About OOW

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Officer of the Watch (OOW) is an initiative focusing on enhancing knowledge and dissemination of information related directly or indirectly to merchant vessels and offshore operations. The aim of the Officer of the Watch is to highlight selected maritime and offshore topics and articles, offering an important training tool to anyone who seeks knowledge or is involved in the maritime and offshore industry.

  • For submission of articles, news or relevant material contact the OOW Team
  • Material submitted for publication should comply with the Editorial OOW POLICY.

The Officer of the Watch (OOW) was initially developed by Stavros Kairis, during early 2012, under the form of a simple blog to be used as a self-learning tool for maritime issues. In the process more young professionals from Greece got involved and thus the initial blog took the form of the OOW initiative.

  • Anyone wanting to get involved with the Officer of the Watch may contact the OOW Team using the GET INVOLVED contact form.

Upon designing and developing this website every effort was made to keep it as simple as possible and at the same time user friendly. The target was to make the user feel comfortable and not dazzled by an overwhelming flow of information giving him “more than he can handle”.

  • Information on the content of the website and how to best navigate through it and make use of its features is given in the OOW HOW TO page.


Stavros Kairis – Founder & Developer of the Officer of the Watch. A Mechanical Engineer working in the maritime industry. Researching on what makes the world go round in geopolitics, human behavior and technology.  Linkedin | Twitter | Google+ | OOW Articles

Nikos Kairis – A Naval Architect & Marine Engineer involved in ships’ repairs, new-buildings and merchant ships inspections. Enthusiastic about Cyclades and the beauties of the Greek islands.  Linkedin | OOW Articles

Gianis Priovolos – A Marine Consultant working in port risk assessment and ship traffic analysis. An avid traveller, setting sails for the Asia-Pacific.  Linkedin

Maria Papadopoulou – An undergraduate student of Maritime Studies with an active interest in subjects related to ship management. Enjoying life as it is and on the lookout for adventures as long as it involves sea, sun and sailing in the beautiful Aegean sea.  Linkedin | OOW Articles



Officer of the Watch is considered as a non-profit initiative and is primarily maintained by the OOW Team. Nevertheless the valuable contributions of various organizations, companies and media strengthen the overall effort that is being made. As recognition of such support the OOW Team would like to thank the following Contributors to the Watch:

OOW Contributor - The ICCT The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. ICCT’s mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.

OOW Contributor - Marine Insight Since 2010,  Marine Insight focuses on providing information on various aspects of the marine world, and tries to bring forth the marvels of the blue expanse which covers a major portion of our planet Earth. It provides a glimpse of the marine life and of people working on ships, going beyond the technical and non-technical issues of the ship.


Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co. is a well-established, international maritime consulting and shipping finance advisory firm providing shipping market expertise to financial institutions and active in ship brokerage, financial advisory and private placements, vessel valuations and appraisals. The firm is headquartered in the Financial District in Manhattan but maintains a world-wide footprint, the firm have represented private and publicly-traded shipowners and provided maritime expertise to institutional investors, lenders and lessors for both Jones Act assets but also international flag assets.



OOW Contributor - SQE Logo v
SQE MARINE GROUP is one of the leading service providers worldwide in the areas of Maritime Quality, Safety, Security, Health, Environmental, Crisis & Risk Management, with over 15 years of experience.



OOW Contributor - Eniram Logo
ENIRAM, established in 2005, provides the maritime industry with energy management technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Created by experienced seafarers and technologists, Eniram’s solutions range from single onboard applications to comprehensive fleet analysis. They are used by small and large shipping companies on vessels ranging from cruise liners, tankers, container ships bulkers and ferries. Eniram’s mission is to deliver quality products and services that enable customers to save fuel, increase profitability and reduce harmful emissions. Eniram is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland and has subsidiaries in the UK, the USA, Germany and Singapore.



Logo Suritec Suritec was established in 2001 by a group of professionals with the goal of applying their background and expertise in knowledge management and intelligence to develop software and other technology solutions. Suritec’s present clients range from government departments, parastatals, commercial companies in the mining and retail sector to specialized crime and risk prevention consultancies.



OOW Contributor - Neorion Syros Logo Neorion Syros Shipyards was founded in 1861 and is the oldest yard in modern Greece and the largest remaining industry in the Aegean. The shipyard is specialized in extensive machinery and hull repairs plus conversions and newbuildings. Along with its sister company Elefsis Shipyards they form Neorion Holdings S.A., the largest private Greek group of shipbuilding and ship repair companies.



OOW Contributor - Euromarine Logo
EUROMARiNE is exclusively dealing with remanufactured and guaranteed Caterpillar engines, generator sets and spare parts since 1978 providing technical services of specialized technicians all over the world.


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