Posidonia 2012: A forum for the Global Shipping Community


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Posidonia in Athens - June 4-8 2012
It is the most eagerly anticipated event in the maritime calendar, a must-attend forum for the global shipping community. Carrying almost symbolic connotations for Greece’s most prolific of industry sectors it combines business, networking and recreation all in one package.
The ultimate biennial shipping trade event is once again on our doorstep, albeit a different one; for the first time in its 43 year-long history, its thousands of exhibitors and visitors will go through the gates of the Metropolitan Expo Centre, the state-of-the-art exhibition venue near Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. Spanning 46,000 square meters, the venue will further improve the image and appeal of Posidonia as the shipping industry’s finest forum and be able to comfortably accommodate exhibitors and the anticipated 17,000 visitors from nearly 90 countries who will come to Greece specifically for the exhibition. This is the fourth venue to host the exhibition following Zappeion, which hosted the first four editions in the 60s and 70s, the Passenger Terminal of OLP in Piraeus which hosted Posidonia from 1976 until 2004, before it moved to the Hellenicon Exhibition Centre at Athens’ old international airport site.
For almost half a century, Posidonia keeps constantly reinventing itself. This year in particular, apart from the switch to a new venue, the organizers are introducing the very first Posidonia Conference and Seminars program, a comprehensive schedule of meetings designed to bring together decision-makers and thought leaders from a wide range of shipping industry sectors to discuss financing, shipbuilding, technology and environmental policies. The program will take place within the fully equipped halls and seminar rooms of the conference facilities of the Metropolitan Expo Centre.
And the busy recreational calendar of the Posidonia week has been enriched this year with the inclusion of the Posidonia Golf Tournament, which joins sailing and football as the third sporting event Posidonia exhibitors and visitors can participate in. Teeing off at the idyllic environment of the Glyfada Golf Course, next to Athens’ picturesque waterfront, the tournament is expected to create new networking opportunities for attendees of the world’s most prestigious maritime affair.
“Posidonia has grown from strength to strength and keeps adding fresh components to enhance the overall experience of our exhibitors and visitors and maximize the potential networking and new business opportunities of the forum,” said Theo Vokos, Project Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A.
“The success and global appeal of Posidonia that has fuelled its journey of the past five decades is mainly due to the consistent pursuit for perfection and differentiation from other events which target the same audience. I guess Posidonia carries with it a tradition which is associated with Greece’s rich seafaring heritage and the unique

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Posidonia 2012: A forum for the Global Shipping Community

  1. 1. The Posidonia Coordinating CommitteeChairman: John C. Lyras, Past President of the Union of Greek Shipowners and currently Member of its BoardMembers: George A. Gratsos, President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping Theodore E. Veniamis, President, Union of Greek Shipowners Haralambos J. Fafalios, Chairman, Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee Themistocles Th. Vokos, Chairman, Posidonia Exhibitions SAOrganisers: Posidonia Exhibitions SA4-6 Efplias Street, 185 37 Piraeus, Greece, Tel. + 30 210 428 3608, Fax + 30 210 428 3610E-mail: posidonia@posidonia-events.com Website: www.posidonia-events.com
  2. 2. The International Shipping Exhibition 4 - 8 June 2012Dear Colleague,For over forty years the Posidonia Exhibitions have celebrated and reflected the power, influence andskills of Greek shipping globally. In 2012 you are warmly invited again to meet directly with the shipowners and operators who successfully respond to the demands of world trade with their vastexperience, knowledge and energy.For five days in June 2012 the Greek maritime community will welcome the leaders of world shipping,shipbuilding, finance and associated industries, participating at Posidonia, this very special event withits unique mix of serious business and legendary hospitality.Posidonia, the world’s premier meeting place for everyone involved in sea transportation, will beorganised for the first time at the state of the art Metropolitan Expo located at the new AthensInternational Airport complex. This new exhibition centre, the largest in Greece, provides theinfrastructure that our international exhibitors expect from a world class venue, enabling us toupgrade the facilities that we are able to offer. Posidonia 2012 promises to be an outstandingexhibition experience for exhibitors and visitors alike.Exhibitors will find a greater level of promotional opportunities to display their latest technologies andservices at this new venue. Shipowners will be looking for the latest innovations of shipbuilders,equipment manufacturers and maritime service providers to enable them to strengthen their operationsand efficiency while increasing their awareness of safety, social and environmental issues.The many opportunities provided at Posidonia are described in the following pages. Additionalinformation is readily available on the Posidonia website www.posidonia-events.com or by contactingthe Organisers and the International Sales Agents directly.Posidonia continues to look to the future with confidence and we look forward to your participationand success. Yours sincerely, Dimitra Michael Managing Director
