OVER 16.000 VISITORS FROM 80 COUNTRIES EXPECTED TO CONVERGE TO GREECE FOR WORLD’S BENCHMARK SHIPPING EVENT
Athens, Thursday 1st June, 2006. The biggest ever Posidonia event in terms of exhibition space gets under way on Monday as the global maritime community casts its eyes on Greece again this June, for the 20th edition of the world’s most prestigious shipping event.
1581 exhibitors from 78 countries will participate at Posidonia 2006, as the five-day biennial event kicks off on June 5th at the Hellenikon Exhibition Centre (HEC) at the site of the former Athens International Airport, for the first time in the show’s 37-year-long history.
The new venue has allowed organisers to grow the event by 15% in terms of total exhibition space to 26,500 square metres, as strong demand from Greek and international participants has set a new Posidonia record.
Exhibitors come from the full spectrum of shipping and vertical sectors including shipbuilding and repairyards, shipbrokers, insurance, P&I Clubs, banks, port authorities, classification societies, shipping surveyors, vessel registration, suppliers, high-tech equipment, technical support, publishing companies etc.
Major first-time exhibitors include the Japanese Marine Equipment Association (JSMEA), Dubai Maritime City, Atlas Copco Greece, Gnomon Marine, the Irish Maritime Development Office, Flanders Investment & Trade from Belgium, Vivodi Telecom, MEK Ltd and Thrustmaster of Texas. Equally significant is the return to the show of Panama’s national pavilion, following a two year absence from Posidonia and the strong participation from the Greek shipyards, including Elefisis Shipyards, Neorion Syros Shipyards, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems - Hellenic Shipyards S.A and Chalkis Shipyards.
The event’s organisers expect more than 16,000 visitors to attend the event until the final day of June 9th, with at least 3,000 of them coming from the international shipping community.
“The diversity and multi-ethnicity of the exhibitors’ and visitors’ profile are in the very fabric of Posidonia as the show has grown to become a benchmark of the global shipping industry,” said Themistocles Vokos, Chairman, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A., the organiser of the event. “This year we expect visitors from more than 80 countries as the show has attracted participants from 11 countries and territories exhibiting at Posidonia for the first time.”
A total of 25 countries will field stand alone national pavilions, including Posidonia debuts for Australia, Belgium, Ireland and Italy. National pavilions are also reserved for Austria, Belize, Cayman Islands, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Liberia, Malta, The Netherlands, Panama, The Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.
“Posidonia is an indispensable component of world shipping, the leading trade event that sets the pace in the multi-billion dollar maritime industry, contributes to the world shipping agenda and helps shape the sector’s future trends,” said Mr Vokos.
“The show’s continuous growth and record-setting capacity, is the result of Posidonia’s strong brand awareness, the event’s location at the world’s leading maritime nation and its pedigree as a forum where serious business is conducted.
“The global shipping community’s strong interest in Posidonia is also linked to the renewal programme of the Greek shipping industry, which is implementing an investment strategy aimed at decreasing the average age of its fleet standing today at 15.3 years,” said Mr. Vokos. “There are currently 364 ships on order for Greek account,” he added.
A 100-seat seminar room is available to all exhibitors within the HEC to facilitate seminars, workshops and press conferences. Some major announcements are anticipated during the show as the world’s biggest shipping registers, including Lloyd's Register, DNV and Germanischer Lloyd, have already scheduled press conferences for Tuesday, June 6th.
Nearly 300 Greek and international journalists have 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.
Posidonia 2006 is sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine, the Greek Ministry of the Aegean, the Municipality of Piraeus, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, the Union of Shipowners of Mediterranean Cargo Vessels, the Greek Association of Passenger Ship Companies and the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies.
GLOBAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY TURNS EYES ON THE 20th POSIDONIA EDITION
China will be one of the protagonists in this year’s Posidonia Exhibition.
With a significantly enlarged delegation of shipbuilding companies and an expansive national pavilion, China aspires to attract the spotlight at the world’s most important shipping trade event, which this year is expected to draw more than 3,000 shipping professionals and government officials from 75 countries.
China’s increased interest is mainly due to Greek shipowners currently holding orders for over 100 vessels in Chinese shipyards, as well as to the anticipated opening of the vast country’s shipping and shipbuilding industry to foreign direct investment and also to its emergence as a major global terminal and transshipment hub.
“The cargo handled through Shanghai ports will exceed 400 million tons this year, a volume no port in the world achieved last year, while China’s combined shipyard capacity is estimated to grow to 40 million dwt by 2015,” said Nana Michael, Managing Director, Posidonia Exhibitions, the organiser of the show.
According to Jin Caikuan, Vice President of the Chinese Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (CSNAME), Chinese newbuilding production in 2006 will be in the region of 10 million dwt, giving the country 18% of the global output and making it already the world's second-largest builder of container ships and bulk carriers.
Eleven Chinese shipbuilding companies will be present at Posidonia 2006 this June with stand alone presence, testimony of the strong interest in and commitment to the show by China, potentially the world’s biggest economy. Overall Chinese participation will be increased by 50% this year compared to the 2004 event and includes the country’s traditional Posidonia national pavilion.
Equally significant this year is the debut of the Japanese Marine Equipment Association (JSMEA), the return to the show of Panama’s national pavilion, following a two year absence from Posidonia and the first-time participation of Dubai Maritime City, Irish Maritime Development Office and Flanders Investment & Trade from Belgium.
Exhibitors from over 70 countries and 20 national pavilions have already confirmed their participation at Posidonia 2006.
“The global shipping community’s strong interest in Posidonia is linked to the renewal programme of the Greek shipping industry, which is implementing an investment strategy aimed at decreasing the average age of its fleet standing today at 15.3 years,” said Michael. “There are currently 364 ships on order for Greek account,” she added.
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