EMPIRE NAVIGATION INC was established in February 2009 and certified by ABS on August 2009 to provide commercial and technical management to modern oil and chemical tanker vessels. As managers of such vessels, we are committed to maintain highest standards of quality and safety in all our operations.

Empire Navigation offices are located in Elliniko, Athens, Greece.

Our company is a member of INTERTANKO and HELMEPA, our Safety Management System is designed to meet all relevant requirements of ISO 9001-2008 (Quality), ISO 14001-2004 (Environment) and TMSA.

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Nikos Arkadis

Technical/Managing Director

Mr. Nikos Arkadis has been in the shipping industry for the last 40years, holding key positions in a number of well-respected shipping companies. He is very familiar with the operation, maintenance and repairs of oil tankers and bulk carriers. In 1986 he joined Offshore Oil Services (London) (Kouloundis) and Lyras Bros (London) as Technical Sup/dent. Subsequently he joined the Marine Management Services (of Kalimanopoulos) as a Fleet Leader for Oil Tankers and Oil Combination Carriers. In 1993 he joined Evalent as Technical Manager. In 1995, he became a member of Marmaras Navigation team as a Technical Manager of a mixed fleet of 50 oil tankers and bulk carriers. From 2006 to 2008 he joined Mantinia Shipping / Hellenic Carriers and Kynosoura shipyards as a Technical / General Manager of the group. Since EMPIRE’s Navigation establishment, he has been the Company’s Technical Manager and, since 2011 holds the position of Managing/Technical Director.

Captain Dimitrios Kontes

Marine / Operations Manager

Captain Dimitrios Kontes has more than 30 years experience in shipping industry . He graduated from the Greek Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos and began his seagoing career in 1982 . He sailed on board various types of tankers on well-established shipping companies from 1984 to 2000, beginning as a 3rd officer and earning his Captain’s License Class A in 1997. Captain D. Kontes started his shoreside career with Stelmar Tankers Management in 1999 , where he held various positions including Marine Superintendent and Fleet operator. Subsequently he served at OSG Ship Management as Fleet Manager for 8 years. In September 2014 he joined Empire Navigation Inc serving as Operations Manager and in 2018 he was promoted to Marine/Operations Manager.

Zacharoula Lempesi

HSQE Manager

Mrs Zacharoula Lempesi has an extensive working experience in HSQE Management roles at highly reputable shipping companies for 23 consecutive years. She has served as Quality & Environmental Manager in Stelmar Tankers and then as Group Quality Assurance Manager & Head of HSQE in OSG.

She holds a Master in Business Administration with specialization in Total Quality Management by the University of Leicester and has an extensive knowledge and know-how in Integrated Management Systems certification, Business Management and Information Technology Systems development. She has been with EMPIRE since July 2015 initially as Quality Assurance Manager and then took over HSQE Manager duties from 25th April 2016.


TOTAL DWT 1.192.807



Type: Oil Tanker

DWT: 158,574

Yard / Year of construction
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd, South Korea / 2011


Quality Policy

The Company is committed to providing a Quality service, which consistently & continuously meets the requirements of its customers whilst protecting assets under its care, its employees and the environment in general.

This is achieved by establishing & discharging managerial & operational processes, which have emerged from the combination of sound managerial principles and established experience in the Shipping Industry.

The Company aims to remain a quality service provider by:



  •   Meeting customer requirements as defined in the relevant Ship Management Agreements and Charter Parties;
  •   Developing and implementing controlled processes;
  •   Continual improvements in operational responsiveness;
  •   Complying with the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISM Code as well as continually improving its Management System;
  •   Establishing and communicating measurable & consistent objectives and performance targets to company employees;
  •   Identifying and addressing risks and opportunities that affect conformity of services and customers’ satisfaction;
  •   Complying with applicable statutory requirements, international legislation and classification society requirements related to the services  provided ;
  •   Operating vessels without accident(s) or incident(s) that could endanger company’s employees, the environment or assets under the  company’s care;
  •   Complying with current Health & Safety legislation and;
  •   Developing employee skills and increasing their contribution through effective training

In order to meet the above objectives the company has developed and implements a Management System, which as a minimum shall meet the requirements of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IMO ISM Code and the MLC 2006.

All Company employees are responsible for implementing the company's Quality Policy.

The Company’s management is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the Quality Policy at regular intervals in order to ensure that:

  •   It remains relevant and effective;
  •   It remains appropriate to the Company’s purpose and context, and
  •   Supports the Company’s strategic direction.

Company’s Quality Policy is also available to all interested parties.

Health, Safety Management & Enviromental Policy

It is the Company’s Policy to promote and enhance Health and Safety at Sea, Prevention of Human Injury or loss of life, welfare of employees and avoidance of any adverse impact on the environment.

The Company aims at safety and environmental excellence which is accomplished though the following objectives:

  • To provide for Safe Practices in ship Operation and a safe and healthy working environment.
  • To prevent damage to the ship, her cargo and the environment.
  • To assess all identified risks to its ships, personnel and the environment, establish appropriate safeguards and operate the ships within ALARP (“as low as reasonably practicable”) levels of risk;
  • To prevent loss of human life and personal injury.
  • To ensure that seafarers’ work environment on board ships promotes occupational safety and health
  • To continuously improve Safety Management skills of personnel ashore and aboard ships, including preparing for emergencies related both to Safety, Health & Environmental Protection.

In order to effectively implement its Health, Safety Management & Environmental Protection Policy the Company:

  • Has appointed dedicated personnel with the responsibility to maintain an overview of Health, Safety and Environment matters.
  • Consistently  follows all national and international rules and regulations applicable to the Marine Industry.
  • Takes into account applicable guidelines, standards, codes and publications which are issued by maritime organisations and are directed towards creating a safe and pollution free (zero spill) environment.
  • Implements a Shipboard Occupational Health and Safety Program (SOHSP)
  • Continuously monitors all safety and occupational health aspects of the vessels.
  • Frequently inspects and audits the vessels and carries out necessary maintenance and repairs.
  • Continuously improves its management system by taking corrective & preventive action for identified problem areas.
  • Provides adequate resources to effectively implement this management system.
  • Provides a framework for setting & reviewing safety management system objectives and targets that are evaluated and reviewed during Management Review Meetings.
  • Has carried out a generic Risk Assessment to its basic operations and practices and has established safeguards against identified risks.
  • Undertakes an obligation to society (corporate social responsibility), in the form of commitment to local, national and international regulations, attention to environmental issues and adoption of a risk management policy.
  • Makes every effort to provide a safe and healthy workplace and considers working safely a condition of employment.
  • Provides necessary resources to implement the occupational health and safety program.
  • Recognizes that no task is so important for an employee to put himself at risk of injury or illness in order to get it done.
  • Protects the Health of seafarers and provides prompt access to Medical Care on board and ashore when needed.

All Company employees, shore based and seafarers are responsible for implementing the Company’s Safety, Health & Environment Protection Policy and are required to comply with the applicable standards and with the ship’s occupational safety and health policy and program.

All Company employees, shore based and sea going are responsible for implementing the Company’s Health, Safety Management & Environmental Protection Policy.

The Company’s senior officers and managers are responsible to always lead by example in safety-related issues.

The Company’s Management is responsible for monitoring and reviewing this Policy at regular intervals in order to ensure that it remains relevant and effective.


Drugs & Alcohol Policy

It is the Company’s Policy that no seafarer employed shall navigate the vessel, operate machinery or carry out his duties whilst he is impaired by drugs or alcohol or suspected to be under the impairment of alcohol or drugs.


The Company has defined as alcohol impairment a blood alcohol content of 40mg/100ml or more.

In order to enforce this policy:

  1. Consumption and possession of alcohol for private or any other use on board Company vessels is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
  2. The possession, use, trafficking of any kind of illegal drugs and for any reason on board the ship is prohibited.
  3. The Company implements procedures which meet or exceed the relevant Flag State legislation and/or ICS/OCIMF guidelines and enforces a strict blood/breath and/or urine test schedule involving:
  • mandatory pre-joining tests for all seafarers
  • periodical random testing/screening on board vessels. Each officer is to be tested at least once annually
  • regular breathalyser tests on board, either as a routine control procedure, or during an investigative process.

Seafarers found to be in violation of this Policy shall be immediately released from duty and dismissal / disciplinary action will be taken. Refusal to be subjected to D&A testing would equal to admission of guilt and the person will be subject to the same repercussions as any offender.

Adherence to this Policy is considered as a term of employment.

Related Document
Drugs and Alcohol Procedure CP19


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Empire Navigation Inc.

88 Vouliagmenis Avenue, Elliniko 167 77 - Tel: +30 211 10 24 000 - Fax: +30 210 960 42 10