About This Webinar
MARE FORUM and RINA will host the 5th part of a series of digital Mare Forum round tables on "Funding Short Sea Ships today and zero-carbon ships of the future".

Our panel consisting of leading Capital Providers, Shipowners and Services Providers will guide you through a web of questions, answers and visions about trends in funding Short Sea Ships today and in the future.
  • What are the owners' requirements?
  • Can short sea shipping be considered sufficiently comparable to other types of logistics physical infrastructures (highways, trains) and worthy of being recognized with the same support guaranteed by governments, EIB, MDBs?
  • What is the role of governments and charterers?
  • Who will design the ship of the future?
  • What insights do we have into the commercial viability of future ship designs?
  • Who will take the investment risk on these technologies? What is the role of the capital provider and charterer?
  • Are there consolidations and acquisitions imperatives towards fleet sustainable modernization?
  • Can we build series of short sea ships types depending on trade patterns in Europe?
  • What to do until the zero-carbon-future-ships are ready
Vincenzo Romeo
CEO, Nova Marine Carriers SA
Vassilios Terzis
Managing Director, Queensway Navigation Co. Ltd
Alberto Rossi
CEO, Adria Ferries SpA
Pieter van der Burg
Managing director, NESEC Ship Finance
Martijn Snijder
Managing Partner Olmar
Martijn has ~20 years of experience managing and developing logistics assets and commodity supply chains. Having held senior executive roles for BHP, Trafigura/Impala and Nyrstar, he lived in The Netherlands, Brazil, Indonesia, Singapore and Switzerland. By having managed large size organisations with branches in 80+ countries, he obtained a truly global view on trends, best practices and feasibilities.

Currently he is residing in The Hague, as co-founder of logistics infrastructure investment firm Olmar (acquiring, developing and managing large dry bulk focused terminals, vessels and railways from blue chip industrials/traders), exclusively backed by one very large pension fund with a perpetual investment horizon.

Furthermore, he provides strategic advise on topics like shipping, logistics and general management to large mining companies, metal processors, leading supply chain optimisation software suppliers, shipping companies, PE & VC firms, and hedge funds.
Fabrizio Vettosi
Managing Director , VSL Club SpA Investment & Advisory
George Xiradakis
Founder and President of XRTC.
George Xiradakis was born in Athens and grew up in Volos. He graduated from the Nautical Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos-Athens and he holds a diploma in Commercial Operations from City of London Polytechnic and an MSc in Maritime Studies from University of Wales.
He served as Senior Manager in the French bank Credit Lyonnais both in Athens and Paris. In 1999 he founded XRTC which acts as a commercial representative of foreign banks and institutions in Greek Shipping Market.

Since 2009, XRTC has been working closely with the Chinese ship finance market aiming to
assist Chinese Banks to penetrate the Greek Shipping Market while since 2010 is the Preferred
Shipping Finance Consultant of China Development Bank. In 2010 XRTC awarded in Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards as “Financier of the Year 2010” for the completion of the first bilateral loan between a Chinese bank and a Greek shipowner which was signed in the presence of both countries Premiers. Mr. Xiradakis is a Banker of reference on Chinese financing in the Greek business cycles due to his long lasting relationship with PRC.

Mr. Xiradakis is Vice President of China Hellenic Chamber (HCCI), General Secretary of the
Association of Banking and Financial Executives of Hellenic Shipping, Vice President
(International and Financial Relations) of the China-Greece Association, VP of the
International Propeller Club of the United States.

He is Emeritus President of International Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus, Emeritus Member of The Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry, member of the Mediterranean Committee of China Classification Society, Piraeus Marine Club, Hellenic Maritime Museum and Hellas Liberty Floating Museum etc.

In May 2019 he participated in the European Parliament elections.
Pino Spadafora RINA
Global Marine Commercial Senior Director at RINA