Mr. D. J. Patraiko has been appointed as Chairman of the Green Award Board of Experts

The Green Award scheme – a globally recognised quality mark for sea-going and inland navigation ships exceeding the industry standards – has officially appointed David Patraiko as Chairman of the Board of Experts. Mr. Patraiko, Director of Projects for the Nautical Institute (UK) takes over from Mr. J. Parker who has been with the Board from day one. Mr. Parker handed over the gavel –a ceremonial mallet - to his successor at a Board meeting in Rotterdam on the 16th of October, 2013.

                     (from left to right: Mr. J. Parker, Mr. D.J. Patraiko)

David Patraiko is the Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and coordinates its Technical and Professional Development Committees. He has led research and produced many papers and articles on training, electronic navigation, and the associated ‘Human Element’ effects created by technology. He is currently involved with the international debate on e-Navigation and is Chairman of the IALA e-navigation working group for Strategy and Operations, and Chairman of the Industry ECDIS Training Group. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (US), holds an Unlimited Master Mariners license, with extensive tanker experience and was awarded an MBA degree from Henley Management College (UK).

Elaborating on his plans, Mr. Patraiko said: “As Chairman of the Board of Experts, I will commit myself to ensuring that the Board keeps providing the scheme with advice and comprehensive expertise in all aspects of the shipping industry. And that the Green Award certificate remains an indisputable proof that its holder satisfies the highest requirements of safety and quality, and performs better than the average ship. We will continue to promote best practices and environmental consciousness in shipping.” 

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