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. Panos 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 Sarah 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.
Commodore Georgos Spathis, as our Commercial Manager, focuses on strategizing our business relationships to the benefit of all parties involved. George is a seasoned expert on environmental compliance, marine e-learning and safety training. His three decades of sailing experience, deep understanding of MARPOL regulations and extensive nautical/aeronautical engineering experience make George an excellent marine consultant.
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. Argyris’ 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.
Technical & Marine
Kostas Ksirogiannis is our Ship Repair Manager responsible for advising clients on the trusted repair yards that meet their requirements while offering quality repair services combined with fair pricing. For drydockings and retrofits, Abacus’ team has more than 2 decades of experience. Kostas’ extensive engineering experience combined with his respect & full attention to clients’ needs are a potent mix for ensuring smooth ship repairs.
Michael Dimos is our Technical Performance Engineer. He is a Mechanical Engineer, with an MSc in Naval Engineering and hands-on experience in marine engines, and propulsion systems. Michael’s strong engineering background, and previous experience in marine engine simulation, allows him to envision solutions to challenges faced by modern day shipping. He expertly provides Abacus clients with tailor-made performance solutions best suited to their vessel/fleet.
Manos Kagiasis is a Marine Sales Developer who focuses on E-learning for crew assessment, training and gap analysis. Additionally Manos develops sales of valves, actuators and valve systems. With Maritime Studies at the University of Piraeus and previous experience in customer service, Mr. Kagiasis builds excellent rapport with the HSQE & Valve clients of Abacus.
Nektaria Nikolidaki is a Marine Sales Coordinator and is an undergraduate in Naval Architecture. Nektaria’s organized nature and professional approach guarantees success for any task she undertakes as part of our team. To date she has focused on business development for Ship repairs and spares and has become proficient in analyzing marine data.
Ela Mirzakhanyan is our Marketing Assistant and responsible for data accuracy to empower our marketing strategies. Her creativity, communication skills and passion for environmental awareness are strong assets that match Abacus’ corporate profile. Ela’s friendly and social character makes her invaluable for assisting with marketing campaigns, events and exhibitions.