POSIDONIA 2018: Welcome world shipping
Posidonia, one of the world's leading maritime events, celebrating its 50th birthday, is a unique opportunity to promote the expertise of Luxembourg companies in the maritime sector. This year's edition attracted more than 2000 exhibitors from 92 countries as well as over 22 000 visitors. The exhibition, which took place June 4 to 8, included 22 national pavilions to showcase each nation’s collective shipping offering to an audience of sellers, buyers of maritime products and services as well as policy makers.
According to a theme of the exhibition, it is important to ensure that opportunities presented by modern trends like digitization, artificial intelligence and the so-called fourth industrial revolution are carefully integrated into shipping, balancing the benefits against safety and security concerns, the impact on the environment, international trade and the human element.
The Luxembourg stand, which was co-organized by the Ministry for Economy, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, and the Luxembourg Maritime Cluster, was well visited as the participating companies showcased interesting products and technologies. The second day was highlighted by the performance of Chris Reitz who explored new sonic spheres on his electric violin.
Among the visitors on the Luxembourg booth were Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Honorary Consuls of Luxembourg, Mrs Artémis Papatheodorou and Mr Ioannis Verginis also President of the Trade Department of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Luxembourg Ambassador to Greece Mr Paul Steimetz and his deputy Mr Michel Grethen.
The participation rate underlines the register's high level of service as well as the quality and dedication of both the Luxembourg Maritime Administration and the Luxembourg shipping community, illustrating once again the Luxembourg maritime sector's attractiveness in the context of economic diversification as well as nation branding. In this context it may be interesting to note that currently 60 companies are members of the Luxembourg Maritime Cluster.