Tasos Lymperopoulos, Charting Department at Seaboard Bulk Services

Location: Athens, Greece

Employed with SBS since: July 2010

What is your history/career path prior to SBS?

I’ve worked in various positions in dry bulk shipping, including working for a major shipbroking office in Paris and Piraeus.

What are your current responsibilities?

Servicing our trader’s shipping needs, by estimating/pricing shipping prices and assisting in participating into tenders or other quotes for both in-house business and third-party sales.

Chartering vessels to transport the grain commodities of our division by identifying the best counter party/owner/operator/vessel and negotiate best values/terms possible for Seaboard’s interest.

Following up the actual shipping execution and dealing with all commercial challenges that may occur.

What do you enjoy most about working for SBS?

I mostly enjoy the daily interaction with people from different backgrounds and different locations from all over the world as well as the versatility of the job itself and the market projection, which is a very challenging task because it’s affected by both micro and macroeconomic factors.

What’s your favorite story/memory about working for SBS?

Having special Seaboard people flying all the way to Greece to attend my wedding party was the best proof that Seaboard is one big family.

What important values do you think Seaboard delivers on?

Seaboard has a great company culture that elevates enthusiasm and encourages better productivity. Good people work together and openly communicate, which is very rare to find in corporations of this size that operate under such competitive markets.

What surprised you most about the job or its location?

What surprised me the most, during the very first days in Seaboard, is how people can achieve incredible things just by having the right approach and attitude.

How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?

Athens is a city with numerous options for entertainment.

In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends as well as visit new restaurants and travel as much as possible. I like to meet new people, places and learn more about different cultures.

I also like to spend my weekends in our country house in North Peloponnese where my family owns a small farm of lemon and olive trees and a vineyard. We produce our own olive oil and wine.

What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?

Cooking is my hidden talent. I have even applied to a culinary school before I decided to devote to shipping. Presently, the only person who enjoys my three Michelin star dishes is my lovely wife and soon enough my four-month-old son.