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25 April, 1998
Companies and organizations from 69 countries will take part in Posidonia '98, an international shipping trade fair to be held on June 1-5 in the port of Piraeus.
More than 1,350 exhibitors have booked to take part in the event, and 18 national stands. The trade fair will cover 19,500 square meters.
New participants at Posidonia include Angola, Bangladesh, Chile, Ghana, Ireland, Latvia, Nigeria, Slovenia, Tunisia, Venezuela, the organizers said.
Among national participation, the US pavilion is the largest yet in the two-yearly exhibition.
In addition, the London-based Baltic Exchange is accompanied by representatives of two dozen leading maritime lawyers offices.
A strong presence is expected by Greek and foreign telecommunications companies.
A major increase will be seen in participation by exhibitors specializing in software applications and computer consultancy applied to ISM Code compliance and shipping office management systems.
International maritime organizations to be represented include Amver (US Coast guard), Bimco, Helmepa, Intertanko, the International Bunker Industry Association, the Salvage Association, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and the Institute of London Underwriters.
The European Commission is also participating directly in Posidonia for the first time. Directorate General XIII has reserved a stand to demonstrate the achievements of projects within its Transport Telematics Program.
Posidonia '98, the 16th in the series of international shipping exhibitions, will be held at the waterfront Exhibition Center of the Piraeus Port Authority.
The event is sponsored by the Merchant Marine Ministry, the Municipality of Piraeus, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), the London-based Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee, the Union of Mediterranean Cargo Vessel Owners, the Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships, and the Union of Coastal Passenger Ship Owners.
Source: Athens News Agency