Posidonia 2018, the world’s leading shipping exhibition, is being inaugurated today, Monday 4 June, at the Athens Metropolitan Expo and will last until 8 June.
Speakers at the Opening Ceremony are:
- Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
- Mrs Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission
- Mr. Theodore Veniamis, President of the Union of Greek Shipowners
- Mr. Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister*
- *Has been invited
Posidonia celebrates its 50th anniversary with record number of exhibitors and 16% floor space increase, welcoming over 920 companies from 92 countries, and is expected to attract over 22.000 visitors.
Posidonia hosts 22 national pavilions this year, including leading shipbuilding nations, traditional maritime powers, the major maritime centres and flag states, as well as quite a few newcomers.
The key attraction remains the strong presence of the powerful Greek shipowning community, which is leading global newbuilding activity with 61 Greek companies having ships on order worth an estimated US$16bn.
More than 60 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies participate at Posidonia 2018 providing the shippings industry with solutions ranging from fully-automated ports to unmanned smart ships
Over 40 conferences, seminars and workshops comprise the Posidonia 2018 Conferences and Seminars Programme
Posidonia contributes a total of 62 million Euro to the local and national economy. The tourism industry, stand construction, forwarders, catering companies, corporate events benefit from the biennial Posidonia windfall.