GDPR in Shipping Online Seminar

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    Dates: 16/02, 17/02 & 18/02

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    Duration 3 Online Sessions

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    Hours 19:00 – 21:30


  • Fees: 400 € (Including tuition fees & reading material)
    ICS Members are eligible to a discount 20% on all HMC Professional Maritime Seminars




A seminar designed to provide professionals in shipping with an understanding of the requirements of the EU Legislation General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and meet today’s challenges regarding the handling of personal data. GDPR has set a new global standard on data privacy and it has prompted other authorities around the world to strengthen their own data laws.  During the seminar, we will examine how companies can avoid significant non-compliance fines, can process personal data securely using appropriate technical and organizational measures.


  • Review the provisions and principles of the new regulation and understand
  • What is the difference between a data processor and a data controller?
  • Get informed on the rights of the data subjects.
  • Discuss if you need to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and What are his duties and responsibilities?
  • Hear how to transfer personal data to third countries
  • EU – USA Data Transfer after invalidation of the ‘Privacy Shield’ following
  • Europe’s highest court ruling in July 2020
  • The consequences for non-compliance and the penalties
  • Learn how to draft your Privacy Policy and Notice
  • Data mapping and gap analysis.
  • The use of the Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)
  • Get informed on how to deal with, report data protection breaches and draft a Breach Notification
  • The role of the Data Protection Authority (Greece) after May 25th
  • Review the newly enacted Greek law 4624/2019
  • Explore other jurisdictions’ data protection laws
  • Learn about the New EU Cyber Security Act 2019
  • Can you insure your risks for GDPR fines?
  • Recent famous data breaches
  • COVID 19 and data protection


The seminar will be delivered exclusively online by 3 fully tutored learning sessions. Once your registration is completed, you will receive an email with all the information and the link for the webinars. For your participation no special equipment is needed except a camera and a microphone.

The seminar is delivered in English.

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Ship owners, general managers, and operations managers, Shipping company personnel, IT and Data managers in the maritime industry, consultants and allied professionals with a desire to develop their understanding of GDPR Compliance

Instructors & CV

Vera Alexandropoulou, LL.M, Founding Partner, Alexandropoulou Law Firm

Vera Alexandropoulou has a legal and financial background; she is a qualified Greek lawyer since 1998, UK Solicitor since 2004, registered at the Cyprus Bar since 2016. She is a graduate from Athens Law School and has post graduate studies at Heidelberg and Harvard Universities. She has past business experience at Norton Rose Law Firm, at a major shipping law firm in New York “Freehill Hogan and Mahar” and in Harvard Business School (HBS).

Vera Alexandropoulou has been a Legal Counsel of the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) with tenure of 13 years (2005-2018). She is the Founder of Alexandropoulou Law Firm, a boutique law firm based in the heart of Piraeus, established in 2005. The areas of the Law Firm’s expertise include project finance and project structuring, shipping, delivering integrated advice on all aspects of domestic and international maritime transactions to banks, financial institutions, private investors, owners and operators, arrangers, government and inter-governmental agencies, yards, insurers, P&I clubs, consultants, and other intermediaries, including experience in advising on charter parties and shipbuilding contracts.

Being a certified TUV Austria Data Protection Officer (DPO), Vera Alexandropoulou has conducted as a tutor several seminars on the new EU Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) and provides legal counseling services to individuals in the field of compliance to the EU Regulation, among others, to shipping companies.  She has been delivering lectures on the topic of ‘Sustainability in Shipping and Ports’ at the Athens University of Economics and Business

Since October 2019, she is cooperating with Athena Research and Innovation Center in the context of EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece.  She is the Vice President of Thalassa Foundation, a Swiss-based, non-profit environmental organization aiming to combat marine pollution that affects the marine eco system. Also, she is a member of WISTA- Women International Shipping and Trading Association. Among her selected publications is “Shipping Finance in Greece” in HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance, (Orestis et al.Springer, 2015). She is also the main author of a paper on “Sustainable Ports” which is to be published soon in the coming book “Oceans of Tomorrow II “(Springer Publishing). She speaks fluently English, French, German and Spanish, while she understands Chinese.

Mary Pothitos, Maritime Insurance & Claims handling consultant, Owner, PARALEGAL MARITIME SERVICES

Maria Pothitos finished school in the UK and graduated from the Law school of Wolverhampton University, UK. After working two years to gain practical experience in the City of London, in 1989, joint the family business of shipowning and shipmanagement in Greece, Pothitos Shipping Co S.A., as the Legal and Insurance Director and later in the same post, at N.A.N.E. Shipping Management S.A. until 2014. Experienced with handling cargo claims. Actively involved in the management and operation of the fleet. In 2014 was appointed Advisor on International Relations at Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association and Director of the Shortsea Promotion Centre (SPC) – Greece and served a two-year term. From January till December 2016, was a Member of the Board, of the European Shortsea Network (ESN). In 2016 she started PARALEGAL MARITIME SERVICES, offering professional assistance for efficient and cost-effective management of claims. Developed and deliver the seminars: Marine Insurance and Claims Handling – for DNV GL Academy, Co-developed Salvage and Wreck Removal, Co-developed EU GDPR for shipping.