More than 1,850 companies are set to showcase their products and services during the Posidonia 2018 shipping exhibition to be held on June 4-8, at the Athens Metropolitan Expo.
Organizers expect the five-day event to be the biggest ever with more than 22,000 visitors. One of the world’s most influential biennial shipping trade events, this year’s Posidonia will kick off with the Tradewinds Shipowners Forum and will include conferences and seminars, product presentations, technical workshops and press conferences.
At the same time, leading shipbuilding nations including China, Japan and South Korea, maritime centers such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai will be participating in the event with pavilions presenting their services. Flag states will also be present including Panama, Liberia, the Marshall Islands, Malta, Cyprus, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Palau amongst others.
“Posidonia’s strength and appeal is drawn by the collective quality and reputation of its exhibitors, delegates and visitors, debutants or repeaters, who commit funds and resources every two years to be part of a signature industry event that is a true celebration of everything shipping stands for,” said Theodore Vokos, executive director, Posidonia Exhibitions SA.
“A key attraction remains the strong presence of the powerful Greek ship-owning community at every Posidonia, which is leading global newbuilding activity with 61 Greek companies having ships on order worth an estimated 16 billon dollars,” said Vokos.
A highlight this year includes the Greek pavilion organised by HEMEXPO, the Association of Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters, aiming to promote Greek engineering and experienced maritime solutions for the global shipping industry. Greece’s presence is complemented by a second pavilion, run by the Worldwide Industrial & Marine Association (WIMA), representing Greek companies active in the fields of ship construction, spare parts and supplies, technical and general services, and marine equipment manufacturing.
Posidonia 2018 is organized under the auspices of the shipping ministry, the Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, with the support of the Piraeus Municipality and the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee.