Piraeus : Optimum Ship Services of Piraeus, Greece was created in September 2014, owned by the powerful Monaco-based Scorpio Group, but with a wholesome experience in shipmanagement tracing back to 1993.
Captain George Vassilakis, managing director of Optimum together with E. Kalinderis and Cpt V. Ioannou manage the promising bulker and tanker owning company with extensive activities in Croatia, Greece, the Philippines and the Russian Far East.
Vassilakis, a stout Greek shipmanager, has a Master’s degree from the University of Cardiff and an impressive career as OBO, Oil and Chemical Tankers captain for 25 years now. The company now manages 28 SBI Bulkers and 14 STI Tankers.
Previous experience with the mother company the Scorpio Group as well as OSG Ship Management has allowed the Optimum team to penetrate into difficult markets like the Adriatic, the Philippines and the Russian Far East.
The company has just acquired three new 61,000 – 64,000 dwt vessels,the STI Hermes, Hercules and Achilles from Japanese shipyards and intends to operate them probably as part of the Scorpio Bulker pool.
Vassilakis believes that we have reached the bottom of the cycle and soon we will see much better days. It is his belief that from 2017 on greater and more substantial opportunities will arise for shipmanagers in Greece.
The company has strived to be a leader when it comes to crew training, with reflective learning sessions and workshops both for new and older seafarers. In all of its main operating hubs, Rijeka, Piraeus, Manila and Nakhodka in the Russian Far East the company has set up training courses and crew conferences to secure an adequate supply of officers and ratings.
Optimum’s top management wishes are for the current Greek government to finally reach a viable agreement both with the European Union/ECB and the International Monetary Fund with the purpose of leaving behind and forsaking the old bad days.