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Touring Posidonia 2012 – some stands Touring Posidonia 2012 – some stands

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As we have numerous times reported during last month’s coverage, the 2012 Posidonia Exhibition took place at the Metropolitan Expo Centre in Spata, near the Eleftherios Venizelos new Athens airport. Around 1, 870 exhibitors from 87 countries attended this biennial event with over 20, 000 visitors from all over the world, breaking all previous records and with over 200, 000 loggings on the internet – on sites relative to the shipping industry, that no one ever thought to mention, the power of Posidonia  2012 on the internet is a fact and not a fiction! Our reporting is day by day and we refer to the stands and people we met during the allaboushipping team’s tour:

Tanger Med Port Authority

We start the Posidonia 2012 exhibition tour from the Ports sector, immediately after the opening; Tanger Med Port Authority engages in the management and development of port activities in the Mediterranean area. Its facilities include container terminals, ro-ro and passengers’ terminals, bulk and general cargo terminals, and car carriers, as well as hydrocarbons terminals that provide bunkering services and supplies refined products. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Tanger, Morocco. Tanger Med Port Authority operates as a subsidiary of Agence Spéciale Tanger Méditerranée.

PSB & Co – the Gregory Papadakis stand (pictured on the left with Gregory in the middle talking with staff and guests) which also included the Exa Industries Group, The Sponge-Jet Inc and Vitoria Bay Marine Services Ltad. PSB & Co was launched in 2005 and deals mainly with  the representation of most reputable foreign shipyards, manufacturers of spare parts and service companies from all over the shipping spectrum – over fifty companies!

The entrance to the British Pavilion with The Nautical Institute’s stand in centre stage – Bridget Hogan attending. The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships and  provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world.

John P. Monogioudis at centre stage

Coming to paints, one of the most important ingredient of the shipping industry with debates going on every day, particularly by environmentalists and their likes with respect preservation of the environment but equally from those wanting safety and maintenance to be the number one issue, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings had right from the beginning a very busy stand – see the picture with Dimitris Monogioudis a centre stage. PPG is a world leader in protective and marine coatings with application in the Marine Industry Civil Infrastructure, Petrochemicals, Rail to mention but a few.

Costas J. Carras and his wife on the right with guests

Next stop The Elliniki Etairia – the Society for the Environmental and Cultural Heritage, which was founded in 1972. Its aim is to enhance the interest of Greek citizens in the value of their cultural and natural heritage and to raise their awareness on the importance of maintaining an ecological balance. Within this context, the Society is involved in a wide range of actions, namely proposing and promoting environmental policies, working for the conservation of natural habitats and landscapes of natural beauty, protecting monuments, traditional settlements and historical sites, and raising public awareness.

Members of the Piraeus office in a jubilant mood!

Bureau Veritas’ stand was in a more than a festive mood. Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a world leader in conformity assessment and certification services. A member of IACS controls a great stake in the world of Class Societies from ships to the offshore industry and beyond.
BV helps its clients to improve their performances by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their products, infrastructures and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Bureau Veritas is recognized and accredited by major national and international organizations.

WISTA’s Angie Hartmann, third from the left in the picture below and  guests with Aris Papatheodorou – in white on the right. BPCO’s stand – the up and coming shiprepairs brokers, who provide clients with technical and shipmanager services was once again providing their expertise to the international visitors. With offices and a reliable network of associates in various countries and regions, notably  the Far East, UAE, India, Inited States, South Africa and the Baltic Sea As far as the Technical Consultancy division is concerned, BPCO provides its clients with services that include Feasibility studies, New-Building Supervision, New-Building Plan Approval and Conversions of Single Hull Oil Tankers.

At the turn towards the exit of Hall 2 spotted  Lieutenant (HCG) George Mandalakis, Admiral Theodore Foustanos, Deputy Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Captain (HCG) Alekos Tselikis and Adm. Foustanos’  aid-du-camp Lieutenant (HCG) Nikos Matoulas.



Before leaving for the day and join the receptions, we spotted our good old friend Commodore (Rt.HCG) Nicholas Nesteroulis and his colleague Yianni Lymberopoulos in front of their company’s stand The INSB. The International Naval Survey Bureau is a non-governmental  ship classification society activated in the international maritime industry.






Ah, …we missed the exit but bumped  to another group of friends who are now together in the promising field of shipmanagement.  Rajaish Bajpee (at the centre of the picture on the left) , Bernard Schulte’s Shipmanagement CEO with Andreas Droussiotis the non-executive Chairman (next to him on the left), Adonis Violaris the Marketing and Corporate Communications Director (at the far left) and other guests. BSM as it is also known, this is a highly integrated maritime services company and a market leader in quality, versatility and fleet size. BSM provides an unparalleled concentration of shore and ship-based maritime and engineering expertise. Looking after 650 ships and with over 17, 000 employees onboard and ashore,   is not by chance..

The opening of the exhibition to the public on the 5th  of June found our team spread all over the place – others at the TradeWinds mega debate (see our previous reporting on  June) others at the American Embassy’s organised Piracy event and others taking their…rounds and meeting people, friends and clients at the stands.

The Lloyd’s Register stand at Hall 4 was not only busy, but provided mini seminars, something very unique as we witnessed visitors saying: “…Lloyd’s (Register)  are on the educational mode…” Lloyd’s Register, the oldest classification society, has built a reputation for improving safety and environmental performance at every stage of the ship’s life working closely with owners, operators, shipmanagers, and builders worldwide, delivering tailored solutions based on unrivalled experience and the latest technical insight.

Changing Halls we met with the iconic Peter Vroon (pictured on the left)  – the most down-to-earth shipping personality of European and World Shipping with a variety of shipping activities…





Dimitris Vlantos greeting a guest

The MAN Diesel & Turbo Hellas Ltd stand was amongst the busiest ones. Headed by old pal Dimitris Vlantos – studied shipping business together, the company MAN Diesel & Turbo SE is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimServ brand.


Now this is a catch, a hit to spot Fotis Karamitsos – pictured on the left. Karamitsos is a Director within the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) of the European Commission, a well travelled technocrat and speaker in many international events, forums and symposiums. He couldn’t miss Posidonia!


Dr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard

Now here she is, Dr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard the founding Director of the London Shipping Law Centre, one of the most powerful Legal Centre’s  in the world,   headed by a woman. Log on and see what’s up and be ready for the 2012/2013 events and lectures; it benefits all!







The Korean National pavilion

The Korean National pavilion, one of the biggest and given the importance in shipping, trading, shipbuilding, shiprepair as well as the off-shore industries – car making, IT and communications to name but a few, was visited by the majority of this year’s Posidonia visitors.



Did I hear you say Ports privatisation in Greece? Well here you are; all the  ports-in-one. The Hellenic Ports Association’s stand was well organised but lets see the outcome. Practicality and logic should be the ingredients for the successful transition; otherwise…


Informa’s publications, books in particular; well you dead well know how to order! Lloyd’s List complementing the other side of the stand was in full force covering every event of Posidonia 2012.





Aspida’s stand and its staff were there to tackle every eventuality; a very busy stand according to our statistics held prior to the closing of the Posidonia show. The company, Aspida Maritime  Security Corporation headed by its up and coming CEO Panos Moraitis continues to deliver and also furthering this specialist field!


Technava had, as always, a very busy stand. Approaching its 45th anniversary continues its aim in supplying marine equipment and technical support to the Greek shipping industry. Today Technava is one of the leading companies for the supply, installation and service of equipment on board all types of ships. Her busy CEO Stella Tomazos was…lost amongst her demanding clients, no way to spot her this time…


l to r, Lynn Khan from The Business Times, Vanessa Stephens and Andrew Callaghan

As always smiling, Vanessa Stephens, the Managing Director of Seatrade for the Middle East and India sub-continent and Global events director and other members of the Seatrade and Naftiliaki, was greeting guests and visitors at the Seatrade/Naftiliaki stand.  Naftiliaki Greek  Shipping Review is now in its sixth decade and by many  its the prime source of objective, reliable  and up-to-date information on the Greek maritime marketplace. Add the electronic email newsletter, Naftiliaki Greek Shipping Intelligence, and you get a good view of the greek shipping markets.


Yet another engine maker of high quality Marine Engines and Auxiliaries: Wartsila, for many epitomizing the market leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. Last year toped Euros 4, 2 billion in net sales with over 18, 000 employees in some 170 locations in 70 countries; and it’s a listed company in Helsinki on the NASDAQ OMX. Records eh!


The busy ABS stand attracted many visitor like all previous Posidonia. Celebrating 150 years of service, ABS pursues  its mission to serve the public interest as well as the needs of its clients by promoting the security of life, property and preventing the natural environment. Its global network ensures total support to customers, add also the ABS Nautical systems which offers leading management software  solutions and offshore operations and your full service is at your fingertips!


Peter Grube and Michael Frangos

The towering and smiling Peter Grube, his colleague Michael Frangos and all at the BIMCO stand where more than helpful to the thousands of visitors and their enquiries –visiting the stand many where students and young brokers, . BIMCO is the largest of the international shipping associations, representing shipowners controlling around 65% of the world’s tonnage and with members in more than 120 countries drawn from a broad range of stakeholders, including managers, brokers and agents. Information is BIMCO’s biggest asset which greatly assist all those requesting same but particularly its members all over the world


Petrobras, one of the largest energy companies in the world was there too. Petrobras supplies more than 10, 000 vessels per annum worldwide. Petrobras is involved in exploration, production, refining, transportation, distribution and commercialization of oil and oil products, petrochemicals, natural gas, biofuels and energy.


Very helpful the  information obtained from Marine Cluster Bulgaria. This five year-old organisation of companies and NGO’s  working in the maritime industry aims are  to create conditions for the development of the marine industry in Bulgaria; unite the efforts of all branches for improving the competitiveness of the sector; popularize the marine sector on a national and international level; facilitate international transport network integration and support association members in their activities.


The Hellenic Navy’s Hydrographic Service stand was indeed busy. The HNHS is a government organisation responsible for the production of official charts and nautical publications according to the specification of the International Hydrographic Organisation. The HNHA carries out scientific research and development and professional projects including hydrogrpahic surveys, marine geodesy, oceanographic research, submarine geology research and other related activities concerning safety of navigation in the Aegean, Ionian and adjacent seas.


RINA’s busy stand with Spyros Zolotas, the Society’s Country Manager for Greece on the extreme left with visitors and staff


The RINA Services SPA stand was vibrant all through the exhibition! The Registro Italiano Navale is a multinational group fully capable of supporting its clients in the development and management of the various phases of heir activities, sharing its innovation potential, competency, integrity and experience for the success of new initiatives. RINA Hellas Ltd, the society established in Piraeus by the RINA Group offers classification services to all kinds of ship, specialised yachting services, training and ISO certification, and cooperates with the most reputable shipping companies in Greece.


Cass Technava, the shipbroking company involved with Newbuilding, S & P and  Chartering had the busiest shipbroking stand of this  Posidonia – no objection; period!








Costas Hassiotis at the front left during a meeting with P. Bekiaris and a client


And the Oceanking, …err Costas Hassiotis, always smiling was as busy as ever with his colleagues and clients. Oceanking Technical & Trading S.A., is the leading engineering and commercial company which offers a wide spectrum of marine technical services, all provided by qualified personnel. Oceanking’s representations are second to none, amongst them Cargotec/Macgregor, Aker Solutions, Kockumation, Stone Marine Group to name but a few.




from the left, Captain Panagiotis Tsakos and his PA with Constantinos Diveris, Michael Stefanakis and Charis Chatzicharalambous  from M &C.


The M & C Group’s stand was vibrant too! This up and coming group was established by naval architects, marine/mechanical engineers with the purpose to provide the maritime industry with integrated solutions. A full menu of operations, an-one-stop-technical and services market place!





Cargotec/Macgregor, two very powerful names in the maritime industry. Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea – whenever cargo is on the move. Cargotec’s daughter brands Hiab, Kalmar and Macgregor are recognised leaders in cargo and load cargo solutions around the world. Cargotec’s global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment.  Macgregor is the global market leading brand in marine cargo handling and offshore load-handling solutions. Both are constantly referred in this site’s news and information; just log on and see; excellent!


