Indeed, environmental policies and their impact are already proving evident as the renowned biennial Posidonia is on track to set new records in exhibitor numbers and floor space.
More than 2,000 exhibitors from over 90 countries and tens of thousands of trade visitors from the global shipping community are expected to attend the event covering 50,000 sq m Athens Metropolitan Expo Center, 1 to 5 June.
Likewise with a programme of some 40 conferences the adjacent conference halls will be brimming with decision-makers and officials of the global shipping community “Demand for Posidonia 2020 space is growing stronger every day, thanks to many new and even more returning exhibitors from every conceivable maritime industry sector and market segment,” said Theodore Vokos, md of Posidonia Exhibitions.
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping president, George Pateras, has commented: “Despite shipping¹s small overall contribution to pollution, collectively the shipping community will continue to be innovative and groundbreaking in reducing greenhouse gases and CO2. This year’s Posidonia will give all players the opportunity to debate a plethora of pending issues from power limits to bunker levies, not forgetting the desperate search for 2020 compliant fuel.”
Theodore Veniamis, the Union of Greek Shipowners' president, said, “The implementation of the global sulphur cap in marine fuels, with whatever challenges this has raised, and the ongoing discussions at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) about the adoption of short and medium-term measures for the reduction of the CO2 emissions from ships are two of the most important issues that the Union of Greek Shipowners has been actively following.”
Vokos said the strength of Greek shipping is a major magnet for exhibitors from all over the world and a key factor for the prolific deal-making activity that takes place throughout the Posidonia week.
“The industry has to walk a tightrope to balance between the implementation of the low sulphur regulations and IMO’s stated goal for gas emissions reduction by 50% within the next three decades,” said Vokos, continuing, “Shipping is undergoing transformational changes in order to comply, and that is driving investment in R&D and new technologies. Posidonia is the ideal forum to showcase solutions and to network with a captive audience of potential buyers, partners and suppliers.”
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