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The BMA joins the maritime industry back in Greece for Posidonia 2022

The Bahamas was pleased to continue to engage in face-to-face meetings with the maritime community with the return, after 4 years, to Greece for Posidonia.  The Bahamas delegation at Posidonia was led by The Bahamas Minister of Transport & Housing, Honourable JoBeth Coleby-Davis who, along with BMA Board Chairman Jacqueline M Simmons, BMA Board Deputy Chairman Peter John Goulandris, BMA Managing Director & CEO Capt Dwain Hutchinson and senior representatives from the London office, ensured that there was a high-level presence to support the BMA Greece team that is ably managed by BMA Regional Director Dimitri Tsiftsis.

The importance of engaging with the Greek maritime community and other industry stakeholders cannot be underestimated, recognising that Greece is the largest ship owning country in the world  and Greek owners represent over 20 % of The Bahamas fleet.

The Bahamas was honoured to host a Reception at the Pireaus Yacht Club and we also welcomed our friends and partners to our stand at the Exhibition centre where stimulating discussions were held over the customary Bahamian refreshments.

Minister Coleby-Davis was able to spend time with her Greek counterpart, Ioannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy   exchanging views on areas of mutual benefit within shipping including the sharing of common experiences of the management of archipelagic inter-island traffic, shipping environmental measures for climate change and the regulatory process

The delegation also had the opportunity to have fruitful discussions with the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), individual shipowner/Managers, Bahamas- recognised Class Societies and the broad range of maritime service providers.  The UGS meeting was of particular significance as in the year that the IMO introduced a day to recognise women in maritime, the female delegation leaders of Minister Coleby-Davis, UGS President Melina Travlos and BMA Chairman Simmons demonstrated this important contribution. 

After over 2 years of virtual meetings, the ability to meet, greet and have physical interaction with industry stakeholders was rewarding, particularly as we were able to extend our appreciation for the continuing trust in The Bahamas flag and re-enforce the benefits and quality of  The Bahamas registration services.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the efforts of the organisers of Posidonia and we would like to thank them for putting together such as successful event offering everything from exhibitions, conferences and seminars through to sports tournaments. There was a total of 1,948 exhibitors from 88 countries and The BMA was proud to be numbered among them, welcoming the estimated 18,000 international and Greek visitors. It has been wonderful for the entire global shipping community to be able to get together in person and we greatly look forward to the next event.