The close ties between the UK and Greek maritime communities were reinforced at the Greek-British Shipping Forum in Athens organised by Maritime London and the British Embassy in Athens at the end of November. The event was opened by the British Ambassador to Greece, David Landsman.
An audience of 150 delegates heard from fourteen distinguished Maritime London members who covered a range of specialist topics. Owners, bankers, lawyers, brokers, insurers and P&I clubs were all present and attended panel discussions and presentations about refinancing/debt restructuring, environmental challenges, the legal and insurance aspects of piracy and Baltex, the new FFA trading platform recently launched by the Baltic Exchange.
Maritime London chief executive Doug Barrow told the delegates: “The Greek/UK axis not only exists but is flourishing. I can assure you that the maritime community of the UK is working with our government to demonstrate that, in the words of our Prime Minister – Britain is open for business and may I add that it is particularly open for your business!”
The event was one of a series undertaken by Maritime London throughout the year aimed at increasing the profile of the UK maritime services cluster. Other events in recent months have been held in China, India. Maritime London is hoping to organise further promotional trips to Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, India, Russia, China and Brazil in 2012.
A further report on the event can be found at http://bit.ly/vdP2fg
Source: Maritime London