“Captain means holding the helm in a perfect storm, with a firm hand and a smile”

«Captain Dimitris Mattheou was honored recently by the jury members of Efkranti Awards as the ‘Manager of the Year’. The decision of the jury was based on the contribution of Mr. Mattheou as a valuable member of a major and of Greek interests shipping company and as a facilitator and supporter of maritime sciences and the protection of the marine environment.As the Chairman of the Green Award Foundation, as an Executive Member of HELMEPA, as a Governor of the International Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus and as the newly elected Vice President of the Hellenic Mediterranean Panel of INTERTANKO, Mr. Mattheou actively supports the principles of collective actions and extroversion of shipping and focuses with inexhaustible passion on highlighting the human factor and the need for innovation; pillars on which the Greek maritime model has always relied.Mr. Mattheou is an active as well as energetic member of the Greek shipping community, with a glorious presence at national and international bodies and shipping agencies. The most important, however, contribution of Capt. Dimitris is to the Greek Naval and Maritime Academic Education, the Greek Navy and the operations of the wider Greek shipping cluster.
I dare to point out, that dozens of young students and scholars, scientists and young entrepreneurs owe the beginning of their careers to Mr Mattheou’s valuable and multifaceted support. Greece and Greek Shipping are in need of young people with ‘appetite’ and passion both for professional overcoming and for personal excellence. Captain Mattheou never forgets nor neglects these young people.»

Elias Bissias
Lawyer |Chief of Naftika Chronika | Lecturer at Alba Graduate Business School

« In my capacity as the Director General, of HELMEPA, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association I had known Capt. Dimitrio Mattheou as the CEO of ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT, one of the oldest Members of our association and had always had him in high esteem for reaching the top of the hierarchy of a shipping company such as ARCADIA. However, only the last two years, I got to know him well when the General Assembly of the members of HELMEPA elected him to the Board of Directors. Since the first meeting of the Board, which I serve as a rapporteur, I have been impressed by the swift, decisive and yet kind way with which Capt. Mattheou presents his proposals and holds his ground. Having been for years a member of the Board of Experts of the Green Award, an organization I almost know since its inception, I am amazed by the international exposure Green Award enjoys since Capt. Mattheou was elected as its Chairman. I am glad that the recent Assembly of HELMEPA re-elected him to the Board for I am sure he will significantly assist in our common effort towards spreading further the HELMEPA’s proactive and not-for-profit message to the word seafarer, that we all need safer ships in cleaner seas. His enthusiasm and drive seem to be the best warranty! My wishes to him for good health and success in his endeavours.»

Dimitris C. Mitsatsos
Director General of HELMEPA

«From the very first moment I met Capt. Mattheou in a meeting at ALBA, I was really impressed by his knowledge and experience in Shipping and his love and passion to share this knowledge with our students. A well-known man but yet simple and kind. Capt. Mattheou is a generous and approachable person always available to help young people. I feel really lucky I have met him. »«From the very first moment I met Capt. Mattheou in a meeting at ALBA, I was really impressed by his knowledge and experience in Shipping and his love and passion to share this knowledge with our students. A well-known man but yet simple and kind. Capt. Mattheou is a generous and approachable person always available to help young people. I feel really lucky I have met him.»

Spyros Vougious
Academic Director of Shipping Programs at ALBA Graduate Business School

«A leading figure in the shipping business, Dimitris Mattheou has gained our appreciation due to his forward-thinking character and strong commitment to quality management. Although a powerful leader and deeply involved in numerous commitments, he is amiable, supportive and open-minded to support innovation. In the demanding shipping business, I personally admire his social concerns and interpersonal skills. Mr. Mattheou is one of those people who are bright examples to follow.»

Stelios Perissakis
Naval Architect & Marine Engineer Ph.D | Co Managing Director & Founder of DYNAMARINE

«The first thing that comes into my mind about Mr. Mattheou is ethos. Ethos, is an ancient Greek word used to express phronesis (wisdom), arête (good moral character) and eunoia (good will). Mr. Mattheou has all three and I have the honour and pleasure to consider him as a valuable friend.»


Rita Georgiou

Vice President | EFG Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. – Athens Branch

