PARTICIPATION OF SNAME-NTUA IN POSIDONIA 2016, THE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING EXHIBITION
Posidonia is a firm fixture for the global shipping industry. Every two years is held in Athens, Greece and provides the essential place for serious business at the largest gathering in the shipping calendar. This year Posidonia fair was held in Metropolitan Expo Center from Monday 6/06/2016 up to Friday 10/06/2016 and for the fifth time SNAME participated with its own stand, 2'435/5 at Hall 2.
SNAME president elect Joe Comer and SNAME Executive Director Erik Seither attended the Posidonia Exhibition and were on hand at the SNAME stand. The prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, the US Ambassador in Athens and the US Maritime Administrator visited the SNAME stand as well as many persons around the world.
During the exhibition around 25 new member registrations were made, while more than 25 publications were ordered.
All the arrangements and preparations for the SNAME stand were made by SNAME's European Regional Office (SERO) and the stand set up was made with the help of NTUA and TEI student members. In total 25 volunteer SNAME NTUA, TEI and UOS (University of Strathclyde) student members attended the stand in three shifts.
During the Posidonia week a number of networking events are organised such as the Posidonia Cup Sailing Race in Faliron Bay, Piraeus and many learning and social activities were added to the Posidonia- SNAME events agenda.
SNAME participated in the 2016 Posidonia Regata with 10 SNAME Greek members crewing the boat, There were 60 sailing boats in the race, in Performance, Standard, IRC and classic divisions. In the images below: The SNAME crew aboard Christina II
MENTOR FOR A DAY PROGRAM
SNAME student members were invited to participate in the MFD that is organised for the first time during Posidonia and aspired to fill in the gap between students and recent graduates, and exhibited companies by bringing them together through a ''Mentor''. Mentors shared their experience with students, imparted their knowledge, paid a visit to booths of their choice and answered questions. Each session last up to 2 hours and started from the SNAME stand.
Here are some personal views from our SNAME-NTUA students:
"As a SNAME
student member I participated in MFD program during the latest
Posidonia Exhibition in 2016 and I wish I could do this again in the
next Posidonia. It was an exceptional initiative bridging the gap
between students and professionals. As a student you apart from meeting a
very interesting and experienced professional, you get the chance to
meet, through them, several other professionals around the exhibition as
well. You also get the chance to discuss about the most "hot" topics in
the market and view the solutions proposed either from the
professionals escorting you or from several exhibitors. My personal
experience was to follow two superintendents and we discussed about the
news of the marked today, which companies seem to be the main drivers
for each sector (or rather which ones do they trust more). Our group
consisted of 5 students and 2 professionals and we walked together in 3
expo halls spending more than 3-4 hours receiving great mentoring. It
was a great opportunity to meet other students from the Strathclyde
University and the TEI of Athens. In more detail, we spent a lot of time
visiting booths of navigation companies offering 3D representation
maps, route analysis, route calculation and optimization. Furthermore we
visited the major Shipyard booths from Korea and China and later we
visited other companies presenting several systems from ballast
treatment and mooring devices to life saving equipment. Personally I
think it was a great experience that all students should try to get at
least once. Last but not least note that meeting all these professionals
is essential for our future as well since the NAME community is
relatively small and sooner or later we ourselves will be working
together or for such professionals."
''During the Posidonia exhibition, I
had the pleasure to sign up for the Mentor For a Day program with mr.
Azriel Rahav, from Israel, a professional with an exceptional
educational background in various fields. It was a great experience. We
had a very interesting conversation on our industry which was very
useful in understanding the international character of our profession.
The MFD program was, in my opinion, a great initiative which helped us,
students, to connect with professional from all around the globe.
Something worth mentioning is that Mr. Rahav wasnt always involved in
our industry. I was amazed when he told us that he has a PHD in Nuclear
Physics. After the Mentor for a Day program, I left with a wider view of
our profession and i was thankful for the experience I got. I
recommend to every student member these programs and i would happily
participate in similar activities in the future.''
''During Posidonia event I signed up for Mentor For a Day program with Mr.
Harilaos Petrakakos. Me and my colleagues, under the guidance of our
Mentor, had the chance to visit different booths and ask several
questions about our field of interest. Therefore,
Mr. Harilaos Petrakakos helped us network with industry insiders and
familiarize with what is current in naval industry. Furthermore, our
Mentor himself shared his wide experience with us, imparted his
knowledge, gave each one of us professional advices and encouraged us
to follow our dreams and identify our talents. Thanks to Mr. Harilaos
Petrakakos and his supportiveness this experience made my visit to
Posidonia meaningful and gave me a broader perspective for the future.''