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T H E Q U A R T E R L Y M A G A Z I N E O F A E G E A N
Aegean in Russia
A New Eastern Frontier
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Energy—it’s what makes the world go round. Today, energy is at the center of the world’s economy. It is at the center of this key global axis that Aege-
an operates. The energy market, however, is one of the most volatile in the world. Oil prices may plunge or surge instantly. Risk is inherent in every decision. Long-term planning must be based on alternate sce-
nario strategies in place from the start.That is why Aegean has in place a diversified portfolio of interests. At Aegean, the challenging economics of shipping, bunkering, petroleum
retail, lubricants, and energy waste management combine into a complicated—and complex—equation that must be balanced day in and day out.
As Aegean expands its geographical reach around the world, its customer base in Greece, and its partners at home and abroad, it is building its own ener-getic blueprint to respond to today’s global marketplace.
Aegean is positioning itself as a key player with its broad array of talent, its well-defined vision, and a strategy for sustainable growth.
Energy indeed makes the world go round. And Aegean is proud to contrib-ute, as a global energy player, and a Greek energy company, to the needs of people, everyday, as they pursue a better life for themselves and their children.
RetailAEGEAN OIL has established a gas station network throughout Greece, and is one of the fastest growing companies in the retail market. AEGEAN’S gasoline market share in Greece is 8%.
ShippingAEGEAN SHIPPING manages a fleet of tank-ers, ranging from 28.610 to 50,926 DWT, that transfers and delivers oil to our clients throughout the world. All ships meet ISM standards. The Company’s new GreenFleet (http://www.greenfleet.gr) incorporates the latest technologies to ensure reduced operating costs and reduced emissions, while increasing overall performance. All ships are certified by ISM, ISPS and MLC as well as with ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and 50001. AEGEAN SHIPPING is additionally certified with ISO 22301.
BunkeringAEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM is a leader in providing the best bunkering services avail-able in Piraeus, Patras, Gibraltar, Amster-dam-Rotterdam-Antwerp, Fujarah, Jamaica, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Portland-Fal-mouth, Vancouver, Montreal, Mexico, Tanger Med (Morocco), Canary Islands, Panama, Barcelona, Algeciras, Baltimore, Philadel-phia, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Los An-geles, Hamburg, the Gulf of Mexico, and St. Petersburg. AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM is the market leader in bunkering.
Agency ServicesShips from around the world rely on AEGE-AN AGENCY services at Piraeus, Gibraltar, Fujairah, and Jamaica, from loading and discharging, to spare parts and supplies.
LubricantsAEGEAN OIL produces and markets high performance lubricants for vehicles and industrial use, under the AEGEAN brand. AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM trades and supplies lubricants for the marine market under the ALFA brand.
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4 AEGEAN UPDATE
10 BUNKERING The CIMAC Meeting at the Aegean Headquarters in Piraeus
12 RETAIL Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip— The Ten Commandments
13 HELLENIC ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER Flood Protection Initiative in Didymoteicho
14 FLOWS AND CURRENTS Trends and News in the Oil and Energy Fields
16 BUNKERING Aegean in Russia—A New Eastern Frontier
22 THE AEGEAN INTERVIEW Aggelos Grammateas, Lieutenant H.C.G., Head of Department of Elefsina Port State Control Division
24 STATIONS OF THE MONTH • Eurologic Transports SA, Aspropyrgos • Vouvopoulos D.–Kalkounou E. Ο.Ε., Nafplio
26 MARITIME TRADITION The Nautical Museum of Crete
27 TRAVELWITHΑEGEAN Chania
28 CHILDREN AND THE ENVIRONMENT The Evros Delta—A Magical Bio-Habitat
30 AEGEAN COLLECTION Step Out in Style
16 Aegean continues to expand in one of the most important energy markets in the world: the Russian Federation
10 Aegean welcomes the international meeting of CIMAC at its Piraeus head-quarters
22 Aggelos Grammateas, Lieutenant H.C.G., talks to Aegean News
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Personnel Training in Resuscitation Techniques
On February 7, 2015, at the initiative of the branch of Aegean Oil in Alex-androupolis, Aegean employees, and associates from EKO and BP, were trained in cardiopulmonary resusci-tation techniques and the use of an automatic external defibrillator.After the five-hour training, which took place at the premises of the
Greek National Emergency Center (E.K.A.V.) in Alexandroupolis under the supervision of the European Resuscitation Council, employees received a cer-tificate for their participation.With the continuous training of personnel, Aegean aims at the lifelong educa-tion of employees and the prevention of accidents and medical emergencies.
FUJCON 2015The 9th international Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Forum (FUJCON) “Fujairah-towards di-
versification & expansion: bunkering, crude, refining, LNG & petrochemicals” took place on
March 23-25, 2015.
The Forum was held under the auspices of the government of Fujairah with the patronage of
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Kohammed Al Sharqi Ruler of Fujairah and member of the
UAE supreme council. Held every two years, FUJCON is the most prestigious bunker forum
for the Middle East bunker markets. This year the participants had the opportunity to present
and discuss current and future developments in the Port of Fujairah.
Aegean had a strong presence at this forum as a gold sponsor and as an active participant
at the third session of the conference, which focused on Fujairah’s developments. Dr. Salem,
Technical Advisor of the Government of Fujairah presided. This session also included presen-
tations by Capt. Tamer Masoud, Harbor Master at the Port of Fujairah; Siavash Alishahpour,
VTTI Fujairah Terminals General Manager; George Moustakas, Aegean Fujairah Bunkering
Station Manager; and Capt. John Kaymenakis, AKRON Trade & Transport Director. Aegean
was represented by George Moustakas, Station Manager, and Leonardos Stefanou, Aegean
HQ, who had the opportunity to meet the company’s clients in the area, as well as by Tamer
Marei, AOT-Terminal Operation Deputy General Manager.
M/T Rizopon Launches a Triple Illegal Immigrant Search and Rescue Operation On February 14, 2015, following the
instructions of the Italian Maritime
Rescue Coordination Center, Aegean
tanker M/T Rizopon launched a rescue
operation of 100 illegal immigrants,
who were found aboard inflatable boats
in the waters between Italy and Libya.
Upon completion of the first mission,
the Italian authorities ordered the ship
to proceed to a second search and
rescue operation southwest of the first
inflatable boat. On the way there, the
M/T Rizopon located a third boat with
illegal immigrants 55 nautical miles
north of Libya. Among the immigrants
were women and children. The M/T
Rizopon approached the inflatable
boat and the crew offered the illegal
immigrants food, medicine and plastic
covers to protect them from the rain.
They then remained at the site for sev-
eral hours until the Italian coastguard
vessel arrived to pick up the immi-
grants. The M/T Rizopon successfully
completed the second double search
and rescue operation at midnight, when
the illegal immigrants were transported
to the coastguard vessel.
We are proud of the Captain, Officers
and crew and we congratulate them for
the way they handle such incidents,
which unfortunately take place often in
the waters between Italy and Libya.
A E G E A N U P D A T E
FUJCON 2015 gold sponsors Leonardos Stefanou; George Moustakas; and Martijn Notten, Fujairah Oil Tanker Terminals Manager at the port of Fujairah
Immigrant rescue operation
Aegean staff training in resuscitation techniques
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New Year’s Pitta Cutting at Aegean Oil in Alexandroupolis On February 14, 2015, the Aegean Oil office in Alexandroupolis hosted its annual New Year’s Vassilopita cele-bration at a local taverna. The entire Alexandroupolis staff, along with their spouses, Aegean associates from EKO and BP, as well as the general manager of Aegean Oil, Konstantinos Poursanidis and his wife Maria attended the event.The director of the office, Ioannis Pistolas, cut the Vassilopita. Aegean Oil was the winner of the coin hidden within. Following a draw, the Aegean inspector of the prefecture of Thrace, Stilianos Stefanidis, won a set of coupons for free fuel at Aegean ser-vice stations.In Greece, the cutting and sharing of the Vassilopita, a New Year’s cake, is the traditional manner to greet the New Year. In addition, the Vassilopita get-togethers strengthen the already very good relations between employees and the partners of the office, as well as among their families. The guests had the chance to dance to the rhythm of the taverna’s live band, and have fun playing dress-up, as the event coin-cided with the Saturday of the Souls before the Sunday of the Carnival.The pleasant evening ended with happy memories and with everyone's wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year to All!
Two Painters at the Port of Alexandroupolis
Two famous painters from Alexan-droupolis, Theodoros Agglias and Dimitris Nalbantis, who have been drawing the port of their hometown for the past several decades, have joined forces to create a unique exhibition entitled "Two Painters - One Port." The Historical Museum of Alexandroupolis
hosted the exhibition on December 21, 2014 - January 11, 2015.Stavros Stafrakoglou, Alexandroupolis Port Authority President, and Evan-gelos Lampakis, Mayor of Alexandroupolis, embraced this effort from day one. At the exhibition Aegean associate Theodoros Gavriilidis represented the Hellenic Environmental Center, which has an active presence at the port of Alexandroupolis.
Safety Appreciation Day On March 25, 2015, Horizon Tangier Terminals S.A (HTTSA) celebrated Safety Appreciation Day. The Captain of the Port awarded Aegean’s Captain Fillippos Kalandranis with the Certif-icate of Recognition for his high com-mitment to safety and compliance of his vessel and crew with all applicable procedures.
Voluntary Blood Drive In cooperation with the Greek Red Cross, a
scheduled voluntary blood drive took place
at the Aegean facilities in Aspropyrgos on
January 12, 2015 to support the company’s
blood bank. The increased needs of our coun-
try in blood make each phial of blood valuable
for a fellow human being. The following Ae-
gean employees voluntarily donated blood:
Vasillios Athanasiadis, Charalambos Giotis,
Timos Dimitsianos, Miltiadis Eleftherakos, Antonia Theodoropoulou Alexandros Thomas,
Konstantinos Cantarellis, Panagiotis Kolympiris, Ioannis Komninos, Konstantinos Kopalas,
Petros Kordalis, Aristidis Kourepis, Nikos Koutelieris, Zafirios Kyrbeis, Alexandros Liapis,
Kyriakos Bountzikas, Paraskevas Paraskevas, Antonis Pavlakis, Konstantinos Skalas, and
The "Two Painters - One Port" exhibition
Employees reinforce the blood bank of the company
Capt. Halim Ismail, Operation Manager, Aegean Bunkering Morocco; Mourad Bougrini, Operation Supervisor, Horizon Terminal and Capt. Fillippos Kalandranis, Master M/T Halki
Ioannis Pistolas cuts the Vassilopita
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A E G E A N U P D A T E
New EmployeesThe following employees have joined the
Aegean work force.
AEGEAN BUNKERING SERVICES
The Gibraltar Government and the Gibraltar
Port Authority were delighted to host the
first ever International Bunker Industry As-
sociation (IBIA) Regional Forum in Gibraltar,
which took place on February 24-27, 2015.
Around 70,000 ships pass through the Strait
every year; an average of 20 to 25 a day
are refueled in Gibraltar by one of the local
bunkering companies. This forum offered the
opportunity to reinforce Gibraltar’s status as
a leading port in the Mediterranean, as well
as its links within IBIA.
More than 100 delegates from Gibraltar and
abroad attended the forum, which addressed
current developments and trends in the busi-
ness. The Hon. Paul Balban, Minister for the
Port and the Hon. Albert Isola, Minister for
Maritime Affairs, welcomed the visiting del-
egates, who had the opportunity to attend
the interesting discussions, as well as take a
tour of the port facilities. Aegean Bunkering
(Gibraltar) Limited was one of the main spon-
sors of this event.
CEO of the Port of Gibraltar, Commodore
Bob Sanguinetti said: “We are delighted to
be hosting this regional forum on behalf of
IBIA. The conference will provide us with
the opportunity to showcase the bunkering
industry in Gibraltar, and to further cement
our excellent working relationship with IBIA.
It reflects the hard work that the Gibraltar
Port Authority and our operators put into the
bunker industry, as well as reinforcing the
prominence and high standards we have in
place across the bunkering and wider ship-
Solidarity Event by the Church of Holy Trinity in Nikea and Aegean
During Holy Week Father
Dimitrios of the Church of Holy
Trinity in Nikea collected and
delivered food and clothing to
300 families in need.
Aegean employees, in coopera-
tion with the Human Resources
Department, showed great sen-
sitivity and love for their fellow
human beings by filling the ware-
house of the church with 70 boxes of food and 30 boxes of clothing.
Congratulations to all for the remarkable effort!
The First IBIA Forum in Gibraltar
The IBIA forum The dinner hosted by IBIA in Gibraltar
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Personnel Training in Fire Extinguishing Techniques On March 4, 2015 training in the use of
fire extinguishing equipment took place at
the Aegean Oil facilities in Alexandroupolis.
Aegean employees, associates from the
cooperating companies EKO and BP, the
employees of the company in charge of
guarding the facilities, as well as the staff
of the Temteron service stations 8 and 19
participated in the training aimed at the
continuous education of the staff.
During the training the director of the
facility, the fire chief, and the head of the
company that supplies and maintains the
fire-extinguishing equipment displayed
its proper use. The trainees then had the
opportunity to use the fire extinguishers
and test fire fighting methodology.
On March 23-25, 2015 Aegean Marine
Petroleum participated in the annual Con-
necticut Maritime Association Conference
for 2015, best known as CMA Shipping. It
was a gathering of 2500 industry leaders,
owners, and ship managers, who control
over 5000 vessels. Financiers, suppliers,
shipyards, national exhibits, and profes-
sional service providers also attended the
conference that lasted three days full of
business discussions, networking, informa-
tion exchange and good fun. This confer-
ence brings the decision makers together
and the exhibition is where companies get
the opportunity to form important business
Within this spirit, Aegean Marine Petro-
leum made once again a strong impression
with its company booth in the exhibition
area, where numerous meetings took place
with customers and local U.S. distributors.
Aegean had the opportunity to present
its wide range of products and growing
supply network. Adrian Tolson represented
Aegean on the Connecticut Maritime Asso-
ciation Bunker Session Panel on March 25.
During his speech, entitled “The Bunker
Industry in upheaval – 2008 to 2014 –
What happens now and how does it impact
Aegean?” Mr. Tolson outlined the recent
changes in the field and stated: “Aegean
has a strong business model for the future
and is well positioned to take advantage of
One of the highlights of the three-day con-
ference was the party Aegean organized at
the Cask Republic on March 24, which had a
Aegean Present at CMA Shipping 2015
Use of a floating barrier during the anti-pollution exercise
Fire extinguishing equipment demonstration
Aegean’s party invitation
Anti-Pollution Exercise On January 15, 2015 an anti-pollution exercise took place at the Melco facilities in Aspropyrgos. According to the exercise scenario there was a leak of a con-siderable amount of lubricant in the sea surrounding the premises. As a result, Aegean personnel implemented the company’s anti-pollution plan and used the vessel the facility has for this purpose. Then Aegean staff used the designated floating barrier to contain the leak and prevent further pollution. They also used absorbent materials to collect the leaked material, which they then stored in empty barrels.The response of the antipollution team was immediate and the exercise was a complete success. Kostas Floudopoulos lead the antipollution team, which con-sisted of all available Aegean personnel.
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A E G E A N U P D A T E
Bureau Veritas Marine Αppoint New Marketing Director and Chief Executive Marine Leading International Classification
Society Bureau Veritas has appoint-
ed Paillette Palaiologou as Marine
Marketing & Sales Director within the
Marine & Offshore Operating Group.
She is tasked with defining and lead-
ing Bureau Veritas’ business devel-
opment strategy and priorities in the
Anastasios Angelopoulos, who has
been Marine Department Manager for
Greece & Cyprus and Deputy Country
Chief Executive since 2013, was pro-
moted to Marine Chief Executive for
Greece and Cyprus, at Director Level.
Lambros A. Chahalis, Vice President
Marine & Offshore Division for the
Hellenic & Black Sea Region, said
“Both Paillette and Anastasios have
a deep knowledge of the shipping
sector and will assist the shipping
community in its entirety.”
Paillette Palaiologou Anastasios Angelopoulos
Certification by Lloyd’s Register Aegean Agency Shipping & Trading S.A has inherited Aegean's long-term commitment to quality and en-vironmental protection. More specifically, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance has awarded the company with the following certifications:
• ISO 9001:2008 certification for the company's Quality Management System, aiming to the continuous improvement of performance and increased cus-tomer satisfaction. (Approval Certificate No: PIR6021119)
• ISO 14001:2004 certification for the company's Environmental Management System, aiming to the management of environmental-related risks and to a systematic approach for reducing the impact of the company's activities to the environment. (Approval Certificate No: PIR 6021119/A)
According to Mr. Firipis, Head of Aegean Agency, "this milestone demonstrates the commitment of our company to provide the best services possible to our customers and is a catalyst to maintain the highest levels of professionalism in the industry. We are proud of our staff for demonstrating the commitment and dedication needed to perform at the highest levels. But, of course, it is the clients who benefit by knowing they can rely on Aegean to service their needs in a way that reflects today's demanding market environment."
The 2015 IBIA Dinner in LondonThe very popular annual dinner of the International Bunkering Industry Association (IBIA) took place once again offering its guests networking opportunities second to none. Aegean Marine petroleum was the official sponsor of the 21st annual dinner, which took place on February 9, 2015, at the Park Plaza Westminster, a stunning venue on the banks of the River Thames in London with more than 1000 guests. The night was a big success and Aegean friends and colleagues had dinner and enjoyed each other’s company, while exchanging news and ideas on today’s maritime industry.
Aegean Establishes New DivisionAegean has established a Trading Division to offer complete worldwide service to its partners, with offices in Piraeus, Singapore,
Montreal, Hamburg and St Petersburg. In addition to our experienced Physical Supply Team, that covers every major region and
ocean, Aegean now have 5 teams of experienced bunker traders, ready to provide customers with bunker solutions, offering both
Marine Fuel and Marine Lubricants, on a worldwide scale.
Aegean can now offer services to partners in the Baltic and Black Sea, the Russian Far East, China, Hong Kong, India, Suez and Port
Said, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil among others.
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Every year Infineum holds a Sales Meeting. This year, and thanks to the recommendation of the Aegean team, the Infineum International Sales Meeting was held in Athens.On March 24, 2015 Aegean hosted a dinner at the Roof Restaurant of the Aegean building in Piraeus for the Infineum EMEA Sales team. On behalf of Aegean, Pavlos Ioan-nidis, Global Marine Lubricants Man-ager welcomed the 50 distinguished guests from Infineum, emphasizing the strong eight-year partnership between the two companies and high-lighted the value of Infineum’s ad-vanced marine oil additive technology in the development of Aegean’s top quality marine lubricants.On behalf of the Infineum team, Maurizio Abbondanza, EMEA Sales Director, thanked Aegean for the kind
invitation and stated that it was the first time such an internal meeting is linked to a team-bonding event with a strategic customer account.The atmosphere was warm, in the genuine spirit of Greek philoxenia, or hospitality. The guests enjoyed delica-cies while admiring at the impressive night view of Piraeus harbor, spar-kling with city and vessel lights Aegean was represented by Dimitris Melissanidis; Pavlos Ioannidis; An-tonios Papadakis, CEO of Aegean Oil; Nikos Hondos, General Manager of Aegean Bunkering Services Inc.; Konstantinos Polydakis, Deputy General Manager of Aegean Bun-kering Services Inc.; George Giotas, Marine Lubricants Commercial Manager; Nikos Panagopoulos, Ter-minal Manager of Melco Petroleum; Christos Archontakis, Lubricants
Commercial Manager; Dorothy Pa-padogianni, Bunker Sales Manager; Chara Fykiri, Bunker Trader; Grat-siella Kladi, Bunker Trader; Dafni Bitsaxi, Marine Lubricants Trader; and Antonis Pavlakis, HR Director. On behalf of Infineum were Aldo Govi, Infineum Lubricants Business Manager; Sylvain Leblanc, Infineum’s Global Marine Manager; Wei Wang, Infineum’s Portfolio Manager, Marine & RailRoad; Yannick Jullien, EMEA Regional Executive Market Manager; Rob Ashton, Fuels Additives Techni-cal Sales Account Manager; Andrea Ghione, EMEA Distribution Channel Manager; Francesco Ragazzi, EMEA Sales Account Manager. Infineum’s Greek representative Yannis Pro-topapas of InterActive S.A. were also present in this unique and truly memorable event.
Infineum at Aegean’s HQ in Piraeus
The International Sales Department of Infineum at Aegean’s HQ in Piraeus
Antonis Pavlakis, Dimitris Melissanidis, Maurizio Abbondanza and Paulos Ioannidis The dinner Aegean hosted in honor of Infineum
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Technical experts and execu-tives from the entire Marine Lubricants Industry (marine
equipment manufacturers, suppliers of additives and oil companies)—31 delegates in total—attended the CI-MAC meeting that took place at the Aegean Headquarters in Piraeus.
All international marine lubri-cants technical stakeholders had the
opportunity to discuss in detail the current and future parameters in Marine Lubrication, following the new regulations in regards to the low sulphur levels.
Among others, two very detailed and comprehensive technical presen-tations by Deputy General Manager of Aegean Bunkering Services Inc., Kostas Polydakis, regarding the con-
cerns and trends on the low sulphur fuels, as well as by Technical Man-ager of Dynagas, Christos Vlachos, which focused on LNG as a bunker fuel, gave the participants a picture of the latest market need for actions towards the compliance with the new regulations.
All the distinguished guests also had the opportunity to visit the new
B U N K E R I N G
Aegean Marine Petroleum has been a member of the Lubricants Working Group of the
International Council on Combustion Engines (CIMAC) since 2012. This year, Aegean proudly
hosted this meeting of April 15-16, 2015, at the company’s headquarters in Piraeus.
The CIMAC Meetingat the Aegean Headquarters in Piraeus
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waste oil treatment facility of Hellen-ic Environmental Center (HEC - Oil One) in Drapetsona. Kostas Flou-dopoulos, Plant Manager, gave the guests a detailed tour and informed them on the plant’s standard operat-ing procedures.
Pavlos Ioannidis, Aegean Marine Lubricants Global Manager, repre-senting Aegean at the CIMAC Work-
ing Group, had the pleasure to lead and organize this Working Group meeting, along with the valuable help of other Aegean colleagues.
We feel that Aegean, with its hospi-tality and professionalism, has helped promoting the image of Greece abroad and we hope that more will companies follow this example in the future.
About CIMAC CIMAC is a worldwide non-profit asso-ciation consisting of National Member Associations, National Member Groups and Corporate Members in 26 countries in America, Asia and Europe. Worldwide members include engine manufactur-ers, engine users, such as shipowners, component suppliers, fuel and lubricant companies, research organizations, classification societies, universities and other interested bodies. Through CIMAC its members have access to the whole CIMAC network, and to other people and organizations with plenty of experience in all aspects of the large internal com-bustion engine industry. The mission of CIMAC is to: • promote exchange of scientific and
technical information• improve understanding between
engine manufacturers and users, as well as between manufacturers and suppliers
• focus upon and promote the work and activities of National Member Associations
• promote exchange on technological developments in a pre-competition state through Working Group meetings
• contribute to internationally applied technological standards and publi-cations
• collaborate with other International Associations
1. The CIMAC Working Group at the Aegean headquarters in Piraeus 2. Pavlos Ioannidis opens the meeting of the CIMAC Working Group3. Working Group Meeting 4. The CIMAC Working Group at the HEC facilities in Drapetsona 5. A guided tour of the HEC – Oil One facilities6. Working Group dinner, which was also attended by Dimitris Melissanidis, at “Idikon”
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Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip—
The Ten Commandments
R E T A I L
Are you ready to travel? Whether you plan an extended road trip or a drive to the family’s
summer house, as a driver you need to be prepared. If you're planning on taking a road trip,
you need to make sure you provide your car with some basic maintenance, as a breakdown
far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common
problems. As with most things, it's best to start early.
1Check the fluids. Make sure you perform any regular service, oil changes or tune-ups. Check the
following: engine oil, transmission flu-id, gasoline, antifreeze/coolant, radiator coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, as well as all hoses and belts.
2 Check your battery. Ask your mechanic to ensure it’s strong and has clean terminals.
3 Check your tires. Make sure that your treads are deep enough to ensure adequate traction and also
check your tire pressure. Remember that the number on the tire's side is the max-imum pressure it can withstand, not the recommended amount. Your tires should be a little less inflated in winter, and clos-er to their maximum in summer. Don’t forget the spare tire. Make sure it is fully inflated and that the jack, wrench, and other tire-changing tools are in the trunk.
4 Check your brakes. Have your service station inspect your car’s brake pads to make sure they ar-
en’t worn or need replacing.
5 Check lights and mirrors and windshield wipers and wash-ers. Make sure they are all in top-
6 Be prepared. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it well ahead of time. Bring
an emergency kit, such as a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, make sure you have the owner's manual and valid registration and insurance papers, as well as the road assistance contact numbers.
7 Pack smart. Clean out your car. The more you haul, the more fuel you burn. Check your vehicle’s
load capacity to make sure you aren’t putting too much weight in the car. Load evenly and carefully.
8 Get a GPS. A portable GPS nav-igation system will help you get where you’re going, making it
easy to find gas stations (use the Aegean service station finder!) and restaurants, warn of roadway congestion, and help di-rect emergency services to your location.
9 Kid prep. If you’re driving with kids, make sure you pack enough snacks, water, games, videos, and
music to keep them comfortable and occupied during your journey.
10 Safety first. Make sure you drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Be patient
and well rested before the road trip. Plan your journey to avoid traffic and to en-sure you get to your destination on time and with minimal stress. Make sure you count on stops for refreshment and re-stroom breaks. Time your fuel stops to ensure you don’t run low.
Relax and enjoy the drive!
New!Preparing For a Trip Quiz at www.aegeanoil.com
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Flood Protection Initiative in Didymoteicho
HELLENIC ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Through the Hellenic
Environmental Center (HEC)
Aegean has once again
demonstrated its sensitivity
for the environment, even
in areas that are not of
At the beginning of the winter season, the municipality of Didimoteicho asked for the removal of large volumes of water that were mixed with heat-ing oil in the basements of residents, which were flooded by the unprece-
dented rains that hit the Evros prefecture.After coordinating with the Aegean Oil branch in Alexandroupolis, within a
few hours the HEC crew and the company’s petroleum residues transport vehicle, that is designated to the ports of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, traveled to the re-mote town of Didymoticho. The vehicle approached the flooded area through the town’s particularly narrow streets, while all along the way it removed dangerous quantities of water mixed with petroleum residues that caused a strong stench and threatened the aquifers in the region.
The mayor of Didimoteicho expressed his heartfelt thanks for the entire opera-tion on behalf of the citizens who were affected by the flooding. Moreover, he un-derlined the benefits of HEC’s work for the local communities in which the com-pany operates.
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F L O W S A N D C U R R E N T S
European Shipping Industry:Innovation is ParamountToday, European equipment manufacturers hold a global market share of 41.5%.
In the fields of subsea, deep-water and technology for harsh environments Euro-
pean technology and know-how is world-leading.
This is true for most advanced ship sectors, such as offshore supply vessels,
passenger ships, multi-purpose vessels and the new giant containerships. In fact,
70% of the world’s fleet is controlled from Europe. There are three priority areas
that will drive shipping in the decades to come:
1. Sustainability and environmentally friendly technologies
2. Big Data and connected ship solutions
3. Improving safety
Europe’s strong position can provide an opportunity to drive innovation through con-
tinued investment in R&D, joint industry and academia projects, and industry-govern-
Recently, there have been many global efforts and initiatives to protect the environ-
ment. Nevertheless, in order to reach the goal of a 60-80% reduction in CO2 emis-
sions there are still significant challenges that need to be addressed.
European industry players have been working hard to tackle these challenges by
promoting innovative, greener propulsion technologies, such as battery and hybrid
systems, fuel cells or LNG-fuelled engines, which will give the European shipping
industry a competitive advantage.
New software and Big Data solutions could enable the industry to implement smart
maintenance strategies and increase operational efficiency. Big Data solutions can
also improve the EU safety track record.
Shipping is a vital part not only of the global economy, as it acts as the backbone of
all global trade, but also the internal EU economy.
Using New Marine Technologies In 2014 the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the United States held a hearing to consider new and emerging marine technologies, to improve maritime trade, understand the ocean environment, promote maritime transport and improve response abilities. The committee also discussed the possibility of overcoming obstacles that could limit the use of these technologies. During the hearing, members of the maritime industry and academia presented new technologies, such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), automatic certification systems (AIS), high-frequency radar (HF), and marine art sensors, for the committee to examine.
