Maritime Tradition

“AEGEANDOCS” Pre-Festival Events

The “Maria Tsakos” Foundation hosted in its Chios premises, a pre-festival promotion of documentaries of historical and social interest. This annual Festival is funded by the Prefecture of North Aegean and co-organized by the University of the Aegean.

As the name indicates, each year, the Festival is being held on an island on the North Aegean, where awarded documentary directors are hosted. The Artistic Director of the related events is Mr. Kostas Spyropoulos.

This year, the Festival was launched with a documentary on “PATRIS, the wreckage”, dedicated to greek seamanship. This documentary on the most unique steamboat wreckage discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, was filmed in cooperation with the Museum of Industrial History of Syros Island.

“Guided Tours-References to Maritime Institutions & Traditional Maritime places”

The “Maria Tsakos” Foundation organized a programme on “Promotion of Maritime Tradition and the Trading Routes in the Northern Aegean”. This initiative included printing of maps of Chios island (in Greek and English), characterized by the information on the traditional shipping areas of the island, and free guided tours visiting the Foundation’s premises, the Nautical Museum of Chios, and the traditional maritime places of Vrontados, Lagkada, Oinousses and Kardamyla.

This activity falls under the Foundation-initiated and EU-funded programme “Sea of Culture”, implemented by the Prefecture of North Aegean.


Shortwave Radio Station presentation – 21-22 June 2014

On Saturday 21th and Sunday 22th June 2014, the Chios Amateur Radio Club organized a special 2-day event at the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation premises. A ham shortwave radio station was installed sending out signals to all over the world on the frequency SZ8XIO. Also presenting the well-preserved ship radio station of the Foundation, they set up an exhibition with naval and military communication material so that the audience learns more about the past ways of communication.

THE LIBERTY CONGRESS: “Enhancing Cooperation and sharing Responsibility”

The Congress was held onboard the ss “HELLAS LIBERTY” in Piraeus on Thursday June 20th. The Chairman of the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation gave the keynote address. Captain P. Tsakos gave remarks




Seminar “Marine Environment, Maritime Museums and Education” – 20-21 April 2013

On April 20-21, 2013 the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation hosted a two-day seminar in its Auditorium entitled “Marine Environment, Maritime Museums and Education”. The Seminar was organized by the Directorate of Primary Education of Chios. Its aim was to provoke the students’ interest on matters concerning marine environment and maritime tradition and the role of maritime museums.

Radio Station

radio station

radio station

Within the context of sustaining maritime tradition and at the Foundations special request a 1950s original Ship Radio Station was identified & donated to the Foundation, by the Ministry of Mercantile Marine. The Foundation undertook to completely reconstruct it and the Ship Radio Station was positioned in the Foundation premises as an educational exhibit.


During the months of July and August 2012, a series of book presentations were hosted, books relating to the promotion and recording of cultural inheritance and maritime tradition :

      – “In the Archipelagos paradise” ;

      – “Redemptive routes” by Stelios Karavolos ;

      – “The six first days of August” by Nikos Latousakis;

      – “Rozanna” and “Logothima” by Meli Tsakou.


From 17th to 25th August 2012, S/Y “Mania” served as the race committee vessel in the Aegean Regatta 2012.  A group of five students who excelled in the National Exams were on board during the races as a token reward of their success.

Every year, the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation sponsors the “Maria Tsakos” Cup to one of the winners.



On July 25, 2012, the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation hosted in its premises the inauguration of the seafarers’ art exhibition.  Present were Captain Panagiotis Tsakos and Mrs Marina  Lampraki – Plaka, the Director of the National Gallery. The exhibition was embraced by the island’s maritime community, evidenced by the numerous visitors.

Seafarers Life Quality Research

Professor of Social Anthropology, Mr. G. Tsimouris conducted on board one of T.E.N. company’s tanker PROPONTIS an initial anthropological research analyzing seafarers’ elements of life on board vessels during the period 11/04/2012 – 25/05/2012.

After his repatriation Prof. Tsimouris presented his first research findings. This research is part of a larger research to be conducted in order to focus on areas of improvements of quality of life on board vessels, and is supported by the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation.