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CASE STORIES section is dedicated to both maritime professionals and practice-oriented scholars for presenting case stories that draw readers’ attention to real world challenges and thought provoking situations and ideas. What is a case story? Without overly-specifying the content or the format, a good case story usually:

·         addresses a relevant topic that arouses the readers’ interest,

·         is about an actual event or situation that has recently happened,

·         includes real characters, quotations, dilemmas, and decisions, and

·         can be generalized to most organizations or individuals, helping to learn from others experiences.


For submitting articles to CASE STORIES, Please refer to SUBMISSIONS page.





Paul S. Szwed, Section Editor


Dr. Paul S. Szwed is a tenured Professor of International Maritime Business at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (USA). He has taught maritime business and management since 2003 and specializes in the area of risk analysis and expert judgment. Retiring at the rank of Captain, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 26 years as ship inspector, operations manager, regulatory specialist, risk analyst, and shipboard engineer. Dr. Szwed holds D.Sc. in Engineering Management from George Washington University, M.Eng. in Naval Architecture and M.S. in Operations Research from University of California at Berkeley, M.S. in Environmental Management from University of San Francisco, and B.S. in Ocean Engineering from U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is active in many professional societies and is currently serving as the President of the Eastern Academy of Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional® and is a Senior Fellow of the Department of Homeland Security.


Ergun Gunes, Section Associate Editor


Ergun Gunes is a Chartered Shipbroker working for Essex Shipping Services Ltd., and a PhD candidate at N.Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy. He graduated from the Technical University of Varna, Faculty of Marine Science. Following the graduation, he was admitted to the same Faculty as a master’s student. He started his professional life in a ship owning company and became a chartering and commercial manager. Simultaneously he completed courses in Tanker Chartering at The Cambridge Academy of Transport and a course for International Trade at the Central College of London. He also completed his Institute of Chartered Shipbroker’s exams, achieving his MICS and in 2010 has accredited as a Tutor. He became one of the founding members of the Turkish Shipbrokers Association in 2010. Ergun is planning to complete his PhD dissertation whilst fixing day-to-day at Essex Shipping Services Ltd. He lives in Brentwood, Essex, and is married with two children.


Marcella Croes, Section Associate Editor


Marcella Croes is a Maritime Scientist and attended the “Maritime Institute ‘de Ruyter’”, in Vlissingen from 1999 until 2004. After sailing as an apprentice for the Heavy Lift Company Dockwise, on board of the Dock Express 12 and the Mighty Servant 1. She then went to work for All Seas and worked on board the PLMV Solitaire, the world’s leading pipe laying vessel as a Dynamic Position Operator & Nautical Officer. In 2007 after the birth of her eldest son, she went back to college to receive her Bachelor in Maritime Operations. In 2011 she started lecturing the subjects International Law of the Sea, Environmental Care, Leadership, Ship Construction, Cargo Handling and Ship Stability. During that time Marcella went back to University to study at Master of Maritime Sciences at the University of Ghent and Antwerp. Besides working as a lecturer Marcella is the founder of ‘Croes Shipping Services’, a company that offers several shipping services.


Metin Ugur Aytekin, Section Associate Editor


Metin Ugur Aytekin is a lawyer at Ulgener LC/LO, where he deals with various types of commercial and maritime related disputes, advising some of the major shipowners, P&I clubs and trading companies. He graduated from Istanbul University in 2007, with bachelor degree in law. After graduation he lived in London for two years and attended flag state controls of the vessels. He attained his master’s degree with his thesis in competition law in 2010 and is currently working on his PhD dissertation in maritime law at Istanbul University. He was admitted to Istanbul Bar in 2008. He was the legal adviser to the Association of Turkish Shipbrokers between 2012 and 2014. He published several articles on maritime and data protection law in bulletins and journals. His research interests involve the financial aspects of shipping business, insurance, commercial arbitration, competition, information technologies and company law.







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