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Live From Posidonia 2016
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Newbuilding addict centre

A recurring theme at the first couple of days of Posidonia from Greek shipowners was “do not order newbuildings” for the sake of the market.

Taking this whole concept further with tongue planted firmly in cheek was Nikolas Tsakos, founder, president and ceo of Tsakos Energy Navigation, and chairman of Intertanko.

“As you know my dislike about newbuildings…..so now in Intertanko we are coming up with a virtual newbuilding addict centre,” he quipped at the Tradewinds Shipping Forum at Posidonia 2016.

The idea would be that any member who scrapped a ship would bring its technical team to the centre to relive the experience of breaking a champagne bottle at newbuilding naming ceremony.

To increasing laughter from the audience Tsakos explained, “We have subcontracted a part of STX will bring your there as Intertanko, finance you to break a bottle, take a photo, eat kim chi and sushi, and we will have mamasan and Karaoke. Then you can go home happy and keep the whole industry rich.”

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