Some of the most challenging issues pertaining to the global shipping industry will be tabled and debated during a series of conferences, panel discussions and seminars at this year’s Posidonia Exhibition.
Government officials, industry analysts, financiers, shipowners and exhibitors attending the Posidonia Conferences & Seminars Program, will be discussing the future trends and projected developments in various shipping sectors, as exhibitors and visitors will be mingling on the exhibition floor of the 50,000 square meter Athens Metropolitan Expo in search of new business and partnership opportunities.
Posidonia 2014 will be held 2-6 June and is estimated to exceed 1,870 exhibitors from some 93 countries. Some 18,000 visitors are expected at the exhibition.
The conferences program kicks off on 3 June, one day after the official opening of Posidonia 2014, with the “Business Briefing” of the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum.
The briefing will include a wide range of issues from the entry, exit and influence of private equity to the buoyancy of public markets, niche lenders and alternative sources of finance, trends and challenges in chartering, newbuilding and second hand activity, the future for Futures, vessel design, life-span and construction and the question of fuel efficiency going forward. Future trends in vessel design and technology will be in the spotlight.
The 2nd session of the Tradewinds Shipowners Forum will be opened by Militiadis Varvitsiotis, Greek Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean, and will afterwards debate the impact of Chinese financing to support Greek newbuildings, protection against unreliable charterers, investment risks of dual fuel and of course the big question of tonnage overcapacity.
Other highlights of the Posidonia Conferences and Seminars program during the Posidonia week include press conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions and seminars on issues ranging from maritime risk management to injury and illness at sea and from energy savings and eco-ship technologies to maritime communication.
For the full program, press here.
Posidonia 2012 is sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean, the Municipality of Piraeus, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners’ Association and the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies.