NEWS
Dinner for Two
06/11/2019
Entering its fourth anniversary the half-yearly “Raki and Fish” Dinner between Bureau Veritas and Armona Managers at the Fishmarket in Beşiktaş has become ceremonial.

The platform serves the purpose of exchanging the latest developments in our companies and the visions we have. Furthermore, it is a cornerstone in maintaining a relationship built on trust and respect in each other which between our managements goes back at least 25 years!

In the final stages, where the fish has left the plates and the raki remains, the old seafarer stories emerge and dominate the conversations. Often to the astonishment of those who have not worked at sea.

Thank you Bureau Veritas for spending your precious time with us and thank you for guiding and accompanying us on our path in striving for quality and excellence.
 
From left to right: Capt. Ömer Balta (Fleet Manager / Armona), Erdem Talip (Ships-in-Service Manager / Bureau Veritas), Cafer Tekkan (General Manager Marine / Bureau Veritas), Capt. Gökhan Pehlivan (HSEQ Manager / Armona), Kubilay Görmen (Crew and Systems Quality Manager / Bureau Veritas), Irmak Erdumlu (Task Force Leader / Armona), Serkan Kurtoglu (Ships in Service Quality Manager / Bureau Veritas), Marlon Weinstabl (Deputy CEO / Armona), Lorenz Weinstabl (CEO / Armona), Capt. Semih Falay (CTO / Armona), C/E Aydin Yilmaz (Head of Technical Department / Armona)
Dinner for Two
06/11/2019
Entering its fourth anniversary the half-yearly “Raki and Fish” Dinner between Bureau Veritas and Armona Managers at the Fi...
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Experiencing New Dimensions
28/10/2019
The bulk of Armona's special survey wave comes to a close, as costs reach new heights.

Beginning in November 2017 and unexpectedly stretching out until Oct 2019, the special surveys of 10 from 12 fleet vessels was completed.

No time or budget limits were given, as the management's vision and orders were clear in prioritizing the full restoration of the ships' condition to a level that comes close to that of a newbuilding.

On average, a vessel took two months and a million US dollars to complete its special survey. Whilst a ship's first special survey still has modest wear & tear, the second and third special surveys already leave deep scars. I.e. wear & tear of machinery, piping and the accommodation.

Works carried out include: the dismantling of the deck machinery, deck piping was gradually renewed, the main engine, CP propeller, compressors and generators were taken apart.  

All of this was possible due to the restless engagement of our technical team, who headed this mission for nearly two years.

Management would like to express their gratitude, thanking all team members for their passion and efforts.
Experiencing New Dimens...
28/10/2019
The bulk of Armona's special survey wave comes to a close, as costs reach new heights.
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Leadership & Safety Visit
21/10/2019
Armona's Deputy CEO conducted a safety visit to the Atlantis Alvarado in Moerdijk, Netherlands.
Leadership & Safety Visit
21/10/2019
Armona's Deputy CEO conducted a safety visit to the Atlantis Alvarado in Moerdijk, Netherlands.
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Maritime PnS - Istanbul Workshop
17/10/2019
The leading companies in the Turkish Maritime Industry were invited for the annual Maritime Partners in Safety Workshop by Shell.

As described in the Invitation Letter:

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The intent of this meeting is for the Turkish Maritime industry leadership community to meet and collectively drive forward the Partners in Safety Program as discussed at Maritime Partners in Safety CEO conferences held in Rotterdam in January 2019.

The meeting will seek to engage you and other Maritime partners on the following:
1. Leadership: “Deepening your impact”
2. Progress on the implementation of Partners in Safety in your organisations;
3. Sharing experiences and providing support to driving the “weak signal “campaign;
4. Introduction to Mental health and the “I’m not ok" campaign.

We are inviting the CEOs or equivalent of each Company and extending the invite to include one additional person from each partner Company who typically leads the implementation of the agreed actions in the Partners in Safety program. In other words, please attend together with your QHSE manager or similar.

~~ UNQUOTE ~~

It was a day packed with learning. We were happy to see old faces, others who have been with us since the beginning of the program, and also welcome beginners such as Borealis Denizcilik to the program. All of us are in this journey together and we seek to set a role model for others to follow and work towards.

Deputy CEO Marlon Weinstabl [pictured] gave a presentation on how Armona deepens their impact within the Maritime Industry. Core topics included Training, Leadership Visits and a moving story of the company's Resilience when their Headquarters were demolished by Government Authorities on June 1st 2017.

We would like to express our gratitude to the wonderful hosts Geden Denizcilik for organizing and executing a fantastic workshop.

Looking forward to the next!
Maritime PnS - Istanbul...
17/10/2019
The leading companies in the Turkish Maritime Industry were invited for the annual Maritime Partners in Safety Workshop by Shell.
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Shipping and Tax Seminar
19/09/2019
Atlantis' Directors attended the exclusive Shipping and Tax Seminar hosted by law firm Stephenson Harwood. 

The topics included:
  1. "Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz" – Presentation by Sean Gibbons and Max Lemanski
  2. "Overview of the financial leasing market in China and its future within the European market" – Panel discussion moderated by Simone Liu
  3. "Tax and international asset holding structures" – Presentation by Hugo Jenney
  4. "Financing opportunities for Turkish shipowners: traditional banks and new sources of finance" – Panel discussion moderated by Chris Vartzis
We would like to extend our gratitude to Chris Vartzis and whole organizational team for executing a flawless, productive and thought-provoking event.

Pictured during the post-seminar cocktail reception [from left to right]: Lorenz Weinstabl (Atlantis), Emre Ersoy (Ersoy Bilgehan), Marlon Weinstabl (Atlantis), Rona Kaspi (AKT), and Giorgio Denaro (Alpina).
Shipping and Tax Seminar
19/09/2019
Atlantis' Directors attended the exclusive Shipping and Tax Seminar hosted by law firm Stephenson Harwood. 
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Atlantis Armona Saves Lives
29/08/2019
On 16:05 UTC, Atlantis Armona detected a small inflatable boat consisting of 77 refugees in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain.

Atlantis Armona’s crew contacted the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, assisting them in every way possible in order to have these individual rescued.
 
The search and rescue operation was a great success.
 
The “Centro Regional de Coordinación de Salvamento de Almeria” sent a letter of appreciation and gratitude to Armona Denizcilik for their assistance and sensitivity in the operation.

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Dear Captain,

I would like to express on behalf of the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency our deepest gratitude and highest appreciation for your assistance in the SAR operation undertaken this afternoon at the Mediterranean Sea, in which 77 lives were saved.

Your vessel informed around 16:05 UTC to ALMERIA MRCC that a  small inflatable boat adrift with several migrant people on board was in her vicinity remaining in that position until the arrival of a rescue boat about two hours later.

The decisive and efficient intervention taken by you and your crew was absolutely crucial and avoided a high risk situation for these people as well as a probably prolonged and costly Search and Rescue operation.
 
Best regards
MRCC Almería

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Atlantis & Armona Denizcilik are proud of their seafarers for their engagement in this humanitarian mission. Many innocent lives were saved on this day. We wish the newcomers to Europe a healthy, safe and prosperous life.
 
In the name of humanity, health and safety,
 
Your Atlantis Tankers Family
 
 
Atlantis Armona Saves L...
29/08/2019
On 16:05 UTC, Atlantis Armona detected a small inflatable boat consisting of 77 refugees in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain.<...
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To Foul or Not to Foul
16/07/2019
The debate and discussion on antifouling coatings are evermore becoming a popular topic in today’s shipping world. Reason for which is that shipowners face myriad options of coatings that each promise different characteristics and benefits. For example, certain specialized paints intend to slowdown marine growth on a vessel’s hull, affecting the performance and longevity of the application. Driving factors such as the strive to save fuel and the choice of low emission coatings, contribute to the growth of the ‘marine coatings market’ over the past few years.

Today, there are at least 50 different antifouling coatings available in the market. Understandably, each shipowner has to overcome the challenge of analyzing, evaluating and selecting the product they believe best fits their needs.

Atlantis recently drydocked several vessels of their 3500 and 6000 dwt fleet at Gisan Shipyard.  An array of alternative antifouling coatings were tested. These include Sail Advance RX from PPG (applied on Armona, Antalya and Alvarado), Dynamic 8000 (applied on Alhambra) and Hempaguard X7 (applied on Andaman and soon to be applied on Antibes) both from Hempel.

Armona Denizcilik, the technical arm of Atlantis Tankers, consider Hempaguard X7 to be a game-changer. The service period of this kind of antifouling coating is 60 months. Furthermore, for Andaman’s next Class Special Survey (2024), the vessel will not need blasting when compared to conventional antifouling coatings. Only a single coat of paint will be applied to the current coating system, which will save costs and render less dry-docking days.

Hempaguard X7 is a silicone-based advanced fouling control coating with high levels of solid content. It provides smooth, low surface energy, repellent surface with unique fouling control properties. These characteristics allow for high fuel savings potential and are especially suitable for vessels operating with long idle periods or in warm waters. The coating truly allows for flexible trading, fuel savings and fouling defence at any speed or during idle periods.
To Foul or Not to Foul
16/07/2019
A review on antifouling coatings in today’s shipping world by Irmak Erdumlu.
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