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Andaman Passes the New Office
10/07/2017
The view from our new office building, watching the Atlantis Andaman pass the Bosphorus Straight.
Andaman Passes the New ...
10/07/2017
The view from our new office building, watching the Atlantis Andaman pass the Bosphorus Straight.
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Mediterranean Partners in Safety
15/06/2017
The Mediterranean Maritime Partners in Safety Conference was hosted in Athens from the 13-14th of June. Topics related to Shell's vision of a Zero Incident Industry were exchanged, shared and discussed by the members.

The event was hosted in the King George Hotel by Christos Mangos and Dimitris XX from Interunity Management Corp. In total, over 120 people attended; a mixture of Shell Representatives, CEOs, MDs, COOs, DPA/HSEQ Managers of approx. 60 out of the 500 Shell Maritime Partners in Safety.

Presentations, exercises and Q&A sessions were held with regards to the pillars of the Zero Incidence Industry: Resilience, LETs, Reflective Learning and CEO/Senior Management Visits.

The two-day event was extremely fruitful, as the participation and involvement of all partners during the conference was commemorable.

Pictured from left to right: Christos Mangos (CEO Interunity Management Corp.) and Marlon Weinstabl (Deputy CEO Armona Shipping). The two were photographed by Capt. Serdal Sagir (DPA, CSO & HSEQ Manager Armona Shipping), while doing an exercise on Resilience.

We are honored to work with so many partners on an eye-to-eye level to change, move forward and make the maritime industry one of the safest places to work at on the planet.
Mediterranean Partners ...
15/06/2017
The Mediterranean Maritime Partners in Safety Conference was hosted in Athens from the 13-14th of June. Topics related to Shell's v...
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A Heroic Team
11/06/2017
The owner-family and pictured employees completed a heroic act of dedicating their whole weekend, working relentlessly to set up our new office.

We would like extend a massive TEŞEKKÜRLER to those who dedicated all their free time on the weekend to help the owner family complete 2 out of 5 floors of the rented office building.

We worked side by side, day and night, with sweat and tears, pouring out our hearts and souls to make this happen. From Monday, 12.06.2017 on wards, our employees will start working at the new permanent office on Muallim Naci Cad. No 47.

We took all those employees out for a kebap lunch (those who were not fasting or unavaliable).

Pictured from Left to Upwards, then Right, then Downwards: [Murat (Mochti), Ahmet, Lorenz, Viviane, Claudia, Nigar, Ertuğrul, Marlon, Musa, & Aydın]

Not pictured and deserving a HUGE teşekkürler are: İsmail, Celal, Nurcan, & Selvinaz (Arzu).

CONGRATULATIONS ARMONA. Resilience is THIS! 
A Heroic Team
11/06/2017
The owner-family and pictured employees completed a heroic act of dedicating their whole weekend, working relentlessly to set up our ne...
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Second Launching of the Season
01/06/2017
Despite the events on Thursday, the sun shone brightly in Selah Shipyard for the launching of the Atlantis Alicante, the 10th Newbuilding of the company, into the Marmara Sea on 01.06.2017. 

As with the Alicante's sister vessel -  the Atlantis Augusta - the contruction process was smooth and with the frequent visits of Management and implementation of lessons learnt from the delivery of the Augusta, an effective familiarization process has ensued. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to Selah Shipyard and their contractors who put in a huge amount of effort to make this moment happen.

Furthermore we would also like to thank our subcontractors like class Bureau Veritas, designers Delta Marine, Akzo Nobel and MarineLine, and last but not least Armona’s experienced construction and office team - who have worked tirelessly during the construction of both newbuildings. The passion and work ethic they exhibited serve as a model to all company staff.
 
With this launching, the company grows ever closer to a fleet growth of 50% in a year that saw the number of fleet vessels grow from 8 to 12.
 
Second Launching of the...
01/06/2017
Despite the events on Thursday, the sun shone brightly in Selah Shipyard for the launching of the Atlantis Alicante, the 10th Newbuildi...
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Press Release
01/06/2017
To all our friends who are worried about today’s news:

This morning at 5 AM the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality sent over a building wreckage team to our office premises in Kuruçesme Istanbul to tear down the buildings we own.
The background of the story is: the original building which was built in the 1920’s was restored by us in 2006 using steel reinforcement. This was in order to make the buildings earthquake proof – providing a safer working place for all employees and tenants after the devastating earthquake in 1999, where approx. 20,000 people lost their lives.

However, at the time of our reconstruction of the buildings the planning permission committee was still enforcing an outdated real-estate law that did not permit the use of any material other than the original ones with which the buildings were built with. The building was made from part stone and part concrete. The planning commission in-officially permitted the reinforcement, however after the press published articles on some illegally built constructions in 2008, they took a committee decision to get a court order to tear down the steel reinforcement.

More recently, in 2010, the planning permissions committee changed the legal framework of reconstructions and updated the outdated law, permitting the usage of other materials. Nevertheless, that decision was not sufficient to be able to reverse the tear down decision of 2008.

The decision was now enforced after exactly 10 years (legally speaking, outside of the statute of limitations). Last week the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IBB) clean-up operations began with tearing down the world-renowned nightclub Reina, and the restaurants on the Galatasaray Island Su Ada. Rumors indicate that these measures were taken against the Mayor of Istanbul, who is linked to the Gülen movement. We have been able to remove all our belongings. Since 10 AM our teams are back at work in two interim office locations which provide the interim facilities we need in order to continue operations. Our mail system and all phones are working, the safe operation of our fleet vessels is assured. Within a fortnight we will have moved into a permanent new office.

We would like to extend our upmost gratitude to all family and friends who have called & offered their support – expressing their condolences.
 
Lorenz Weinstabl
CEO
Armona Denizcilik & Atlantis Tankers
Press Release
01/06/2017
To all our friends who are worried about today’s news:
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Lorenz Weinstabl: Motorcycle Medic
18/05/2017
by Gary Dixon
Published in TradeWinds+ News
 
What was your earliest memory? This question has always puzzled me. I am sure it was a light bulb. However, I would not be surprised if that recognition derives from Gunther Grass’ novel The Tin Drum.
 
Did you go through training/university or straight into work? As a high-school student my dream was to study at medical school and become a chief physician at a large hospital. Instead, my path led me to a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. After I completed my studies, my father gave me a wake-up call to enter his company.
 
Who were your mentors? Fact is that I neither had any lasting mentorships nor any worthwhile to mention throughout my career. My ambition was always to seek and learn the tools which would enable me to form my business to perfection and be independent.
 
Ambition or talent — which is more important? Talent is certainly the seed from which roots can grow. Ambition is what waters the seed. Sir Alex Ferguson said those without ambition will sit on the substitutes’ bench. “A wall will never consist of one stone alone.”
 
What would you have done if you hadn’t gone into shipping? A question I never had the chance to think about. I was managing and owning a Caterpillar dealership, selling and servicing ship propulsion systems, and then diversified into building ships in 2002, putting them into third-party management. When the Lehman Brothers crash triggered the crisis, I wished I had not diluted all my assets into ships and had the cash I used to have in my account to retire early. However, it was too late. Business as a tanker owner/operator has no end to its learning curve, and now, with hindsight, I can say it was fortunate for my career and hopefully that of my children to have gone into shipping.
 
What is your biggest extravagance? Having looked up the meaning of this word.
 
How do you relax? The main source is sleeping. I also relax when I come home from work and sit at the dinner table discussing daily events with my wife. Then there are my passions. The managers of Lehman Brothers indirectly brought back something to my life I had forgotten: free time! I have a workshop in our garden where I restore vintage vehicles, primarily motorbikes. When I have the time, this is the best means for me to divert my thoughts away from day-by-day business.
 
What would you like to own that you do not possess? A large sailing yacht that I could call my second home and discover many places in the world.
 
When are you happiest? When our children, who are studying in Madrid and Philadelphia, join us sailing in the Greek waters or skiing in Austria. We chat for hours about their and our lives and experiences.
 
Is politics important to you? No — or it is better to say, with growing age and increasing frustration — less. As someone who has lived most of his life in a third-world/emerging country, I have seen corruption dominate public life, several coups, human rights violated, a non-intact justice system, a press that has lost independence and the fear that you could be robbed of your assets. Am I starting to get homesick for the achievements Europe has worked for so hard?
 
What would you change in shipping? I would like charterers, the major oil and chemical companies and traders not only to demand the highest quality but also to transparently reward higher-quality operators. Isn’t it gross that as ship operators we see nightmares where we wish for spills and disasters to give our clients a wake-up call on quality?
 
Which four people, living or dead, would you like to invite to dinner? John F Kennedy, Helmut Schmidt, Ludwig Erhard and Mikhail Gorbachev.
 
What would your 20-year-old self say to you today if you met? He would be critical that some of my achievements could have taken place earlier.
 
What keeps you awake at night? If I haven’t solved a technical problem during a restoration of one of my vintage motorbikes.
 
What are your favourite song, book and film? Fleetwood Mac’s Go Insane; Stiller by Max Frisch; Out of Africa.
 
What is the most important lesson you have learned? Resilient behaviour: to try to manage stressful situations with a positive outcome.
 
What are your best and worst characteristics? Ambition. It is my best and worst characteristic.
 
What is your greatest achievement so far? To have the loveliest family I could think of.
 
Your greatest disappointment? The frictions I had with my father in the first years I was together with my late wife Claudia.
 
What ambitions do you still have? To become a top-level Champions League player in our business as a technical operator of chemical tankers. 

 
Lorenz Weinstabl is chief executive of Istanbul-based Atlantis Tankers Group, which operates a dozen 3,446-dwt to 6,416-dwt chemical and clean petroleum tankers.

Weinstabl’s father came to Turkey during the Second World War, working for Deutsche Orient Bank, before forming a company to represent and distribute German machinery. His son took over the business in the 1990s, eventually selling Caterpillar (MaK) engines for ships. The current group was formed in 2002 when Weinstabl teamed up with Turkish shipyard executive Mehmet Aksoy and Dane Kenneth Jan Madsen to build ships under the Armona Denizcilik banner. In 2009, Armona took over the technical and crewing management of the Atlantis fleet, and in 2013 the commercial management.

Weinstabl went to school in Istanbul and completed his master’s in mechanical engineering in Germany. He can often be seen driving to his office on a 1936-built Norton motorcycle used by the Turkish Army after the war.
Lorenz Weinstabl: Motor...
18/05/2017
"Instead of fixing sick people at a big hospital, the Atlantis Tankers chief executive restores vintage motorbikes in his garden&q...
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Deputy CEO in Romania
17/05/2017
Deputy CEO Marlon Weinstabl visited the Restis-acquired chemical tanker (re-named) Atlantis Araceli.

The visit was conducted in the Port of Midia, close to Constanza. The visit is part of the Leadership Visit initiated by Shell and has now become a centerpiece of Armona's senior management duties. Mr. Weinstabl took around 7 hours to talk to every single person on board.

It was an extremely fruitful visit with a lot of valuable comments, requests, and suggestions.

Pictured is the entire crew & officers with our Deputy CEO.

The 5600 dwt vessel will now make her way to Tuzla where she will go through repairs and an increase in her deadweight-tonnage.
Deputy CEO in Romania
17/05/2017
Deputy CEO Marlon Weinstabl visited the Restis-acquired chemical tanker (re-named) Atlantis Araceli.
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