Senior shipping figures from 93 countries to debate emerging trends for an insightful look into the industry’s future
Some of the hottest and most challenging issues pertaining to the global shipping industry will be tabled and debated during a series of conferences, panel discussions and seminars at this year’s Posidonia Exhibition, the world’s most prestigious maritime event.
Government officials, industry analysts, financiers, shipowners and exhibitors attending the Posidonia Conferences & Seminars Programme, will be discussing the future trends and projected developments in various shipping sectors as exhibitors and visitors will be mingling on the exhibition floor of the 50, 000 square metre Athens Metropolitan Expo in search of new business and partnership opportunities.
“While networking and deal-making is a key Posidonia feature, the exchange of knowledge and ideas about the future of our industry is an important pillar of our event, providing a significant added value to some 1, 870 exhibitors from an all time record 93 countries, and some 18, 000 expected visitors, ” said Theodore Vokos, Executive Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A.
The conferences programme kicks off on June 3rd, a day after the official opening of Posidonia 2014, with the ‘Business Briefing’ of the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum.
Scheduled for an 11.00 start, the briefing will discuss a wide range of issues from the entry, exit and influence of private equity to the buoyancy of public markets, niche lenders and alternative sources of finance, trends and challenges in chartering, newbuilding and second hand activity, the future for Futures, vessel design, life-span and construction and the question of fuel efficiency going forward.
Future trends in vessel design and technology will be in the spotlight. There has already been much discussion over the value of today’s so-called eco ships. Panelists will offer their opinions on whether and when the eco ships of today – still simple steel boxes – might become truly high-tech; what the future role of composites and the next leap in bridge technology may be; And no discussion on vessel design would be complete without a fuel/emissions debate and an attempt to identify the main stumbling block to LNG as a fuel.
Panelists in the opening session include: Kristin H. Holth, Global Head of Shipping, Offshore & Logistics, DNB, Richard Fulford-Smith, Managing Partner, RS Platou, Simon Liang, Chairman, Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group, Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman & CEO, ABS and Jeremy Penn, Chief Executive, The Baltic Exchange.
Of vital importance to many of the companies exhibiting at Posidonia is the market appetite for newbuildings and the conference programme will explore various issues pertaining to the sector.
The 2nd session of the Tradewinds Shipowners Forum will be opened by Militiadis Varvitsiotis, Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean, and will afterwards debate the impact of Chinese financing to support Greek newbuildings, protection against unreliable charterers, investment risks of dual fuel and of course the big question of tonnage overcapacity.
The panel will include major shipowners, including George Economou, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO Dryships Inc; Angeliki Frangou, CEO & President, Navios Maritime Holding; Emanuele A. Lauro, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Scorpio Bulkers; Evangelos M. Marinakis, Director & Chairman of the Board, Capital Product Partners; Αthanasios J. Martinos, Managing Director, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited; Nikolas Tsakos, President & CEO, Tsakos Energy Navigation.
Other highlights of the Posidonia Conferences and Seminars programme during the Posidonia week include press conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions and seminars on issues ranging from maritime risk management to injury and illness at sea and from energy savings and eco-ship technologies to maritime communication.
Future developments in vessel design, composite materials, fuel emissions and technological breakthroughs will also be some of the main topics to be discussed at Posidonia 2014, and will be addressed in the following conferences and seminars, amongst others:
- ‘Strategies for Energy Saving of existing ships’, organised by HELMEPA
- ‘Introducing Japanese challenging design Eco-ships & high technologies’ organised by the Japan Ship Exporters’ Association
- GTT Technology and Innovation seminar
- Abu Dhabi Ship Building: its current and future capabilities
- Futurenautics: Shipping’s Technology Enabled Future
- LNGCOMSHIP WORKSHOP: Implementation of LNG Fuel in Commercial Ship Propulsion Plant, organised by the Department of Naval Architects – TEI of Athens and the Hellenic Register of Shipping
- SeaCURE BWMS. Evoqua Water Technologies answer to the Ballast Water Treatment challenge
- “Maritime Communication: What You Need to Know Now”, organised by Orange, Intelsat, Intellian, Iridium, IDirect, ShipZNet and Gottlieb International Group, Inc
- ‘Marine Environment Intelligence-Compliance, cost and competency’ organised by NAMEPA
“Ever since we introduced the Posidonia Conferences and Seminars Programme, we have seen the industry welcome and support such events and we are delighted with the final programme, the quality of our speakers and the diversity of topics to be debated, ” said Vokos.
“We look forward to welcoming all delegates to an exciting few days of debates and deliberations as Posidonia is once again about to set the global agenda for the maritime industry, ” he added.
Posidonia 2012 is sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean, the Municipality of Piraeus, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners’ Association and the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies.