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The first International Shipping Summit takes place in Athens

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 | 11:00
On Sunday 19 and Monday 20, February 2012, representatives of the 60% of the international fleet assemble in Athens to participate in the World Shipping Congress, an event by the Financial Times Limited. The Congress is the first international Shipping Summit. It will take place at Divani Apollon Palace & Spa, co-organized with Boussias Communications.
Presidents of Shipowners’ Associations from 3 continents and 9 major Shipping Countries (Greece, Norway, Korea, Finland, Netherlands, Italy, U.S.A., U.K., Denmark), major Greek Shipowners (M. Bodouroglou, I. Dragnis, E. Pistiolis, H. Vafias, etc.), industry experts, researchers and consultants, 4 Greek Government representatives, the Chairman and the General Manager of Piraeus Port Authority S.A., the Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and 2 major Financial Times editors and correspondents analyse, discuss and forecast the major strategic issues regarding the Shipping Industry at an era of high economic uncertainty and financial fragility.
Financial Times acknowledging the significance of Maritime Transportations have appointed to coordinate the Congress Michael Skapinker (Assistant Editor FT newspaper, Columnist, Editor FT Special Reports) and Robert Wright (Financial Times Shipping and Logistics Correspondent).
Sunday’s Summit session will take place in the afternoon (from 18.00 to 20.30), closed doors. The Congress starts at 9.00 a.m. on Monday, February 19 and lasts until 18.30 in the afternoon. Monday’s sessions are open to delegates to join.
The Congress is under the auspices of the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Shipping Federation, whose Chairman, Spyros Polemis is the Congress Chairman.
The event is co-hosted by the Ministry for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping. Minister, M. Chrisochoidis will officially open the Congress. Deputy Minister for Shipping, Adonis Georgiadis will open Session 2, in which Greek Shipowners, Experts and the Secretary General for Shipping, Nikos Litinas participate in a panel discussion. In the session about ports speakers are: Thanos Pallis, Secretary General of Port and Port Policy, Ministry for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Yiorgos Anomeritis, Chairman and Managing Director, Piraeus Port Authority S.A., Stavros Hatzakos, General Manager, Piraeus Port Authority S.A. and George Kastelanos, Operational Director, Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME).
Source: World Shipping Congress
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