The commitment and the activity of Interservices S.A. places a particular emphasis upon quality and professionalism, experience and expertise of the company’s staff members and external consultants, who are comprised of lawyers, master mariners, marine engineers, naval architects, food experts, chemists, biochemists, metallurgists, agronomists, art and antique experts, international trade specialists, physicians.
Each staff member of Interservices S.A. are granted one or more academic degrees and certificates of proficiency, with appropriate practical experience.
The selection of the staff members is being made on a few criteria, of which the basic education, native capabilities, academic background, loyalty, fluency in English and other foreign languages and self-motivating capacity prevail.
Key staff members’ competencies and loyalty are the heart and soul of Interservices S.A.’s business.
Luciana Mancas is chairman of the board and CEO of Interservices S.A. and also acts currently as the chairman of The Romanian Association of Maritime Consultants and Average Agents. Luciana is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in international economic relations of the Academy of Economic Science and a Magna Cum Laude postgraduate Master of Science in Maritime Law, with a well established and internationally recognized activity and expertise in the industry.
Luciana Mancas initiated and developed new lines of business and apart from her managerial top position in the company she handles directly several sensitive cases and personal injury, sickness and death claims. Luciana represented Interservices S.A. at the international conferences of P&I Correspondents , Lloyd’s Agents and VHT.
Luciana Mancas is a strong leader and the driving force of Interservices S.A. to better services and better standing.
Gabriel Mancas is a lawyer with a wide experience in shipping and international trade litigations. While actively pleading in courts and arbitration, before incorporation of Interservices S.A. in 1990, he never lost a case. Gabriel is involved in writing on shipping and trade law and drafting of various legislation. He also gave lectures of marine law in various academic institutions and conducted graduation of students of the Merchant Marine Institute of Constantza in the ’80s. He was also actively involved in drafting of the legislation as to the activity and restructuring of the Romanian ports and establishment of Foreign Trade Office in Constantza Port in the ’80s. In the ’90s he acted for and provided consultancy to Hanover Trust/Chase Manhattan Bank, ICI, Hoechst, Monsanto, Royal Dutch Shell. Gabriel drafted the rules for application of CLC 1992 Convention in Romania, a legislation that specifically admits Clubs’ letters of undertaking as a sufficient security instead of shipowners and Clubs having to cash secure the claims. Gabriel Mancas was also a member of the law experts team working for the Romanian Ministry of Justice to draft the new Romanian commercial code.
Interservices S.A. is quite proud that the Clubs’ members, whether defendants or plaintiffs, won all cases handled in the Romanian courts through its lawyers under the close supervision of Gabriel Mancas. Gabriel Mancas is also a member of the arbitrators panel of the Romanian Association of Underwriters and accepted the burden of arbitration in several cases.
Vlad Mancas is a member of the Romanian Bar Association and the principal of Vlad Mancas Law Office. Vlad is specialized in private international law and EU legislation. His office ran successfully various cases involving matters of private international law, disputes as to the jurisdiction, injury and death claims, cargo claims and insurance claims. Vlad’s legal services and expertise enhanced and strengthened considerably the competencies of Interservices S.A.
Catalina Mancas is a commercial lawyer member of the Romanian Bar Association. Before joining Interservices S.A. in 2015, Catalina worked for almost nine years in the largest Romanian trade law firm. She is strengthening the legal side of Interservices S.A.’s business. Catalina and Vlad are also actively involved and have been successful in changing the “status quo” as regards local courts’ practice on various matters of interest to vessels’ Owners and Clubs.
Manuela Dumitru is a graduated economist, a very devoted senior member of Interservices S.A., which she joined in 1992. Manuela attended several cases and dealt with various claims, incidents, transport and insurance frauds. She is a very skilled claims assessor. Manuela is a certified internal auditor for ISO 9001 Quality Management System and her area of responsibility includes quality assurance services, coordination and monitoring compliance of services with the standards and corporate procedures of Interservices S.A. Manuela is also responsible and manages gathering ships movements and reporting on the casualties.
Gabriel Ciutu is a marine engineer and nautical officer, graduated at Nautical Institute “Mircea cel Batrin” Constantza. He worked, prior to joining Interservices S.A. in 1993, for Astra S.A., a Romanian Insurance Company, Ministry of Transport, Administration of Danube-Bucharest Canal, Salvage Group Constantza and Waterways Department of Constantza Port Administration. Gabriel Ciutu is a senior staff member with a remarkable surveying skill and excellent annual professional appraisals. Gabriel Ciutu withstood successfully tough surveying tasks in most difficult circumstances. He is a lead surveyor of Interservices S.A. and a native leader.
Spiridon Timofte, an ex master mariner, is a senior staff surveyor and director of Interservices S.A. Constantza Branch office. He joined Interservices S.A. in 1995, after 14 years served at sea. Spiridon attended all type merchant vessels and surveyed a wide variety of cargoes and cargo damage. He handled at Interservices S.A. several large casualties involving navigation matters, damage to cargo and vessels, stranding and sinking, dock damage, wreck removal, vessels condition surveys, and chemical contaminations cases on seagoing vessels. Captain Timofte is a very enthusiastic senior member of Interservices S.A., with a strong appetite for innovation and new techniques, and an excellent trainer of younger members of the staff.
Gabriel Tudorache is a naval architect and marine engineer. He worked, prior to joining Interservices S.A. in 2000, for Romline S.A., a Romanian shipping company, being responsible for ships’ repairs. Gabriel attended various hull and cargo claims, both in Romanian ports and abroad. His wide claims handling and surveying expertise includes grounding, collision damage, oil spill, damage to FFO, heavy weather damage, project and heavy lift cargoes, vessels’ condition survey, hull and machinery damage, cargo damage. Gabriel Tudorache is also a court expert approved by the Romanian Ministry of Justice.
Laurentiu Badila is a graduate marine engineer and Master of Science in advanced marine engineering. He worked, before joining Interservices S.A. in 2004, in Constantza shipyard as a design engineer, on board FPSO Zaphiro in the oilfield area of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and then for a surveying company at Constantza. Laurentiu is very creative and has wide computer skills. Laurentiu is actively involved in the surveying activity of Interservices S.A. and in reviewing of packaging, cargo handling and securing techniques and also in reviewing and improvement of the quantitative assessment methods, in which he has a key advisory role.
Devy Buescu has successfully joined in 2017 the company’s Galatz office after undergoing an interviewing and training programme which lasted well over one year while competing with other candidates. Devy read naval architecture having graduated at the top of his class at Lower Danube University – Galatz, Romania. After joining, his first assignments commenced abruptly and he performed admirably. Devy’s fast paced professional evolution, devotement to Principals and the P&I business prompted his promotion to becoming a director of the company’s Galatz office.
Mihai Balis is the newest member of our Galatz office which he joined in 2019 from having previously been employed by the local branch of an international shipyard. Mihai graduated in the top tier of his class at Lower Danube University – Galatz, Romania where he studied naval architecture and holds a master degree. During the interviewing sessions Mihai impressed with the abundance of technical knowledge which he holds and his ability in taking a practical, hands on approach to an assignment.
Corina Popescu is the new manager of the company’s accounts office which she joined in 2018 after undergoing a 6 months training and induction session with our former head of accounts who retired after 30 years with the company. Corina is responsible for the whole accountancy and tax work at Interservices S.A. and she takes particular care for cost effective operations.
Ioana Minculescu joined the company in 2012, soon after obtaining a postgraduate master degree in English Business Communication at the Academy of Economic Science at Bucharest. Ioana is also a sworn translator for English and French languages, authorized by the Romanian Ministry of Justice and her initial responsibilities included office translations of shipping and legal documents issued by third parties, PR communication and administrative work. Her very keen interest in a wide variety of cases and the knowledge gained by being actively involved in the day to day business led Ioana to becoming an apt claims executive. Ioana is the first staff member to successfully pass module 1 of P&I Qualification test and is a candidate for ensuing modules.
Adriana Malinescu joined Interservices S.A. in 2003 after previously working for an accountancy company. Adriana is the office manager and her responsibilities also include gathering data and reporting the vessels’ movements along with a wide spectrum of front desk, secretarial and archive work.
Gheorghe (Gigi) Lupescu is a senior member of Interservices S.A.’s support staff. He worked for a shipping company and for a media group prior to joining Interservices S.A. in 2002. Gigi has a very good communication skill. His main responsibility is to keep liaison with vessels’ crew members who are provided Interservices S.A.’s assistance locally while on medical leave in Romania, at the shipowners’ request.