Posidonia sets compass for future global shipping agenda

The biennial Posidonia 2018 Conference Programme is once again upon us with its trademark thought-provoking constellation of conferences, seminars, workshops and heated panel discussions which are yet again set to shape the global shipping agenda and define the future of an industry that sits at the core of world economic developments.

The conferences, seminars and media roundtables planned during this year’s Posidonia at the state-of-the-art facilities of the Athens Metropolitan Expo have a truly international flavour as they are organised by companies and organisations from around the world; from Brazil to France, Panama to Poland, from Mexico to Korea and Japan and from South Africa to the United Kingdom.

The programme will tackle shipping issues spanning shipping policy, trade and finance, energy, technology, port development, fuels and lubricants, water ballast treatment, the tanker and dry bulk market, hull performance, scrubbers, the environment, human performance and employment in shipping as well as claims and dispute resolution.

The icing on the cake, as it has become accustomed at Posidonia since 2012, is the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum, a must-attend event, offering an inspiring and insightful debate. This year, the focus is on how advances in technology and alternative business models are rewriting the rules over how ships are owned, operated and traded. With more shipowners than ever before participating, the programme consists of two panel-led sessions; dry bulk and tankers. The conference will examine whether the fundamentals in the dry bulk sector are as secure as many expected, and how owners are adapting their strategy. And as technology, regulations and social demands are forcing changes in business practices, the forum will shed light on how companies can best adapt to survive in tough markets. With upheavals in the global trade in crude, products and LNG requiring new investments and fresh strategies, should owners build, buy or scrap? And where will they find finance for business fit for the 2020s, as technological, regulatory and social demands increase?

A similar topic will be tackled during BIMCO’s "Power Panel" which will debate some key developments impacting shipping business today with the focus being on challenges and future prospects for the dry bulk and oil tanker shipping markets, including the 2020 global sulphur cap experiment. BIMCO’s event will be hosted by its Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand and the BIMCO President Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, who will open the event.

The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) are organising, under the auspices of the Embassy of the United States in Greece, the “Trading in US Waters: Priorities and Solutions” Seminar that will take place on Thursday, June 7 during Posidonia 2018. The seminar is organised in cooperation with the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy, the International Propeller Club of the United States, Int’l Port of Piraeus and the Maritime Hellas Shipping Cluster of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping. The event is designed to assist the local shipping community and maritime stakeholders to acquire a fully integrated approach to U.S. requirements for vessels visiting U.S. ports. Key issues will focus on specific topics like the Sulphur Requirements in 2020, the Digitalisation of Shipping, Cyber Security Realities and Risk Management. The seminar provides a platform to meet and network with a target audience of ship-owners and shipping industry experts.

Featuring industry leaders exchanging views on the future of shipping, the 6th Analyst and Investor Day is taking place at the Divani Caravel Hotel, in the framework of the Conference Programme of Posidonia 2018. The keynote speaker, IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, will set the tone of the Capital Link Forum, which will discuss the current status and future projections of the financial and capital markets in relation to the shipping industry. The forum will also address issues of critical importance to shipping, such as access to and availability to capital, bank and alternative finance, as well as the impact of technology and new regulations. The forum will feature panellists from the Greek and international maritime communities, the global shipping heads of major shipping banking institutions, top investors and analysts.

Other highlights include a seminar on Energy and Shipping organised by Institute of Energy for SE Europe (IENE); HELMEPA’s conference ‘2020 is closer than we think - Scrubbers, Fuels and BWT’; The Japan Seminar at Posidonia 2018; Support the Local Maritime Industry Summit; the Korean-Hellenic Maritime Cooperation Forum and Living with ECDIS seminars.

The list goes on and delegates will be spoilt for choice to select their preferred event, according to their bespoke interest.