American companies are ‘intensely interested’ in Greek shipping

5 June 2016
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The participation of the United States in “Posidonia” exhibition shows the country’s interest in Greek shipping, the U.S. embassy’s Senior Commercial Officer, Bryan Larson, said on Thursday, ahead of the opening of the world’s most famous shipping show.

“The participation of the United States in this years’ Posidonia proves the intense interest of U.S. companies for Greek shipping; an interest that will continue to increase as Greece implements the difficult but necessary measures which will contribute in the improvement of the business climate and the attracting of investments,” Larson said.

He added that 19 American companies are participating in this year’s event and invited everyone to visit them.

During the show, that opens on June 6 at the Athens Metropolitan Expo and ends on June 10, the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) are organizing a seminar on the requirements and standards that ships need to respect to visit US ports.

The regulations, compliance strategies, and the cost of non-compliance, will be presented at the seminar by relevant US agencies and the global shipping community, including the US Coast Guard (USCG), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), NAMEPA and representatives of the international shipping and ship owning community.

The seminar, titled “Trading in U.S. Waters: Ensuring a Culture of Environmental Compliance”, will be held on June 9, at 10:30-14:30 (local). Apart from the aforementioned organizers, the seminar is also supported by the trade division of the U.S. embassy in Athens and the International Propeller Club of the United States and the International Port of Piraeus.

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