Posidonia fair was held in Metropolitan Expo from Monday 6/06/16 up to Friday 10/06/16. Representatives of the committee as well as members of the UoS SNAME Student Section collaborated with NTUA and TEI of Athens SNAME Student Sections and offered their assistance for the set up and operation of SNAME stand which was located at Hall 2 stand 2,435/5.
Posidonia fair is one of the biggest fairs of marine industry. It is held every two years in Athens, Greece. It provides the essential place for serious business at the largest gathering in the shipping calendar. Its basic aim is to promote and bring together the companies from all over the shipping world.
This year, approximately, 22,000 shipping industry professionals visited the Expo a number increased by 14% compared to 2014 Posidonia. Totally, 1,800 exhibitors from 90 countries were in Athens that week and it’s predicted that this number will increase for the following expedition which will be held between 4- 8 June 2018.
The SNAME booth had many visitors as well. A roughly estimated number of visitors per day is 40- 50. Many students studying Naval Architecture, Maritime studies etc. visited our booth in order to get information about SNAME and learn what the benefits are of being member of an international professional society. Moreover, many professionals visited us in order to upgrade their membership, the President who was there the whole week.
Members of our student section alongside with other volunteers from the Greek student sections mentioned above helped with the set-up of SNAME stand.
Monday was the first day of Posidonia. One representative from each student section had to be present in order to represent their University and meet Mr. Joe Comer the President of SNAME and Mr. Erik Seither the Executive Director of SNAME. Moreover, the opening ceremony took place and only two members from each stand could attend it, so Mr. Joe and Erik attended it. Later on, the Greek Prime Minister Mr. Tsipras passed by our stand in order to greet us, accompanied by the newly elected U.S. ambassador.
As it was the first day which the exhibition was open to public, more volunteers were needed. Our representatives and members volunteered in different three shifts (10.00-13.00, 13.00- 16.00 & 16.00- 19.00). . We were asked to be at SNAME stand at least one quarter before our shift in order to be well informed about our role by Ms Sofia Iliogrammenou.