Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition will be held at the Athens’ Metropolitan Exhibition Centre on June 6-10, organizers Posidonia Exhibitions SA said on Thursday.
A total of 1,929 companies from 88 countries exhibit their products and services, while the expo will include 24 national pavilions from Europe, North America and Asia, organizers said in a statement.
Over 18,000 international visitors are expected to attend, including vice presidents and ministers of maritime nations and the EU’s Commissioner for Transport.
This year’s expo will include over 30 tech startups showcasing their digital-first solutions to industry challenges and problems.
Posidonia Exhibitions Managing Director Theodore Vokos said that interest ran high and that this year the event became the first exhibition held in Greece to receive an ISO certificate, thanks to initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint. Since 2018, he said, the expo has grown by 7%.
President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping George Pateras noted that “after the trials and tribulations of the COVID-19 restriction we are free at last to promote our industry and perceive innovative solutions to many of the issues and challenges that we will face in the coming years. We will see old friends and make new ones while exchanging stories of our adventures over the last 4 years.”
Greece is the world’s largest shipowning nation, with a fleet of 5,514 vessels, representing 59% of the EU-controlled fleet. Since 2019, the Greek-owned fleet grew by 7.4% and since 2014 by 45.8%.
Posidonia 2022 is under the auspices of the Shipping Ministry, the Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, with the support of the Municipality of Piraeus and the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee.