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Old October 29th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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Greece largest owner ship country worldwide

Greece is the largest ownership country in the world.
Greek shipping has a 3000 years old history.From the ancient years the "sea" was part of the greek mentality and living.
Shipping is arguably the oldest form of occupation of the Greeks. It is the largest contributor to the Greek economy and forms the backbone of world shipping. As of 2001, Greek run companies controlled about 20% of the world's fleet. Its key centers of operation are Pireaus, London and New York. Its fleet flies under a variety of flags, including flags of convenience. However, some Greek shipping is gradually returning to Greece following the changes to the legislative framework governing its operations and the improved infrastructure.
Greek ancient athenian ship at faliron bay

In the early twentieth century, well-established Greek-run international businesses turned their focus towards shipping as a result of major upheavals affecting their markets: the Russian revolution, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and restrictions in Egypt closed their markets to foreigners. The Greek grain merchants in London and Odessa (such as the Vaglianos Bros. and Rodocanachi family) lost access to their traditional grain suppliers and markets and, rather than close, they seized the chance to invest in merchant fleets of steamships, and specialized in tramp shipping.

More recently, Greek shipping has undergone a revival as a result of the emergence of Asian manufactiring businesses, particularly from India and China. Their development has dramatically increased the demand for sea-bourne transfer of products to and from these countries. This demand has been largely covered by Greek ships, and many new shipping magnates have been created as a result.


Nowrdays greek ownership has the 50% of EU ships and more than 18% of the world.
The largest greek ship companies are among the biggest and most deveoped of the world.

Euroseas Ltd.
Quintana
Tsakos Energy Navigation
Overseas Shipholding group- Stelmar Ltd
Diana Shipping Ltd
Dry Ships Ltd
Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd
Eletson corporation
Freeseas Ltd
Loucas G. Matsas
Marmaras Navigation Ltd
Minerva Marine
A.M. Nomikos
Omega Navigation Enterprises Inc.
Spanos Maritime
Stealth Gas Ltd
Target Marine S.A.
Thena Maris S.A.
Top Tankers
Trefin Tankers
Tsavliris Salvage Intrnational Ltd
Continental Maritime S.A
Historic names like Onassis and Niarchos were for years the most powerfull businessman in the world
As of 2001, Greek companies owned around 3,000 merchant vessels—more than any other country and about 18 percent of the world's fleet. The Greeks have been maritime traders for millennia, but the modern prominence of their shipping industry dates from the end of World War II. In the late 1940s, the United States government began to sell off surplus war ships under the Ship Sales Act. Savvy Greek maritime businessmen like Aristotle Onassis and (the elder) Stavros Niarchos purchased large tanker vessels and smaller ships at incredible bargains, sometimes through illegal means.

Greek shippers took advantage of an increase in the oil-tanker trade to amass large fortunes and increase the size of their fleets. The Greek shipping industry doubled in size in the 1960s; by the end of the decade, it was the biggest in the world. Onassis and Niarchos were the best-known Greek shipping magnates, with huge numbers of ships and tremendous personal fortunes. They were also fierce rivals who competed over women and the length of their yachts.







GREEK CONTROLLED SHIPPING
Date Ships DW GT
March 1988 2,487 85,047,436 47,269,018
March 1989 2,487 81,928,296 45,554,419
Febr 1990 2,426 84,439,159 46,580,539
March 1991 2,454 87,102,785 47,906,852
March 1992 2,688 98,218,176 53,891,528
March 1993 2,749 103,958,104 56,918,268
March 1994 3,019 120,650,373 66,342,046
March 1995 3,142 126,128,352 71,666,943
March 1996 3,246 129,737,336 75,156,763
March 1997 3,204 127,782,567 74,982,110
Febr 1998 3,358 133,646,831 78,900,843
March 1999 3,424 139,255,184 83,454,890
March 2000 3,584 150,966,324 90,227,491
March 2001 3,618 168,434,370 100,220,348
March 2002 3,480 164,613,935 98,195,100
May 2003 3,355 171,593,487 103,807,860
March 2004 3,379 180,140,898 108,929,135
March 2005 3,338 182,540,868 109,377,819
March 2006 3,397 190,058,534 113,603,803
Febr 2007 3,699 218,229,552 129,765,470




