Spyros M. Polemis was born in Greece
and educated in Athens, London and the United States of
America. He attended Stevens Institute of Technology,
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA where he obtained a Degree in
Mechanical Engineering, majoring in Naval Architecture.
After college, he did his National Service with the Greek
Coast Guard as an Officer/Ships’ Inspector. Thereafter,
he worked for the family business until 1970, when he
formed his own Company. He is Chairman and Managing Director
of Seacrest Shipping Company Ltd., international shipbrokers,
Past Chairman of Intercargo, past Name (underwriter)
of Lloyds of London (Insurance), Ex- Chairman of the North
of England P&I Association and Ex-Chairman of the
Newcastle P&I Association Ltd.. He currently holds
the following positions
ㆍChairman of the International Chamber of Shipping
and President of the International Shipping Federation
ㆍ Vice Chairman of the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee
· Member of the Board of the Union of Greek Shipowners·
ㆍMember of the Board of the Union of Greek Shipowners
ㆍMember of the Intercargo Management and Executive Committees
ㆍMember of the London Committee of the American Bureau
ㆍMember of the Council of the American Bureau of Shipping
ㆍMember of the Det Norske Veritas Greek Committee
ㆍDirector of the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association
ㆍMember of the Executive Committee and a member of the
Board of the North of England P&I Association
ㆍMember of the IMIF (International Marine Industries
ㆍMember of The Baltic Exchange
Non Industry Associations:
ㆍEx- President of the Yacht Club of Andr
ㆍMember of the Board of the Archdiocese of Thyateira
and Great Britain
ㆍArchon of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople
ㆍMember of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine
Engineers, New York, USA.
ㆍA Freeman of the City of London.
ㆍA Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
ㆍA member of The Royal Thames Yacht Club.
- Director, International Cooperation Centre, National
Maritime Research Institut
- Chairman , Working Group for Issues of Green House Gases
(GHG) for ships, Marine Environment Protection Committee
(MEPC) of International Maritime Organization (IMO) since
- Convener of ISO/TC92(Fire Safety)/SC2(Fire Containment)/JWG2(Fire
resistance tests for composites) since 2008
- Chairman, Japanese National Committee for ISO/TC8/SC2
- Chairman, Japanese National Committee for ISO/TC61/SC4
- Chairman, Japanese national Committee for IEC/TC89
- Joined ISO/TC8/SC2 since 2004
- Chaired Technical Committee of Assembly its 23rd session
- Attending IMO BLG(Bulk Liquid and Gases), DE(Design
and Equipment), COMSAR (Radio-communication and Search
and Rescue)and FP(Fire Protection) Sub-Committees and
chaired various working groups and drafting groups of
- Attending IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and Marine
Environemnt Protection Committee (MEPC) Committees and
chaired their working groups and drafting groups
- Board member of Japan Association of Naval Architecture
and Ocean Engineering (JASNAOE) (2005-2007)
- Member of IMO Cross Government/Industry Scientific Group
of Experts for SOx emission from ships (2007)-
Member of IMO Project Panel for Goal-Based New Ship Construction
Ole Grøne holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering
from the Technical University of Denmark and joined the
Burmeister & Wain Company in 1976. In the Operation
Department he was involved in the close follow-up of new
engines in service and became in 1977 responsible for
research and approvals of fuels and lubricants.
In 1979 Mr. Grøne was appointed Manager of the Marine
lnstallation Department and in 1983 his sphere of duties
was expanded to cover also stationary engine application.
In 1989 Mr. Grøne was appointed Senior Manager for
the Marine and Stationary Installation Department and
from September 1992 Mr. Grøne's area of responsibilities
was widened to cover also marketing activities as well
as order processing of MAN B&W sold low speed diesels.
On July 1st, 1994, Ole Grøne was appointed to Vice President
of MAN B&W Diesel A/S for marketing and sales of two-stroke
low speed engines.
In 1998, Ole Grøne was appointed Senior Vice President
of Low Speed Sales and Promotion.