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Piraeus and the Greek Crisis: 6th Hydra Shipping Conference
The Fraternity of the Athenian Hydriots (established in 1890, aya.com.gr) is organizing the 6th Hydra Shipping Conference. The them this year is: “Piraeus and the Greek Crisis” and it will take place at the Historic Archives – Museum of Hydra, on Saturday, the 3rd of October 2015.
Featuring keynote presentations and interactive panel discussions, the conference will focus on the following topics for discussion: Can Piraeus maintain its world status as a major shipping hub? What are the pros and cons for shipping companies moving out of Greece to other capitals offering tax free status? How will the maritime servicing industry cope? (i.e. Banking, Insurance, Legal, Chartering/S+P Brokerage, Crewing, etc.) What effect will the withdrawal of international banks from Piraeus have?
Conference Coordinators are Mr. George Xiradakis, Managing Director, XRTC Business Consultants and Mr. Nigel Lowry, Greek correspondent, Lloyd’s List. Other speakers that have participated in our previous conferences include the following:
Panayiotis Michalos, Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation at Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sun Liwei, Commercial Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Greece; Michael Bodouroglou, President & CEO, Paragon Shipping; John Coustas, President & CEO, Danaos Corp.; Polys V. Hadjioannou, President and Managing Director, Safety Management Overseas S.A.; Gelina Harlaftis, Professor, Ionian University, Dept of History; Panos Laskaridis, Secretary General of the Greek Ship Owners Association; Nathanael Mauclair, Deputy Director- International Listings, NYSE Euronext, Inc.; Martin Stopford, President, Clarkson Research Services Ltd.; Ion Varouxakis, President and Managing Director, FreeSeas Inc.; Emmanouil Vordonis, ex General Manager of Thenamaris; Haisheng Zhou, General Manager, China Classification Society.
Exclusive networking opportunities will be offered during the main conference program, as well as in the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of side events over the weekend, such as lunches, dinners, cocktail parties on private yachts and a unique treasure hunt in the streets of Hydra Town and the island’s footpaths.
According to the President of The Fraternity of the Athenian Hydriots John Sahinis, “this institutional conference has been gathering each year a large audience of leading Greek ship owners, distinguished experts from the international Shipping community, academics, as well as the historical Hydriot Shipping families.”
Conference Communication Manager is Ms. Dimitra Chronopoulou, of the AMUSE CONCEPT EVENTS. For more info their phone number is +30 210 6444751 (ext. 116).