Right now there are more than 100 ships orders cost 5 bilion euros on the Chinese yards,China and Greece have start a strong relationship on shipping and at 2008 Cosco is going to deal for the management of the largest port of Greece,the port of Pireas


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I didnt even knew this, i thought greeks were laid back people that mostly worked tourism or work that was related to tourism (like restaurants ect.). I guess we dutchies need to get of our asses and get our share of the pie again like in the old days!
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Posidonia: The International Shipping Exhibition in Greece

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The largest commercial event in the shipping calendar, at the heart of shipping

Your welcome to the heart of Greek Shipping ...

Every two years the Greek shipowners welcome the international shipping community to Posidonia and extend their celebrated hospitality that makes participation a real pleasure. But exhibitors should be ready for serious discussions with corporate, technical and operations management taking a keen interest in their products and services. Posidonia is renowned not only for the networking opportunities and contacts made on the busy exhibition stands, but importantly for the number and value of deals concluded during the show.

Posidonia is meeting the growing demand for exhibition space with the flexible and efficient facilities of the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre. For 2008 this will accommodate up to 27,500 sqm of exhibition space on one level, with easy access and no weight limitations on equipment and machinery exhibits. It will provide spacious car parking, a business centre, a seminar room and easy access to the international airport and to Piraeus and Athens city centres.


Nearly 300 Greek and international journalists were registered for the event representing the full spectrum of the world’s shipping specialist media as well as major global news agencies including Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Newswires.

In nearly 40 years Posidonia has grown to become the major maritime industry event. In 2006 over 16,000 buyers from 81 maritime nations, more than are represented at any other maritime event, visited over 1,600 exhibitors. In 2008 exhibitors will again benefit from Posidonia's unrivalled global reach. As major national exhibitors put it:

‘Posidonia is the place to be for the companies that want to create new business leads. For us it’s very important as we want to improve communication and relationships with Greek shipowners, their management and other industry stakeholders.’

‘Participation at Posidonia is an opportunity to raise the company's profile not only with our Greek friends, but also with the largest gathering of shipowners and senior executives from all over the world.

‘It’s always great to be at Posidonia, the most prestigious place if you are in the shipping world. Greece is an important market for us and we also use our participation here to grow our brand awareness internationally.’

‘In five days companies can meet hundreds of prospective clients and partners’

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Many islands+favorable taxes and a great location for incomming Asian freighters = success

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I didnt even knew this, i thought greeks were laid back people that mostly worked tourism or work that was related to tourism (like restaurants ect.). I guess we dutchies need to get of our asses and get our share of the pie again like in the old days!
Actually shipping gives to greek economy much huger incomes than tourism....
greek shipping represents the 50% of EU and is the biggest in the world...if we count the greek ship ownerships with international flags are by far the biggest in the world...
I didnt mention this just to suprice or give a sense of proud and show...actually i post this thread just to notice that what the most of people believe ,is not true.....that tourism is actually the most important part of greek economy...is the second and by far,,,
the moments im writing this words...greek ship owners have order more than 20 billion eurosnew ships in the chinese and korean shipyards...and are the biggest orders worldwide...
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It's all about tax.
Its has nothing to do with tax....
"I guess we dutchies need to get of our asses and get our share of the pie again like in the old days!"

You know maybe there is the Earth planet and the Netherlands...i cant understand this share of a pie....if everybody was thinking about the old days other nations deserve more....especially for their cultural heritage to the world....


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Hyundai, Daewoo win orders for 24 ships in Greece


SEOUL, June 5 (Reuters) - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd (009540.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Co Ltd (042660.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday they had won orders to build 24 ships at an international shipping exhibition in Greece.

Hyundai, the world's largest shipbuilder, said it had secured a combined $2.4 billion worth of orders from European companies.

Orders consist of sixteen oil tankers and six VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers) including a $824.3 million order to build nine tankers Hyundai reported on Tuesday, a company spokesman said.

But he declined to identify the companies that had placed those orders.

Hyundai's smaller rival, Daewoo, said it had secured an order to build two drill ships worth $310 million won at the event on June 2.

Daewoo said that the world's third-largest shipbuilder would deliver the vessels to a European company by March 2012.

"Posidonia 2008", the 21st biennial International Shipping Exhibition, hosts ship builders and ship buyers from dozens of countries such as South Korea and ends on Friday. (Reporting by Park Ju-min; Editing by Ken Wills
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Posidonia, the World's Premier Shipping Exhibition in Piraeus, Greece has ended with a bang,. Here are the top stories from the website. Some good reading!!

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Greece eager to lure London’s Hellenic Shipping Community

230 Ship Building & repair specialists amongst Posidonia’s record 1,700 exhibitors as global maritime community lines up for biggest industry show in history


As the eyes of the global maritime community turn to Athens and Piraeus for Posidonia 2008, Greece is eagerly anticipating the benefits from the potential repatriation of a significant number of London-based Greek shipowners following the British government’s recent tax reforms announcement.

And while Greece rejoices at the arrival of more than 1,700 exhibitors and 16,000 visitors who have converged to Posidonia 2008 for what has been dubbed as the biggest and most international shipping exhibition ever, industry analysts say that the windfall from the possible return to Piraeus of some of the 100 London-headquartered shipowners is going to help existing plans designed to establish the country’s biggest port as a major global shipping centre.

Addressing an international VIP audience during the official opening ceremony of Posidonia’s 21st edition today (June 2nd), Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis reiterated his government’s intentions to boost Piraeus’ potential as a global shipping centre. “This government has created a regulatory and legislative environment which encourages Greek shipowners to invest in their homeland. In 2006, shipping contributed Euro 14 billion to the Greek economy. Last year, the industry brought Euro 17 billion. Today, Piraeus is home to 1,300 shipping companies which employ more than 12,000 professionals. Additionally, a total of 250,000 people work in the city in vertical sectors which support the shipping industry.”

Already, a number of Greek shipowners have or are in the process of setting up their operations to Piraeus as a result of the British government’s decision to introduce tax on UK-based companies’ income gained abroad. According to the British Chamber of Shipping, London’s Greek shipowning families employ thousands of medium and high ranking executives.

Greek shipping controls 8.7 per cent of the world’s fleet with 4,173 vessels and a 261 million deadweight tons (dwt) capacity, equivalent to 16.4 percent of the global shipping industry. Last year, Greek shipping contributed US$ 17 billion to the country’s economy accounting for seven percent of its GDP.

“Greek shipping is the lighthouse of the global maritime industry and Posidonia is the compass with its needle permanently pointing to Greece inviting the world’s shipping community to the biggest seafaring nation,” said Themistocles Vokos, Chairman, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A., the organiser of the event. “The show has grown exponentially since its inception four decades ago and today we are proud of its success and global appeal as the world’s biggest and most international shipping trade exhibition.”

A total of 1,710 exhibitors from a record 82 countries and territories are participating at this year’s show which unfolds over an expansive area of 28,100 square metres at the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre (HEC). Every sector of the shipping industry is present, from anchor manufacturers to marine lubricant suppliers. As the home maritime event of the Greek shipowning community, Posidonia 2008 has fittingly attracted approximately 230 shipbuilding and ship repair specialists – 13 per cent of the event’s total exhibitor number.

Posidonia 2008 is sponsored by the Ministry of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy, the Municipality of Piraeus, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, the Mediterranean Cargo Vessels Shipowners Union, the Association of Greek Coastal Shipping Companies and the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies.

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Greece and Cyprus strike two deals at Posidonia 2008

The world’s biggest shipping show opens for business in upbeat mood


Following yesterday’s ceremonial opening presided over by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and conducted by Minister of Mercantile Marine, The Aegean and Island Policy, George Voulgarakis, Posidonia 2008 moved swiftly into its ‘business as always’ mode today (June 3) with on and off the floor commercial and bilateral governmental deals.

