Panos Smyroglou is educated in the UK with a B.Eng. in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering from Glasgow University and an MSc. in Naval Architecture from Southampton University. He began his career with class and flag surveys, as well as, supervision of repairs and conversions for 3 years. For the next decade, he gained valuable experience in marine consultancy and dry-docking & repairs by renowned shipyards as the Commercial Manager of the oldest marine technical office in Greece. He founded Abacus Marine Consultants in 2007, to focus on ship repairs and equipment. Mr. Smyroglou became ‘Director of Business Development’ of Ecochlor Inc., USA, early in 2020 and established Ecochlor’s Athens office since Greece is one of Ecochlor’s most important markets.
Sarah Gilhespie is our Business Developer with a BSc. from Glasgow University. For the first decade of her career she gained experience in managing laboratories and designing databases. She then transitioned to developing business opportunities for renowned international companies whose excellent services and products are provided to Greek and Cypriot Shipowners through the activities of Abacus Marine Consultants. As an experienced scientist Ms. Gilhespie also provides scientific consultation.
Argyris Michaletos is our Technical Sales Manager. He is a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer with hands-on experience in ship drydockings. Further experience in technical departments of ship owning companies combined with his passion to stay informed of changes in the maritime sector keep him up-to-date on maritime affairs. Mr. Michaletos’ strong engineering knowledge and excellent communication skills secure the satisfaction of our prominent clients at every stage from enquiry through to secured contracts and finally to the smooth completion of projects.
Kostas Ksirogiannis is our Technical Sales Engineer. He is an experienced Mechanical Engineer with hands-on experience in machinery maintenance, retrofit planning and installation. His strong background in environmental consulting and monitoring as well as his time in an R&D laboratory, have given him excellent and methodical all-around engineering skills and knowledge with which to guide our team and our clients.
Michalis Raptis is our Ship Repair Coordinator. For drydockings and retrofits, Abacus’ team have more than 2 decades of experience. Mr. Raptis’ role is to inform our clients on which trusted repair yards meet their requirements while offering quality repair services combined with fair pricing. His studies in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering combined with his respect & full attention to clients’ needs are a potent mix for the ensuing smooth ship repair.
Ilias Protopapas is our Technical Sales Engineer and focuses on marine spare parts. He is a mechanical engineer and fulfils our clients’ spares requirements with complete dedication to their needs. Ilias is ever expanding his knowledge within the A team’s technical department.
Dimitra Agriou is our Marine Assistant and is a graduate of ‘Science in Shipping Management’. Dimitra’s skills in analytical thinking, data accuracy & multitasking allow her to guide our team’s efforts towards achieving maximum client satisfaction and elevated local presence for the companies we host Athens offices for.
Paris Papakyriakou is our Marine Sales Coordinator who focuses on E-learning for crew assessment, training and gap analysis. With Maritime Studies at the University of Piraeus and previous experience in shipping, Mr. Papakyriakou builds excellent rapport with the HSQE clients of Abacus.
Miruna Rotaru is our Marketing Assistant and a graduate of Mass Media and Journalism. Her creativity, communication skills and passion for maritime and environmental news are strong assets for contributing to our successful marketing strategies based on accurate data research. Miruna’s friendly and social character makes her invaluable for assisting with promotional campaigns, events, exhibitions, and for supporting the A team with their daily activities.