• 2019 February 4 12:48

    Current signs of recovery in East Med cruising mark the beginning of a new era for this unique region

    The biennial Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum returns this May to Athens for its fifth consecutive edition at a new venue and celebrates the industry’s renewed optimism for East Med cruising. Following a sharp three-year slump due to geopolitical tensions, some of the region’s key destinations, homeports and host countries are experiencing the first promising signs of recovery.

    The region’s earlier than expected rebound was helped by Greece’s consistent performance as a destination of global appeal, keeping cruising in the area alive until Turkey started to be reinstated as a viable cruise destination. Equally important is a gradual re-inclusion of Israel and Egypt in niche itineraries that seek to reopen highly commercial cruise routes that deliver a fuller experience of the East Med’s unique diversity.

    With a global fleet expansion that will augment total berth capacity by 7.5%, 2019 is seen as the year that will bring new strategic developments that will also help re-establish the East Med as a major cruise development theatre. “We have a record year for newbuilding deliveries, as the 24 cruise vessels that come on line in 2019 constitute the largest number ever in a single year. Collectively this will add a total of 42,488 new berths to the global capacity that need to be filled gainfully,” said Theodore Vokos, Managing Director of Posidonia Exhibitions S.A, organisers of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum. The event will be held from May 28-29 at Domotel Kastri Conference Center, in Athens’ historic northern suburb.

    CLIA Europe has already confirmed its active participation at the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum and is expected to participate with a high-level delegation. This can be seen as a firm statement on East Med’s commercial potential and its future role in the sustainability of cruising in the Mediterranean as a whole.

    According to Tom Boardley, CLIA Europe Secretary General: “CLIA has increased its presence in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean region and we hope to build on this with closer and stronger ties with local stakeholders to highlight the importance of the region. This year’s Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will offer us a unique experience to work with policymakers, regulators, other industry stakeholders and local communities’ representatives towards the achievement of this goal. As the global cruise industry continues to grow and expand into new destinations, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region will remain a popular and vibrant hub for cruising.”

    The 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum will also address the bigger picture of the cruise industry, as this is likely to evolve given the current global developments. As a direct result of dramatic capacity increases, we will see new trends in deployment strategy and market development, along with fleet reshufflings and a spree in older generation vessel sales and renovations. The Forum will tackle these issues as key factors affecting the cruise industry’s global development and examine the economic opportunities they create for a wide range of sectors. Also to be discussed are technical innovation trends, environmental and alternative fuel challenges, pressing infrastructure development needs and much more.

    Ultimately, the 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum aims to present a multifaceted view of contemporary cruise development and the importance of finding new ways and synergies to improve the commercial and economic relationship between cruise industry, stakeholders and destinations.  

    “The conditions are right and the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum is ready to once again set the tone and empower the discussion for the future of the cruise industry in the East Med during an action-packed, two-day event. It will be attended by the sector’s most prestigious and powerful cruise brands and decision-makers from around the world,” said Vokos.

    The 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy and is supported by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (MEDCRUISE), the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, the Greek Marinas Association, the Association of Passenger Shipping Companies, the Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members, the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist and Travel Agencies (fedHATTA). Silver sponsors are the Piraeus Port Authority and HEMEXPO and Bronze Sponsors are Air France - KLM - Delta, Aktina Travel Group, Global Ports Holding and Celestyal Cruises.


2019 December 6

12:23 UN maritime agency commits to further action on gender equality
12:01 Jan De Nul sets new sustainability standards for maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast
11:30 Canada Infrastructure Bank invests $300 million in Port of Montreal’s expansion project in Contrecoeur
11:20 Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard
11:02 Yang Ming sets up subsidiary in China
10:45 Largest Latvian transit companies represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week
10:17 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
10:12 Joint Russian-Vietnamese exercise underway in Cam Ranh
09:59 MAN Energy Solutions and Orcan Energy agree to collaborate
09:49 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 06
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.44% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $58.23
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,575 points
08:31 DNV GL awards Hudong-Zhonghua AiP certificate for gas-fueled 25000 TEU containership design

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Marintec China 2019
12:30 Crew of IBSV Gennadiy Nevelskoy rescued three men in Sea of Okhotsk
12:08 GTT and WISON sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of membrane tank systems
11:53 AS Tallink Grupp reports increase of passenger and cargo turnover in November 2019