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Posidonia 2018 is with us. The actual event opens at the Athens Metropolitan Expo, on June 4 and runs to June 8, but Greece has been welcoming the world of shipping since the beginning of this week with the networking and partying associated with the industry's greatest gathering already getting into in full swing.

Greek shipping is right to be proud of the Posidonia shipping exhibition as it presents another reminder of its leading position and the maritime sector's achievements overall.

Celebrating 50 years since inception, the 2018 addition of the biennial exhibition features a record 1,920 exhibitors from 92 countries and occupying 16% more space than in 2016, the landmark event of global shipping will this year be covering an ever greater spectrum of related products, services and activities. “The list of exhibitors has been expanded more than ever before, both in numbers and in scope,” Theodore Vokos, the executive director of Posidonia Exhibitions, said at a press conference, May 31. The exhibition includes 22 national pavilions and will be attended by Imo secretary-general Kitack Lim, European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and eight shipping ministers.

Shipping and Island Policy minister, Panagiotis Kouroumplis told the gathered press: “The Greek merchant marine sector has played a crucial role in the economic and social development of Greece, has helped enhance the country’s international reputation and contributed in the cohesion and new job creation efforts of local communities everywhere across the nation. The Posidonia Exhibition is a timeless institution advocating globally the best example Greece has to show in terms of entrepreneurship and productivity.”

Union of Greek Shipowners president, Theodore Veniamis, said: “The Posidonia Exhibition manages to remain contemporary and relevant through time and I believe that, today more than ever, this is much needed. After a long period of recession, the markets are beginning to show positive signs and Posidonia, as the most highly acknowledged international shipping forum, provides a reliable platform to present maritime innovations and initiate business relationships.

"As always, Posidonia demonstrates the dynamism and importance of Greek shipping for the welfare of our country, the EU and the rest of the world. Maintaining the first position internationally, Greek shipping continues to carry our maritime tradition forward."

President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, George Pateras, said Posidonia promotes the "new achievements and technological advancements of products and services which will be exhibited by countries, institutions and private exhibitors". "Owning the largest fleet in the world, with 4,727 vessels of 365m dwt capacity, the Greek shipping industry attracts shipyards, shipping equipment manufacturers, investors and any other shipping supplies and services, aiming to the further growth of this dynamic sector. As Greece is a safe and hospitable country and the biggest shipping nation globally, it is fitting that our country is hosting the industry’s most important event,” said Pateras.

Filed: 2018-06-01