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International Shipping Exhibition Posidonia – Athens 2016

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Posidonia 2016 “ The International Shipping Exhibition” was held from June 6 – 10 in Athens, Greece, by the Greek shipping community and the five major associations representing Greek shipping interests, namely the Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, Municipality of Piraeus, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Union of Greek Shipowners, Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee, Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association and Association of Passenger Shipping Companies.

Posidonia’s solid international following of 1,843 exhibitors, among which 322 Greek companies and 19,000 visitors from 93 countries in 2014, makes it the largest gathering in the international shipping calendar. This year the attendees surpassed these numbers with a record of almost 2,000 exhibitors and over 20,000 visitors from around the world, including ship management companies, shipping law firms, propulsion system makers, classification societies, and many more. The exhibition included technical presentations that give the industry’s innovators a platform to display for their latest vessel designs, along with eco-ship technologies, communications, propulsion systems and other vital developments.

Being at the heart of the global shipping industry, the event aims at highlighting key issues for Greek shipping, through conferences and seminars chaired by industry leaders, as well as through dynamic discussions about issues, challenges and opportunities facing the industry like the current unfavourable market conditions, such as the instability of oil prices, and slowing economic growth in big economies, such as China.

Shipowners, shipbrokers, consultants and generally professionals of every field, successfully held conferences, seminars, workshops, covering every aspect of shipping during the Posidonia 2016, which was a great opportunity for interractin and provision of services directly to the Greek and International shipping community.

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades Law Firm has attended the prestigious event along with CHRISTODOULOS G. VASSILIADES & CO. LLC, which , along with tax specialists from Intertax Audit and officials from the Department of Merchant Shipping of Cyprus, held a seminar on 10th June 2016 named ‘Cyprus: sailing to the future… solutions for the shipping industry’.

Amongst the speakers of the seminar were Mr. Christodoulos G. Vassiliades, managing director at CGV & Co LLC, Mrs. Maria G. Hadjivarnava, head of shipping at CGV & Co LLC, Mr. Kyriacos Kenevezos, ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens, Mr. Alecos Michaelides Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou, ex director of the Department of Merchant Shipping, Mr. Andreas Varianos, director at Intertax Audit Auditors & Consultants, and Mr. Sofoklis Michael, tax manager at Intertax Audit Auditors & Consultants.

The main topics discussed were the historical relationship between Cyprus and shipping, the challenges and prospects of Cyprus Shipping and tax solutions whereby the benefits from the non- domiciled concept were outlined.

Please view the full presentations and speeches in the event.

Introductory Speech by Christodoulos G. Vassiliades

Ambassador’s speech Kyriacos Kenevezos Poseidonia 2016

Cyprus and shipping An unchallenged pair by Andreas Chrysostomou

Permanent Secretary Speech Ministry of Transport by Alecos Michaelides

Cyprus Shipping New Challenges and Prospects by Alecos Michaelides

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