After working really hard for 10 months, we finally conducted successfully the international wreck diving conference on our island, the “100 years Kea shipwrecks”,
focusing on S/S Burdigala and S/S Britannic, concerning that 2016 was the centennial anniversary of both ships sinking.
The conference was co-organized by the Friends of Kea society, the Municipality of Kea and the Regional Authority of South Aegean.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the completion of this great event.
The president of Friends of Kea society Mr. Byron Riginos, Mr. Christos Diplas, Mr. Stefanos Psarakis and all the members of the board.
The Mayor of Kea Mr Yannis Evangelou
The General Secretary of the Regional Authority of South Aegean Mr George Hadjimarkos
The Director of the Ephorate of Underwater antiquities of the Greek Ministry of Culture Mrs. Angeliki Simosi
The archeologists from the Ephorate of Underwater antiquities Mrs. Ekaterini Tagonidou and Mr. Thanos Stergiou
The Hellenic Coast Guard and the personell of Kea Coast Guard agency
Our main sponsors : Mr Thanasis Martinos, Mr George Prokopiou, the Greek National Tourism Organization
Our media sponsors: Kathimerini and Skai TV, and especially Mr. Yannis Kondelis, Mr. Alexis Papachelas, Mr. Yannis Spanolios, Mr. Themis Alafouzos and Mrs Dora Pakas.
Our supporters: Aegis Suites, Minoan Lines, Lora Distributions, To Spiti sti Chora, Porto Kea Suites
Mr. Savas Karakas and Mr. Seltzuk Kolai from Istanbul, representatives of IZTV
The hard working members and volunteers of Friends of Kea Society
All the greek and international media that covered the event
The speakers of the conference: Leigh Bishop, Richie Kohler, Mark Chirnside, Dimitris Galon, Angeliki Simosi, Derk Remmers, Dimitri Tomashov, Simon Mills, George Papatheodorou, Maria Salomidi
My fellow diving team –mates: George Vandoros as team leader, Leigh Bishop, Derk Remmers, Dimitri Galon, Maurizio Grbac, Nikos Vardakas, Antonis Krents, Vasilis Anagnostopoulos, Yannis Kondelis
The diving support team: Alexandros Agapakis, Markos Garas
Our technical diving team completed successfully the mission of attaching three memorial plates on the wrecks:
One plate at S/S Burdigala, for the 100 years since sinking. Divers: Leigh Bishop, Derk Remmers, Dimitri Galon, Maurizio Grbac, Nikos Vardakas, Antonis Krents, Vasilis Anagnostopoulos, Yannis Kondelis, Yannis Tzavelakos
One plate at HMHS Britannic for the 100 years since sinking. Divers: George Vandoros, Derk Remmers, Dimitri Galon, Nikos Vardakas, Maurizio Grbac
One plate on the memory of Carl Spencer, a great person and a great diver, who accidentally lost his life diving the Britannic in 2009, during a National Geographic expedition
It was a great honor and a great experience for me, to be a member of the organizing committee and the dive team of this unique event.
Thank you all, once more
Our magnificent dive team that dove the wrecks of S/S Burdigala and HMHS Britannic, during the 100 years Kea shipwrecks conference, September 2016, on Kea
From left to right: Leigh Bishop, Yannis Tzavelakos, Antonis Krents, Dimitris Galon, Nikos Vardakas, Yannis Kondellis, Derk Remmers, Elena Akritopoulou (safety diver), Maurizio Grbac, Vasilis Anagnostopoulos, George Vandoros