EU regulations must protect European maritime interests, says Posidonia 2022 UGS President

EEurope must understand the strategic importance of Greek shipping as the owner of 59% of the EU fleet, especially at a time when shipping can play a crucial role in the continent’s rush to Europe. energy independence,” said Melina Travlos, President of the Union of Greek Shipowners. (UGS) during a press conference at the Posidonia exhibition today.

“The energy transition is the most important issue for us. What Europe does with decarbonisation regulations such as Fit for 55 and Emissions Trading System (ETS), must be guided by the need to preserve and promote the competitiveness of European shipping as a whole. Some decisions can be detrimental to our industry and could risk losing our competitive edge against competition from Asia and other regions,” she said.

Travlos added: “We want a global solution and not a solution that only affects specific regions. We want realistic solutions that preserve the safety of navigation.

“Through membership in various organizations, Greek shipping is present in all international forums where we always try to help in the implementation of the right policies for the industry. Europe insists on Fit for 55, while we insist that the solution must be international within a framework set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“Traditionally, Greek shipping is the first to invest in new technologies and new ships, so we will also be the first to adopt any new solution once it is made available to us. Any new fuel or technology has a cost that is ultimately passed on to the end consumer. It needs to be widely publicized.

“We will continue to defend the position and interests of Greek shipping. We want people to understand the importance of shipping in our daily lives, because the industry is not just a business, but a strategic partner for every country, every government. This is something that is unclear and we want to help resolve it,” Travlos said.

The highly anticipated biannual UGS press conference at Posidonia, last held four years ago due to the pandemic-induced cancellation of the 2020 event, was the icing on the cake for an incredibly packed program of 68 star-studded conferences and seminars. during the five days of the exhibition.

Records were also broken on the exhibition floor where organizers saw a 7% increase in exhibitor space compared to the previous edition and a significant increase of almost 18% in the number of visitors who reached a total of over 27,000 (as of Friday, June 10 – 1:30 p.m.), compared to the 23,000 who visited the event in 2018.

And business also boomed during the event, with major maritime industry players coming together to finalize major deals such as Maran Gas Maritime’s US$233.7 million order from Daewoo Shipbuilding for two LNG carriers. .

Additionally, at Posidonia 2022, DNV, the classification society based in Høvik, Norway, signed a memorandum of understanding with Saronic Ferries, for the development of an electric vessel.

Strategic partnerships have also been formalized with Capital Ship Management and Lloyd’s Register announcing plans to trial new biofuels in a pilot project aboard Capital’s 300,000 dwt VLCC, Apollonas.

Theodore Vokos, Managing Director of Posidonia Exhibitions SA, said: “This is by far the most successful Posidonia in the history of the event. The innovation presented on the exhibition floor was indeed revolutionary, the knowledge imparted during the various conferences and seminars was inspiring and the volume and quality of our visitors exceeded everyone’s expectations. It’s exciting to be back with such a positive impact. We are grateful and grateful for the unwavering support of the global maritime community.

Posidonia 2022 is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy, the Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hellenic Chamber of Navigation and with the support of the Municipality of Piraeus and the Greek Committee for Maritime Cooperation.
Source: Posidonia Events