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Certificate in Laytime and Demurrage

Learn key knowledge on diffusing disputes and maximising charter profits

Starts 14 January 2020


Course Director

Dr Katerina Konsta

Dr Katerina Konsta is the CEO of SeaWorks Training & Consultancy (UK) and Managing Director of STAMKON (Greece). In parallel with her full-time duties, she is as an Examiner for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) in London, Course Director and Consultant with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (UK), the MBA supervisor for the University of Middlesex (UK) and reviewer for shipping journals.

Katerina has more than 20 years of international experience in maritime and logistics education. Education and training with no on-hands experience means nothing to her, which explains why she was always undertaking consulting projects, as a shipping and/or logistics consultant.  She is also ben invited as a speaker or moderator at international conferences and forums. 

Katerina holds a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth (UK) and prior to this she studied Business & Finance at North Hertfordshire College (UK). Her postgraduate studies include International Shipping at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Maritime Studies with International Transport at the University of Piraeus (Greece). She has obtained her Phd on Maritime Policy from the University of Plymouth.

Katerina is a member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists (HAME), the Association of Greek Women Scientists (ΣΕΕ), International Maritime Lecturers’ Association (IMLA) and the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration (PAMA). She is a member of the WISTA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Head of PYNDA – Greek branch, and an Ambassador for the University of Plymouth.

Course Authors

Ioanna N. Pentheroudakis
Home Broker, Holland Hellenic Shipping Agencies

Ioanna Pentheroudakis has shipping in her blood. Born and raised in a family with a strong shipping background, she completed her initial maritime academic studies in Athens and worked her way up in the family business to become Managing Director of Chartering at Cosmos Shipping SA, a company specialising in the dry chartering business. She is currently working as a broker at Holland Hellenic Shipping Agencies. 

Along the way, she has gained a wide range of academic qualifications, including a Bachelors degree in ‘Maritime Business and Maritime Law’ from Plymouth University, UK, and a Masters Degree in ‘International Transport and Shipping’ from the University of Cardiff, UK.

In addition to her professional activities, Ioanna has maintained a strong interest in teaching. At Liverpool John Moore’s University she was lecturer in ’Business Communication’ and ‘Maritime Policy’, and has lectured in ‘Introduction to Chartering’ and ‘Chartering Practice’ at BCA Business Studies/London Guildhall University and London Metropolitan University.

From 2004 Ioanna served as Vice President of WISTA Hellas (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) for four years, and currently sits on the board of directors at the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA).


Dr Evi Plomaritou
Shipping Consultant in Chartering and Marketing

Dr. Evi Plomaritou is a Consultant in the fields of Chartering and Shipping Marketing. She undertakes the planning of marketing strategies and chartering policies of shipping companies, the in-company professional training, as well as lecturing for academic institutions or professional bodies in Greece and abroad. Since 2008, she has been working as a Lecturer of Frederick University (Cyprus) and since 2005, she has been teaching at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus. From 2007 to June 2012 she worked as a Visiting Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of the European University in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2011 Dr. Evi Plomaritou worked as a Senior Lecturer for the Business College of Athens (which collaborates with London Metropolitan University). From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Evi Plomaritou worked for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) providing consulting and training services to Greek shipping practitioners, while in 2005 she was actively involved with the foundation of the ICS Greek Branch. From 1997 to 2001, she was the Academic Coordinator of the Shipping Department of Mediterranean College in Greece while at the same time she was a fellow researcher in Maritime Projects at the Research Centre of the University of Piraeus. Moreover, she has had a 9-month practical experience onboard bulk carriers. During the voyages, she has fulfilled research concerning the loading / discharging operation of dry cargoes, which is included in her book titled "Chartering".

Dr Evi Plomaritou was awarded with distinction her “Doctorate Degree in Chartering Policy and Marketing Strategy of Shipping Companies” from the University of Piraeus. She holds the postgraduate title “Master of Science in International Transport” from the University of Cardiff in Wales, the “Master by Research in Business Administration” from Capitol College in the USA, the “Advanced Diploma in Transport & Logistics” from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK and the “Professional Diploma in Dry Cargo Chartering” from the Cambridge Academy of Transport. She has graduated with distinction from the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus (BSc. in Maritime Business).

Her writing experience includes mainly the following books:

  • Chartering (with accompanied DVD in cooperation with BIMCO, 3rd edition, 2010, in Greek, 1319 pages).
  • Marketing of Shipping Companies (Recommended by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, 2008, in English, 233 pages).
  • Marketing of Shipping Companies as a Tool for Improvement of Chartering Policy (2006, in Greek, 552 pages).
  • Shipping Organizations Framework for Internal Assessment (European Business Ethics Network, 2006, in English, 110 pages).