Marcos J. Tripolitis fifth from the left, with Victoria Sofianidou third from the left, Pantelis Kallipetis from ABS on the right and other members of the PMS Group

The Piraeus Marine Services, P.M.S. in short, was established with the goal of providing efficient solutions to clients and partners, covering a wide range of marine services and forming solid strategic alliances in the maritime industry. The founders of P.M.S., have over twenty year of experience and an excellent reputation in the shipping business. At a very prominent location in the heart of  Piraeus water-front monitors the industry and its accessibility contributes to both the company’s further development as well as to its clients benefit.


Mathew A. Fafalios, Zenon Kleopas, Spyros Capralos and Gregory Papadakis

Many visitors from many companies formed groups for the better benefit of their companies and must say that this shows the importance of this unique exhibition which over the last 43 years goes from better to excellent… Spotted Mathew A. Fafalios, Zenon Kleopas and  Spyros Capralos from  Star Bulk Carriers with the third from the group, Chiot Simon Spyrou, at the other end of the stand…. on the phone…business wherever we stand!

Vangelis Stathopoulos, Costas Kotsakis and John Faraclas

Some of us have their day too; at the stand of the Miba Bearing Group, managed by Costas Kotsakis, Vangelis Stathopoulos and John Faraclas paid their…respects, as Kotsakis too is a graduate from the Anargyrios and Corgialenios College of Spetsae Island, the best ever public school Greece ever had…. Kotsakis explained to both his mates about Miba’s specialist bearing applications and the production of bearings. Miba’s HQ’s are in Austria with production facilities Worldwide. Stathopoulos successfully runs the Genoa Technical Bureau and knows very well his bearings…

CCS’s futuristic stand

CCS, the China  Classification Society, is the only organisation to carry out classification to ships in China and one of the ten full members of IACS as well as one of the biggest classification societies in the world. Its ultra modern but simple stand attracted many visitors and given the newbuilding spree in China, an important ally for all!



Smilling faces at the IMarEST stand

IMarEST’s friendly stand too attracted many visitors given the high level of expertise the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology possesses. ImarEST is the leading professional membership body for the global marine community with over 50 branches  worldwide. Worth attending its technical conferences and be part of its training and academic courses. For more than 100 years the Institute leads the way and with its many publications provides special information and expertise.


The iconic Apostolos Domvros

Now this is what charity is all about. The last two or three Posidonia events finds Apostolos Domvros at the Greek Committee for Kenya stand. This distinctive charity offers hope to young Kenyans granting annual renewable scholarship, opening wells in arid regions and building schools, libraries and kindergartens. The “Costas Domvros”  organisation does what should have been done a long time ago and it is worth to contribute. Apostolos Domvros who set up Technoship,   a very successful marine representations and technical bureau entity who dominated the market for many decades, is also a great writer and in this charity’s magazines he also contributes with unique articles. In the latest magazine Jambo we spotted many well known members of the Greek shipping community and allaboutshipping congratulates all and also all those you voluntarily participate in this charity.


Only the Japanese could have thought of such an Arc-style modern entry to their pavilion


The Japanese pavilion was magnificent depicting Japan’s glory, success and supremacy to all intents and purposes in the shipping field. Simply the best shipping nation in the world; everything available at a price!

All major conglomerates had booths and all were busy indeed with demanding visitors’ enquiries. Besides the two major Japanese associations, Japan Marine Equipment Association and Japan Ship Exporters’ Association many mega companies where there in full force.

Brand names of the Japanese shipbuilding indutsry

For nearly 60 years Japan dominates the field of Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering despite the surge of Korea and China, as well as the specialsit competition from Western European Shipyards  and that’s a fact. In our view, “Compare” is Japan’s maxim in this competitive market.




The JSMEA section

It wasn’t just Japan for the mid-fifties, sixties and seventies, it was Japan beyond that. The expertise of the Japanese in our view is still second to none in the shipbuilding field; in its entirety!







The exeptional GL stand

The GL Group’s stand was, as always unique. At times it was one of the busiest stands of the entire exhibition and too difficult to have a good shot. At the end we manage to find the most appropriate moment and get a glimpse of simplicity coupled with projectability. Germanischer Lloyd has driven a whole series of maritime innovation since 1867. Today  GL supervises  over 7, 000 vessels of more than 100 million gross tons, across all vessels segments. GL possesses a level of expertise  and a high record in ensuring  operational safety and minimizing the risk of detention!