Corals Under Serious Threat As the atmospheric temperature
is increasing, so is the water
temperature in the oceans. The
underwater plants and fish are
very much affected by this phe-
nomenon. In fact, researchers
have been warning us for years
that climate change and ocean
acidification are the leading
threats to coral species. As a
result, this past November the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) Fisheries
Service proposed that 66 coral
species, such as the elkhorn coral
(Acropora palmata), are listed as
either endangered or threatened
under the Endangered Species
Act of 1973 (ESA). Fifty-nine of
the coral species are found in the
Pacific and seven are found in the
Source: National Geographic
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Shipping Industry Expresses Confidence in its Environmental Performance The global trade association for merchant ship operators, the International Chamber of
Shipping (ICS), during a recent high-level Arctic Summit expressed confidence in the
industry’s environmental performance. The ICS stressed the critical importance of a man-
datory and uniform regulatory framework to ensure maritime safety and environmental
protection. To this effect, the ICS asserted that the shipping industry’s environmental
performance is very impressive. With respect to the concern about the negative impact
of CO2 emissions on climate and the delicate environmental balance that exists within
the Arctic region, the ICS emphasizes that shipping is the only industrial sector already
covered by a binding global agreement, at the IMO, to reduce CO2 through technical and
operational measures. According to the latest IMO Green House Gas Study published in
2014, the global shipping industry has reduced its total emissions by more than 10%
between 2007 and 2012.
Source: International Chamber of Shipping
Shifting Global Trends in Shipping After 50 years of relatively stable growth, the shipping industry is facing ma-jor changes. At this point there are significant trends developing that affect port cities. The trends include globalization and the changing geopolitical scene and mechanization, which has been a major factor in the past but is now facing diminishing returns with current fossil fuel prices and environ-mental costs. To examine these trends the MPA Academy, the training arm of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and the Center for Liveable Cities (CLC) jointly organized a lecture on the maritime industry titled “Global Trends in Shipping and Impact on Port Cities.” The prominent maritime economist, Dr. Martin Stopford, President of Clarkson Research Services Limited, who addressed about 270 maritime professionals, students and executives from the private and public sectors, shared his insights and maintained that we need to stay ahead of these changes to provide good jobs and opportunities and sustain a strong maritime sector.
Satellite Images Reveal Crowded Waters Although the oceans are indeed vast,
they can still grow crowded. For this
reason the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) and other groups
maintain traffic separation schemes,
which act as highways for ships, to
reduce the risk of collisions in con-
The Operational Land Imager (OLI)
captured such a congested view of
shipping lanes off the coast of China,
which are of the busiest in the world.
The vessels in the satellite image are
most likely cargo ships, and some
ferries or fishing boats.
The practice of following predeter-
mined routes for shipping began
in 1898 and it was first adopted
by shipping companies operating
passenger ships across the North
Atlantic. Since then, traffic separa-
tion schemes have been established
in most congested areas, causing
the number of ship collisions and
groundings to drop dramatically.
Nevertheless, with more than 86,000
merchant ships on the world’s sea,
accidents still happen.
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Aegean in RussiaA New Eastern FrontierAs the largest independent bunker supplier in the world, Aegean
examines opportunities in all corners of the globe.
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Aegean recently began new operations in Hamburg, Ger-many, Los Angeles, USA, and
the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s latest expansion is into one of the most important energy markets in the world: the Russian Federation.
Accordingly, Aegean has stated, “We believe that our expansion into Russia, combined with our recent entry into the U.S. Gulf Coast, U.S. West Coast, and German markets, demonstrates our continued actions to strengthen the Aegean network around the world. We are confident that Aegean is well positioned for continued growth, success and value creation in 2015."
Aegean's operations in this region
will include a marketing and business development office located in St. Pe-tersburg, dedicated to sales and mar-keting of marine petroleum products across all Russian ports. With the assistance of five seasoned industry professionals, previously employed by OW Bunker, the company expects to gain important local market intel-ligence, while providing enhanced service to clients at all Russian ports.
Ports in RussiaThe major ports of Russia are:• Novorossiysk, Rostov-on-Don, So-
chi, Tuapse on the Black Sea; • Baltiysk, Kaliningrad, Primorsk, St.
Petersburg, on the Baltic Sea; • Arkhangelsk, Igarka, Vitino on the
White Sea and other seas of the Arc-tic Ocean;
• Kholmsk, Nevelsk, Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, and
Aegean's operations in this region will include a marketing and business development office located in St. Petersburg, dedicated to sales and marketing of marine petroleum products across all Russian ports
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• Makhachkala and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea.
PetroleumThe petroleum industry in Russia is one of the largest in the world. Russia has the largest reserves, and is the largest exporter, of natural gas. It has the second largest coal reserves, the eighth largest oil reserves, and is the largest producer of oil. It is the third largest energy user.
International TradeThe export industry of Russia is es-timated to be worth $542.5 billion according to 2012 data. The major goods that are exported from Russia are petroleum and petroleum prod-
ucts, metals, natural gas, wooden products as well as wood itself, and civilian and military manufactures.
Russian import industry is worth $358.1 billion (2012 est), with the imported goods being machinery, vehicles, plastic, semi-finished metal products, pharmaceutical products, fruits and nuts, meat, iron, steel etc.
A Geographical WonderThe Russian Federation, which cov-ers one-eighth of the earth’s surface, spans Eastern Europe and northern Asia, and ranks as the world’s largest nation in terms of territory.
At about 1.8 times the size of the US, Russia has an area of 10, 672,000 sq. miles (17,075,200 sq.km), stretch-
es 2,500-4,000 km from north to south and another 9,000 km from west to east. It has a population of almost 150 million people.
Russia boasts 12,000 rivers with a length of 10 km or more and around 2 million fresh- and salt-water lakes are scattered across Russia. The largest lakes are the Caspian, Baikal, Lado-ga, Onega and Taimyr. Lake Baikal, which attracts scores of foreign envi-ronmentalists, is the largest fresh-wa-ter lake in the world.
The country possesses a wide array of natural resources including major deposits of oil, coal, natural gas, many strategic minerals, diamonds and tim-ber. The total potential value of min-eral resources (in world prices) is esti-
© Port of Los Angeles
Russian Federation Российская Федерация
Capital: MoscowCoordinates: 55°46'00"N 37°40'00"EOfficial Language: RussianGovernment: Federal semi-presidential constitutional republicPresident: Vladimir Putin Prime Minister: Dmitry MedvedevArea: 17 075 200 km2
Population: 146 270 033 [2015 Estimate]GDP: $2,630 trillion Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)
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mated at $30 trillion. Russia produces 17 per cent of the world’s crude oil, as well as 25-30 per cent of its natural gas, 6 per cent of all bituminous coal, 17 per cent of commercial iron ore and 10-20 per cent of all non-ferrous, rare and noble metals mined across the globe.
The largest oil-and-gas deposits are to be found in Western and Eastern Siberia and on Sakhalin Island.
The Russian Federation has 1,067 major cities, with 13 of them inhab-ited by one million and more people each. The largest cities are Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, No-vosibirsk and Yekaterinburg.
St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg, the nation’s sec-ond major industrial, research and cultural center after Moscow, was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27, 1703. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Her-mitage, one of the largest art muse-ums in the world.
The city boasts world famous ar-chitectural ensembles: the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Alexander Nevsky Laura, the Palace Square and Win-ter Palace, the Decembrists’ Square, where a monument to Peter the Great stands, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Ad-miralty, the Academy of Arts, as well as numerous bridges.
The maritime academy was found-ed here in 1715 and St. Petersburg serves as this country’s most import-ant Baltic Sea port.
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How do you view the prospects of the entry to Russia for Aegean?Aegean’s entry to Russia is a natural next step for a lead-ing international bunker company and perfectly in line with our global expansion strategy. It is not a secret that Russian waters have become a desirable destination to re-plenish fuel, at times taking the spotlight from recognized bunker hubs such as Rotterdam and Singapore. Aegean's ability to serve customers in these new, strategic ports adds additional value to the company's already vast physi-cal supply network.
Could you provide us with a brief profile of the Russian market?The Russian ports of St Petersburg, Novorossiysk and Vladivostok remain among world's leading bunkering spots, offering the world's lowest priced fuel. Depending on the season, these ports combined have been exceeding 1 mil. tons/month, and if we focus on developments in Russian Far East ports such as Vladivostok, Nakhodka, and Vostochniy, those have seen volumes quadruple just in the past few years.
Price advantage has been the main driving point of this growth and, despite last year-end price drop, the spread between Russian ports and other international hubs continue to offer considerable savings to the shipowner. Russian suppliers implemented a lot of development and improvements during the past decade and, as a result, we estimate that claim rates related to shortages and quality of product have been lower than in Rotterdam *. Russian suppliers were among the first ones to respond to 2015 ECA (Emission Control Areas) rules by offering LSFO (low sulphur fuel oil) in many ports of North-West Baltic as early as October 2014.
How does the Russian market differ from other markets?While being very attractive, the Russian bunker market is somewhat peculiar and different from western compet-itors. Significant daily price fluctuation not attributed to world's fuel trends, changes in regulations, sudden product shortages, and severe weather impacts are among the most frequent challenges we face. Having said that however, our
expertise at Aegean allows us to safely mitigate risks and bring value to the end user, so we are often able to turn challenges into opportunities.
With our desk's combined 20+ years of experience, Ae-gean Neva is able not just to provide competitive pricing, but to assure smooth, claim free delivery with exceptional post fixture follow up and operational updates.
Overall, how does 2015 look considering that we are in a kind of “transition” stage in the global economic environment?Despite recent political developments I believe that Rus-sian ports will remain on the “priority list” of many ship-owners. In the near future our office should develop siz-able volume for Aegean and become major trading desk, serving the whole of Eastern Europe and the Russian Far East. The structure of the Russian domestic fuel market will provide enough opportunity for independent suppli-ers such as Aegean to be competitive—a practice we will continue to explore and develop. Sanctions will fade even-tually, further boosting cargo turnover in Russian ports. Overall, I see 2015 as a challenging but rewarding year for Aegean in Russia.
Andrew AnanievManager, Aegean Neva, St. Petersburg
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Please describe the role of the Port State Control (PSC). The control of foreign-owned vessels by the authorities of the PSC is the process of inspection in national ports to verify that the condition, equipment and operation of ships meet the requirements of international regulations and EU legislation.
The need for ship inspection procedures at ports can be traced to ancient times because of the shipwrecks that occurred, mainly due to overloading. Today extensive international and EU legislation in the fields of maritime safety and protection of the marine environment require the adoption of a strict legislative framework and the estab-lishment of procedures to control the extensive merchant fleet around the world and identify shipowners, flags, and recognized organizations, who don’t respond to their commitments regarding the compliance of ships with the minimum requirements of the Board of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and EU legislation.
Unfortunately, some shipowners, motivated by profit, operate ships in very bad condition so that they have a competitive advantage over others.
These inspections provide a safety net for ensuring the implementation of regulations on ships, which are supervised by the authorities of the flag State. Experience has shown that it can be extremely effective, especially if organized on a regional basis and coordinated through a harmonized system, so that as many ships as possible are inspected but also so that “good” ships avoid any delays due to unnecessary inspections.
How many PSCs are there around the world?PSC entails all port authorities, which must carry out checks on ships under foreign flag, when they call at ports
in their jurisdiction, to determine the degree of compli-ance, as mentioned, with the Board of the IMO and EU legislation. In this context, the IMO has encouraged the establishment of regional monitoring bodies by the port State and agreements through Memoranda of Understand-ing (MoUs). These agreements cover all oceans on the planet and more specifically:1. Europe and North Atlantic Ocean (Paris ΜoU)2. Asia and Pacific Ocean (Tokyo MoU)3. Latin America (Acuerdo de Viña del Mar ΜoU)4. Caribbean (Caribbean MoU)5. West and Central Africa (Abuja ΜoU)6. Black Sea region (BlackSeaMoU)7. Mediterranean (Mediterranean MoU)8. Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean MoU)9. Arabian Gulf (Riyadh MoU).
How rigorous is the inspection in Greece? In my opinion, inspections in Greece are carried out with the main objective of ensuring high quality levels of ships according to the Board and the guidelines of the Paris MoU, under the coordination of the competent Maritime Security Directorate of the Hellenic Coast Guard on the application of PSC in the Greek territory. PSC inspectors, like all mem-bers of the Coast Guard, possess a high sense of respon-sibility and undergo excellent professional training and education. For this purpose an internal monitoring system has been established to ensure the quality of work by PSC inspectors. Equally important is the continuous training of inspectors through international and national seminars and by utilizing modern technology through programs such as e-learning and Distance Learning Programs to keep up with new developments in the shipping industry.
Aggelos Grammateas, Lieutenant H.C.G., talks to Aegean News
about the role of the Port State Control.
Aggelos GrammateasLieutenant H.C.G., Head of Department of Elefsina Port State Control Division, Ministry of Civil Protection /Hellenic Coast Guard, Certified Inspector PSC - MLC
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Under what conditions might a ship be due for detention?The Port State Authority, where a ship is inspected, must ensure that all deficiencies that have been found during the audit are corrected in accordance with the conventions and national legislation. If a ship’s deficiencies are clearly haz-ardous to safety, health or the environment, then the ship is detained. The detention order shall be lifted only when the risk is removed or the Port State authority establishes that the ship can, subject to any necessary conditions, sail with-out danger to the safety and health of passengers or crew, or risk to other ships, or without there being an unreason-able threat of harm to the marine environment.
What are some results and trends of focused inspections campaigns?Taking under consideration the results of the two recent focused inspection campaigns, “Propulsion and Auxilia-ry Machinery-2013” and “Standards for Training, Certi-fication and Watchkeeping (STCW) Hours of Rest-2014,” as was reported by the Paris MoU secretariat, it is clear that deficiencies associated with wear and tear of propul-sion installations and machinery remain an important issue, which should be adequately addressed by ship-owners. On the other hand, when it comes to deficien-cies due to controlling the hours of rest, it was evident that in many cases there was poor implementation of the STCW requirements. The fatigue of personnel in prison and especially the vulnerable two-prison system (2 watch systems) has caused several incidents in the past and can have serious consequences for safety and the environ-ment in the future.
Please comment on flags' performance (Hellenic, Liberian, Maltese, others). What are the results of this practice?The Paris MoU committee, taking under consideration the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year period (at least 30 inspections per period), publishes new lists on flags' performance on an annual basis.
The “White, Grey, and Black (WGB) List” includes the range between quality flags and flags with poor per-formance that are considered high or very high risk. The “White List” represents flags with a consistently low de-tention record, which, combined with other factors (IMO Member State Audit Scheme–Type & Age of Ship–Company Performance–R/O Performance–Deficiency Index) confers a risk profile to ships with a low target for inspection, compared to ships with flags of the “White, Grey, and Black (WGB) List,” which are subjected to more frequent, more severe and more detailed inspections, and in cases of
multiple detentions are forbidden entry to ports of Mem-ber States of the Paris MoU. The list of flags that meet the relevant criteria for a vessel to be classified as low risk came into effect on July 1, 2014 and includes 39 flags, including the Hellenic flag.
How has PSC impacted maritime safety and environmental culture and what are some consequences a ship might face?The flag State has the primary responsibility for techni-cally and environmentally sound ships. The owner and the recognized organization that monitors the ship also carry a fair amount of responsibility. However, PSC is a key contributor in all aspects of international shipping, including the ship's structure, equipment, manning and operation, to ensure that it is safe and not a hazard to the environment.
Shipowners, if they wish to operate in the modern maritime market, should maintain their ships and crew in accordance with the requirements of the Board in the ship’s respective category. Otherwise, apart from delays in the ship's departure, the shipowner might face serious economic consequences that would significantly affect the company's commercial activity (no charter, charter-ers' requirements, emergency repairs, port charges, fines, increased insurance premiums, penalties for pollution, or others).
How has PSC been impacted by the Maritime Labor Conven-tion (MLC)? How has the shipping industry dealt with MLC implementation?With the implementation of the Maritime Labor Con-vention 2006 (regulation 5.2.1) PSC inspectors are now involved in a wide range of matters, including the rights of seafarers, the obligations of companies, health and safe-ty, catering standards, living and working conditions of seafarers, wages. The shipping industry, shipowners, the managing companies, shipyards and the maritime work-ers’ unions have developed and implemented measures to ensure the compliance of ships, within the deadlines, oth-erwise they take the risk of delays and detention at ports.
Recognized organizations have developed methodolo-gies and expertise to handle compliance with MLC require-ments by training inspectors to assist in the ship certifica-tion process. Maritime countries contribute to this process by issuing interpretative directions to guide ships to comply with the requirements of the Board, and the appropriate training of Port State Control inspectors (PSCOs).
The views of the author are personal and do not reflect the official views of the Agency.
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On the service road of Attiki Odos, in the region of Ve-lanidia in Aspropyrgos, Mr.
Lepouras operates his service station.
Please talk to us about your business Mr. Lepouras. What services do you of-fer? Do you employ any staff?At our service station we sell Aegean fuel and lubricants. We also operate a car wash and a lubrication station. We employ six people in total.
How long have you been in the fuel business? And how long have you been working with Aegean? This service station has been in oper-ation since 2006. Since the beginning we have been working with Aegean. I
had nothing to do with this field before. I was, and still am in addition to the service station, involved in the transport business. I am one of the owners of Eurologic Transports. This is how we got the idea to open a service station: we needed fuel and lubricants for our vehicles. So, we established this service station and started working with Aege-an. If you think about it, we are both Ae-gean associates and Aegean customers. And, like our customers, we are very satisfied with the Aegean product line.
How did you choose Aegean?In the beginning we chose Aegean be-cause we liked the philosophy of the company. The products and services Aegean offers, as well as the compa-
ny’s reputation, played of course a very important role.
In 2014 Aegean celebrated 15 years in the retail sector in Greece. What is your collaboration like with Aegean?Since the beginning we have had an ex-cellent collaboration. Initially we had a five-year contract and once that was up, we decided to renew. We are definitely not thinking about going to another company. I wish Aegean celebrates 100 years in this sector as the leader, because they deserve it. Along with Ae-gean, we will also do well. In our many years of collaboration there has never been a problem. And whatever small issue might have come up, it has been mutually resolved. Everything is going well and the quality and low prices of Aegean fuel help us stay competitive.
Is there a lot of competition in your area?In the fuel business there’s competi-tion everywhere. We do not face such a big problem because we mainly work with trucks and we operate our service station on a side road and not on the main highway.
What is your relationship like with your customers?We have steady customers and pass-ers-by. Our loyal customers trust Aege-an and new customers that visit our service station... always come back!
S T A T I O N S O F T H E M O N T H
Aspropyrgos, formerly known as "Kalivia of Hassia," is located five kilometers east of the
municipality of Elefsina and about 18 kilometers to the west of Athens. Mainly an industrial area
with large plants such as the Aspropyrgos Refineries and naval facilities such as the Merchant
Marine Academy, Aspropyrgos has 27,741 inhabitants and is connected by road and rail.
Steady Clientele Eurologic Transports S.A., Aspropyrgos
Our loyal customers trust Aegean and new customers that visit our service station... always come back!
Mr. Lepouras’ service station
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Trust from Day OneVouvopoulosD.-KalkounouE.Ο.Ε.,Nafplio
Mr. Vouvopoulos and his wife, Mrs. Kalkounou, op-erate their service station
on Nafpliou-Neas Kiou Street, cen-trally located on the coast of Nafplio. We spoke with Mr. Vouvopoulos.
Please talk to us about your business. What services do you offer? At our service station we primarily sell Aegean fuel and lubricants. On the premises we also operate a lubrication station and a car wash, which has been out of service for a while but will soon be up and running once again.
Do you employ any personnel?It’s basically me and my wife part-time. We also employ a staff of one.
How long have you been in the fuel business?My father-in-law was the owner of this
service station, which has been oper-ating since 1982. My wife and I have been in charge for the last four years.
Aegean has recently celebrated 15 years in the retail sector in Greece. How long have you been with Aegean?If memory serves me right, we have been working with Aegean since 2000-2001. Which means that we have been with Aegean almost since the beginning of its debut in the retail sector in Greece.
What does that mean in terms of your collaboration?When a company is successful for
such a long time, as Aegean is, one can only feel secure, that’s for sure. I see that we can move steadily forward with Aegean.
How is your relationship with Aegean?Our collaboration with Aegean has been smooth since the beginning and continues to be very good. This is also what my father-in-law told me when I started working at the service station and this has also been my experience these past few years.
And what about your customers?Our customers recognize the Aegean brand and are satisfied with the prod-ucts and services we offer them. Aege-an has made some clever moves, such as the introduction of the new D-Force fuel for diesel engines. The customers see this and understand that Aegean is in sync with the market.
Do you feel Aegean is helping you?Our communication has always been great. Aegean stands by us and sup-ports our every move. I wish Aegean 15 more years of success!
With a population of about 14,000, Nafplio is the capital of the prefecture of Argolida and
the main port of eastern Peloponnese. Nafplio was the first capital of the liberated Greek
state after the revolution of 1821 (1828-1833). As a traditional settlement, Nafplio is
certainly one of the most picturesque cities in the country and a popular destination for
residents of Attica and cities of the Peloponnese due to its close proximity to both regions.
When a company is successful for such a long time, as Aegean is, one can only feel secure, that’s for sure. I see that we can move steadily forward with Aegean.
The service station of Mr. Vouvopoulos and Mrs. Kalkounou
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M A R I T I M E T R A D I T I O N
The official opening of the Nautical Museum of Crete on May 27, 1973 coincided with
the 32nd anniversary of the Battle of Crete. The Museum was founded by Navy Vice Admiral A. Giannopoulos who, for founding this cultural asset, was honored with the gold medal of the city of Chania. The museum was endowed by the Navy and has since operated with the full support of the Prefecture of Chania, the Municipal-ity of Chania and the Naval Base of Crete, and, thanks to all those who have worked with zeal and love for the museum, is considered among the best maritime museums in Europe.
