Capt. Dimitrios Lemonidis has a robust nautical background. Having graduated from the Merchant Naval Academy of Oinousses / Chios, he joined Livanos Brothers, rising to the rank of Chief Officer.
Looking to expand his horizons in the Maritime Industry, he moved to Hannover, Germany where he studied Marine Engineering. Soon after, he held a position at the University of Hannover as an Assistant Lecturer for the Institute for Ship Structures. He also completed two Master of Science degrees in the fields of Welding Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
Capt. Lemonidis joined Germanischer Lloyd (GL) in 1976, where he was employed for more that 25 years. During this time, he significantly contributed to the Classification Society’s operations and expansion.
Starting out as a Principal Surveyor and founder of the Greek exclusive Office in 1978, he was promoted to Senior Principal for the Eastern Mediterranean. In 1996, he became Division Manager of the Mediterranean – Black Sea, Middle East & Africa Areas, as well as a member of the executive board of the Society. He remains a member of DNV’s National Committee, as well as a member of Lloyd’s Register Technical Committee to this day.
Always looking to be on the forefront of diverse fields in the Shipping community, he moved back to Greece, where after many successful professional ventures, he eventually co-founded Ciel Shipmanagement S.A. in 2001.
In 2012, having solidified his significant experience in the area of ship management, he became a Founding Principal and Chairman of Element Shipmanagement S.A., where he remains to this day as non-executive Chairman.
Throughout his career, he has been awarded a multitude of titles and honorary positions. His work has been published in many shipping magazine articles. He attended and participated in various conferences and seminars as a guest speaker, covering technical, financial and managerial aspects relevant to shipping.
Finally, his contribution as chief coordinator in numerous shipbuilding projects worldwide for various contractors is worth noting.