Strong Background — Safe Future

ERMA FIRST S.A. was established in 2009 by a team of specialists with strong background and expertise in waste and water treatment technology in Marine applications. Driven by the Maritime needs and legislation, and monitoring the Environmental Protection challenges, the company started designing and manufacturing ballast water treatment systems. Being successfully tested in the most prominent test facilities, the ERMA FIRST systems are certified and have been awarded for technological achievement many times through the years. ERMA FIRST holds a strong position in the global competition in ballast water treatment. In a very short period of time, the company has numerous projects in shipyards in China, Korea, Japan as well as other areas.

Taking into consideration the gained experience in the past five years from the systems we have produced, delivered and put into operation, the continuous R&D, the demands and developments of the market and technology, we have designed our systems to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Low energy consumption
  • Low pressure drop
  • Small footprint
  • Operation in fresh water

Mission, vision & values


Innovative Solutions

ERMA FIRST aims to improve performance by being determined to deliver innovative, original and turn-key ideas / solutions for ballast water treatment


Quality Engineering

ERMA FIRST holds a leading market position by delivering world-class engineering technologies establishing international corporate alliances and preserving exceptional quality and ethical standards as the firm’s backbone of sustainable development


Global Presence

ERMA FIRST has established a thorough international agents’ and service stations network, ensuring its presence in all vital global areas

our team

Konstantinos Stampedakis

Managing Director & Director of Research,
Development and Engineering Dpt.

Dr. Efi Tsolaki

Chief Scientific Officer at
Research & Development Dpt.

Dr. Dimitris Koutsaftis

Chemical Engineer at
Research & Development Dpt.

Eleni Polychronopoulou

Business Development Manager

Leif Erik Caspersen

Director International Sales

Christos Koukis

Regional Sales Manager (Asia)

Nikolaos Drimalas

International Sales Manager

John Korovessis

International Sales Manager

Christos Tsitselis

Sales Manager

Nikos Kyritsis

Technical Product Manager

Lilian Tsouktstou

Mechanical Engineer

Stathis Kardaris

Marine Engineer
Design and Plan Approval Engineer

Katerina Sotiropoulou

Design Engineer

Panagiotis Kourkoulis

Technical Service Manager

Ioannis Aggelopoulos

Naval Architect
Project Manager and Engineer

Stratos Papamichalis

Project Manager

Nino Drosou

Executive Assistant Systems Sales Dpt.

Vasso Fidopiasti

Purchasing manager

Nikos Mitropoulos

Quality Assurance Dpt.

Nikos Chrysanthopoulos

Officer of Grants, Programs & Investments

Awards & distinctions

Technical Achievement Award Lloyd’s List 2013


ERMA FIRST was honored with the Technical Achievement Award from Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2013. This distinction was a milestone at ERMA FIRST’s rising course.The prize was a prominent recognition for a technological achievement that was never before performed in maritime industry! The hydrocyclonic method that ERMA FIRST Ballast Water Treatment Systems use is a unique method. No other ballast water treatment system uses similar technology for extreme sediment removal and effective disinfection of ballast water. ERMA FIRST’s engineers have developed a unique device for treating seawater, gaining the respect and admiration of the Maritime Community.

Made in Greece 2013

ERMA FIRST was awarded with the Technological Excellency Praise on a glamorous ceremony that was organized for the first time by the Greek Academy of Marketing at Hilton Hotel on 25th November 2013. The judging panel rewarded the ERMA FIRST ballast water treatment system with an honorable distinction for its innovative and pioneer technology and also for its contribution to Greece and the Greek society during these difficult times of financial turbulence and instability. The Made in Greeece Awards rewarded major companies of the Greek Industry which thrive in and out of the Greek borders. This praise is notable and prestigious for ERMA FIRST and its team, not only for the honorary distinction but also for the recognition earned by an organization which carefully evaluated major corporations from Greece for their industrial achievements.

Technology Award GREEN4SEA 2016


ERMA FIRST was selected for the Technology Award at the 2016 GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards for its significant technological achievement in the industry. The conference was a pro bono event that was held on the 6th of April 2016, in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting 950 delegates from 20 countries representing a total of 400 organizations. Six panels of 25 global experts focused on green shipping issues and latest developments regarding the Ballast Water Management, Energy Efficiency, MRV Regulation for the shipping emissions. ERMA FIRST offers a new generation Ballast Water Treatment System, the ‘ERMA FIRST FIT’ which uses a 40 microns automatic backwashing screen filter with a significant small footprint and modular design.  After the initial nomination, ERMA FIRST attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which was held online during a two-month period. The inaugural presentation of the GREEN4SEA Awards took place at the closing of the 2016 GREEN4SEA forum within the scope of awarding industry’s green outstanding practices for Initiative, Excellence and Technology. Other winners of the 2016 GREEN4SEA Awards were: Capital Shipmanagement Corp for the Excellence Award and Green Award Foundation which received the Initiative Award.