The Greek company, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A., enjoys one of the leading positions in the international cargo shipping industry. The company manages almost one hundred vessels, including container ships, bulk carriers and tankers. At the International Forum, “Seafarers’ Education, Training and Employment”, recently held in Odessa, TCM’s exhibition stand never failed to attract crowds of people. Cadets from maritime schools and colleges were interested in practical training possibilities, current seafarers asked about job prospects, and colleagues from other shipping companies discussed new aspects of international conventions. Capt. Georgios Vlachos, HR-Training Director of Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A., told The Professional Seafarer newspaper his ideas about Ukraine’s future as a maritime state and the reason why foreign employers are very interested in Ukrainian seafarers.