appraisal, on board consultation & compliance
Pandora Mather-Lees, Director, Pandora Art Services
14.20Questions and Discussion
Session Five: Focus on Duty Free Fuel
14.25Panel Discussion: Duty Free Fuel in the East Med
* Examining the options in Albania, Turkey, Greece, Croatia & Montenegro
Moderated by: Michael Dunkerly, Fathom Yachts (legal consultancy); Entropia (yacht brokerage); Green Mountain (medical cannabis )
Arlind Fida, Oceda Albania Destination
Evangelos Kagas, Technical Manager, OCEDA
Capt.Andrija Simic, Simmor d.o.o., Adriatic Yachting Alliance – Croatia

Session Five: Crew standards
14.50Panel: The essential role played by crew on a charter boat.
*What are the key areas for improvement for crew in the East Med?
*How can do we go about enhancing crew standards in the East Med?
*The seasonal nature of crew jobs in Turkey & Croatia and the impact of this on crew training, availability & standards
*The effect of different registry certification requirements on crew training
Moderated by: Alexandra Zerou, Neptunea
Giannis Sideris, Law Office, Giannis Markogiannis & Associates
Ken Wiseman, Mission to Seafarers Chaplain, Cyprus Ports
Captain George P. Parisis, M/Y CAN’T REMEMBER
Session Six: New build, refit & technology
15.20Panel: Technology and the future of shipyards
Co-Presented by: Jack Robinson, Superyacht Technology
Kerry Pettitt, Director, Speedcast
Joseph Adir, Founder & CEO of WinterHaven Holdings SL
Wiko Darger, CEO, Cellweaver
16.00Panel Discussion: How does build & refit in the East Med compare to its counterparts in the West Med?
*How does the quality, pricing and delivery of new builds compare?
*Choosing winter destinations in the East or Wed Med
Moderator: Martin Malinowski, Partner, Ince & Co
Vincenzo Poerio, President of Tuscany Nautical District (ex Benetti CEO)
Pierre Balzan, Director Melita Marine Group
Teo Petričević, managing director, CAPAX d.o.o
Joseph Adir, Winterhaven Holdings
Panos Mantouvalos, Remora
16.40Coffee Break
Session Seven: Roundtables
17.10Roundtable discussions enable delegates to debate specialist topics of
interest. Delegates choose the roundtable they join and each discussion is
moderated by a speaker or industry leader.
1. Tax developments in the West Mediterranean: France, Spain, Italy, Isle of
Man and Malta
Co-hosted by:
Janet Xanthopolous, Legal Adviser, Yacht Ownership & Administration Department, Rosemont Yacht Services Rosemont Carla Bellieni, Studio Piana Illuzzi Queirolo Trabattoni
Miguel Angel Serra, Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales

2. What are the obstacles and opportunities in developing marinas in the east and west Mediterranean region?
Padhraic O`Connor, Senior Project Manager, Marina Projects

3. Greek Commercial Exemption
Jennifer Timinis, OCEDA

4. Albania – the next superyacht hub?
Melina Custer, Yacht Account Manager, Oceda

17.50End of conference proceedings
17.55Walk to Drinks Reception on Roof top terrace in Athens

Michael Dunkerly

Fathom Yachts (legal consultancy); Entropia (yacht brokerage); Green Mountain (medical cannabis )

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Sam Tucker

Head of Superyachts, VesselsValue

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Jennifer Timinis


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Onur Ugan

Operations Director, D-Marin

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Captain Richard Goché


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Tony Browne

Marina Director, Porto Montenegro

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Mike Taylor- West

Director, La Playa Insurance

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Vassilis Fotilas

Sales Broker, Fraser Yachts

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Dimitris Kyriazakos

Managing Director, Ekka Yachts

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Adam Papadakis

Camper & Nicholsons

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Tony Vamvakidi

Chairman, North Star Yachting

Dimitris Maroulis

Burgess Athens

Pandora Mather-Lees

Director, Pandora Art Services

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Arlind Fida

Oceda Albania Destination

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Evangelos Kagas

Technical Manager, Oceda

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Capt Andrija Simic

Simmor d.o.o. Adriatic Yachting Alliance - Croatia

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Giannis Sideris

Law Office, Giannis Markogiannis & Associates

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Ken Wiseman

Mission to Seafarers Chaplain, Cyprus Ports

Alexandra Zerou


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Captain George P Parisis


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Jack Robinson

Superyacht Technology

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Kerry Pettitt

Director, Speedcast

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Joseph Adir

Founder & CEO of WinterHaven Holdings SL

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Wiko Darger

CEO, Cellweaver

Panos Mantouvalos


Martin Malinowski

Partner, Ince & Co

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Vincenzo Poerio

President of Tuscany Nautical District (ex Benetti CEO)

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Pierre Balzan

Director, Melita Marine Group

Teo Petričević

Managing Director, CAPAX d.o.o.

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Janet Xanthopoulos

Legal Adviser Yacht Ownership & Administration Dpt Manager, Rosemont Yacht Services

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Dott sa Carla Bellieni

Studio Piana Illuzzi Queirolo Trabattoni

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Miguel Angel Serra

Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales

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Padhraic O'Connor

Senior Project Manager, Marina Projects

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Melina Custer

Yacht Account Manager, Oceda

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2, Vasileos Georgiou A’ str., Syntagma square, 105 64 Athens, Greece
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Dedicated to providing an unparalleled level of service, the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel features contemporary rooms and suites, with unique view to the Acropolis, pedestrian & classy Voukourestiou as well as Stadiou streets. As a luxury hotel in Athens, our hotel is ideal for those who choose to be close to major tourist attractions, archaeological sites, shopping districts and museums such as the Acropolis Museum.

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