An agreement believed to outline the framework for the resumption of a ferry link between Limassol and Piraeus was in the offing this morning with discussions between the Greek authorities and the President of Cyprus’ Port Authority, Chrisis Prentzas. A ferry link between the two Mediterranean ports was cancelled four years ago due to rising costs and low passenger demand but the two parties are thought to back a solution that will see the eventual operator receiving subsidies to help it maintain the route. Sources close to the deal have revealed that a Greek ferry operator has already expressed interest to deploy its fleet in the 900 nautical miles route.

The two countries may also be signing a memorandum of co-operation for port development, in a further sign of increased cooperation on the shipping front between the two major maritime nations.

Thousands of trade visitors received their badges this morning at the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre’s (HEC) registration desks this morning as Posidonia is once again welcoming the world’s maritime community to Greece for the event’s 21st edition. A total 16,000 visitors are expected to pass through the venue’s gates during the show’s four days and the mood between the 1,710 exhibitors is upbeat.

Posidonia has received endorsement from foreign government officials with Cyprus’ Minister of Transport & Works, Nikos Nicolaides said: “We hope that our participation at Posidonia will help us open new international investment prospects from foreign marine companies and shipowners. Posidonia is an important event for Cyprus’s economy as shipping accounts for 2 percent of our GDP.”

International and Greek exhibitors have been full of praise for Posidonia and most agree that the show has once again met their expectations.

Amer Ali, CEO, Dubai Maritime City, which has used its Posidonia debut for the international launch of its ambitious Maritime Centre in the United Arab Emirates, said: “We are thrilled to be participating in the biggest international shipping exhibition, particularly this year as the event has grown exponentially to become the world’s foremost shipping trade forum. The Greek Prime Minister’s visit to our stand yesterday was a great honour for us and also underlined the massive international interest for Dubai Maritime City.”

Another Middle East-based exhibitor, Gmmostech, believes that Posidonia is the place to be: “We are in the ship repair business and Posidonia is undoubtedly the right forum to showcase our expertise and projects portfolio. The quality of visitors is of the highest of calibers and the venue’s lay out is very well thought of,” said Neil Corbasson, New Business Development Director, Gmmos Group.

From the sizeable Greek contingent, Gabriel Dovles, President, Total Quality Consultants (TQC) said: “The size and breadth of the shipping industry is reflected in Posidonia. The exhibition is very well organised and the facilities have been able to meet the discerning demands of exhibitors and visitors alike.”

Efthymios Chaldeakis, Commercial Manager, Setel Hellas S.A. said: “Visitor numbers during the first day was very satisfactory. The organisation was once again superb and the service level is in par with the quality associated with Posidonia. We would like to see the exhibition returning to Piraeus soon.”

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Posidonia 2008 sees a sea of ‘green’ initiatives

Shipping steps up CO2 reduction drive as the world marks international environment day


With tomorrow’s World Environment Day high on the corporate social responsibility agenda of governments, companies and NGO’s from around the globe, ‘green’ business took centre stage at Posidonia 2008 today as the global maritime community is intensifying its efforts to further reduce its impact on sea and air pollution.

“While shipping’s CO2 footprint is a meagre 4.11 per cent of total emissions despite being accountable for a massive 90 per cent of the transportation of goods and raw materials worldwide, the industry continues to introduce innovative technologies and reinvent business practices in a joint effort to help protect the environment,” said Themistocles Vokos, Chairman, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A. the organiser of the world’s biggest and most international maritime event being held at the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre (HEC) from June 2 – 6. “We are extremely honoured to see the large number of Posidonia 2008 exhibitors showcasing their systems and technology designed to protect the environment.”

Classification societies, ship yards, software providers, marine lubricants suppliers, water treatment specialists and pollution control experts are just some of the sectors which have launched environmentally-friendly initiatives at this year’s Posidonia as the industry is now well aware of the increasing evidence of significant cost savings generated through the effective implementation of environmentally-friendly innovations.

According to Lloyd’s Register, a cargo ship over 8,000 dwt comparatively consumes eight times less fuel than a midsize truck, a proof point that shipping remains the most efficient, environmentally friendly, and often the only, means of moving freight.

“The next ten years will see further technological changes in energy conservation and emissions control. Large financial savings are possible if the available proven technologies can be brought into service,” said Nicholas Brown, Marine Communications Manager, Lloyd’s Register.

The UK-headquartered classification society used Posidonia 2008 as the launch pad for a shipping industry specific guide for the ISO 14001 environmental management standard to enable ship operators establish and implement effective environmental management systems. The pack provides a pragmatic management tool to measure, manage demonstrate and improve environmental performance.

And Germanischer Lloyd will present tomorrow (June 5th) its innovative CO2 Index for Shipping, a groundbreaking tool, which according to executive board member Hermann Klein “it is designed to put environmental protection into practice.”

Despite shipping’s relatively low contribution to greenhouse emissions, ships have become the single biggest source of Sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the European Union. According to Posidonia exhibitor BMT SeaTech Ltd, monitoring a vessel’s current performance trend over time is essential for the operator in order to improve fuel efficiency and consequently reduce emissions. At Posidonia 2008, BMT unveiled its SMART Power tool, a system that continuously records ship speed, fuel consumption, shaft power torque and engine RPM together with navigational and environmental parameters in order to present performance trends over time.

Posidonia also saw the launch of a new environmental charity for shipping, Greenwave, the brainchild of Greek ship manager Costas Apodiacos. Having only recently been granted UK charity status, the organisation commenced its research and development activities eighteen months ago. According to Greenwave, extensive wind tunnel tests in New Zealand and tank tests at the UK’s Solent University have demonstrated significant savings through the improvement of above-deck aerodynamics. By the end of the year Greenwave will launch its first solutions designed to reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions by 15 percent.

Today also saw the ceremony of the Green Award Certification which was given to Aegean Bulk for its Afovos dry bulk carrier. It is the first time a vessel of this type wins the accolade in the scheme’s 14 year history. The event was held at the Posidonia stand of Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

People in Greek shipping are becoming increasingly aware on environmental issues and are joining hands with the international maritime community in addressing the environmental challenges facing our planet. This year’s motto of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) campaign is ‘Let’s change habits…not the climate’ because improving our environmental conduct is essential for future generations,” said Constantinos Triantafillou, Information Manager, HELMEPA.
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Koreans announce deals as China and Japan meet Greek shipowners

Posidonia 2008 exhibitors in upbeat mood as show sees record trade visitors’ number


Asian shipbuilders have demonstrated their muscle in this year’s Posidonia shipping exhibition which today saw the traditional biennial group visit of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) headed by President Nicos Efthymiou. As a strong UGS delegation toured the show’s 525 stands and 21 national pavilions, new business activities on the exhibition floor reached fever pitch with Korea signing orders for 34 ships worth in excess of US$ 5 billion.

While the Koreans declined to reveal further details, China’s Shipbuilding Trading Co., Ltd (CSSC) through its Director of Administration Department, Mr Cao Minghua revealed that the company has held talks with one of Greece’s biggest shipowners, John Aggelikousis, who heads Kristen Navigation, Anangel Maritime and Maran Gas commanding a total portfolio of 60 vessels. No further details were made available.

Greek shipowners also showed a strong interest to meet with the Japanese delegation and they turned up in big numbers at Japan’s official Posidonia reception last night. Captain P.N. Tsakos was among the guests at the InterContinental hotel and high ranking officials from Samos Shipping Company, Goulandris Maritime Inc. and Themamaris were also sighted. “We are very eager to build stronger relations with the Greek shipowning community and tonight’s gathering is the ideal platform to promote Japan’s significant shipbuilding potential,” said Hiroyuki Noda, Acting Manager, Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI).