  3. 3. Expect a warm welcome fromthe Greek shipping community,your hosts for the five daysof Posidonia 2012 ...Expect a great deal when you exhibit atPosidonia 2012. A presence at the largestgathering of the international shippingcommunity, a global marketplace for yourproducts and services. Welcomed by theGreek shipping community, operators ofthe largest fleet under the control of anyone national group. And enjoying thepleasure of networking at Posidonia’srenowned social events. "It gives me great pleasure to welcome, once more, the global shipping community to Posidonia, this great celebration of our Industry’s achievements. At a time when the global economy is slowly recovering, shipping, this most resilient of industries, continues to serve as one of the main pillars for economic development. Greek shipping has earned its position of influence on the world stage, while at the same time consolidating its leadership position by investing in newbuildings and upgrading its fleet. I am particularly pleased that Posidonia 2012 will take place at a new state of the art exhibition centre, mirroring the success and quality of the Greek fleet. I look forward meeting old and new friends and partners this June in Greece at Posidonia 2012." Theodore E. Veniamis, President, Union of Greek Shipowners
  4. 4. ... and valuable business in the exhibition ...Posidonia continues as the globalmarketplace for ship builders, suppliers ofships’ equipment and shipping-relatedservices. Expect keen interest fromtechnical and commercial executives fromGreek and international companies in thebusy exhibition halls.
  5. 5. ... at Posidonia’s excitingnew venue ...Additional benefits and services available at the Metropolitan Expo are: Location within Athens International Airport complex Over 100.000 sqm of parking space Easy access by metro, by bus, by car and by suburban railway In-house conference venue Seminar and meeting rooms State of the art technological infrastructure (wireless internet, full air-conditioning and ventilation of all spaces, efficient lighting) Integrated exhibition area developed on one level, facilitating the flow and movement of visitors Two luxury restaurants, seven coffee shops inside the halls and mini market ATM Press Centre Business Centre Onsite TAXI services Public telephones Fully equipped medical office Monitors with information for Airport, Metro and Suburban timetables Infrastructure available for hanging of banners over exhibitors stands
  6. 6. In 2012 Posidonia relocates to the exciting Metropolitan Expo Centre located within the AthensInternational Airport complex. This state of the art exhibition centre, the largest exhibition venue inGreece, provides a flexible and functional environment for Posidonia and its exhibitors and visitors.Allowing Posidonia and its exhibitors to realize their full potential.... with the Posidonia Value Package. The Posidonia Exhibitor package ensures successful participation in the exhibition and is included in the standard exhibitor fee: Automatic entry and company profile in the official exhibition catalogue Automatic listing on the Posidonia website in the exhibiting companies section with a link to the exhibitor’s website Free visitor invitations for exhibitors to send to their clients and contacts No registration fees No sub-exhibitor fees Visitor entrance without charge Free parking One official exhibition catalogue for each exhibitor
  7. 7. It will be a pleasure The renowned Posidonia social activities provide valuable networking to develop contacts made in thedoing business ... exhibition, renew old friendships and open future opportunities. ... with the shipping world ... For Posidonia week the shipping world comes to you. Few events can match this concentration of international buyers. In 2010 the stands of more than 1,850 exhibitors attracted over 17,000 buyers from 76 maritime nations.... where shipping’sfuture is shaped ... Posidonia 2012 will host conferences ... at the centre of and shipping association gatherings, chaired by industry leaders, debating shipping media and shaping the challenges facing the industry. attention. Posidonia week commands the attention of the world’s shipping media. Exhibitors can take centre-stage to promote product launches, corporate developments and new deals to a global audience.
  8. 8. But it’s not all work!Participating in Posidonia’s highly popular sports events isthe perfect start to the bustle of the show, providing greatnetworking opportunities. Posidonia CupThe Posidonia Cup yacht race is the keenly contested,popular and exciting launch to Posidonia week. Organisedby Posidonia Exhibitions in association with the HellenicOffshore Racing Club, this will be the sixth year of theevent, once again exclusively sponsored by Lloyd’sRegister. Posidonia Shipsoccer TournamentThe five-a-side Posidonia ShipsoccerTournament was hugely popular atPosidonia 2010, with 16 internationalteams competing in front of anenthusiastic crowd at the spectacularKaraiskakis Stadium. 2012 will be thethird year of this competition.
