A very hot Genoa Shipping Week for the maritime port cluster
In the post-Morandi year of Genoa's recovery, the GSW achieved record results with over 50 events, including conferences, round tables, business networking, sport contests and company parties
Genoa – From the Dattilo ship to the Pavillion B, from the official opening of the Genoa Shipping Week 2019 to the Dinner organized by Assoagenti with some 3,000 guests within the Italian maritime-port cluster: all these events confirmed the rebirth of Genoa in the post-Morandi year.
Despite the burning climate, all the operators of the sector and the institutions supported the GSW, which hosted over 50 events: conferences, round tables, business networking, sport contests and company parties.
As Assagenti president Alberto Banchero observed with satisfaction, this edition was a turning point both for the sector and for Genoa as all the stakeholders of local institutions - Region, Municipality, Chamber of Commerce, Port Authority and Coast Guards – collaborated with the ship agencies and brokers association to organize a perfect series of events from June the 24th to the 30th, surpassing even the international shipping exhibition Posidonia in Athens.
The GSW opened with the Monday-night party organized by the Coast Guard on board the Dattilo ship, with General Commander Giovanni Pettorino and Mayor Marco Bucci, and it closed on Friday night (besides the sports events organized in the weekend) at Fiera di Genova.
The setting of the Shipbroker and Shipagents Dinner, welcoming some 2,700 guests from 44 countries, recalled a construction site, with cranes and scaffoldings, concrete mixers and pallets, to represent the reconstruction after the tragedy occurred in August 2018. In fact, on Friday they also demolished the last pillars of the Morandi Bridge, thus representing the strong recovery which started the day following its collapse, as well as the great expectations for the future.
Apologizing to the organizers of the numerous events that Ship2Shore did not manage to attend (MedCruise, T.Mariotti, Nolarma, BBC Chartering, Bravo Tankers, Multi Marine Services), we will mention only those at which we were personally present.
Pier Luigi Ferrari – founder of the current PL Ferrari and inventor of the P&I Club brokerage in Italy – gathered a hundred friends and shipowners at Galata Sea Museum to celebrate his 80th birthday, as well as 60 years of activity and 50 years of marriage.
Guido and Luca Fertonani – whose father Elio and uncle Avio contributed to the success of the Ferrando & Massone brokerage house – celebrated their first century of activities, which were summarized in a short film, and concluded the event with fireworks.
HB Shipping of Maurizio Gozzi & C. organized an open day at their company's premises, gathering customers and international partners within the heavy lift and dry bulk sector to celebrate their first 10 years of activities.
Hugo Trumpy CEO Valdemar Boesgaard made a brief presentation, with his German principals of Zeamarine, to welcome the new partnership. In fact, the Genoese ship agency managed to be selected by the demanding principal shipowner out of a short list of applicants.
Among the various association Boards and Meetings, Giovani Armatori gathered at Genoa Aquarium to plan their activities for 2019-2020, welcoming Filippo Gavarone as a new member of their Council and Esther Marchetti, who replaced Franscesco Beltrano as Secretary.
President Mario Mattioli suggested to open the Federazione del Mare (Sea Federation, ed.) to all the cluster in order to draw up a common document including the shared requests of all the members related to the blue economy, with a possible sea conference scheduled for 2020.
Finally, also Ship2Shore celebrated its first 15 years of activities as the first "online only" specialized magazine with a cocktail party at the aristocratic Palazzo Rosso, which was attended by 150 high-level guests.