Monday 6th June to Friday 10th June, ICS Greek Branch participated as an exhibitor at Posidonia Exhibition, the largest gathering in the shipping calendar. Posidonia 2016 bided farewell to over 22,000 shipping industry professionals who visited the world’s most prestigious maritime event to meet, network and do business with more than 1,800 exhibitors from 90 countries deployed across 40,000 sqm at Athens Metropolitan Expo.
There was a 14% increase in visitor numbers compared to the previous record-breaking edition, two years ago and this increase in numbers was certainly felt in our stand. ICS was present at Hall 2, Stand No 2317, a meeting point for Greek ICS Members. A significant amount of people came by our stand, were informed about the ICS Professional qualification, the benefits of ICS Membership, and the programmes offered. It was a great success and contributed significantly in promoting the ICS across the maritime industry.
During the Exhibition, the ICS Greek branch participated at a number of forums, discussions, events:
- After having participated at the pre-event Forum organized by the Young Executives Shipping Forum, which aims to serve as a platform of open dialogue between shipping professionals, Principals and Executives of the shipping Industry, with young students in University and secondary education general or maritime – as well as young graduates between the age of 20-30. The 1ST Young Executives Shipping Forum was held on the 10th of June 2016, the last day of the Posidonia Exhibition, at the POSIDONIA CONFERENCE HALL. The next generation of the Greek Shipowners and the Decision Makers of the Shipping community held an open dialogue with more than 1,300 aspiring young professionals and students. The Dialogue addressed more than 150 questions covering all issues on shipping matters raised by the young generation.
- We also participated at Open Seminar organized by ALBA- The American College of Greece entitled "SEA… Your Future. Key stakeholders’ perspectives of the shipping industry". ICS Greek Branch Managing Director Ms Natalia Margioli participated in the discussion regarding current trends and challenges in the maritime world and stressed the importance of maritime education and professional qualifications in the shipping industry.
- ICS Greek Branch further supported a POSIDONIA Conference Meeting Room Event by I.M.E.Q. Center, a research foundation in collaboration with K.AIMS, PNOH Center, and Akrifoundation Organization with headquarters in Cyprus, Limassol, and offices in Athens, Greece. The main aim of I.M.E.Q. is the research of psychology illustrated in the maritime industry, while creating and launching methods and strategies implemented solemnly in the maritime industry. The project presented was “Psychology in Shipping: EQ Training and Ship Manning & Safety".
- But we also had fun! ICS Greek Branch soccer team competed at the hugely popular five-a-side Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament, and some of our students and staff participated at the Posidonia Running Event. Congratulations to all for your efforts and enthusiasm!
The Posidonia week is already a memory but its importance will be apparent for a long time to come and we are extremely pleased that ICS managed to participate and promote its principles, values and high standards once again.