Feature / 11 Jun 2024

Posidonia sends message of maritime resilience

An estimated 50,000 shipping professionals descended on the Greek capital last week for the biggest ever Posidonia exhibition.

Since its inception in 1969, the biennial celebration of shipping has become one of the biggest events in the international maritime calendar. 2024 was no exception, with more than 2,000 exhibitors – including GAC - from over 80 countries, about 70 panel events and countless networking events throughout the week.

This year, it was marked by an air of optimism following 2022’s return after a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Having recovered from the pandemic, the maritime sector is looking forward to fresh opportunities. In his speech at the opening ceremony, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that shipping is a source of pride for the country and, despite geopolitical challenges, the country’s maritime sector has shown flexibility and adaptability.


That buoyant mood was reflected at the GAC stand, where representatives from GAC Greece and beyond - including GAC Bunker Fuels, GAC Marine Logistics, GAC Egypt and GAC Denmark - met with thousands of visitors, reinforcing the Group’s reputation as a leading provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Many delegates were interested in GAC’s cooperation with HullWiper to offer safe and efficient hull cleaning using a diver-free Remotely Operated Vehicle which was on display for all to see.

Key topics
Many of the conversations turned to the challenges shipping faces and, most importantly, how GAC can help meet them.

“Posidonia 2024 surpassed every previous year, so it was definitely the right decision to yet again have a significant presence at the exhibition and its surrounding events,” says Maria Angelidou, Group Marketing Manager who was at the stand throughout the week.

“Many of the conversations we had with customers who visited us touched on key topics such as sustainable strategies for the future of both the industry and GAC, new collaborations and expansion of our Group and how to meet potential issues head-on, particularly when it comes to supply chain issues and day-to-day shipping operations.

“The need to be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances was a strong theme throughout the week, and GAC is proud to be able to help our customers with our range of services tailored to their individual needs.”

Maria Angelidou Posidonia 2024

Connect and collaborate
For yet another time in its 55-year history, Posidonia provided a vibrant platform for shipping professionals to connect and collaborate.

“It was an incredible week for GAC, shipping, and Greece’s rich maritime heritage,” says GAC’s Senior Group Marketing Manager Nikos Marmatsouris.

Nikos Marmatsouris Poseidonia 2024

“Posidonia is always a highlight for us as an opportunity to engage with our customers from all over the world at one of shipping’s leading maritime hubs.

“We had some excellent, productive discussions. The sentiment from top ship owners was that despite buoyant market and shipyards’ full orderbooks, we must not forget the cyclical nature of shipping and keep in mind the impact of geopolitics on current conditions.

“We shall continue to work with the industry to help navigate the ebb and flow of global shipping.”

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