  9. 9. Greek owners and their fleetThe carrying capacity of the Greek-controlled merchant fleet continues to rise underlining theincreasingly important role it has in ensuring trade continues to flow across the seas. Indeed,Greeks remain world leaders in terms of cargo carrying capacity in the vital trade of commoditiesin the energy and dry bulk sectors.Though, in the wake of the world financial crisis, the number of ships on order at world shipyardsare down, the Greek portion continues to be high and at the beginning of spring 2011, just over600 ships were contracted for Greek interests giving them a fleet all-told of 3,850 ships of a total261.7m deadweight. It is estimated that over $50bn is committed to ship newbuilding projects asthe age of the Greek-controlled fleet continues to drop well below the world average.Exhibition space allocationPosidonia exhibition space is in strong demand. Many long-established exhibitors have bookedtheir 2012 spaces and new exhibitors will be warmly welcomed. Early booking is strongly advisedfor the best choice of location at the Metropolitan Expo Centre’s excellent exposure opportunities.Ensure your participation now!Sponsorship opportunitiesA comprehensive list of sponsorship options is available at Posidonia 2012, which will assist you inraising your company profile and enhancing awareness of your products and services.As a Sponsor you can enjoy a selection of exposure opportunities, which will increase visibility ofyour company name, brand, products and services and enable you to reach out to the membersof the global shipping industry.Sponsorship opportunities include: Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament Exhibitor bags Shuttle buses Visitor lanyards Press office Business CentreAnd many more.www.posidonia-events.comThe official Posidonia website will continually report on thebuild-up to Posidonia 2012, provide useful exhibitor updates,press information and information to maximise the effect ofyour Posidonia participation. Banner advertising is availableas a component of exhibitors’ participation.
  10. 10. Posidonia 2010 Facts & Figures2010 attendance1,858 exhibiting companies from 87 countries21 National PavilionsCountries and territories represented: Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria,The Bahamas*, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize*, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria,Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands*, China*, Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia*, Cyprus*, Denmark*,Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France*, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece,Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, India*, Indonesia, Iran, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan*,Republic of Korea*, Kuwait, Latvia, Liberia*, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta*, Marshall Islands, Mexico,Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands Antilles, The Netherlands*, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama*,Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania*, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia,Senegal, Singapore*, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden*, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand,Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey*, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom*,USA*, Venezuela, Vietnam.* National pavilions.Over 17.000 visitors from 76 countriesVisitors from the following countries and territories:Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia,Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica,Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia,Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands Antilles, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway,Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia,Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey,Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.89 industry sectors represented by professional visitors, comprising commercial, financial,operational and technical interests.More than 5.000 senior representatives of shipping companies from around the world attendedthe exhibition.
  11. 11. The Posidonia 2012 Programme Posidonia Cup 2012: 1 June 2012 Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament 2012: 3 June 2012 Posidonia Opening Ceremony: 4 June 2012 (by invitation only) Posidonia 2012 Exhibition: 4-8 June 2012 Posidonia 2012 Supporting Organisations Posidonia is organised under the auspices of the Greek shipping community Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Municipality of Piraeus Hellenic Chamber of Shipping And the five major associations representing Greek shipowner interests: Union of Greek Shipowners Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners’ Association Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies Union of Marine Enterprises The International Shipping Exhibition S. ARSENIS GRAPHIC DESIGN Organisers: Posidonia Exhibitions SA 4-6 Efplias Street, 185 37 Piraeus, Greece, Tel. + 30 210 428 3608, Fax + 30 210 428 3610 E-mail: posidonia@posidonia-events.com Website: www.posidonia-events.comREGIONAL SALES REPRESENTATIVES International sales except those territories listed below: For the United States of America and Canada:Seatrade, UK, Tel. +44 1206 545121, Fax +44 1206 545190, UBM Live, USAE-mail: sales@seatrade-global.com Tel. +1 609 759 4710, Fax +1 609 759 4774 For China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan: UBM Asia Ltd E-mail: barbara.downey@ubm.comHong Kong, Tel. +852 2516 1612, Fax +852 3749 7347, For Greece, Cyprus, Balkans, Russia, UkraineE-mail: Stella.Fung@ubm.com and Latin America, contact the Posidonia organisers direct.