Panama participates in Posidonia 2024


The Embassy and General Consulate of Panama in Greece, along with the Panama Maritime Authority, proudly participated in the grand maritime celebration, Posidonia 2024 28th edition. Panama’s participation aimed to be a tribute to the treasure of Greece, the Greek shipping industry, as well as to underscore the significant presence of Panama as the largest Shipping Registry in the world.

Posidonia 2024, the world’s most prestigious biennial shipping event, celebrating 55 years of history welcomed the global maritime community back to Athens Metropolitan Expo with remarkable success. “Powering ahead” is the theme for Posidonia 2024, exemplified by the impressive statistics of the Greek fleet and the growth of Posidonia itself.

With over 2,000 exhibitors from 82 countries and 23 national pavilions, Posidonia 2024 featured a packed schedule of 68 maritime conferences, forums, and seminars. Counting more than 40,000 participants the event anticipated to generate approximately €80 million for the Greek economy, benefiting hospitality, MICE, transportation, and F&B sectors.

According to the Posidonia Organizers Posidonia 2024 broke all previous records of attendance each & every day of the week. Posidonia has grown not only in terms of space, but also in duration, as it now spans over two weeks with conferences and the Posidonia Games starting well before the official opening of the exhibition.

During Posidonia 2024, some 70 conferences & seminars addressed all challenges that the industry is currently facing and explored solutions that will enable the industry to meet both environmental regulations and geopolitical threats. Deal making at Posidonia broke every previous record and multimillion dollar agreements were inked on the exhibition floor.

For Panama, this exhibition is not only a platform to celebrate maritime excellence, but also a vital opportunity to promote relations with the Greek and international shipping industry. Posidonia 2024 offers a unique chance for Panama to showcase its maritime capabilities, foster business opportunities, and strengthen ties with global maritime leaders. The event serves as a catalyst for networking, collaboration, and the forging of strategic partnerships that are crucial for the continuous growth and success of Panama’s maritime and business sectors. Importantly, only at Posidonia do exhibitors and visitors interact with the Greek shipping community, owners of the world’s largest merchant fleet.

·        Inauguration of Posidonia Exhibition

Posidonia 2024, was inaugurated by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President of the Union of Greek Shipowners, Ms. Melina Travlos and Managing Director of Posidonia, Mr. Theodore Vokos, and attended by Government officials representing all major shipping nations and 800 senior leaders from the global maritime community who attended the opening ceremony.

·        Inauguration of the National Pavilion of Panama

Panama participated in Posidonia 2024 with the National Pavilion of Panama, a great Stand of the Embassy and General Consulate of Panama in Greece, the Panama Maritime Authority, the Panama Canal Authority, and the ProPanama.

On Monday, June 3rd, 2024, the National Pavilion of Panama was inaugurated by:

·         H.E. Mrs. Julie Lymberopulos, Ambassador and General Consul of Panama in Greece

·         Mr Ioannis Pappas, Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

·         Mr. Theodore Vokos, Managing Director of Posidonia

(from left)
Theodore Vokos, Managing Director of Posidonia Exhibitions SA,
Julie Lymberopulos, Ambassador of Panama in Greece,
Ioannis Pappas, Duputy Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

Ambassador’s Declaration

As the Ambassador and General Consul of Panama in Greece, I am honored to declare our enthusiastic participation in Posidonia 2024. This prestigious maritime event provides an unparalleled platform for Panama to celebrate and strengthen our deep-rooted ties with the Greek shipping industry and the global maritime community.

Our involvement in Posidonia 2024 is a testament to Panama’s enduring commitment to the maritime sector. As the world’s largest Shipping Registry, Panama is proud to support and contribute to the advancement of international shipping. This event not only highlights the impressive achievements of the Greek fleet but also underscores the collaborative spirit that drives the maritime industry forward.

Posidonia 2024 is more than an exhibition; it is a beacon of innovation, collaboration, and opportunity. For Panama, it represents a vital occasion to showcase our maritime excellence, explore new business opportunities, and forge strategic partnerships. By engaging with leaders and stakeholders from around the world, we aim to promote Panama’s maritime and business sectors, ensuring their continued growth and success.

We look forward to a fruitful participation in Posidonia 2024, reinforcing our dedication to the global maritime community and celebrating the shared values that unite us all in powering ahead towards a prosperous future.

The Panamanian delegation represented at the National Pavillion of Panama aimed to highlight Panama’s competitive advantages for investment in the maritime sector, along with the excellent nearshoring, shipping, freight transport, and diverse services that Panama’s maritime and logistics community has to offer.

Engineer Mrs. Ilya Espino de Marotta, Panama Canal Deputy Administrator, said: “In Posidonia 2024 we want to showcase how the Panama Canal secures reliability for the future. Everybody has heard about the very dry year we had, the very big drought, but now we are back to 32 transits per day, effective June 1st, 2024 hoping to get to 34 in July 2024. We are also showcasing the different initiatives we take in order to be able to maintain shipping activities in an efficient manner. As a big organization we want to impact the maritime industry, so we just finished our greenhouse inventory, and we are going to set some targets in order to help the decarbonization of shipping”.

According to Mr. Allan Ritter, Director of International Promotion at PROPANAMA, “PROPANAMA is pleased to support its maritime industry at Posidonia once again. Having so many representatives of all aspects of our thriving maritime ecosystem demonstrates just how valuable Panama is for this industry and is a great showcase for the quality services that you can find on our shores.

Engineer Ilya Espino de Marotta (Mrs.) – Deputy Administrator – Panama Canal Authority

Following the traditional ‘’cutting of the ribbon’’ many prominent personalities of the Maritime family honored the Panama Stand with their presence:

H.E. Ms. Marina Hadjimanolis, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, H.E. Mr. Stavros Avgoustides, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in the Hellenic Republic

Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Founder and Chairman of the Tsakos Group

Mr. Efthymios E. Mitropoulos ex 7th Secretary-General of the IMO

Ms. Irene Daifas CEO of Stavros Daifas Maritime Corporation and also the Authorized Municipal Councilor of Culture of the Piraeus Municipality

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