Ambassador Pearce’s Opening Remarks at Posidonia Reception, June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016
Jefferson House 

Αξιότιμες κυρίες και κύριοι καλησπέρα σας. Η παρουσία σας εδώ στο Jefferson House είναι μεγάλη τιμή για εμάς και απόψε σας καλωσορίζω σε αυτήν τη δεξίωση  προς τιμήν των αμερικανικών εταιριών που συμμετέχουν στην ναυτιλιακή έκθεση Ποσειδώνια.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome,

Thank you for coming to celebrate the Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition and the participation of 19 U.S. companies at this world renowned event. Every other June Posidonia brings together executives from Greek shipping companies and representatives from the firms that provide goods and services. American companies in this field are world-class and I’m sure many of you present will agree. This is the 16th time in a row that the Embassy has organized a U.S. Pavilion at Posidonia. This year the pavilion has four more American companies than it did at the last Posidonia in 2014. In fact, this year for the first time we didn’t have enough room in the pavilion for all the U.S. companies who were interested in exhibiting, and that, I think shows the kind of interest that Posidonia generates.

I’d like to thank the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and the Propeller Club of the United States for their partnership with the Embassy in organizing the U.S. Pavilion. I’d also like to thank the North American Marine Environment Protection Association for helping put together tomorrow’s seminar on protecting the environment in U.S. waters; some of you probably already know and you’ve met him, the speaker is Captain Tom Kaminski, the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard activities in Europe and he is here with us this evening, so thank you for coming to Athens to speak, Captain.

I’d also like to recognize the supporting and contributing companies who made the U.S. Pavilion possible: the American Bureau of Shipping, Locke Lord, RSC Bio Solutions, Swift Ships, and the American Club.

And finally thank you to Naftemporiki, Naftika Chronika, ELNAVI, CNN Greece, and Business Partners for your support of the Seminar.

Σας ευχαριστώ και πάλι που ήρθατε και καλή διασκέδαση στην συνέχεια. Thank you.