Posidonia 2018 will be remembered as the year that the world’s most prestigious shipping event tackled the accelerating pace of technological change head on. Disruptive technologies, digitalisation, AI, IoT, cyber security, blockchain, autonomous ships, surveys and ship deliveries by drone… all these subjects and more were discussed by conference panels and on the floor of the Athens Metropolitan Expo, which hosted a total of 2,010 exhibitors from 92 countries over the week June 4-8.
This was also the year when new and established maritime hubs showcased their diverse offering, all vying for a slice of the global shipping industry’s diverse revenue streams.
As detailed in yesterday’s issue of Posidonia Today, making its debut at the show on stand no. 3.507 has been Saudi Arabia’s new $5.2 billion mega-yard International Maritime Industries (IMI), which plans to take advantage of its strategic location midway between Europe and Asia to undertake both newbuildings and repair work.
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has been exhibiting on stand no. 4.205 its new ‘virtual cluster’ which makes information on the Dubai’s Maritime Sector available 24/7. The innovative concept is aimed at providing smart and interactive platforms for knowledge sharing and research, thereby boosting further growth of the shipping sector in newly elected IMO Council member the UAE.
Meanwhile, more mature Far Eastern maritime hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong are already seeing significant increase in demand for their services and office space, mainly from European shipping companies looking to tap into the burgeoning Asian economies of S.E. Asia and China.
Companies from across Western Europe, the Mediterranean and elsewhere are now setting up in Hong Kong asthe main gateway port to China, according to Paula Kant of Posidonia exhibitor InvestHK (stand 1.401), a Government of Hong Kong entity.