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TRADING IN U.S. WATERS | Towards a Decarbonized Maritime Sector by 2050” Seminar Being Hosted at POSIDONIA 2022 in American-Hellenic Collaboration

Posted On: 27-05-2022

May 26, 2022 The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), in full cooperation with the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the Int’l Propeller Club of the United States, Int’l Port of Piraeus and the Maritime Hellas Shipping Cluster-Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, are organizing, under the auspices of the Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece, a seminar entitled: “Trading in U.S. Waters | Towards a Decarbonized Maritime Sector by 2050”. The event will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 10.00-14.00, with a networking session and light lunch to follow from 14.00-15.00, at Metropolitan Expo Center in the Central Seminar Room.

The seminar will examine how, through partnership at multiple levels, the maritime sector will reach the goal of decarbonization by 2050. Distinguished speakers, from the United States and the Global Shipping Community, including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the International Propeller Club- Port of Piraeus, the North America Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and also by high level representatives of the international shipping and ship owners’ communities, will discuss the global overview for maritime policies, digital tools that are driving efficiency and compliance, the cybersecurity needed to successfully digitalize, the fuels and tools required to drive decarbonization, and will conclude with a shipowners debate “Will Shipping Achieve ZERO by 2050?”


Yuri Arthur, Senior Commercial Officer, at the Embassy of the United States in Athens, stated, “I’d like to thank NAMEPA, the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, and The Propeller Club of the United States for their partnership in presenting this year’s seminar on trading in U.S. waters. We are also pleased that Lieutenant Commander J.B. Zorn, Chief, Inspections, U.S. Coast Guard Activities in Europe, is able to join us this year to provide attendees with the latest information on U.S. regulatory enforcement.” Ms. Arthur also invited Expo attendees to visit the U.S. Pavilion and the 19 American companies exhibiting at Posidonia. According to Ms. Arthur, this is the 18th time the U.S. Embassy has organized a U.S. Pavilion at Posidonia. She noted, “United States participation in Posidonia demonstrates our companies’ strong interest in the Greek shipping sector, an interest that will continue to increase as Greece continues to take the difficult, but necessary, measures to improve its business and investment climate.”

The President of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Nikolaos Bakatselos said: "Greek shipping continues to capture new records, from the first place of the world fleet to Posidonia 2022 participations. U.S. companies’ presentation will contribute to the promotion and enforcement of multiple alliances and policies that will further enhance the competitiveness of Greek Shipping amid international economic challenges and ever-increasing requirements for environmental compliance. Our responsibility and concern should be the maintenance of the fleet stay in Greece, so that shipping sector will continue its contribution to our country and country’s economy. "

“This year marks the third time that NAMEPA has produced a seminar on the occasion of Posidonia regarding the rigors and challenges of trading ships to the United States,” stated Carleen Lyden-Walker who is Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA. “We are honored to be partnering this year with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and working under the auspices of the United States Embassy as we all share a keen interest in communicating the complexities affecting shipping community who trade in and out of U.S. ports. There are many facets to decarbonizing the maritime sector, as well as the regulations which are rigorously enforced, and they need to be well understood by all, and can only be achieved in partnership. This seminar will address many of them and will serve to address the concerns of responsible shipowners”. One of the seminar’s opening speakers is Joe Hughes, the Chairman of NAMEPA, who is also the Chairman and CEO of The American Club.

Registration is required and may be done by going to Trading in US Waters Registration.

Trading in US Waters Sponsors and Supporters: American Bureau of Shipping | Blank Rome Maritime | BCG | Contships Management Inv. | Ernst & Young | HUDSONANALYTIX | IBM | Boduo Paper| International Propeller Club | Northeast Maritime Institute | Patriot Shipping | Morgan Marketing & Communications | Ridge Global | The American Club | United States Coast Guard
Media contact: Rebecca Tribelli | r.tribelli@namepa.net



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