For better and safe communications

Did I hear you say communications…? Did I hear you say safe communications particularly shipping business -wise? Well then, here you are; INMARSAT’s futuristic stand – simple and approachable for all in the game of safe  and fast communication coverage.




Costis Frangoulis on the left discussing with colleagues and clients


Franman’s mega stand was once again one of the dominants at this year’s Posidonia. Franman who just come to age – 21 this year, covers a wide spectrum of services in the shipping industry including the promotion of Shipbuilding Equipment,   Trading of Spare Parts, Risk Management, Consultancy and Service. Costis Frangoulis at the forefront of the company’s operations ensures a smooth development and personal handling by experts in the field for the benefit of the client.


International …Tip Top condition

And a bit of more paints, this time from International, one of the leaders in the field.








The second biggest splash for Greece’s economy

Greece’s second pillar of its economy is Tourism; here the Greek National Tourism Organisation erected a special purpose stand which attracted both local visitors as well as  international ones; Maritime Tourism is the name of the game. Preserve it! What’s up with the passenger ports and terminals, the marinas and the yachts, the airports, underwater tourism, the lot! It is an immediate necessity for Greece and the world to create multi opportunites for Maritime Tourism; short out the taxation issue too as it is simply: unfair!


George Valtatzis welcoming visitors at his busy stand

George Valtagis’ Cross Technical Services was once again exhibiting its capabilities. This merchant marine company since 1986 goes from strength to strength as it is widely recognized for its reliable supply of equipment, systems and project management expertise as well as technical after-sales service. The group has one of the best teams of marine engineers, naval architects, electronic engineers and marketing experts. An expert in the bunkering field the company has a lot more to offer!



The TradeWinds stand was busy too; Marina Panopoulou  managed well, given that more than 5, 000 passed from the stand. News moving…  TradeWinds is as entertaining as it is informative and with just over 20 years in the field has taken a dominant place and adheres to continue more dynamically! The TradeWinds Forum which we covered in previous reporting was one of the best ever!


The success of the flying….err sea-dutchman

The Dutch National Pavilion; very compact and efficient… The Netherlands have gone strides of success and their Maritime Cluster works; Holland is also an example of how the ports system works as well as the inland waterways assisted by short sea-shipping. Moreover the Dutch heavy industry despite the swift to the east, continues to produce unique and reliable  marine equipment promoting its country’s interests. Forgot to mention services too!


Aegean Marine Petroleum’s special-purpose-built stand


The Aegean Marine Petroleum’s impressive stand showing the power of a unique Greek company engaged in the provision of petroleum products in Greece and abroad in all aspects.




DNV: The northern class success



Indeed a good motto here; the Power to lead, and rightly so: DNV leads the way in the classification societies world with unique services. From its 300 offices in 100 countries DNV serves a wide range of industries  with a special focus on the maritime and energy sectors, combining its technology expertise and industry knowledge.


All change…



All change: following the inconclusive second election the three party coalition in Greece decided to reinstate the Ministry of Merchant Marine and the Aegean in a move, which hopefully will stop the destruction of Greece’s maritime heritage. Here and as you can see in the adjacent picture, apathy have its days! The former Ministry under its despicable title – the third in less than three years of socialomanias’ destructive policy,   appears with the title: Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping….”


Ending this first report from the stands, by sheer coincidence we have one more paints company from the glossy end of our reporting: Jotun!


We hope you had …a good tour and we will soon bring you some more stands in order to complete this Posidonia’s exhibition tour. Over one thousand more companies were exhibiting but hope that you all can make it in 2014, so spread the good news around and attend Posidonia 2014! Moreover we will bring you some sports events with excellent pics, now that our camera has finally unloaded them – a latent defect simply caused this delay…


The team from www.allaboutshipping.co.uk comprised from: Elena Sendona, Lilian Eugenides, Elena Kritikou and John Faraclas with Panos Nikoulis taking some excellent shots!


















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1 comment

Elena Kritikou July 18, 2012 - 8:46 AM

Nice and comprehensive article!


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