“Once again, Posidonia has lived up to its reputation as a business-clinching forum for the global maritime industry,” said Themistocles Vokos, Chairman, Posidonia Exhbitions S.A. the event’s organiser. “Shipping is a major driver of the global economy and Greece’s shipowning community is the captain of this industry. Posidonia is simply the common denominator linking suppliers to buyers and connecting the world’s seafaring nations in a biennial B2B forum.”

Posidonia 2008 is expected to set a new visitors record as more than 10,000 shipping professionals have already walked the exhibition’s floor in the first two days of the show which this year hosts 1,710 exhibitors and extends to 28,100 square metres at the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre (HEC). The exhibition closes tomorrow (Friday June 6th).
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IMO sole body to shape shipping environmental policy says UGS

Posidonia 2008 closes on a high note with new visitor number record


Greek shipowners have reinstated their intention to follow the directives of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on issues pertaining to environmental regulations and have emphasized their decision to work hard so that any new policy will be fully embraced by the global maritime community.

The IMO should be the sole body authorized to dictate environmental policies for the shipping industry which will be adhered by Greek shipowners, according to the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), who represent 17 per cent of the global marine sector.

Speaking at a press conference during the final day of Posidonia 2008, the world’s biggest shipping trade event held in Athens every two years, UGS President Nicos Efthymiou said that Greek shipowners would wholeheartedly support any IMO initiative designed to curb the industry’s CO2 footprint.

“THE CO2 footprint of shipping is by far smaller than any other sector in the transportation industry, yet we are determined to contribute anything we can in order to identify solutions capable to further help the environment for the future generations. We want solutions which will reduce our emissions, but solutions which will be universally accepted and implemented. We don’t want solutions that will force only certain countries or regions to adopt them because that would create unfair competition. We believe that only the IMO can introduce solutions that will be immediately applicable and won’t interfere with international trade norms,” said Efthymiou.

Efthymiou also said that the UGS is about to launch an educational campaign aimed at attracting young Greeks to seek employment opportunities in shipping. “There are not enough Greek officers to man the rapidly expanding Greek-owned fleet and this campaign is designed to highlight the benefits of our industry and way of life as a means to make it more appealing to the new generation. In the last 18 months, 127 vessels have joined our fleet but the number would have been higher, if we had a capable number of Greek officers to man them. Without Greek officers, we will lose our know-how, expertise and eventually our traditional love for the sea. Our friends from the Far East would stand to benefit from this development because their shipping industry is blossoming through continuous investments in education and training,” said Efthymiou.

Posidonia 2008 closes today (Friday June 6th), having seen a historic record of 17,000 visitors during the show’s first three days. The number was expected to exceed the 18,000 mark on the final day. According to Themistocles Vokos, Chairman, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A. the organiser of the event, Posidonia week has contributed around 55 million Euro to the local economies of Athens and Piraeus with the hospitality, catering and tourism sectors being the main beneficiaries of the windfall.

“We have already started receiving booking requests for the next event,” said Vokos who added that the Greek authorities have yet to work out a solution or a plan to develop an appropriate exhibition centre for the massive event, the biggest and most international of its kind worldwide. “We want to return to Piraeus but the city needs the necessary infrastructure in order to host such a premier exhibition. We hope that by the end of this year we will know where the 22nd edition of Posidonia will be held.”
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An interesting greek news site exclusively dedicated to shipping industry:

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Actually shipping gives to greek economy much huger incomes than tourism....

I didnt mention this just to suprice or give a sense of proud and show...actually i post this thread just to notice that what the most of people believe ,is not true.....that tourism is actually the most important part of greek economy...is the second and by far,,,
Then why the hell did you put this in your first post?

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Then why the hell did you put this in your first post?
I have edit it..
put your eyes back...and add infos regarding the thread...
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Argo - legendary Greek ship of Jason and the Argonauts, rebuilt and set sailing

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A ship modelled on the legendary Argo which carried Jason and the 50 Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece, sailed on Saturday from the central Greek city of Volos on a two-month journey to Venice in Italy.

Turkey's refusal to guarantee the 28.5-metre wooden ship safe passage through the Bosphorus Strait meant that the ship will not reach its ancient predecessor's destination of Colchis, in what is modern-day Georgia, at the eastern end of the Black Sea.

Its route, instead, will retrace part of the Argonauts' return trip.

According to a version of the legend, Jason and the Argonauts, while fleeing from King Aites of Colchis, from whom they had stolen the Golden Fleece, sailed from the Black Sea up the Danube river and then into the Sava and Ljubljanica rivers before continuing their trip on the Adriatic and Aegean seas.

Jason is considered the founder of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia: the city's coat of arms includes a dragon, which Jason allegedly slew.

The ship's crew comprises 50 oarsmen with another 22 on standby on a ship following the Argo, said Vangelis Constantinou, a spokesman for the project.

"We had to reschedule the trip over the last 10 days, following Turkey's refusal," Constantinou added.

The city of Volos had to arrange with 23 cities for the ship's overnight stay. The trip will comprise 37 legs and will cover some 2,000 nautical miles (3,700km).

The ship was built according to known designs for warships during the Mycenaean era. The Argonauts' trip is said to have taken place in the 14th century BC, almost 200 years before the Trojan war. The ship includes a ram, used to attack and sink enemy ships.

The trip is scheduled to end in Venice on August 11.

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ATHENS: Chinese president Hu Jintao began a three-day official visit to Greece headlined by the signature of key trade accords, including a deal putting Chinese container giant Cosco in charge of running cargo facilities at the main port of Piraeus.

Hu's Air China plane landed at Athens International Airport where he was welcomed by Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, whose conservative government has long wooed Chinese trade cooperation.

A small group of Chinese waving Greek and Chinese flags had also gathered on the tarmac. The two leaders left the airport without making statements.

But Karamanlis, who visited Beijing in 2006, told Chinese state news agency Xinhua in a recent interview that "strengthening ties with China is a major priority of the foreign policy of my government."

"Our aim is to make Greece the prime location in our region for inward Chinese investment," the Greek PM said.
Successive Greek administrations have lobbied to persuade China of Greece's strategic value as a trade partner with easy access to the Balkans and the European Union.

Political relations between Greece and China grew closer after Athens hosted the 2004 Olympics and transferred part of its experience to the Chinese for last summer's Beijing Games.

Private business deals predate this rapprochement — Greece's world-leading ship owners set up a foothold in China years ago, placing significant orders with the Asian giant's booming shipyards and providing the tankers that transport the bulk of China's oil imports.

During his stay, Hu is scheduled to sign a 4.35-billion-euro (5.5 billion-dollar) deal for the 35-year concession of the main container terminal at Piraeus, Greece's busiest port, to giant Chinese port operator Cosco.

The government says it is imperative to increase the competitiveness of Greek harbours at a time when Mediterranean neighbours Egypt, Syria and Turkey have already taken similar steps to attract operators.

Under the terms of the concession, Cosco is expected to modernise the Piraeus container terminal and boost its annual capacity from 1.6 to 3.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

Hong Kong-based global transport operator Hutchison Whampoa is also engaged in talks for a similar plan involving the concession of the container terminal of Salonika, Greece's main northern port and a major gateway into the Balkans.

A number of other trade accords will be signed during Hu's stay, including a deal between main Greek telecoms operator OTE and Chinese group Huawei and a partnership between the Greek and Chinese state broadcasters, ERT and CCTV.

The Chinese president is flying to Greece on his return home from a tour of Latin America where he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, visited Costa Rica and Cuba and signed a free trade agreement with Peru.

Hu will also spend a day on Crete, where the Greek government plans to invest around one billion euros to create a new container terminal in Tymbaki, on the island's southern Messara Bay.

The Chinese president leaves Greece on Wednesday.
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could you please often update this thread and send more info and pictures?
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could you please often update this thread and send more info and pictures?
Needs more attention for sure....
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this is the best area of Greece and Greece is one of the top a few countries in the world at this job. But this thread is not shown interest and attention... More pictures and more informations are needed.
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