Who We Are
Who We Are
Board of Directors
Mr. Dimakopoulos is the Chief Operating Officer of Minerva Marine Inc. and Minerva Gas Inc.
He has over 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry, having served in senior positions in leading ship management companies, in the IMO Secretariat and in the Greek Maritime Administration.
Mr. Dimakopoulos holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Mr. Nikolaos Mangioros studied Business Administration/Accounting & Finance at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has over 22 years of experience in the shipping industry and currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer at Minerva Marine Inc.
Mrs. Katerina Iliakopoulou is General Counsel. She’ has been in the shipping business since 2002 and she is also an Accredited Mediator. Mrs. Iliakopoulou has qualified as a Greek Lawyer from the Piraeus Bar Association with First Class Honors and holds a Maritime Law Master’s Degree (LL.M) from the University of Southampton with Distinction.
Mr. Volakis has over 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry. He started his career in 1993 in the Training Section of HELMEPA, later in the Research and Development Department of the Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. and afterwards to the HSQE Dept. of a leading tanker operator. He had significant participation to the IMO Committees as member of the Greek delegation. He holds a M.Sc. in Oceanography from the National Kapodistriako University of Athens and a degree from the Faculty of Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
CAPT. MELETIS MEXIS
Capt. Meletis Mexis is a licenced Master with more than 22 years of seagoing service at crude oil, oil product and chemical tankers. He is a graduate of the Ionian Islands Merchant Marine Academy, he has been serving as Master on tankers since 1996 and on Minerva Marine tankers since 2016. He is a Senior Trainer of navigation and cargo handling-related courses, including Bridge Team Management, Ship Handling, and Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator.
CAPT. ANTONIS BISKETZIS
Capt. Antonios Bisketzis is a licenced Master with more than 20 years of seagoing service in bulk carriers and oil tankers. He graduated from the Syros Merchant Marine Academy in 1998 and he has acquired, over the years, extensive ship-handling skills in various navigational environments, including ice and limited waterways. He has been serving on Minerva Marine tankers since 2002. He is a Senior Trainer of Ship Handling, Passage Planning and Safety Leadership.
Charis Sylivanis is a licenced Chief Engineer with more than 30 years of seagoing service and considerable experience as Superintendent Engineer in ship management companies. He has been serving onboard Minerva Marine tankers since 2010. He is a graduate of the Aspropyrgos Merchant Marine Academy. He has a M.Sc. in Marine Engineering from the School of Engineering, Southampton University and a B.Eng. in Mechanical and Marine Engineering from the Liverpool John Moore’s University.
Nikitas Xagoraris is a licenced Chief Engineer with more than 30 years of seagoing service, mostly in oil tankers. He is a graduate of the Crete Merchant Marine Academy. He was granted the Chief Engineer license in 1998, and he has been serving onboard Minerva Marine tankers since 2010. He is a Senior Trainer of Engine Simulator.
Konstantinos Batsis is a licensed Chief Engineer with more than 18 years of seagoing service. He has been with Minerva Marine since 2017 serving in oil tankers. He is a graduate of Chios Merchant Marine Academy. A Senior Trainer in the K-Chief Engine Simulator and a knowledge expert in environmental technologies including ballast water treatment and exhaust gas cleaning systems.
Capt. Filippos Poulimenos is a licensed Master with more than 22 years of seagoing service in oil and chemical tankers. He is a graduate of the Aspropyrgos Merchant Marine Academy and he has joined Minerva Marine in 2015. Being an active Master, he provides assistance to our Training Center, in particular to the Bridge Resource Management and Ship Handling courses. Additionally, to chemical tankers cargo handling courses through his extensive experience in handling bulk liquid chemical cargoes.
Alexia Bani is a graduate of the Maritime Studies’ Department of the Piraeus University. She is in charge of ensuring the compliance of the Learning and Quality Management System of ATHINA MLDC with the applicable international standards, and supporting a number of training courses relating to the development of non-technical skills for Officers and Shore-Based Personnel.
Carolina Athanasiou, a graduate of AKMI Institute of Vocational Training, supports the day to day Administration work and the processing of training applications. She has acquired knowledge in the maritime field by having travelled on ships of Minerva Marine.
The ATHINA MARITIME LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER is a state-of-the-art Training Center, “Where Seafarers Always Come First”. The ATHINA MLDC is the exclusive Training Center of the Minerva Group of Companies (Minerva Marine, Minerva Dry and Minerva Gas). Our foundation and mandate demonstrate our responsibility, respect and recognition to seafarers, whose diachronic contribution to the society is invaluable.
Combining a team of Senior Trainers, active Masters and Chief Engineers assisted by knowledge experts, modern training facilities and a training culture that embraces the power of reflection and rational discourse, our vision is to help the Merchant Marine Officers acquire the knowledge and skills required in a rapidly changing industry and world.
With an expanding portfolio of training courses, our mission is to help Seafarers conquer the new knowledge, obtain the required skills and the right attitude. We are committed to venturing into training practices aimed at offering a unique learning experience.
Our Training Center collaborates with the industry and academia to participate in marine training-related R & D projects with the aim to further expand our knowledge base of the Training Center, improve our training courses and help optimize the use of simulators.
The ATHINA MLDC also functions as an Observatory of new training needs, new methods of maritime training, innovations in learning techniques and of new legislation on training and certification matters.
Our documented Training Processes constitute the “engine” for producing and delivering high-quality training courses, an outcome that should follow the analysis of training needs.
Our simulator-based training is conducted in a realistic marine environment without interfering with the vessel’s operation or exposing it to risk. Training can continue independent of adverse weather conditions, vessels’ operating schedules, and other training conditions.