Vafias praise for Posidonia

Stealthgas boss urges GCC energy suppliers to attend shipping event.
Stealthgas CEO Harry Vafias.
Stealthgas CEO Harry Vafias.

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 The CEO of one of Greece’s leading shipping companies has called on the GCC’s oil and gas suppliers to attend Posidonia in Athens this June.

Stealthgas CEO Harry Vafias says Posidonia, one of the largest and most important global events of the international shipping community, offers GCC companies a fantastic opportunity to meet the leading players from the maritime world.

“Posidonia is a fantastic opportunity to meet hundreds of shipowners from Greece and Europe along with shipbrokers, charterers, traders and financiers,” Vafias told ASC.

“Oil and gas suppliers need customers and ships to carry their cargoes so what better way to meet those people than Posidonia, at a great venue and at a great time of the year,” he added.

Vafias says this year’s event will have a record number of delegates and events and he is positive it will be a great success offering those attending a chance to network and do business with companies from around the world.

“There is a lot of socialising during the different conferences and parties but the real business happens in the one on one meetings,” Vafias said.

Two of the GCC’s biggest oil companies, Saudi Aramco and the Emirates National Oil Company have already confirmed their attendance, joining a host of other oil majors and many bunker and lubricant suppliers in signing up for the event, which takes place in Athens between June 2-6.

They will be joined by the likes of Chevron Marine Products, Lukoil Marine Lubricants, Gulf Oil Marine, JX NIPPON Oil and Energy Europe, KPI Bridge Oil, ECO Lubricants, Baluco SA and Greek company Aegean Marine Petroleum.

Another GCC firm headed to Athens for the event is Bahri, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, which will be making its Posidonia debut this June to promote its diverse offering of marine services which include logistics, shipping and transportation for VLCCs, Chemicals, General Cargo and Dry-bulk vessels, as well as Ship Management, Freight Forwarding and Container Service Yard.

The company intends to leverage its Posidonia 2014 participation as a platform to promote its services and achievements, present the developments in the region, interact with other key players from the industry, increase its customers’ base and gain more visibility in front of a global audience of potential clients.

“Posidonia is the world's most prestigious trade shipping event and Bahri is making its debut in the hope that our presence will boost our brand and help us achieve higher level of excellence in the global logistics services sector,” said Engr. Saleh N. Al-Jasser, Chief Executive Officer.

Joining Bahri at Posidonia this year will be the Dubai Maritime City Authority, which aims to use the event to position the emirate among the world’s top maritime centres.

H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of DMCA, says Posidonia is of particular importance as a leading interactive platform aimed at encouraging communication among decision makers from across the world's maritime industries.

“It will discuss the latest developments and best practices to overcome emerging challenges and create a bright outlook for the future. DMCA’s participation will focus on Dubai’s experience as one of the world’s major hubs for maritime trade in view of its strategic location as a gateway between East and West, in addition to its highly competitive logistics services, investment environment, advanced infrastructure, and tax exemption,” Ahmed said.

Meanwhile, DMI Diesel Offshore, a specialist mechanical equipment service provider which operates out of its Singapore and Dubai hubs will make a comeback to Posidonia following its inaugural outing in 2012.

Representing the company’s operations, Desmond Koh, Sales Manager of DMI Singapore and Ram Shringi, General Manager of DMI Dubai hope that during Posidonia 2014, they will be able to interact with their international clients, increase their market base in Greece and showcase their capabilities to existing and potential clients.

Qatari yard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine will also be showcasing its maritime capabilities at this year's Posidonia event in Greece this June.

N-KOM CEO Abu Bakar Mohd Nor says Posidonia is without a doubt one of the most important gathering of decision makers in the maritime industry.

“This makes it an excellent platform for us to market our repair, conversion and construction services. With a wealth of experience in handling marine and offshore projects complemented by a strategic location in the Arabian Gulf, we are well positioned to be the preferred shipyard delivering solutions," Mohd Nor said.

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