Newsfront / Naftiliaki, with the support of Hellas' Marine Technical Managers Association (Martecma), are organising the second Shipbuilding Conference. The 2012 Shipbuilding Conference: Building for the Future will be held as part of the Posidonia 2012 International Shipping Exhibition and will take place in the Posidonia Exhibition Centre, Metropolitan Expo, Athens on Thursday, June 7, 2012. The conference is the second in this series, following the success of the first Shipbuilding Conference: Building for the Future, held in the spring of 2011.

The fact the conference takes place within the Posidonia 2012 exhibition site, will ensure a strong attendance at the event as Posidonia is recognised as the world’s largest gathering of shipping people. Attendance of senior management of shipping companies will also be facilitated by their presence at other Posidonia events. Further, wide press coverage is assured, as Posidonia traditionally attracts between 220 and 250 members of the media who come from around the world.

Main theme of the day-long Conference is: ‘Meeting the challenges of efficient and eco-friendly ship design, construction and operation’. It is estimated an audience of some 350 comprising shipowners, CEOs, technical directors and other senior managers who form the heart of the Greek and international maritime industry, will attend the event.

The programme is made up of presentations by representatives of shipyards, classification societies, equipment developers, market analysts, charterers (both dry and wet), oil majors and national refineries. All of them will explain how, according to their view, new technologies improve efficiency and enhance profitability.

We are confident this event, as all events organised by Newsfront / Naftiliaki, will be well received by the industry. Main reasons for the success enjoyed by past events have been the high caliber of speakers and panelists, the topics covered and the live discussion that follows the presentations. Many participants have said Newsfront / Naftiliaki conferences give them food for thought and that their views on certain issues are changed by the time they leave the event.