Posidonia 2014 maritime exhibition

Added On June 4, 2014

"Posidonia 2014", one of the world's largest and prestigious maritime exhibitions, was inaugurated in Athens on Monday evening.
LIFESTYLES takes you there to have a look.
More than 19,000 visitors stopped by the stands of about 2,000 exhibitors from 93 countries and regions which participate in the biennial event-Posidonia 2014 at the Metropolitan Expo Center in Athens Monday evening.
Representatives of the global maritime community showcased their achievements, exchange views on the most challenging issues and emerging trends as well as explore investment opportunities and clinch cooperation deals.
In his address at the opening ceremony,the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras praised the sector's major contribution and potential to ongoing efforts to pull Greece and the world out from the current economic crisis.  
The economic potential of the Greek commercial fleet and the strategic positioning of Greece in future world commerce are gaining power by the day, the Greek Premier noted.
The Greek fleet today is operating 16 percent in world commerce. 
Shipping accounts for approximately seven percent of Greece's GDP, while providing employment to 192,000 people.
In the last ten years, Greek ship-owners have built more than 2,500 ocean-going ships, mainly in Asian shipyards. 
A new vessel of Greek ownership is being built every two days worldwide.
With the Greek fleet's ongoing expansion and modernization strategy, shipping service and product providers from all sectors of the industry are queuing for meetings with Greek ship owners and other delegates during the exhibition.
Once again China has the biggest national presence at Posidonia among national pavilions. 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): ZOU XIAOLI, Chinese ambassador to Greece
"Posidonia 2014 marks a new start point for the maritime cooperation between China and Greece."
Paul Holland, managing director of Wahoo Ribs Limited- a British manufacturer of super yachts, said this is the first time they participate in the event.
Wahoo Ribs Limited is mainly working in the Mediterranean Sea for years and is now looking to expand further to the globe. Holland expects that his presence in Athens will pave the ground.
SOUNDBITE: PAUL HOLLAND, Managing Director of Wahoo Ribs Limited
"We hope to meet a few interesting people and possibly look on how we can move on to the rest of the world. That would be good, that would be nice."