«Τον άνθρωπο αυτόν πρέπει να τον γνωρίσω κάποια στιγμή» έλεγα ως μεταπτυχιακός φοιτητής στα Ναυτιλιακά του Πανεπιστημίου Πειραιά τότε με αποκορύφωμα την περίοδο που ήμουν ασκούμενος στην έδρα της EMSA στη Λισαβόνα και ήταν ένας από τους κύριους στόχους μου για όταν θα γύριζα πίσω στην Ελλάδα. Και έγινε!Μετά από μερικούς μήνες!Και φτάσαμε σήμερα να έχουμε σχεδόν καθημερινή πια επαφή!Αυτό που προσωπικά με «κέρδισε» από την πρώτη στιγμή κιόλας της δια ζώσης γνωριμίας μας δεν ήταν η αδιαμφισβήτητη κορυφή που κατέχει επαγγελματικά στο χώρο της Ναυτιλίας και το εκτόπισμά του αλλά η προσήνεια και η πολυπραγμοσύνη του. Ο ορισμός του «Μέσα σε όλα» και «Όλα με επιτυχία!». «Όλα γίνονται», «Δεν υπάρχουν εμπόδια»!Ο καθένας δίπλα του έχει σίγουρα να μάθει, να δει, να ακούσει, να ζήσει, να μοιραστεί πολλά, διαφορετικά και ενδιαφέροντα!Ένα σχολείο, μια ειδική κατηγορία από μόνος του!Ήταν να γίνει το «κλικ», η κατάλληλη «χημεία» για να συγχρονιστούν δύο άνθρωποι, να δώσει το πράσινο φως και το ΟΚ ο μεγάλος στον μικρό και να γίνουν όμορφα και δημιουργικά πράγματα!
Κύριε Ματθαίου, κύριε Δημήτρη, με τιμάτε εμπράκτως και είμαι ιδιαίτερα χαρούμενος και τυχερός για την αμοιβαία αυτή συμπάθεια, εκτίμηση, σεβασμό και θαυμασμό που χτίστηκαν και κατακτήθηκαν όλα από το μηδέν -και από ότι φαίνεται υπάρχει διάρκεια και σταθερότητα σε όλο αυτό!Τα ωραία απρόσμενα της ζωής!Σας ευχαριστώ, επιπλέον, πολύ που με επιλέξατε για συνεργάτη και φίλο σας, κατόπιν της μεγάλης μου επιθυμίας να είστε μέντοράς μου και φίλος μου!Να είστε πάντα καλά!Σίγουρα αν είχαν και άλλοι την δική σας στόφα, ποιότητα, ευγένεια, προθυμία, γενναιοδωρία και ανθρωπιά θα ήταν ένας καλύτερος κόσμος!
Τα καλύτερα έπονται!Πεδίο δόξης λαμπρό!»

George Mario Chairetakis
Consultant in Deloitte | 
Account Executive in


«It takes only minutes to be captured by Capt. Mattheou’s kind and classy figure combined with his imposing, classy and at the same time simple personality. His solid ideas and proven opinions are always expressed with exemplary politeness and calmness. In all aspects, his soul generosity can be astonishing. Capt. Mattheou undoubtedly serves as a multi role model and “father figure”: he makes you believe you can be excellent and try your best to get better and better. Having had the chance to meet, collaborate with and get to know Capt. Mattheou is undoubtedly a life changing event.»

Dr. Ioannis Arabatzis
Managing Director & Founder of NanoPhos SA

«It is my honour to write a reference for Captain Mattheou. I have known Dimitrios for about 10 years. He is a man who has ascended to the top of the international hierarchy as he holds leading positions in global shipping organizations and foundations. He is a well known and respectable personality with a wide network throughout the world. Dimitrios is a consummate professional who maintains the highest quality standards and pursues excellence in all he does. He is a fiercely proud man, with an authentic personality and full of warm feelings. And above all, a truthful and trustful friend.»

Glenn C. Gronseth
Shipping Executive Manager | Business Development | Global Marketing Projects, Greater New York City Area

«Captain Dimitris Mattheou is our ‘Green’ Governor at Propeller Club of Piraeus. He is a unique personality and above all a real friend; a charismatic man and a truly generous person towards his friends and associates. Dimitris is a man born to offer, always willing to help and constantly being available to collaborate, aiming to perfection and excellent team performance! Dimitris Mattheou is the Green Shipping President.»


Georgios Xiradakis
Owner & Managing Director in XRTC Business Consultants | President of the Board of Governors of the International Propeller Club of the United States- International Port of Piraeus

«Δεν μπορώ να σας περιγράψω την χαρά μου για τον ενθουσιασμό που διέκρινα στα μέλη της ΑHEPA στην Ελλάδα. Εχουν πάθος και βαθειά ανάγκη να υπηρετήσουν τον σκοπό της Οργάνωσης. Οσο για τους ηγέτες θα σας πω ο κ. Δημήτρης Ματθαίου από τον χώρο της Ναυτιλίας, ο οποίος βραβεύτηκε στην Ελλάδα «AHEPAN OF THE YEAR» για την προεδρία του στην «AHEPA Maritime Chapter St’ Nicholas», είναι χαρισματικός ηγέτης, για τον οποίο ό,τι και να πω, με όποια δόξα και να τον στεφανώσω, δεν είναι αρκετό, για να περιγράψω το έργο του. Ανήκει στην κατηγορία των ανθρώπων που ξέρουν να τιμούν την κληρονομιά που πήραν από τους προγόνους, τους γονείς, τους παππούδες και τις γιαγιάδες τους και ξέρουν να την προστατεύουν και να ανοίγουν καινούργια ασφαλή μονοπάτια για να μεταφερθεί ακέραιη στις επόμενες γενιές.»

Jimmy Kokotas
Supreme President of AHEPA