The goals of the Nautical Museum of Crete include:• Acting in the service of society for
the purpose of studying, training, educating and entertaining, as a non-profit institution
• Tightening the bonds of love, friend-ship and solidarity among its mem-bers and society
• Preserving and promoting the spirit of our maritime tradition to new generations as a source of national greatness and as a pillar of national independence and economic growth
• Collecting, preserving, exhibiting and displaying objects and artifacts related to our naval tradition and history
• Sensitizing people about the need to protect the marine environment by increasing awareness of the human influence on it
The Naval Museum of Crete is organized into thematic sections, cov-ering symbols of maritime tradition, the Bronze Age, the Byzantine period, the Venetian Period, the Struggle for Independence, the Balkan Wars, World War II and the postwar period
and, as such, are reflected through the nautical relics of Greece. The museum houses special exhibitions, such as those of the Merchant Navy, the Marine Environment of the Bat-tle of Crete, and material on Greek traditional shipbuilding and ancient shipbuilding. A special exhibit at the Nautical Museum is certainly the distinctive tribute to the Minoan ship.
Additionally, the Nautical Museum of Crete has created a series of educa-tional programs for children. These programs bring the little friends of the museum in contact with the Greek maritime heritage in a creative and pleasant way, through critical think-ing and careful observation.
At the entrance of the harbor of Chania proudly stands the Firka Fortress, at which the Cretans
raised the Greek flag on December 1, 1913, uniting Crete with independent Greece. Today,
at the entrance of the fortress stands the Nautical Museum of Crete, founded to house and
preserve the Greek maritime tradition that acts as a source of national survival, progress and
greatness in our country.
We would like to thank the Nautical Museum of Crete, and especially the President, Emmanouil Petrakis, Commodore (M) Hellenic Navy ret., for kindly providing the material for this tribute. For more information visit the museum’s website at http://www.mar-mus-crete.gr/
The Nautical Museum of Crete
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ChaniaBuilt over the ruins of the Minoan city Kydonia, the modern city
of Chania carries a proud history of three millennia. Chania is a
crossroads of civilizations and continents, with a rich tradition,
natural beauty, and unique architecture, which attract visitors
from Greece and abroad all year round. Must SeeArchaeological Museum of Chania Estab-lished in 1962, the Archaeological Museum of Chania is located in the former Venetian Mon-astery of Saint Francis. The museum contains a substantial collection of Minoan and Roman artifacts excavated from around the city of Chania, including pieces from the ancient cities of Kydonia, Idramia, Aptera, Polyrinia, Kissamos, Elyros, Irtakina, Syia and Lissos.
The Nautical Museum of Crete The Nautical Museum of Crete, at the old harbor of Chania, includes models of ships, nautical instru-ments, painting, historical photographs and war relics. The material is classified chrono-logically, starting from the Bronze Age up to our times. (see Maritime Tradition, page 26)
Etz Hayyim Synagogue The Etz Hayyim Syn-agogue is the only surviving remnant of the once Jewish community on Crete. After being restored in 1999, the synagogue has become a popular tourist destination and has attracted visits from local and foreign dignitaries.
Agioi Apostoloi (Iguana Beach) The beautiful beach of Agioi Apostoloi, aka Iguana Beach, is located three kilometers west of the city of Chania. As the warm weather on Crete tends to be ideal for swimming early during the year, this sandy natural beach is very popular from spring to autumn.
Old Venetian Harbor The Old Venetian Harbor is a quaint, busy area of Chania. A lovely cob-blestone road takes you around the harbor, marina and by a wonderful variety of taverns that offer authentic Cretan cuisine.
Botanical Park Of Crete A sandy garden with plenty of interesting and beautiful plants and flowers from all over the world. The garden even has a little zoo with peacocks, reindeers and donkeys. A wonderful time for visitors of all ages.
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According to the mythology, Kydonia was founded by king Kydon and, as Homer mentions, it was one of the most important cities of ancient Crete. Kydonians are considered a pre-Hellenic tribe. The
ancient Minoans used the old harbor as a crossroads. Over the centuries the city of Chania has been conquered many times, by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks, Hebrews, Egyptians, and Arabs, till the end of the 19th century, when it was liberated. As a result Chania is a wonderful mixture of Eastern and Western civilizations.
Cretans Speak with MantinadesMantinades (plural of mantinada) are the most common form of local folk song and are widespread across Crete. The Cretan mantinada, a unique way in which young and old Cretans express their emotions, is a 15-syllable rhyming couplet in Cretan dialect. Mantinades may be satiric or didactic, or simply tease, and are told at festivals accompanied by the lyre, or in pri-vate company during everyday conversation.
I Protect the Environment-I Safeguard my FutureBy staying informed about what is happening in the world and by passing the information on to
others, we are taking a significant step toward the protection of our planet.
CHILDREN AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The Evros Delta—A Magical Bio-Habitat
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Formed in the estuary of the Evros river, the Evros
Delta National Park is one of the most important wet-
lands on a national, European and international level.
The park is a natural resource for the local commu-
nity, an area important for fishing, stockbreeding,
agriculture, climate, flood protection, education,
recreation, and science. The Evros Delta is also a
valuable bio-habitat for a large variety of plants and
animals, many unique, including hundreds of thou-
sands of bird species. In fact, the wetland covers an
area of 200 km2, 95 of which are protected under
the Ramsar Convention (1971). Furthermore, part of
the Delta is designated as a Special Protection Area
and proposed as a Site of Community Importance in
the Network Natura 2000 (according to EU Directives
79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC).
Seven basic biotopes can be found in the Evros Delta
National Park, each with its specific type of vegeta-
tion, depending on factors such as microclimate, the
type of soil, and the presence of fresh or salt water.
Starting at the northern tip of the park, where the
river branches out, and heading toward the sea end
of the Delta, you can distinguish riverine vegetation,
tamarisks, wet meadows with juncus, salt or brackish
water submerged vegetation of, lagoon and fresh
water vegetation, halophytic vegetation, and sandy
You can observe more than 300 plant species in the
Evros Delta. Majestic trees like poplars, willows and
slivers grow on the banks of the river. In the canals
you can admire the water lilies floating, the irises
and orchids in the meadows, while on the coast and
sandy islets plants such the giant Elymus and sea lilies
blossom. Saltwort, however, is the most impressive
with its autumn deep red color that covers the banks
of the lagoons and saltmarshes.
• Scientists have recorded more than 320 bird species.
Tens of thousands of water-birds winter at the Evros
Delta. During the winter you can count thousands of
ducks, as well as geese, three species of European
Swans, and raptors. In the spring, the Evros Delta hosts
large populations of birds, which move from Africa to
Europe, such as Black-winged Stilts, plovers, stints,
snipes, terns, swallows and many passerines.
• Forty species of mammals live in the wetland of the
Evros Delta, with most common being the fox, the
badger, the weasel, the wildcat, the wild boar and
• The amphibians and reptiles that live in the wet-
land number 28 species; there are terrapins, water
snakes, frogs and lizards.
• In the areas covered with water 46 species of
fresh-water fish, such as the carp and the pike, as
well as salt-water species like the eel, bream, mullet,
bass fish and sole swim about. The National Park is
unique due to the distinct biodiversity, as well as the
presence of many rare species.
The Evros Delta Visitor Center
Established in September of 1997, the Evros Delta Visitor Center promotes the protection of nature, eco-
tourism and public awareness of the ecological values of Evros Delta. It is open to the public daily, including
weekends. At the center you can learn all about the Evros Delta and about the functions and values of wetlands,
then tour the wetland, enjoy bird watching with binoculars and telescopes, as well as take a boat trip. Or, you
can take a guided tourswith mini buses and boats.
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